Minister of Culture and Tourism Mehmet Nuri Ersoy stated that they started the Beyoğlu Culture Road Festival as of yesterday evening and said that this event will be held every year in autumn and spring.
Minister Ersoy attended the opening of the exhibitions at Atatürk Cultural Center (AKM), Gezi Park, Taksim Maksim Sofitel Hotel, Taksim Mosque and Galataport as part of the Beyoğlu Cultural Road Festival.
Commenting on the press after the openings, Ersoy stated that with the reopening of AKM, the last link on the Beyoğlu Culture Road route has been completed.
Minister Ersoy emphasized that they started the Beyoğlu Culture Road Festival together with Sinan's opera as of yesterday evening and said, “This year is the first one. It will now happen every fall and spring. Currently, hundreds of events are held at 17 different locations with the participation of more than 1000 artists during this 64-day period.” said.
Explaining that he had the chance to visit certain spots in the Beyoğlu Cultural Road Festival with his wife by taking advantage of the opportunity to be in Istanbul, Ersoy continued his words as follows:
“Currently, we are at the Monet&Friends exhibition. This is an international exhibition. There are a few more international events like this one during this festival. Tomorrow evening, the London Philharmonic Orchestra will play at AKM. A few days later, the legendary name of jazz, Chris Botti will take the stage at AKM. With such events, we will increase our festival every year and make it an international brand. Hopefully, we will make one of the most branded festivals in Beyoğlu, Istanbul, and then in Turkey and the world.”
Giving information about the Monet&Friends Digital Exhibition, Ersoy said that it was a work in which the works of the most important painters of the period were presented digitally between 1860 and 1890 and included 15 artists.
Emphasizing that they will hold a much larger festival in the spring, Ersoy said:
“We will be able to attract many visitors from the world to our region. But let me tell you this: Beyoğlu Culture Road route is not limited to festivals. There is an app to navigate the route. You are downloading this application or you can visit 'beyoglukulturyolu.com' whenever you have the opportunity.
Hopefully, we will become a very good brand in culture and art as Turkey. This year it means much more. After a long pandemic period, we wanted to give a message to the world. The institutions that were most affected by the pandemic were cultural and artistic events. We also took the opportunity to give such a message to the world from Beyoğlu, Turkey, that normalization has started here as well. Hopefully, we will make it an international brand as soon as possible.”
Minister Ersoy was accompanied by Deputy Ministers of Culture and Tourism Özgül Özkan Yavuz and Ahmet Misbah Demircan, Provincial Director of Culture and Tourism Coşkun Yılmaz and Beyoğlu Mayor Haydar Ali Yıldız.
About the exhibitions
AKM Contemporary Art Again Exhibition, curated by Haldun Dostoğlu, brings together the works of young artists represented by galleries around Beyoğlu. In the exhibition, 16 works of 29 artists meet with art lovers.
Cartography Pedestrian Exhibition curated by Ali Akay and Beyoğlu Light Exhibition curated by Erdem Akan are held in Gezi Park.
The Transformation exhibition opened at Taksim Maksim Sofitel Hotel and the Recycle Installation, in which French artist Bernard Pras interpreted Pierre Auguste Renoir's La Grenouilliere, were also presented to art lovers.
The Transformation exhibition, curated by Ayça Okay, also brings together the harmony of Beyoğlu, which hosts diversity and polyphony, and the works consisting of incompatible ready-made objects with the audience.
The “In Search of Heritage” exhibitions at the Taksim Mosque Cultural Center also met with art lovers. There are 29 works in the exhibition, where the works of the Seljuk Period, consisting of traditional arts such as calligraphy, illumination, miniature, hand-drawn, marbling, tiles and ceramics, are interpreted by 74 artists.
Monet&Friends Digital Exhibition opened in Galataport O2 Building. Curated by Grande Experiences, the exhibition presents the breathtaking brushstrokes of Monet as well as painters such as Pisarro, Renoir, Cezanne, simultaneously with the works of composers such as Debussy, Tchaikovsky, Ravel and Offenbach.
As part of the Beyoğlu Culture Road Festival, there are 42 different exhibitions at the cultural road stops.