Liberatum Istancool festival 2011

Liberatum's Istancool in association with Istanbul'74 was a significant and important cultural diplomacy summit in Istanbul that was held in July 2010 to celebrate Istanbul's status as the 2010 European Capital of Culture. The inaugural festival featured Zaha Hadid, Nobel Laureate Sir VS Naipaul, Hanif Kureishi, Gore Vidal, Franca Sozzani, Elif Shafak, Terence Koh, Jefferson Hack, Stephen Frears, Taner Ceylan, Daphne Guinness, Lily Cole, Philip Treacy, Bernard-Henri Levy, Vecdi Sayar and Michael Nyman - to name but a few participants.


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After the great success of Istancool 2010, the global British cultural diplomacy brand Liberatum in association with Istanbul'74 and AnOther Magazine will host the second edition of this prestigious art, design, fashion, film, music, literature and architecture festival from 27-29 May 2011. The festival founder and artistic director, Pablo Ganguli is collaborating with Demet Muftuoglu who is the creative head of the festival in Turkey.

Once again, Istancool will feature leading cultural personalities from Turkey and other parts of the world. International participants this year include Milos Forman, Tilda Swinton, Venice Film Festival director Marco Mueller, Courtney Love, Sophie Calle, Pierce Brosnan, Haider Ackermann, Michael Stipe, Sam Taylor-Wood and Kirsten Dunst among many others. The artistic programme will aim to captivate and open minds.

Istancool is a fascinating and unique cultural experience bringing together some of the world's most talented writers, designers, editors, actors, poets, filmmakers, dancers and musicians to the city of Istanbul. The festival is committed to creating a dynamic arts diplomacy programme in the world and forging greater cultural relations between Turkey and the international artistic community.


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