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Istanbul European Capital of Culture 2010

Cultural Bridge Between Europe and Asia

Many European cities have used the title of "European City of Culture" as a chance to transform their cultural base and, in doing so, to be viewed internationally. Is the most successful project of the European Commission in the field of culture and overwhelming way for the city to be noticed. An opportunity to showcase its cultural life and cultural development this time is given to Istanbul, Turkey. Meet the culture there.

Through the history Istanbul has served as the capital city of the Roman Empire, Byzantine Empire and the Latin Empire. New millennium brings new beginnings. So, Istanbul is getting ready for the glorious times again. The crown of the "Capital of the culture" will be passed on the 1st of January, 2010. However, even at this time, Istanbul can offer a wide range of free concerts, exhibitions of artists, as well as dance combined with international groups. The main focus is given to modern and contemporary arts.


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The theme of "European City of Culture 2010" is "A City of Four Elements”. A the yearlong celebration will represent Earth (exhibits illustrating the city’s historical development will be featured), Air (various inter-religious events), Water (presentations of European arts, music and food) and Fire (the main attention is given to Turkey’s contemporary art scene). Discover the four classical elements in a classical city.

New title requires new look. For the preparations of Istanbul 2010 European Capital of Culture many historic buildings are being restorated. After the long time, Spice Bazaar and the Hagia Sophia will be improved by the reconstruction treatment and renovation works.The city is making huge efforts to impress you. Evaluate what is being done!


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