ISTANCOOL Festival: FASHION FILM ART LITERATURE ARCHITECTURE MUSIC DESIGN PHILOSOPHY TALKSLiberatum invites you to take part in a riveting artistic journey. A special cultural celebration called Istancool to be held in the fascinating city of Istanbul. Dates: 2-4 July 2010 Istancool promises to be a mesmerising festival of art, design, fashion, literature, film, music and ideas. It will reflect an unique and innovative collaboration bringing together some of the most renowned British, Turkish and other international cultural icons. Istancool aims to stimulate and captivate audiences. Our vision is to produce a spectacular festival that will feature a diverse, stimulating, high-quality and thought-provoking programme aimed at raising the profile of Istanbul as a forward-thinking world city. One of the festival’s goals is to complement Istanbul’s new position as the 2010 European Capital of Culture whilst creating a dynamic and independent brand that will contribute significantly to the city’s cultural calendar. The festival will further strengthen UK/Turkish cultural relations and aim to promote a positive image of Istanbul in the international media. Istancool will enhance the reputation of Istanbul as a great cultural city and pay tribute to Turkey’s cultural heritage. It will present an ambitious and original programme which will aim to place Istanbul firmly at the centre of the international cultural scene in 2010.
Guests will include leading actors, designers, musicians, directors, artists, authors and media figures such as:
Nobel Laureate Sir VS Naipaul,
Philip Treacy, Zaha Hadid, Lee Daniels,
Jefferson Hack, Gore Vidal, Terence Koh,
Gareth Pugh, Lily Cole, Haluk Akakce,
Academy Award® nominated musician Michael Nyman,
Waris Ahluwalia, Academy Award® nominated director Stephen Frears,
Vogue Italia's Franca Sozzani, Alfred Dunhill , The Misshapes (Leigh Lezark and Geordon Nicol),
Wallpaper editor in chief Tony Chambers, Daphne Guinness, among many others.
Pablo Ganguli is a cultural enterpreneur who founded Liberatum because of his belief in the power of connecting people from different countries through enlightening cultural platforms. He promotes the face of contemporary Britain globally through these cultural events while also promoting environmental causes and human rights.
Pablo what is Liberatum?
Our objective is to further strengthen relations between different countries and the United Kingdom through the power of the arts. Our previous successful ventures have taken place in -Russia, Papua New Guinea, Morocco and India. Liberatum’s future festivals will be held in Italy, Turkey, Argentina, Egypt and Jordan . Our vision is to bring together leading art, fashion, design, theatre, film, media and literary figures from Britain and other countries in order to create innovative ideas, thought provoking projects and fascinating events.
Greatest inspirations or influences?
- Russian Ballerinas, Arabic Poetry, Cate Blanchett,
- Rosa Parks, Martin Scorsese, Madonna, Albert Camus,
- Russia, and my Grandmother
Most interesting project you have worked on so far?
Papua New Guinea 2001-2003 Upcoming projects around the world?
- Corinthia St Petersburg Festival in September 2010,
- KeraLight October 2010 India,
- Rio de January 2011.
Istancool- A combination of surrealism and depth. You will see iconic cultural leaders sharing artistic passion with enigmatic fashion potentates and one of the world's most revered architects. From whirling dervishes at midnight to literary debates and classical music concerts on the Bosphporus. All open to the public at no cost. Dream project/collaboration for you?
- Madonna, Royal Opera House, Georgian Ballet,
- Joaquín Cortés an Paulo Coelho for an extraordinarily moving literary, dance and musical show the world has ever seen