Istanbul hands over title European Capital of Culture to Finnish cities

Yazici said that the main target of the events was to leave a mark on Istanbul's culture and art life and make the projects sustainable in this aspect.

Istanbul hands over title European Capital of Culture to Finnish cities

Turkish State Minister Hayati Yazici has said that 2010 became a beginning year for permanent developments in the cultural infrastructure of Istanbul.

Speaking at the closing ceremony of Istanbul 2010 European Capital of Culture events on Sunday, Yazici said that the main target of the events was to leave a mark on Istanbul's culture and art life and make the projects sustainable in this aspect.

The projects contributed to the international dignity of Istanbul and Turkey and provided opportunity for interaction among cultures, he added.

Yazici said that Istanbul was an intersection point of the East and the West, adding that Istanbul was a cradle of civilizations where more than 120 emperors had ruled.

The events are important for cultural economy and promotion of Istanbul and Turkey, added Yazici.

He noted that more than 600 projects were implemented within the scope of the events.

Istanbul 2010 project was led by the Turkish Foreign Ministry and supported by the Ministry of Culture & Tourism, Istanbul Governor's Office and Istanbul Metropolitan Municipality, and coordinated by the Istanbul 2010 Agency. Throughout 2010, many local and international artists and cultural groups have been guests of Istanbul for cultural events, exhibitions, concerts, visual arts, and so on.

The Council of the European Union chooses each year cities as European Capitals of Culture. Essen, Istanbul and Pecs are the capitals of culture in 2010. Started in 1985, the initiative has become one of the most prestigious and high-profile cultural events in Europe.

More than 40 cities have been designated European Capitals of Culture so far.

A city is not chosen as a European Capital of Culture solely for what it is, but mainly for what it plans to do for a year that has to be exceptional.

Tallinn (Estonia) and Turku (Finland) will be the capitals of culture in 2011.


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