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Istanbul ready to celebrate 2010 European Capital of Culture

11 janvier 2010

Istanbul is getting ready to welcome international guests and Istanbul residents to the official celebration of the title 2010 European Capital of Culture on January 16, 2010.

As a European Capital of Culture, Istanbul will host President Abdullah Gül, high-level state officials from European states and Turkey’s neighbors, and members of the local and foreign press as well as other national and international guests in the official celebration marking the start of the capital of culture activities, according to a press release issued by the İstanbul 2010 Capital of Culture Agency. The opening ceremony will be held under the auspices of Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan.

There will be a series of events, gallery shows and stage performances throughout the city to mark the occasion. (A complete list of events can be found at

As NYTimes reports « The reputation of Istanbul’s contemporary art scene has been steadily growing in recent years, with the Web site recently calling it “one of the most innovative in the world.

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