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The city where the East meets the West celebrated another year of IST festival

Wednesday, June 18, 2014
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This weekend a group of creative minds from designers, musicians,writers,directors, film makers, actors and other performers met in Istanbul, Turkey, to attend the annual high-profile International Arts & Culture Festival programmed by ISTANBUL’74 with the support of The Republic of Turkey Ministry of Culture and Tourism. Attendees came from all across the globe to share their ideas, visions and collaborations and enabled visitors to participate in many activities and talks. The audience had the opportunity to not just listen to interesting motivational speeches and see open panels, but also attend workshops, screenings and exhibitions.

Istanbul, the city where the East meets the West, uses this annual festival to promote and preserve different cultures and heritages from around the world. The city has for centuries served as a crosspatch for different cultures and ethnic groups which gives it the ultimate reason to host such event. It raises awareness and  a better understanding of art in relation to cultures and allows people to speak up and present their diverse ideas and opinions as well as share it with others. It also emphasizes unique collaborations between different industries and promotes how such work can be accomplished.

Among the vast number of notable attendees were Goga Ashkenazi , Stefano Tonchi, Demet Muftuoglu Eseli, David Maupin, Liya Kebede, Yasemin Baydar, Birol Demir, Peter Beard, Waris Ahluwalia, Jose Parla, Abel Ferrara, Tim Walker and of course Delfina Delettrez Fendi, the Italian-born jewelry designer who opened the festival with her jewelry exhibition called “Never Too Light”.



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