Istanbul’s historic street bustling with design and art this week
When looking for information about Istanbul and its neighborhoods, the first place people definitely mention is BeyoÄlu. Today, Istanbul’s most vibrant district is once again in the spotlight with “Design at TomTom Street”.
TomTom Street, a promising creative hub with a rich history and expansive architecture that transports the past to the present, with everything from restaurants to art galleries and museums to design stores, brings design to the heart of Istanbul from October 19 to 22. with âDesign at TomTom Streetâ under the theme âWatch Yourselfâ.
Organized twice a year, the third edition of the design festival will welcome 100 designers, 50 artists, 50 speakers and five designs from different places.
Organized at the initiative of the Executive Board of TomTom Design Management composed of Hakan Kodal, Bahar KorÃ§an, Serra ArÄ±kÃ¶k and AyÅegÃ¼l Temel, the event is organized under the auspices of the Municipality of BeyoÄlu. Organized for the second time in May 2017 and visited by more than 20,000 visitors, the event will host three different activities on three different nights.
On the opening night there will be a private launch of ‘TomTom Designhood’, which will be full of art, design and music. Over the next few days of the event, private discussion sessions and meetings under the title âDesigning Life and the Futureâ will be offered, with dance performances and various musical activities for visitors. Big names such as Levent Erden, Ãmer Madra, Yelda Ä°pekli, Ãzlem Ä°kiÄ±ÅÄ±k BarutÃ§u, Sare Palaska, Cem Talu, Hande AkÄ±n, Ãzlem GÃ¼rses, Åah YaycÄ±, Ecmel Ayral, BaÅak Pelister and GÃ¼nseli Kato will participate in various panels event. Thus. The works of more than 50 artists will be exhibited in the exhibition space, under the theme âLook at yourselfâ, as well as installations and art projects in important buildings and monuments of the TomTom district. The TomTom Red exhibition space, specially designed for the event and organized by Bahar KorÃ§an, will host the works of artists including Ä°rfan ÃnÃ¼rmen, BarÄ±Å SarÄ±baÅ, ÃaÄla MÄ±sÄ±rlÄ±, Alev GÃ¶zonar, BuÄra Erol, Dicle ÃiftÃ§i, Alev AraslÄ±, Sevil DolmacÄ± sanatÄ±larÃ§ Art Cosultan Alea PÄ±nar Du Pre, Elif Tutka, Yusuf AygeÃ§, Nurdan Likos, Art On Galery SanatÃ§Ä±larÄ±ndan Olcay KuÅ, Erman ÃzbaÅaran, Ahmet Ãerkez and Olgu Ãlkenciler.
In addition, the “Deco Floor”, prepared for the first time earlier this year to host the exhibitions of the main decoration design brands from Turkey and around the world, will continue in the third edition of the event.
The collections of famous fashion designers including Arzu Kaptol, Mehtap Elaidi and ÃzgÃ¼r Mansur, as well as the collections of young designers, will be exhibited in the TomTom Trend Area, created in collaboration with the Association of Fashion Designers and with the Bahar KorÃ§an Selection .
TomTom Street is also set to host the best music in town. Live music and DJ performances will provide colorful hours for visitors throughout the event. In addition, a video and photo competition will be organized and the creator of the best videos and photos describing the theme âWatch Yourselfâ will win a return ticket to Milano Design Week.
On the closing night of the event, the “Design Awards” will be presented by the Registered Trademarks Association and the curtain will fall, until next year, with a concert called “Nardis Jazz Night”.
Representing Troy, the main sponsor of Design at TomTom Street, Interbank Card Center Managing Director Dr Soner Canko said they are proud to be a supporter of the Design at TomTom Street event and are working hard to show the importance of creative ideas, new looks and unique approaches. âAs one of the very few events that opens up space for creative people, Design at TomTom Street shows us that creation and creation begins with ‘Watching Yourself’. “