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It was a bit of unlucky for Istanbul as there were 7 concerts all over Istanbul in such a cold night. Well, I am more concerned for future “cultural” activities. Pop music concerts and fireworks are now handy. In nearly every national or religious days, Istanbul witnesses similar events. Let’s see what will differ now… In the mean time, for tweeter people #istanbul2010 where you will find Istanbul 2010 news…

İstanbul 2010 Avrupa Kültür Başkenti

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Istanbul launches year as European cultural capital
AFP
ISTANBUL ? Istanbul on Saturday launched a year of art events as it became one of three Cultural Capitals of Europe for 2010, feting the occasion with



Google Turkey‘s logo to celebrate the event!

Istanbul Embraces Its Cultural Crown
New York Times (blog)
By SUSANNE FOWLER Courtesy of Istanbul2010.org A special display of lights leading to Taksim Square is part of the celebration of Istanbul being named a

Turkey's Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan makes a speech during ...

Turkey’s Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan makes a speech during an inauguration ceremony of Istanbul as the 2010 European Capital of Culture in Istanbul, January 16, 2010.

REUTERS/Osman Orsal
The Istanbulian liked his speech….

Istanbul, European Capital of Culture 2010: city highlights

by acturca

The Daily Telegraph (UK), 09 Jan 2010

By James Bedding

Istanbul, European Capital of Culture 2010, is putting on quite a show. James Bedding offers a guide and the top highlights for this year.

Istanbul may be European Capital of Culture for 2010, but it by no means needs special events to be worth a visit. Its sublime Ottoman mosques and Byzantine churches, its sprawling palaces and bazaars, and its spectacular location overlooking the waters of the Golden Horn and the Bosporus are without parallel. Add the fact that Turkey is currently very affordable and the locals famously welcoming, and you have all the ingredients for an unforgettable city break whenever you go.

Istanbul named a Culture Capital

from BBC News | Europe | World Edition
Istanbul becomes one of three European Capitals of Culture, but the celebration is not without its problems, Jonathan Head reports.

Istanbul starts one year Cultural Capital of Europe

by Fréderike Geerdink

ISTANBUL ? Starting tomorrow Istanbul will officially be Cultural Capital of Europe for one year. On seven locations in the city events are planned for Saturday night, for example a big fireworks display in the presence of President Abdullah Gül and a concert by popular singer Tarkan on Taksim, the central square of the city. Besides

Pécs of Hungary also celebrates the European Capital of Culture…

Nicky Haslam’s heaven on earth: Istanbul
Telegraph.co.uk
The interior designer Nicky Haslam is captivated by Istanbul, a city on the edge of two continents. By Nicky Haslam There is something quite extraordinary

Fauna: Let Them Eat Pasta

from Istanbul Eats

Visitors to Turkey beware: in Turkish, the word ?pasta? means cake or pastry. Go into a place advertising ?pasta? in search of a plate of fettuccine alfredo and you are more likely to end up with a flouncy Black Forest cake…..

Photo Essay: Istanbul, Turkey
Future Changes
Photo essay from a 2006 trip to Istanbul, Turkey. With a population of 12.6 million people, Istanbul is Turkey’s cultural and financial center, the nation’s

Nationalism in stone: İstanbul’s forgotten masterpieces
Sunday’s Zaman
Perhaps the most extraordinary makeover was the one given to what started life as a vast abattoir in Sütlüce and is now the İstanbul Cultural and Congress

Istanbul and its harems – Nationmultimedia.com

Istanbul Celebrates Culture
Wall Street Journal
16, Istanbul will launch its year as European Capital of Culture with an all-night party throughout the city. Musicians will perform at six different public

How about a tour of İstanbul from the comfort of your own home?
Today’s Zaman
But nowadays, as it turns out, you don’t even have to leave the comfort of your home to see places such as Jerusalem, İstanbul, Mardin, Pamukkale,

İstanbul among cities with lowest unemployment risk
Today’s Zaman
İstanbul is among the provinces with the lowest risk of unemployment in Turkey, a recent survey has revealed. A study conducted jointly by Hacettepe

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