The Istanbul Foundation for Culture and Arts (İKSV)

The Istanbul Foundation for Culture and Arts (İKSV) is a non-profit cultural institution, founded in 1973.The Foundation’s objectives are to make Istanbul one of the world’s foremost capitals of culture and the arts; to create continuous interaction between national and universal values and traditional and contemporary values via culture and the arts; and to contribute actively to the development of cultural policies. With these objectives, İKSV organises the Istanbul Festivals of Music, Film, Theatre and Jazz, as well as the Istanbul Design Biennial, Leyla Gencer Voice Competition, autumn film week Filmekimi and one-off events throughout the year. The Foundation hosts regular cultural and artistic events at its performance venue Salon, located at the Nejat Eczacıbaşı Building, Istanbul.  İKSV also organises the Pavilion of Turkey at La Biennale di Venezia and London Design Biennale 2016 and coordinates an artist residency programme at Cité International des Arts, France. Furthermore, İKSV conducts studies and drafts reports with the aim of contributing to cultural policy development. The Foundation also supports artistic and cultural production through presenting awards at its festivals, commissioning works and taking part in international and local co-productions.


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The Wish Machine by Autoban, Turkey’s contribution to the 1st London Design Biennale

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Tacita Dean, Territorial Agency, Marshmallow Laser Feast, Madelon Vriesendorp and Lucy McRae are among the British contributors announced for the 3rd Istanbul Design Biennial

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