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Cultural Centers

Akbank Art & Cultural Center
Cultural centers both private and state owned, are spread throughout the city. Moreover all major banks in Turkey try to develop the art and culture by opening cultural centers and arranging various activities.

Please also note that some of the Consulates as American, Austrian, British, French, German, Greek, Italian, Spanish, Japanees have cultural offices. They all organize conferences, expositions, concerts, films and language courses. Most of these cultural centers have a very rich choice of books, CDs, cassettes, DVD and VCD and these cultural activities are for both foreigners and Turks.

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Akatlar Kültür Merkezi (Akatlar Cultural Center)
Akatlar Cultural Center is composed of a modern and comfortable hall with the capacity of 350 people, ballet room, classes and a foyer. Art courses are available besides play, concert, exhibition and meeting organizations.

Akbank Art & Cultural Center (Akbank Kültür Sanat Merkezi)
Akbank offers an interesting program each month at Beyoğlu Akbanak Art & Cultural Center. You can enjoy jazz, classical music, opera or ballet via a large laser disc screen. Painting and sculpture exhibition halls offer different Lithography work shops, Serigraphy workshops and Ballet studio. Monthly programs are available at every Akbank branch.

Atatürk Kültür Merkezi-AKM (Atatürk Cultural Center-AKM)
(Under renovation) This cultural center in Taksim, is known as AKM. There is a multi- purpose hall with a 1307 seat capacity for opera, ballet, theater and a second hall with 502-seat capacity for meetings and conferences as well as a 1200 m² Exhibition Hall at the entrance. AKM also housing the Istanbul State Symphony Orchestra and Choir, Istanbul State Modern Folk Music Ensemble, Istanbul State Classical Turkish Music Choir.

Borusan Kültür ve Sanat Merkezi (Borusan Culture and Art Center)
Borusan is one of the biggest pipe companies in Turkey. They  formed a cultural center in Beyloğlu with an exhibition hall at the entrance by renovating a very old building on İstiklal Caddesi. Borusan also offers some workshops for children and adults. The “Borusan Istanbul Philharmonic Orchestra" also performs on different concert halls.

Borusan Müzik Evi (Borusan Music House)
Borusan Müzik Evi (Music House) is located in a newly restored six-story historical building on Istiklal Avenue, Beyoğlu. The building was designed by a French architect and was constructed in 1875. The center has concert and rehearsal halls as well as space for seminars and dance performances. The entrance floor of Borusan Müzik Evi is designed as an exhibition area. The concert hall on the second and third floors has a capacity of 200 people. The fourth floor hosts six rehearsal halls. The fifth and sixth floors are open to multi-purpose activities. The terrace offers a magnificent Istanbul panorama. Chamber, jazz and world music and contemporary dance shows will be performed at Borusan Müzik Evi three days a week. In addition, BIFO cardholders have the opportunity to follow the rehearsals of Borusan Istanbul Philharmonic Orchestra.

Caddebostan Kültür Merkezi (Caddebostan Cultural Center)
Caddebostan Cultural Center is biggest cultural center of the Anatolian Side and was founded in 2005. It has two halls with the capacity of 650 and 125 people, two art galleries and six movie theaters together with two bookstores. Plays for children are performed for free on the weekends at 13:00. Caddebostan Kültür Merkezi -CKM- also houses concerts, plays, conferences, international symposia and book days as well as art exhibitions in the foyer art gallery.

IKSV Deniz Palas
After a 15-year of work at Luvr Apartment in Beyoğlu, Istanbul Foundation for Culture and Arts (IKSV) moved to another historical building in Şişhane: Deniz Palas. It was built in Art Nouveau style by architect Georges Coulouthros at the beginning of the 20th century. Deniz Palas now houses İKSV, which has been enriching the cultural and artistic life of İstanbul with festivals, events and leading organizations for 37 years. Deniz Palas Apartment, spanned in seven floors at an are of  4200 sq.mt. is a meeting place for art lovers, in addition to the offices of the foundation.  The IKSV Design Shop, displaying very special gifts and Peralı Café are located on the main floor. “Salon”, the new performance center, is located at the entrance and the first floors and is designed to host classical, jazz, rock, alternative and world music concerts, theater and dance performances, activities for children, panels and conferences. It has a capacity of 250 people seated and 600 standing. The fifth floor of Deniz Palas is going to host a museum dedicated to famous soprano Leyla Gencer, as of March 2010. Denis Palas Restoran sited on the top floor and the terrace offers one of the most stunning views in Istanbul.

İstasyon Sanat Akademisi(İstasyon Art Academy)
The motto of İstasyon Sanat Merkezi is “Art has no age”. They have branches of three districts in town and offer courses ranging from painting to art history, music to jewelry design, sculpture to stage arts. For more and detailed information we suggest you contact the nearest -Taksim, Bakırköy or Kadıköy- İstasyon.

İş Sanat Kültür Merkezi (İş Sanat Cultural Center)
İş Bankası, one of the biggest banks of Turkey and owner of the highest tower of the city ut 4. Levent, organizes concerts and performances with national and international talents at its new place. You can find their monthly program at every İş Bankası branch. Ticket prices depend on the performance; you can buy tickets from Migros Caddebostan, Galeria, Maslak, Merter, Soyak), Vakkorama (Akmerkez, Suadiye, Taksim) or Raksotek (Beyoğlu or Ortaköy)

Levent Kültür Merkezi (Levent Cultural Center)
The center hosts the latest films at its chic and comfortable movie theater of 140. A café is also available. Free shows takes place on some special days.

Mustafa Kemal Kültür Merkezi (Mustafa Kemal Cultural Center)
This six-story cultural center is located at TEM highway and Levent junction and was founded in the end of 2004. Multi-purpose hall with the capacity of 1000 people, a wide foyer, exhibition hall and digital library are among the facilities. The center also hosts a shopping mall carrying the same name.

Ortaköy Kültür Merkezi (Ortaköy Cultural Center)
Ortaköy Cultural Center hosts various activities with its movie theater of 180 seats, library, art gallery and classes. An elegant café is expected to be open at its terrace overlooking the Bosphorus in summer of 2005.

SGM-Sabancı Gösteri Merkezi (Performing Arts Center)
SGM-Sabancı Performing Arts Center at Sabancı University is the biggest art and conference center on the Anatolian side. The center is equipped with latest technological facilities and ideal for congresses, conference, seminars as well as artistic shows. SGM is located at an area of 4.905 sq.mt. and has the capacity of 912 people. Free transportation is provided from Kadıköy and Taksim to Sabancı University on the activity dates.

Yapı Kredi Kültür Merkezi (Yapı Kredi Cultural Center)
Yapı Kredi Bankası offers you at Galatarasay, 3 exhibition halls with continuous exhibitions. It also has a book and music store. Closed on Sundays

Yunus Emre Kültür Merkezi (Yunus Emre Cultural Center)
The center was founded by Municipality of Bakırköy. The theater has a capacity of 350 while the cinema hall has a capacity of 260. Çetin Emeç Gallery hosts several domestic and international artists. An open-air cinema will be open during summer and is free for Bakırköy residents. Also, all events at Yunus Emre Kültür Merkezi are free for the residents 65 and up.

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