Performance Festival starts in Istanbul

The first IPA festival held abroad will be held in Istanbul between 9 -11 August. This year the IPA festival will be organized by Istanbul-based arts and culture team KOZA Visual Culture and Arts Association and will be supported by maumau art residency and Swiss Arts Council Pro Helvetia with contributions of venue partners Salt Galata, Pasajist, Gallery NON, Pi Artworks, DEPO and Peyote.

The festival, which will be held between August 9 to 11 will host 20 artists’ performances, while the workshops and summer camp which will be held between July 29 to August 4 will be hosting 46 students.

This year the Berlin-based International Performance Association (IPA) will reach new heights as it holds its performance arts festival abroad for the first time. The first IPA festival to be held outside of Germany will take place in Istanbul from July 29 to Aug. 12.

As a new addition to Turkey’s art scene the IPA Istanbul Festival aims to be a platform for encouraging the practice of performance art by uniting performance art lovers and emerging artists from all over the world to participate in an exchange of ideas and experiences.

At the festival art lovers and aspiring artists can enjoy a series of performance art events, including indoor and public space performances and a ‘summer camp’ where budding artists will meet with leading performance artists for training at workshops and panel discussions.

The festival hopes to open a new dimension in Turkey’s performance arts scene as well as in the international arena with participants sharing their experiences and knowledge about performance art.

About IPA Istanbul

The IPA summer camp and festival project creates a platform for artists where they can share their experiences in performance art. Summer camp attendants will share their adventures and even mishaps in the field while learning from experienced artists. The aim is to bring all levels of artists, from veteran performers to aspiring young talent, together.

“The existing festivals in Turkey usually focus on stage performances, however, IPA is only about visual arts and a part of plastic arts,” said festival coordinator Burçak Konukman.

IPA gives everyone the chance to discover Istanbul’s art scene and also experience performance art in the country, Konukman said. “This may change the approach to performance art in Turkey.”

from Hürriyet Daily News

IPA Summer 2012 – IPA Platform Young Performance Artists Festival Program

Details about the Program

Thomas Büsch

Filmmaker, Founding Member and Secretary General of diyalog, promotion of cultural exchange with Turkey. Since 2012 he is also project manager of InEnArt.

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