Istanbul Foundation for Culture and Arts launches the Istanbul Festival and its Mengü Ertel-designed poster with an inaugural press conference on 22 July.


The 1st Istanbul Festival is organised between 21 June and 15 July.

Istanbul Festival becomes a member of the International Festivals Association.


To take the name of ‘Cinema Days’ later on, a film week is organised at the Cinema Konak.

İKSV moves from the Gümüşsuyu district of Beyoğlu to its new headquarters at the Yıldız Palace.


The 1st edition of the Contemporary Art Exhibitions, antecedent of the International Istanbul Biennial, is held.

The 1st Theatre Festival is organised. ‘Cinema Days’ take the name of ‘The International Istanbul Film Festival’.


İKSV organises the first stadium concert in Istanbul with Bryan Adams on stage. UNESCO awards İKSV with the International Culture and Art Prize.

Melih Fereli becomes the next general manager after Aydın Gün. Founder of İKSV, Nejat Eczacıbaşı passes away, leaving his seat to the new chairman, Şakir Eczacıbaşı.


İKSV moves to the Louvre Apartment on the Istiklal Street, and the first Istanbul Jazz Festival is organised.

İKSV begins organising symposia with ‘Culture of Democracy and Globalisation’ held in collaboration with the Culture Initiative, and intercultural programmes with ‘Berlin in Istanbul’.


İKSV was awarded the Culture and Art Grand Prize by the Presidency of the Republic of Turkey.

The production stage of the opera The Abduction from the Seraglio, which has been presented at the Topkapı Palace for years within the scope of the Festival, was documented as a result of a coproduction by BBC and İKSV, resulting in the DVD, ‘Mozart in Turkey’.


Ersin Onay is named the new general manager.

Theatre Festival begins to be held biennially. A membership programme is initiated with the name of ‘The Friends of Istanbul’, known today as the ‘Tulip Card’ membership programme. Görgün Taner is appointed as the general manager. A decision was taken to disperse the events over a year. Autumn film week ‘Filmekimi’ is launched.


A coproduction by Tanztheater Wuppertal-Pina Bausch and İKSV, Nefés is staged for the first time. The first edition of the ‘Minifest’, a children’s festival to continue for the six years to follow, is organised. İKSV becomes the first institution to receive the European Culture Forum’s European Culture Award from outside of the EU.

The international projects of İKSV, supported by the Ministry of External Affairs of Turkey, commence with ‘Şimdi Now’ (Berlin) and Bozar Turkey Festival.


‘Turks: A Journey of a Thousand Years, 600 - 1600’, an exhibition introducing key aspects of Turkish culture, is organised by London Royal Art Academy, in collaboration with İKSV.

İKSV undertakes the organisation of the Leyla Gencer Voice Competition.


İKSV assumes the organisation of the Pavilion of Turkey at the International Art Exhibition, la Biennale di Venezia.

Acitivities under the ‘Culture Season of Turkey in France’ is carried out by İKSV in collaboration with Culturesfrance. As a result, an artist studio is rented at Cité des Arts, Paris, to accommodate artists from the Turkey for the next 20 years. İKSV moves to Deniz Palas, the Foundation’s current residency know today as the Nejat Eczacıbaşı Building.


Chairman of İKSV, Şakir Eczacıbaşı passes away, leaving his post to Bülent Eczacıbaşı. İKSV Design Store that operated until 2015, and Salon İKSV are launched in the Nejat Eczacıbaşı Building.

The first report by İKSV within the scope of its cultural policy studies, ‘Art in Public Space: Proposed Models & Recommendations for Istanbul’, is published.


Istanbul Design Biennial is launched. Aydın Gün Encouragement Award is presented for the first time. i-ka-se-ve, a new book accounting for the history of İKSV with first-hand testimonies by 370 people, is published on the Foundation’s 40th anniversary.

Istanbul Biennial is held with no admission fee for the first time.


İKSV, with support by 21 contributors, provides a permanent venue for the Pavilion of Turkey at la Biennale di Venezia, facilitating the inaugural participation of Turkey at the International Architecture Exhibition, la Biennale di Venezia, with a national pavilion. Istanbul Design Biennial is held with no admission fee for the first time.

Talât Sait Halman Translation Award is launched. Leyla Gencer Voice Competition begins to take place triennially.


The Istanbul Art&Culture Card project, providing a thousand university students with 250 Turkish Liras spendable in the events of İKSV, is launched with the support of the Eczacıbaşı Group. Istanbul Theatre Festival returns to being held every year.

The Gülriz Sururi-Engin Cezzar Theatre Encouragement Award is launched. Made possible with the generous donations of the theatre actor Gülriz Sururi, the award is presented to theatre companies or individuals who contribute to the development of Turkish theatre through their productions and progressive approaches.


İKSV Alt Kat: Learning and Interaction Space is founded by İKSV with the aim of improving access to and participation in art and culture events. It offers a year-round free programme for children, teenagers and groups with limited access to arts and culture.