Culture professionals from Anatolia were in Istanbul once again for the Capacity Building in Arts Programme

As a part of the Spaces of Culture project, İKSV has hosted cultural actors and artists from Diyarbakır, Gaziantep and İzmir at the Capacity Building in Arts Programme which was held for the second time between September 23 and 28. The programme, organised by İKSV to share the foundation’s 46 years of experience in the field of culture and arts with Anatolia, took place at İKSV Alt Kat and the Dutch Palace (Consulate General of Netherlands in Istanbul). During the programme, participants found opportunities to share information and reinforce their networks in culture management sessions focusing on various themes, in Morning Conversations with important names from the world of culture and arts, and during their field visits to different culture and art institutions.


18 people that participated in the Capacity Building in Arts Programme were trained in sessions focusing on different themes by a team of 12 professionals consisting of academics and experts in their respective fields. The first session of the programme was held by Prof. Dr Füsun Üstel on “Studying Cultural Politics” and continued with the session on “Cultural Management” held by Gernot Wolfram, Professor of Art and Media Management at Macromedia University.

Over the course of a week, participants attended the following training sessions: “Creating Ideas” by Murat Sezgi, “Content Development” by Swedish cultural managers Karin Dalborg and David Karlsson, “Sustainability” by Culture and Media Expert Helene Monnerie Delmas, “Strategic Planning for Sustainable Institutions” by Istanbul Bilgi University faculty member Assoc. Prof. Dr. Gökçe Dervişoğlu Okandan, “Resource Development” by Campaign and Resource Development Strategist Emma Harjadi Herman, “Sponsorship” by İKSV Sponsorship Programme Director Yasemin Keretli Çavuşoğlu, “Marketing” by Strategic Marketing Instructor Emine Batislam Persentili, and “Communication” by İKSV Media Relations Assistant Director Ayşen Ergene and İKSV Marketing Manager Meriç Yirmili.

Morning Conversations

During the six-day Capacity Building in The Arts Programme interviews were held with culture professionals who have made significant contributions in various fields of the culture and art world, where they shared their personal and professional journeys. The first morning conversation by İKSV General Director Görgün Taner titled “What is it to be a culture professional?” was followed by “Why Hariçten Sanat?” by SAHA Association Director Çelenk Bafra, “Participating Freely in Cultural Life” by author Yekta Kopan, “Art During Hard Times” by Anadolu Kültür General Coordinator Asena Günal and “Thinking Differently” by actor Yiğit Özşener.

Field trips and events

The participants strengthened their connections on field trips where they visited various cultural and arts institutions and came together with art professionals.

The participants joined the field trips in line with their respective fields of interest. Yapı Kredi Culture and Art, Mehşer, SALT Beyoğlu, Depo, Salon IKSV, Kumbaracı50 and Barış için Müzik Vakfı in the Beyoğlu district, and Moda Stage, Baba Stage, Süreyya Opera, Noks Independent Art Space, Arthere, Tasarım Atölyesi Kadıköy and Bant Mag/Bina in the Kadıköy district were visited.

Participants also found the opportunity to attend the Steve Gunn concert at Salon IKSV, watch the play “Yeni Bir Şarkı” at Moda Stage and visit the 16th Istanbul Biennale’s venues in Büyükada.

They also came together and exchanged ideas with art professionals from both national and international institutions at the “Speed Dating” event organised as a part of the “Ongoing Connections” programme by the Consulate General of Netherlands in Istanbul’s collaboration with Spaces of Culture.

Spaces of Culture provides space and resources for projects in the field of culture and arts and also presents different educational and developmental environments for local institutions and professionals producing in the field. Spaces of Culture was initiated by Goethe-Institut, Embassy of The Kingdom of The Netherlands, Swedish Consulate General in Istanbul, Institut Francais and realised with the collaboration of Istanbul Foundation for Culture and Arts (İKSV) and Anadolu Kültür.