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The Opening Ceremony of the 8th Istanbul Biennial Held at
Antrepo No: 4 With Over 3000 Guests


The Opening Ceremony of the 8th International Istanbul Biennial, sponsored by JTI,Turkey and organized by Istanbul Foundation For Culture and Arts, was held with over 3000 guests at the main venue of the event: Antrepo No: 4.

Song Dong Born 1966 in Beijing, China.
Lives in Beijing, China.
Broken Mirror, 1999 Video, 4 minutes

The KulturPreis Europa  2003 (European Award for Cultural Achievement) has been granted by KulturForum Europa to Istanbul Foundation for Culture and Arts at the opening Ceremony of the 8th International Istanbul Biennial. The KulturForum Europa has been granting the KulturPreis Europa for 11 years to the individuals and institutions that have contributed to the development of human rights, law, democracy and intercultural dialogue. For the first time, this year, the award goes to an institution outside the European Union. KulturForum Europa's Chairman Dieter Topp stated in his speech that the KulturPreis Europa 2003 has been granted toIstanbul Foundation for Culture and Arts "for their cultural and artistic activities in the past 30 years whereby they have helped to create mutual understanding, tolerance and trust between the East and the West, between Islam and Christianity."

Ms. Elzbieta Penderecki of Poland presented the award of Istanbul Foundation for Culture and Arts to Mr. Talat Halman, Vice-President. Ms. Penderecki was the winner of the award last year.

Following the Opening Ceremony, the Biennial Sponsor, JTI Turkey; the Sponsor of Turkish Artists, Eczacibasi Holding; the Audio-visual Sponsor; SONY and catering sponsor Armada Hotel have been presented plaques for their contribution in the 8th International Istanbul Biennial. Furthermore, the International Supporters and Special Project Supporters of the 8th International Istanbul Biennial have receivedtheir plaques, as well.

The professional preview of the 8th International Istanbul Biennial was visited by around 500 local and foreign press representatives and over 2.000 art professionals.

The 8th International Istanbul Biennial can be visited until November 16th, 2003.

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Concept of the 8th International Istanbul Biennial

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