Istanbul 2010: European Capital of Culture

Hi all!

As this is the last post of the year, I have something special for you. This post is written by a special guest: Kubra Corapci.

Kubra is a young lady from Istanbul, and she is experienced in communication consultancy.

I had the honour to meet Kubra in San Diego, and I asked her some contributes for my blog.

Her post is not only about an important event that will be held in Instanbul, but it states how different cultures can live together.

In my opinion, it is the best wish for our future.

Thank you, Kubra!

I wish you all Happy Holidays and … enjoy this reading!

ist-logoI am very happy to be a witness of Istanbul, being chosen as “2010 European Capital of Culture”; and as a Turk, I’m proud of it.

While reading this post, some of you may ask “what is European Capital of Culture?”. Let me explain: The idea of “European Capital of Culture” had been created in 1985 by Melina Mercouri, the former minister of culture of Greece. Until the year of 2000, only the cities which take place in the countries that are members of European Union could be chosen. Now, because of the new millennium, the title of “European Capital of Culture” can be given to any city which takes place in a European Union country or a candidate. Also, more than one city can be chosen in same year. This project is very crucial due to the introduction of the cities’ cultural heritages to Europe and to the world.

santa-sofia-2Starting with Athens, the capital of Greece, this journey has continued till today with lots of cities being chosen from different European countries, such as Italy, France, Germany, Sweden, Norway, Portuguese, etc. This year’s chosen ones are Liverpool (England) and Stavanger (Norway). Essentially, the subject that I want to write here is about 2010…

2010 European Capitals of Culture are Istanbul (Turkey), Essen (Germany), and Pecs (Hungary). Actually, there are a lot of reasons for Istanbul to win this title. I want to explain for the ones who haven’t visit or heard of Istanbul yet (Maybe you haven’t visit but hopefully you’ve heard about it), why Istanbul has been chosen as 2010 European Capital of Culture.

Throughout the history, Istanbul has been a city which gathers different cultures together. Moreover, it has a very specific location where east and west combines. Istanbul has territories in both Europe and Asia. As well as its captivating cultural heritages, there is one more reason that makes it matchless: It is possible to find a mosque, a synagogue, and a church in a 100 meter region.

Well, why is it important for Turkey to be the European Capital of Culture? One of the reasons is that moschea-blu1Istanbul will be able to share its cultural heritages with Europe. Both cultural and economic relations between Turkey and Europe will be improved. Besides, artists and creators from Istanbul will be able to show their works out of Turkey.

You can find further information about “Istanbul 2010 European Capital of Culture” project from , the website of the project.

To the ones who haven’t got a chance to see Istanbul yet, I strongly and wholeheartedly advice to visit Turkey. You will not only see a city that is full of historical and cultural heritages but also will fall in love to the city that has been a bridge between Europe and Asia for many years.

I want to thank you (because of reading my post) and Nicoletta (because of giving a place to me on her blog) a lot…

Best regards,

Kubra Corapci


8 thoughts on “Istanbul 2010: European Capital of Culture

  1. Thank you for a wonderful post like this! I enjoyed reading it a lot. It’s so nice to see a perfect writing about Istanbul on a great blog like bloggingaroundtheworld 🙂
    Keep writing!

    Merry Christmas!

  2. Basak, I wanna thank you on my own and I totally agree with your “perfect blog” thought. I really envy Nicoletta about this blog. She deserves all the good words 🙂

  3. Kubra and Nicoletta, thank you for such an uplifting and joyous look at the world as we pass from 08 to 09! I hope to one day visit Istanbul, now this report has whetted my appetite to do so even more! Kubra, as our editor for the Istanbul City Page on will be featuring a Top 10 cultural places and experiences list for Istanbul, look for it to come sometime the first week of January!

  4. Kubra, thank you for sharing about this wonderful honor for Istanbul. I have been to your beautiful city and loved it. The people, the food, the history are all amazing.

    You have written a great post, Kubra. Congratulations to you for doing so, and many thanks to Nicoletta for making it happen.

    You both rock! 😉

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