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History

Advisory Committee

Festival Team

History

Bringing together theatre companies and dance groups from Turkey and abroad with the audience, The Istanbul Theatre Festival, first held in 1989, is an international event organised during three weeks in May. Organised biennially since 2002, the festival hosts carefully selected companies and artists that open up new horizons for both the audience and the art world. Once in every two years, national and international, classical and contemporary renditions are brought to the stage through the lens of the Istanbul Theatre Festival.

The festival’s first production, Tribute to Nâzım, written and performed by Genco Erkal was staged in 2002, on the 100th anniversary of Nâzım Hikmet’s birthday. Following this first step, local companies have begun to participate in the festival with their new projects. This process stimulated the festival in every possible way and still continues to do so. Aiming to underline artistic intersections, similarities and disparities, the festival puts emphasis on co-productions and expands the scope of its activities in this field. One of the events carried out by the festival within this scope was Nefes, co-produced with Tanztheatre Wuppertal Pina Bausch in 2003 and still travelling the world. Another event that lies within this framework is the fourth edition of the International Theatre Olympics that gathered numerous companies in Istanbul in 2006 as part of the festival.

The Istanbul Theatre Festival, together with the Avignon Festival, the Athens & Epidaurus Festival, the Grec Festival, has formed the European Network of Mediterranean Festivals entitled Kadmos. Kadmos continues to carry out its activities as a network supporting not only co-productions but also common educational fields. Moreover, The Kadmos Travel Project continues to provide opportunities for young artists and playwrights from different countries to attend the festivals abroad. Together with Piccolo Teatro di Milano, the Istanbul Theatre Festival also took the first steps to implement another educational project entitled the “Mediterranean Project.”

Every year since 1997 the Istanbul Theatre Festival presents two Lifetime Achievement Awards to one local and one international artist. With its educational programmes, co-productions and themes that are related to social problems, the Istanbul Theatre Festival continues to bring new topics and works in performance arts to Istanbul.

 

Theatre Festival Advisory Committee

Prof. Dr. Dikmen Gürün
Zeynep Oral
Dr. Beki Haleva
Doç. Dr. Ayrin Ersöz
Vincent Baudriller
 

ISTANBUL THEATRE FESTIVAL

Director
Yard. Doç. Dr. Leman Yılmaz
Operation Coordinator
Handan Uzal Dündar
Production Associate
Ezgi Göksu Öztürkmen
Assistant
Belfu Kaba
Editor
Mehmet Egrik
Hospitality
Mirlinde Banjska
Başak Güleç
Side Events Associate
Ayşe Draz
theatre.fest@iksv.org

MEDIA RELATIONS

Director
Ayşe Bulutgil
Managers
Özlem Bekiroğlu Aldoğan
Elif Obdan Gürkan (International Media)
Coordinator
Duygu Su Pur
Visual Archive Associate
Poyraz Tütüncü
Associates
Ayşen Gürkan
Zeynep Seyhun (International Media)
Ayşe Zeynep Güldiken
Erdem Arda Güneş
medya@iksv.org

Archive Photos
Muammer Yanmaz
Ilgın Erarslan Yanmaz
Mahmut Ceylan
Ali Güler

Archive Videos
Hamit Çakır
Mehmet Kartbak

İKSV STUDIO

Manager
Selçuk Metin
Assistant
Ebru Gümrükçüoğlu

CORPORATE IDENTITY AND PUBLICATIONS

Manager
Didem Ermiş
Editors
Merve Evirgen
Erim Şerifoğlu
Publications Operator
Ferhat Balamir
Graphic Designer
Esra Kılıç
Webmaster
Sezen Özgür
yayinlar@iksv.org

SPONSORSHIP PROGRAMME

Director
Yasemin Keretli Çavuşoğlu
Manager
Zeynep Pekgöz
Coordinator
Zeynep Karaman
Sponsorship Relations Associate
Irmak Kaleli
Operation Associate
Pelin Davidyan
Assistant
Melissa Ece Köpük
sponsor@iksv.org

MARKETING 

Marketing Manager
İrem Akev Uluç
Marketing Associates
Cansu Aşkın
Meriç Yirmili
Field Operations Associate
Sezer Kari
Field Operations Assistant
Enes Yayla
Digital Media Associate
Bahar Helvacıoğlu
Social Media Assistant
Ece Kartal
CRM Associate
Özge Genç
pazarlama@iksv.org
 

SALES AND BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT

Sales and Business Development Manager
Dilan Beyhan
Membership Programme Coordinator
Yıldız Lale Yıldırım
Membership Programme Associate
Gülce Şahin
Sales and Business Development Associate
Gonca Varol
Membership Programme Assistant
Büşra Tanrıkulu
Ticket Sales Operations Coordinator
Ercan Kaya
Ticket Sales Assistant
Neva Abrar
Box Officers
Çağlar Koca
Burak Akgün
pazarlama@iksv.org
 

PRODUCTION

Coordinator
Erdal Hamamcı

Assistant
Ali Uluç Kutal

INFORMATION AND RECORDS CENTER

Manager
Esra Çankaya

FINANCE AND ADMINISTRATION

Head of Finance and Administration
Ahmet Balta

FINANCE

Managers
Ahmet Buruk (Budget and Accounting)
Başak Sucu Yıldız (Finance)
Accounting Associates
Kadir Altoprak
Deniz Yılmaz
Assistants
Çiğdem Arslan
Tuğçe Çavdar
finans@iksv.org

PUBLIC AND INTERNATIONAL GRANTS

Manager
Aslı Yurdanur

HUMAN RESOURCES AND ADMINISTRATION

Director
Semin Aksoy
Human Resources Specialist
Eren Ertekin
Human Resources Assistant
Cansu Zülfikar
Building Administration and Security Manager
Ersin Kılıçkan
System Manager
Kadir Ayyıldız
Information Technology Assistant
Tahsin Okan Erdem
Reception Officer
Ayşe Hazal İspirli
Warehouse Officers
Muzaffer Sayan
Şerif Kocaman
Services
Özden Atukeren
Aşkın Bircan
İbrahim Çakmak
Aydın Kaya
Hayrullah Nişancı
Serap Sürgit
Müzeyyen Öztürk
insankaynaklari@iksv.org