ISTANBUL’74 was founded by Demet Müftüoğlu-Eşeli and Alphan Eşeli in late 2009 to cultivate platforms that connect Istanbul to the International cultural scene; by turning the city into a hub for global events, and by acting as the principal international arts and cultural provider of Turkey. Thriving on creative exchange and operating in non-traditional ways, ISTANBUL’74 is engaged in a range of activities that include cultural events, festivals, workshops, exhibitions, and artistic collaborations, which involve the leading minds of their respective fields from all over the world.
Situated in Akaretler-Beşiktaş, Istanbul, ISTANBUL’74 produces and curates exhibitions for a wide range of established, international artists of various disciplines, bringing those exhibitions to cities around the world.
ISTANBUL’74 has organized and curated exhibitions for a variety of established and international contemporary artists with different artistic backgrounds. Exclusive ISTANBUL’74 exhibitions and organizations travel around the world and establish new partnerships and pathways for fostering new dynamics between cities.
In 2010, ISTANBUL’74 initiated The Istanbul International Arts & Culture Festival, an annual, high-profile international festival that is open to the public and free-of-admission. A unique experience that forges cultural and artistic relations by bringing together some of the world’s most talented and creative minds to the city of Istanbul. Visitors have the opportunity to attend open panels and talks, workshops, screenings, exhibition for three days.
ISTANBUL’74 is a multi-disciplinary enterprise comprising of ‘74GALLERY, an art gallery that produces exhibitions and private events with local and international artists, ‘74STUDIO, a full service creative branding and communications agency; ‘74ESCAPE, an online diary showcasing travel experiences and insights from around the world with a concept store that features special collaborations and limited edition collections.
Through its strong network of industry leaders, influential artists and tastemakers, ISTANBUL’74 utilizes a collective expertise on strategic brand and community building, storytelling, creative design & content, digital marketing, social media, cultural events and media relations to elevate its clients’ positioning in local and global markets and organize multi-disciplinary arts & culture events.