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Istanbul is preparing to host the two-day 13th Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) Summit next Thursday and Friday.

According to a statement from the president’s office on Thursday, the April 14-15 summit will be attended by prime ministers and presidents from over 30 countries.

The international meeting, with the theme “Unity and Solidarity for Justice and Peace”, is expected to discuss the situation in numerous Muslim countries, including Syria, Yemen, Palestine, Iraq, and Azerbaijan, as well as the fight against terrorism.

The summit, which will also include foreign ministers and senior officials’ preparatory meetings, will end with a declaration.

The 33rd International Istanbul Book Fair will open at the TÜYAP Fair and Convention Center in Büyükçekmece on Nov. 8.

The fair will bring together 850 publishers and nongovernmental organizations from Turkey and around the world, hosting 300 events including interviews, panels, children’s events and recitals. The slogan of this year’s fair is “From One Garden to the Other,” in reference to the poem by legendary 20th century Turkish poet Nazım Hikmet.

The theme for the 33rd International Istanbul Book Fair will be “100 Years of Turkish Cinema” in celebration of the centennial of Turkish Cinema. The Writer of Honor is cinema writer Atilla Dorsay, and the fair includes a large number of interviews, panels, music recitals and exhibitions that witness the century-long journey of cinema in Turkey.

A number of panel discussions will be held with leading actors, directors and writers on the life, work and film criticism of Attila Dorsay. Meanwhile, an exhibition organized by TÜYAP and designed by Sadık Karamustafa, titled “Atilla Dorsay: A Life in Color Cinemascope” will include selections from the life and works of this year’s Writer of Honor.

Overall, a total of 50 events throughout the fair will be based on the theme of cinema.

This year’s guest of honor is Hungary, and events will focus on promoting Hungarian culture to Turkish visitors in the International Hall between Nov. 8 and 11. Guests to the fair include a number of leading writers from Hungary.

Homage to Gabriel Garcia Marquez

Meanwhile, the Embassy of Colombia will hold a number of Gabriel Garcia Marquez remembrance events, during the first Istanbul Book Fair since the Nobel winner’s death earlier this year. On Nov. 15, an event titled “The Life and Work of Gabriel Garcia Marquez and the Perspective of the Turkish People of Marquez’s Literature” will be held by Jaime Abello, General Director of the Ibero-American New Journalism Foundation, and Turkish author Seçkin Selvi.

Another new aspect of this year’s fair will be the “Cuisine” section, which will be open until Nov. 11 in the International Hall. This program will include interactive cooking shows and talks with gourmet writers, including the Hungarian cooking TV show host and writer Zsofia Mautner, who will share her secrets for delectable local specialities.

The 33rd International Istanbul Book Fair is being held concurrently with the 24th Istanbul Art Fair-ARTIST 2014.

Istanbul is preparing to again be transformed into a paradise for the shopaholic in all of us, with deals across the city from tomorrow until June 29.

The city will host an international “mega shopping” event at which locals and visitors can enjoy discounted, tax-free and late-night shopping, along with an exciting schedule of events like street carnivals, parties, contests and fashion shows.

Located in the heart of Istanbul’s chic shopping district, the Mövenpick Hotel Istanbul is offering an exclusive weekend shopping package including a 20 percent discount for guests who book two nights or more at the hotel between June 7 and 29.

Unique priviliges

The special Istanbul Shopping Fest package also features unique privileges including a glass of bubbly; a 15 percent discount at the hotel’s own restaurant and bars, free entrance to the fitness center, indoor pool, sauna, jacuzzi and steam room and twice daily scheduled complimentary shuttle service to İstinye Park Shopping Mall.

After a long shopping day, guests can enjoy a complimentary foot massage to ease the strain of shopped-out feet.

For further information, please call 0212 319 29 29.

International CPhI Istanbul, the biggest pharma and pharmaceutical ingredients event in Eurasia organized by London-based UBM, will open its doors on June 4, 2014 at Lutfi Kırdar Istanbul Congress and Exhibition Center.

The International CPhI Istanbul 2014 fair to be organized by UBM Turkey for the first time, is the biggest and most comprehensive pharma event in Eurasia. The International CPhI Drug and Pharmaceutical Ingredients Fair organized by UBM in 8 different
countries hosts 4 categories that cater to different needs.

Four events in one

CPhI Istanbul brings together numerous buyers and suppliers of pharmaceutical ingredients from Middle East and CEE. ICSE Istanbul connects the pharma community with outsourcing solution providers. InnoPack Istanbul hosts the latest innovations in packaging and drug delivery systems. And P-MEC Istanbul showcases the newest pharma machinery, equipment and technology.

CPhI Istanbul is a gateway to the world

Kerim Bertrand, General Manager, UBM Turkey, stated that the International CPhI Istanbul 2014 Fair is the biggest and most comprehensive pharma event in the world, and that will be a gateway to a world of business opportunities for Turkish companies as an event hosting exhibitors and visitors from Middle East, Central Asia, Balkans and North Africa.

UBM Turkey is an experienced event organiser operating leading international trade fairs in a number of Eurasian and Turkish markets. Combining over 30 years of local knowledge with the global expertise, resources and infrastructure of one of the world’s largest event organisers, UBM Turkey provides opportunities for professionals to connect and do business together effectively in 11 fast-growing industries. UBM Turkey’s market leading events include: Istanbul Boatshow, Food Ingredients Istanbul, Istanbul Jewelery Show, CPhI Istanbul, IFSEC Istanbul, Growtech Eurasia, Istanbul Light, Children Baby Maternity Expo, ISSAInterclean Istanbul, Intertraffic Istanbul, and Europort Istanbul.

UBM Turkey is part of UBM plc, a London-listed global marketing and communications services business whose 5,000 employees in 20 countries organise over 400 events each year.

nternational Animation Days will entertain both children and adults on October 7 and 8 in Turkey’s Istanbul city.

Animated films for adults will be on show on the first day, October 7, followed by the second day designated for children and families.

More than thirty five films will be screened during event. Children will also enjoy the experience of creating short animations in the two workshops organized as part of the festival.

Michel Ocelot, prominent animation artist is the guest of honor of the festival. French Cultural Center in Turkey hosts the event that is organized by Animating Association and French Cultural Center together with the support of Istanbul Animation Festival, Turkish state television TRT’s channel for kids and Bahcesehir University.

Oscar winning actor Russell Crowe has decided to shoot his new film in Istanbul. Crowe has visited Istanbul on several occasions.

According to the written statement sent by Fatih Municipality, Russell Crowe’s movie, which will focus on the life of a father who lost his sons at the Battle of Gallipoli, will be shot in the old town of Istanbul. Balat, Sultanahmet, and Hagia Sophia quarters will be the main backdrops of the film, while some parts will be shot in Cappadocia.

Earlier Crowe had traveled back to Turkey for a new trip in preparation for a film to be shot in the country, taking in the sights of Cappadocia in Central Anatolia.

The actor arrived at Istanbul’s Atatürk Airport over the weekend before heading to Edirne and subsequently Cappadocia, where he visited the fairy chimneys in the province’s Ürgüp district. On July 27, one day before his visit to Edirne, he tweeted: “Sun’s coming up. 4 a.m. call to prayer woke me. This place is amazing. At least once in your life, you have to experience Istanbul.” During his recent trip to Edirne, Crowe conducted some research for a new movie that will focus on the life of a father who lost his sons at the Battle of Gallipoli. “Been all over Edirne. Interesting place, some great potential locations for filming. Met the Governor and the Mayor, big day,” he tweeted.

This is not the first time Crowe has come to Turkey, as he visited the northwestern province of Çanakkale on May 22 with U.S. producer Keith Rodger and Britain’s Dene Jesham. The famous actor, who was traveling on a luxury yacht named Latiko, had come to Çanakkale after visiting the Greek island of Mikonos. He and others visited Anzac Cove and the New Zealand monuments and graveyards in the Gallipoli National Park.

At the time, the famous actor tweeted about his visit, saying, “The Turkish coastline is so beautiful.” He also tweeted a picture with the caption: “The sun rising over the Gallipoli peninsula.” “In 1915 we would have been in earshot of the Turk guns for the last hour. Lest we forget,” he said in another tweet. Russell Crowe is also expected to take part in another project in Turkey. In February, the Hürriyet Daily News reported that a new movie focusing on the Gallipoli War would be shot in Turkey by Ra’uf Glasgow, the producer of the “Lost” TV series. Glasgow held a press meeting at the Sofa Hotel in Istanbul to announce the movie, which portrays two soldiers meeting after the war. Glasgow will be shooting the film with Reynolds Entertainment Company’s founder and producer, Kelley Reynolds, and Benjamin Belladi.

The movie will tell war stories based on people’s experiences. The film’s Turkish distribution and production have been taken by Anka film and producer Ali Akdeniz.

Fatih has previously been used as a location in “Argo”, “James Bond Skyfall”, “Taken 2”, and “Two Faces of January” movies. Fatih mayor Mustafa Demir said the district is an original movie set.
The district also works hard to conserve and protect the historical buildings and architecture. Noting that they were doing everything to keep the history alive in Fatih, Demir said: “Not only in Hollywood but also Bollywood eyes Fatih. The district is home to huge productions. The Indian movies and series also want to shoot films in Fatih.”

Anadolu Agency earlier compiled a list of a few films which have made great contributions to Istanbul’s international promotion.

“Istanbul” (1957): Directed by Hoseph Pevney, the film stars Errol Flynn, Cornell Borchers and Nat King Cole and tells the story of a suspected diamond smuggler who returns to Istanbul and finds that the lady love he thought was dead is actually alive.

“From Russia with Love” (1963): The second film in the James Bond series, and one of the most popular, was made during a time when the effects of the Cold War between the United States and the Soviet Union were felt the most. In the film, which stars Sean Connery as 007, Bond is sent to assist in the defection of Soviet consulate clerk Tatiana Romanova in Turkey. The settings of the film included Istanbul’s Beyazıt, Sulukule and Basilica Cistern.

“The World Is Not Enough” (1998): The 19th film of the James Bond series, directed by Michael Apted and starring Pierce Brosnan as Bond, revolves around the assassination of billionaire Sir Robert King by the terrorist Renard. Bond is assigned to protect King’s daughter, Elektra, who was previously held for ransom by Renard. While on assignment, Bond foils a scheme to increase petroleum prices by triggering a nuclear meltdown in the waters of Istanbul.

“The Accidental Spy” (2001): This Hong Kong martial arts film stars Jackie Chan and was directed by Teddy Chan. It tells the story of Bei, a salesman at a workout equipment store who harbors dreams of adventure. He follows his instincts to trail two suspicious-looking men into an alley. When he realizes that the men are robbing a jewelry store, he jumps into action to foil their plans. Later, he sets on his quest to fulfill his dreams of adventure and fortune, traveling to Korea and Istanbul. Many Turkish artists, models and stuntmen acted in the Turkish scenes of the film.

“The International” (2009): Directed by Tom Tykwer, “The International” stars big-name actors such as Clive Owen, Naomi Watts and Haluk Bilginer. In the film an Interpol agent attempts to expose a high-profile financial institution’s role in an international arms dealing ring. The films locations include Lyon, Milan, Berlin, Istanbul and New York.

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