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[ Events to Cope with Covid-19 Pandemic ]

Organized by the Mahalla Festival or its Partners and Associates

Istanbul during Covid-19 Pandemic

For Yasin Baran the pandemic times have been a moment to observe and approach his environment from a different perspective. The Turkish photographer from Istanbul gives us insights into a city which has been emptied of its usual “craziness”, colours and living-together.

Searching Traces

We are inviting you to an online Community Video Workshop entitled Searching Traces, for local communities and third country nationals not only in Istanbul but also worldwide starting on June 12.

Walking a City I Have Never Visited

Artist in residence in times of COVID-19: Learn how the artist in residence in Istanbul – Wilhelm Scherübl – is dealing with the COVID-19 restrictions and learn how you can participate into a virtual art production.

Face to Face Workshops

The Mahalla Festival is pleased to anonce the next Drawing Workshop Face to Face organized by NADAS, taking place on Sunday May 3rd, at 6pm using ZOOM video conferencing software!


The wonderful thing about the series ART IS ALWAYS PUBLIC / AN ARTIST’S FILM EACH WEEK by Villa Romana is the diversity of the selected video works.

The Unexpected Experience

On the 1st of January 2020, the Austrian artist Franz Amann started a three-month residency in Istanbul supported and organized by the Austrian Ministry for Arts, Culture, Civil Service and Sport. Two weeks before the end of his project, the global COVID-19 pandemic broke out and forced him to leave the city, leaving behind some traces of an unfinished trajectory.

Artists at Risk (AR) Covid-19 Emergency Fund

The European cultural initiative Artists at Risk launched an emergency fund to support artists who face threats to lives and are unable to reach a country of safety during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Personal Protective Equipment

The Istanbul based art initiative arthere stands together in the time of crises, arthere 3D printing workstation are working full capacity in these difficult days to print masks and face shields for doctors and nurses in need and for brave people serving  in super Markets in spite of the risk.

Wednesday Film Screening

To cope with the COVID-19 pandemic Villa Romana in Florence is sharing an artist’s film online every Wednesday, which has been produced in or around Villa Romana in recent years or was shown here.