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[ Greek Primary School, Kurtuluş ]


The name of Kurtuluş Neighborhood was Kirazlıköy long ago. After the trade concessions granted by the Byzantines in the 1200s, after the Genoese settled in Galata, the name of the district became Tatavla  (stables) established for the horses of the Genoese merchants.

The district, which survived fires and desertions and changed its name many times, has survived to this day. Located in the heart of Istanbul today, Kurtuluş is still one of the city’s attraction points, both as a central point and with the culture it keeps hidden inside.

Özel Kurtuluş Rum İlköğretim Okulu

The former Greek Primary School (Özel Kurtuluş Rum İlköğretim Okulu), located at the last bus stop, was closed in 2003 due to the low number of students, but has always opened its doors to activities. The neighborhood and the venue are a suitable venue for the Mahalla Palimpsest Festival. Artists are ready to mingle with the neighborhood.

  • Exhibition
  • Concert
  • Performance
Hacıahmet, Ateşböceği Sk. No:1, 34440 Beyoğlu/İstanbul

Performances / Exhibition / Concert

The Mahalla Festival invites international artists to interactively and interdisciplinary palimplest, to redefine and re-describe, to recycle, upcycle and to develop something new out of the old, forgotten, leftover and suppressed.

The artists will produce side specific works in the historical building of the school. Blackboards in classrooms are part of the installations. Photographs of Sema Kahraman Vurucu about Tatavla are corresponding with objects in the Archive Room.

Concerts, Shows and Workshops will be organized. All of them are interactive and open to participation. The festival will maintain a busy online presence. Activities are local, but our dialogue is global.

Istanbul-based American artist Nora Byrne (USA/TR) will design a new face of the city on a wall every day with the papers she collects. The production of the artist’s work is open to participants.

We will update the Mahalla Festival website regular with the details. So check out often.