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BEYKOZ KUNDURA

BEYKOZ KUNDURA

With its history that spans over two hundred years, Beykoz Kundura located in Istanbul , is one of the most significant historical and cultural values of Turkey, and operates as a professional venue letting business in addition to hosting innovative, interdisciplinary cultural artworks. This industrial space which had been active from the Ottoman era to the Republic is a cultural heritage with undisputed value due to its contribution to the Turkish economy. Acting as a melting pot where creative ideas are formed while being inspired by the nostalgia of the former factory space set up in a land of 183 decare, Beykoz Kundura maintains its majestic existence on the Bosporus by expanding its historical cultural value and preserve this heritage. Beykoz Kundura was incorporated into Yıldırım Holding in 2004, following the decision of privatization. It continued to serve to the creative industry since then as well, acting deeply loyal to its longstanding cultural value. Beykoz Kundura has turned into a movie set serving to the series and cinema industry as of 2005 and became a new cultural destination with the opening of Kundura Cinema, Kundura Stage and Kundura Memory

VENUES & SETS

Beykoz Kundura that has been hosting various cinema-TV projects since 2005 serves as a TV series-film plateau, where big movie settings are built and many projects are realized with its Greenbox and technological fibre infrastructure, amid an ambiance remained of an inactive factory. There is a 4-roomed boutique hotel with different themes where producers, directors, actors and actresses, and set crew may accommodate in Kundura. Demirane (Forgery) which used to serve as an iron forging workshop during the factory era is restored according to its original structure. Nowadays, it provides services as a restaurant that hosts both set crews and guests who participate in the cultural events organized at Beykoz Kundura. Beykoz Kundura donates its hotel and restaurant incomes to Birebir Eğitim Vakfı (BEV Foundation) and supports two projects called "inzva" and "inekle". The offices of both projects are also located in Kundura estate.

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KUNDURA CINEMA

A section of the Boiler Room of former factory transformed into a cinema to sustain tradition of venue in which the factory workers were having film screenings. Kundura Sinema opened its doors to its audience in November 2018 and accommodates its guests as an authentic venue that discusses and elaborates films through its original curatorial contents, thematic programs and side events and offers an alternative perspective to cinema in a historical and magical setting. Kundura Cinema expanded its limits to meet a wider audience and started a hybrid program screening films via Kundurama, the new online content platform announced on 2020.

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KUNDURA STAGE

Kundura Sahne, converted from the former Boiler Room of Beykoz Kundura, is establishing itself as Istanbul's pioneering new venue for contemporary theatre, dance and performance. Kundura Sahne produces and presents interdisciplinary performance by international and local artists as a nucleus, in where creative practices collide and where audiences encounter vivid new perspectives on various innovative forms and methodologies of performance. Kundura Sahne opened its doors in October,2021.

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KUNDURA MEMORY

Known today for the film and TV-series sets, Beykoz Kundura has a rich past of over 200 years and was beyond a mere factory space, functioned as a living space with a population of almost three thousand, including a pre-school, a cinema, a live-music venue, a health clinic, and a library. Kundura Memory follows various methodologies to better understand the historic development of the factory as a production and living space. It researches, preserves, traces, collects, remembers, and reminds. The archive of Kundura Memory constitutes over two thousand visual and written documents that shed light on the industrial cultural heritage of both the factory and Istanbul. Kundura Memory: Association for the Conservation of Industrial Heritage was founded to sustain the works of the Kundura Memory Project, launched in 2015, under the umbrella of a non-profit organization. “Memory of Kundura: The World Within a Factory “, the exhibition based on the archive of Kundura Hafıza [Memory of Kundura], proposes to consider the history of production in relation to the quotidian of the surrounding neighborhood at the Sümerbank Leather and Shoe [Kundura] Factory, one of the country’s most prominent industrial heritage sites. The exhibition looks at the factory as a site of encounters where multi-layered connections were established and as a production space that was functional until 1999. The permanent exhibition was opened for visit on June,2021.

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