Productivity of Culture

Nuri Colakoglu

Nuri M. Colakoglu is Chairman of the Executive Board of Istanbul2010-ECOC


presentation: Continuity of EU Cultural Policy: Istanbul 2010 - a European Cultural City already in dialogue
category: Cultural Policy + Capitals of Culture


Istanbul - A City of four ElementsFirst bottom to top application for an ECOC. How Istanbul 2010 started as an NGO movement then got government and local administration on board. How she started a movement to organize other ECOCs to cooperate on common projects. How Istanbul is changing the approach to the concept of a centrally organized ECOC to a center for cooperation and coordination to get the positive energies of all the stakeholders.


Nuri M. Colakoglu has been working as a journalist&broadcaster and media executive since 1969. He has held positions in Turkey and abroad. He started his professional carrier with Turkish public broadcaster TRT and then worked for German news agency DPA, Swedish TV, German radio WDR, daily Aydınlık, BBC World Service and as Milliyet London bureau chief. Upon his return to Turkey he was appointed as the news editor of Milliyet, then moved to become the Deputy General Manager TRT. Since 1991 has been involved in launching a number of private TV channels - Show TV, Cine 5, NTV, CNBC-e, CNN Turk and Fenerbahce TV. He is currently Vice President of Dogan Media Group and the CEO of The Turkish Daily News – The English language paper of Turkey. He is involved in launching an entertainment channel in Romania in Romanian language for the Dogan Media Group.

He is also the Chairman&CEO of his two private companies – Intermedia International Communications Inc and NMC New Media Company.

He is involved in a number of NGOs – currently serving as the Chairman of TV Broadcasters Association of Turkey, Executive Board Member of Istanbul Arts&Culture Foundation, Executive Board Member of Istanbul Modern Arts Museum, Chairman of Education Committee of Turkish Businessmen and Industrialists’ Association, Executive Board Member of TEMA Turkish Environment Protection Association.
He recently lead the civilian initiative to have Istanbul declared European Capital of Culture (ECOC) for year 2010 by the European Union as the Chairman, Executive Board of Istanbul 2010 ECOC Initiative. Istanbul has won the bid and is declared ECOC for 2010 together with Ruhr Region of Germany and Pecs of Hungary.

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