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ISTANBUL – Anadolu Agency

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The 360 Degree Love Festival, which features various art disciplines, will be organized in Istanbul between Feb. 9 and 29 around the theme “World in Love.” 

The 8th edition of the festival was launched at a press conference on Jan. 13. The curator of the festival, Işık Gençoğlu, said they had started eight years ago as a small event and now hosted more than 100 artists. 

Gençoğlu said the festival supported the Audrey Hepburn Foundation and they had created joint projects for children. 

“Audrey Hepburn’s son, Sean Hepburn Ferrer, is a producer and has a company in Los Angeles. He believed in us and this festival. He believed that the world could see better days through love. This is why he will bring his production team. They will make a 45-minute film to promote Istanbul. He will also attend a conference at the Kadir Has University to talk about Audrey Hepburn and her goals,” she said. 

Noting that children would be at the center of the festival, Gençoğlu said it would also be organized in the same term with the Feb. 14 Valentine’s Day events. 

She said, “We don’t deny Feb. 14 but we will make all of February the month of lovers with a critical view. Istanbul will be the center of it.” 

The festival events will be organized at Pera Palace Hotel Jumeirah, Uniq Istanbul, Uniq Gallery, Paladium AVM, Capacity AVM and Adahan Hotel. 

“Divine Love Night,” “Lover’s Bazaar,” “Love concert with Mercan Dede and Hayko Cepkin,” “Love Films Marathons,” “Wishing Balloons” and a conference on love will be among the events of the festival.

January/14/2016

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