New culture & arts center opens in Eskişehir
ESKİŞEHİR - Doğan News Agency
Eskişehir’s 1,200-person capacity culture venue opened with a concert.Turkey has a new culture and arts venue that was recently opened in the central Anatolian province of Eskişehir. The Atatürk Culture and Arts Center, constructed by the Eskişehir Metropolitan Municipality, was opened at the weekend with a concert by renowned jazz artist Fatih Erkoç. He was accompanied by the Eskişehir Symphony Orchestra at the concert.
One of Turkey’s notable culture and arts centers, the multi-functional center has 1,200-person capacity. Eskişehir Mayor Yılmaz Büyükerşen said at the opening that it was the eighth venue in Eslişehir. “But this venue of 1,200-person capacity is not enough for the city. People are sitting on stairs even in this venue. I wish they could sit on seats. This stage is equipped with the latest technology. It can be made larger and smaller with an automatic system. You will have chance to view all types of events on this stage. Also, this stage can be considered as a new opportunity for congress tourism,” the mayor said.
Following the opening speeches, Erkoç took the stage and performed foreign songs accompanied by the Eskişehir Municipality Symphony Orchestra under the baton of Ender Sakpınar. He also played saxophone at the concert.
“Although I have been taking the stage for 45-46 years, I have a special excitement tonight. It is very important that such a beautiful venue meets the audience,” he said. The Atatürk Culture, Arts and Congress Center, which was built in the place of the former fire department building on the Cumhuriyet Boulevard, has a revolving stage. It also has six art galleries, three foyers, five art workshop rooms, ramps for disabled visitors and a multi-storey car park.