The first festival began with exhibition opening at Arada Studio. Paintings of Thomas Satiridas from Greece and Ahmet Milli from Turkey, puppets of Talya Melda Temuçin, photographs of Neslihan Albayrak, sculptures of Levent Duran and Bilal Yılmaz are exhibited.
Various events and performances took place during the opening night. Damla Aydın played cello to accompany Mehmet Şeker’s painting performance. After the performance all the participants painted together with the leadership Alja Piry.
The official opening of the Festival is hosted by Austrian Consulate with the concert given by Ozlem Bulut Band. This band is formed by Austiran musicians and a Turkish singer. It is also connected to festival concept “inbetween” different cultures.
Lina Höhne and Sayed Labib from Vienna Conservatory performed a dance show followed by the short recital given by Damla Aydın (chellist) and Selçuk Korku (pianist). Danshane tango team accompanied the musicians by their dance show. (Murat Turgut, Ayhan Karaman, Bike Mert, Emine Boran, Ahsem Kaya, Saime Bozkurt.)
There dance workshop by Elena Luptak ‘Communication between Space and between Dancers’ took place in Danshane studio.
27th ve 28th may in Danshane Studio.
Tan Tolga Demirci gave a seminar ‘Surrealism in Cinema’ 27th May in TURVAK.
There were performances on 27th, 28th and 29th May in Arada Studio. Fatih Gençkal, Oğuz Turgutgenç,Sayed Labib and Lina Höhne, Honeymood (Lerna Babikyan, Regina Picker) Melih Gençboyacı, Zinnure Türe, Dilek Dervişoğlu ve Steven Champs had performed in this performance events.
Engin Gürkey Percussion Group played during the parade from Tunnel Square to Arada Studio, Alper Akçay’s performance (Çembere Al) is accompanied by Boğaziçi Oda Korosu on 28th May in Galata Çıkmazı no:9. Group Rastgele took the stage in Tophane Lüleci Hendek Sokakta on 29th May.
Artists (dance, painting, installation, puppet, photography, sculpture) from Istanbul and Vienna showed their works and get a chance to create together.
Musicians gave a concert on the street. Performances met with people on the streets. Children who live in neighborhood participated to performances. Some works were, exhibited also in the neighborhood barber and pie shop, artists interacted with local people and took their comments during the exhibition.
The festival became a new meeting platform for the young artists. Artists who met at the festival, produced works together during and after the festival.
The festival was open to public living in Tophane and Galata areas, which are very different from each other in socio-economical and ethnical terms. Galata is a historic area with a touristic square. The urban transformation started from Galata through Tophane with the introduction of design shops and art galleries. But Tophane is still populated by immigrant people from Southeast Turkey and Romani people.. Tophane inhabitants found themselves in the art, therefore the festival became also a local event (location of Aradastudio between Galata and Tophane) which includes everybody from different socio economic environment and in this sense the festival reached its purpose of inbetweenness .
New collaborations established with Austrian Culture Office, SAE Institute, TURVAK Cinema and Theatre Museum and 311 Art Gallery.
The experiences of the first part encouraged to organize next festival.