Atatürk Cultural Centre
AKM, the Atatürk Cultural Centre in Istanbul, will be our main campus for WSCM2023. It is a newly opened, multipurpose arts centre with a 2040-seat high tech Opera House, a 781-seat Theatre Hall, a 410m2 Gallery, and many Multi-Purpose Halls. Inside, you will also find a large selection of cafes and restaurants, together with a book shop, library and arts shop. Its impressive rebuilt architecture pays homage to its much beloved predecessor in the exact same location, which has always been the cultural heart of the city. Another convenience is the city’s most connected metro station right on our doorstep. Throughout the year, with its great acoustics and attractive event spaces, it is the home of the city’s opera and ballet, also presenting touring prominent artists from home and abroad. The Turkish Ministry of Culture and Tourism is hosting WSCM2023 in this amazing venue, and we are excited to be planning the symposium concerts, classes and the Expo based in this location. In addition, we will be using historic performance spaces such as churches and theatres, and purpose built modern arts centres all dotted along Istiklal Caddesi, the street leading from the AKM to historic Galata Tower. These spaces will provide colourful extensions to our core programme, for a large part of the masterclasses, sessions and afternoon concerts. Not to mention that the street is one of the most entertaining and delicious streets in Istanbul, with an endless selection of shops, cafés, restaurants, cinemas and theatres.