7th November 2018
Beykoz Kundura, a landmark of Turkey’s industrial and cultural heritage unveils Kundura Cinema

​Beykoz Kundura,​​ invites audiences to an alternative cinema experience with the launch of Kundura Cinema on 17 November 2018.

Established in the early 1800s as a leather factory, Beykoz Kundura has come to represent a unique example of Turkey’s industrial and cultural heritage with over 200 years of uninterrupted industrial production. Beykoz Kundura acted as a pioneer in industrial field for many years but also it was a cultural hub for the workers with its regular film screenings.
The Boiler Room was restored for the Kundura Cinema project and it is expected to revive its cultural heritage to serve as the newest cultural platforms in Istanbul.
Kundura Cinema offers a unique thematic screening and event programme. Its first annual film selection focuses on films traveling around cities will take audiences on a journey to all corners of the world.

The programme will include masterpieces never previously screened in Turkey, with titles selected from diverse cinematic genres ranging from narrative to experimental, drama to comedy and film noir to science fiction, investigating the soul, rhythm and the light of cities, and the people that inhabit them.

Run by Yıldırım Holding, The Boiler Room restoration project also includes Kundura Stage, which is due to open in late 2019. Another project run by the holding within Beykoz Kundura is Kundura Memory. It includes an Oral History Project, aiming to celebrate and support the cultural heritage of the factory, transforming the site into a unique cultural destination in Istanbul.
Buse Yıldırım, Director of Arts and Culture said, “This old shoe factory has turned into a factory of story and film and has become an important centre of creative economy. In Turkey, Kundura Cinema is the first example of an industrial cultural heritage that has turned into a cinema theatre. Our aim is to present a selection of films from different genres, times and countries and to inspire dialogue as well as showing the constantly change in the cinematic storytelling and esthetics. Parallel to the launch of the cinema, we continuously work for Kundura Memory project and will open it to public very soon. Kundura Memory will always keep evolving because it is crucially important for us to preserve the cultural heritage of this factory for next generations.”

Kundura Cinema as a cinematic legacy will become a new destination for culture in the city supported by a programme of curated screenings and parallel activities.

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