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Istanbul 2015

14th Oct 2015

at Athens

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Poland’s buzzing capital city is this year’s host of the European Design Festival. Helping curate its schedule are two of the most established local design players: the Element Talks conference and the Polish Graphic Design Awards. An amazing schedule of events is therefore, 100% guaranteed! It includes exhibitions, film shows, parties, lectures, workshops, networking sessions, studio walks and much, much more.

Ceremony and Party

European Design Awards Ceremony 2015

This year’s award winners will be revealed in a ceremony hosted by stand-up comedian Bob Maclaren taking place in Istanbul’s fine arts school Mimar Sinan University. All attendees will then be transferred by boat to the north of the Bosphorus for a gala dinner, followed by the annual winners’ party.

European Design Awards gala dinner & party

This year right after the ceremony and just before the annual winners’ party we have one more thing on our schedule: a gala dinner. And not just any gala dinner, but one hosted in a historic yali (a Bosphorus Waterfront Residence). Getting there is half the fun: we jump on

Travel Information

Flying to Istanbul

Istanbul is served by two international airports:• Atatürk, located on the European continent, 24 kilometers west of the city center, is the fifth-busiest airport in Europe and the eighteenth-busiest in the world. • Sabiha Gökçen International located on the Asian side of the city, 45 kilometers (28 mi) southeast of the city

Turkish Visa

All travellers should be aware of the fact that depending on your passport you might be required to obtain a visa,  prior to entering Turkey. This is a very simple procedure that can be completed online. You will not be needing a visa if you hold a passport from*:Albania, Andorra, Azerbaijan,

Special discounts for all European Design Awards travellers

Turkish Airlines is the official airline of “European Desgin Awards” and special discounts up to 20% are offered on certain booking classes. In order to proceed with the online booking tool for Turkish Conventions please visit the Turkish Conventions website and use the event code “064TKM15” under delegate section.  


Where to stay

Istanbul is a very big city with an extensive touristic infrastructure.You can very easily find a hotel room (or any other sort of accommodation) that will fit both your preferences and your budget.If you want to be nearby the main venue of the events (the amphitheatre which will be hosting


Antilop (Turkey)

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FeDeRAtion! (Turkey)

Federation identifies itself as an interdisciplinary network of talents. In the ED-Conference it is going to be represented by Ali Algür and Ozan Akkoyun. Ali Algür was born and raised in İstanbul. After he studying International Relations in Koç University, he moved to the field of advertising and public relations. He

Saturday, May 23rd: Schedule of the day

The big day will kick off with the conference that starts at 12:00 sharp (going on for five hours – including coffee breaks)At 18:00 it’s time for the big Awards Ceremony (which is expected to last two hours).Both of the above events will be hosted at the Mimar Sinan School

Snøhetta (Norway)

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Trapped in Suburbia (the Netherlands)

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White Studio (Portugal)

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Screenagers (Austria)

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Studio Walks

Nisantasi Route

Friday, May 22nd The organisation of “studio walks” is an excellent opportunity from people from all over Europe to get a first-hand experience of the local design scene. Four to five studios in the vicinity of each other are picked up and are invited to host visiting groups of international

Beyoglu Route

Friday, May 22nd The organisation of “studio walks” is an excellent opportunity from people from all over Europe to get a first-hand experience of the local design scene. Four to five studios in the vicinity of each other are picked up and are invited to host visiting groups of international