11 February Monday

Mayor Uysal: Atatürk Culture Center (AKM) will be a Monument Worthy of Istanbul.

The foundations for the new opera building on the location of Atatürk Culture Center were laid on Sunday, promising a vivid cultural life for the city and the nation as a whole.

The groundbreaking ceremony of the new opera building to be built on the location of Atatürk Culture Center (AKM) was held yesterday with the attendance of President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan and the country's current Parliament speaker and the ruling Justice and Development Party's (AK Party) candidate for Istanbul mayor, Binali Yıldırım, and Culture and Tourism Minister Mehmet Nuri Ersoy and (AK Party) candidate for Büyükçekmece mayor, Mevlüt Uysal. Mr. Uysal said, “AKM is one of the most important symbols of Istanbul. The groundbreaking for this project and its positive effects will extend well beyond just a new facility for the city of Istanbul.”

The new Atatürk Culture Center building will include an opera hall, a theater hall, a conference hall, a movie theater, a conference room, an exhibition hall, a library and a parking area for 885 vehicles. A restaurant will be built on the top floor of the new building. The Atatürk Culture Center is planned to be completed in 2021. The architect of the new AKM building is Murat Tabanlıoğlu, the son of Hayati Tabanlıoğlu, who was the architect of the original AKM building.

President Erdoğan spoke at the ceremony and gave information about the ongoing project. "Today, we are taking a crucial step that will pave the way for the art and cultural life of our country. We reached a new stage in realizing the AKM project, of which we held the publicity meeting on Nov. 6, 2017. The building consists of five separate blocks. There is an opera hall with a capacity of 6,730, a theater hall with a capacity of 828, stages, backstage rooms and foyer areas. There are workshop and warehouse areas, study rooms, record and rehearsal halls, and public libraries.

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