POSTED: March 15th 2013

Istanbul 2020 readies for IOC Evaluation Commission visit

Antrepo No.3 is the host venue for 2013 Istanbul Fashion Week / Istanbul 2020
Antrepo No.3 is the host venue for 2013 Istanbul Fashion Week / Istanbul 2020

CHAD WISE / Sports Features Communications

March 15 – Istanbul will host the Istanbul Fashion Week until Saturday, with a visit from the International Olympic Committee Evaluation Commission on the horizon. Alicia Keys has also been named a headline act for the 20th Istanbul Jazz Festival in July.

An international showcase for talented and internationally acclaimed Turkish designers, Istanbul Fashion Week will include such designers as Tanju Babacan and Begüm Salihoglu. The Evaluation Commission’s visit from 24-27 March will be led by IOC Vice President Sir Craig Reedie.
Istanbul, the fifth-most visited tourist destination in the world with 11.6 million visitors in 2012, has welcomed thousands of extra visitors for Istanbul Fashion Week. Istanbul 2020 is using the Fashion Week as a showcase for its ability to welcome the Olympic family in 2020.

“Istanbul Fashion Week brings the city alive and the buzz it creates is the ideal scene-setter for the IOC Evaluation Commission arrival next week,” Istanbul 2020 Chairman Hasan Arat said. “Once again, Istanbul has provided a dramatic backdrop for a world-class event. Fashion Week reflects Istanbul’s diverse cultures as well as the creative and innovative talent that exists within our very youthful population. This is a message we will be repeating to the IOC next week.”

Fourteen-time Grammy-winner Alicia Keys will perform for the first time in Istanbul at the opening night of the 20th Istanbul Jazz Festival in July, another world-class event for Istanbul.

“Istanbul’s ability to attract world starts is a further sign that Turkey’s lure as an entertainment hub resonates throughout the world,” IOC Member and President of the National Olympic Committee Ugur Erdener said. “Turkey’s dream is to host the 2020 Olympic and Paralympic Games. During the IOC Evaluation Commission’s visit next week, we can point to past, current and future examples of our ability to deliver events with a global reach.”

Keywords · Istanbul 2020 · Olympic bidding · Fashion Week · Alicia Keys

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