First of Istanbul Shopping Fest (ISF) that was held in 2011- will be taking place from 1st to 16th July, 2017 in Istanbul, one of the most dynamic cities in the world. Istanbul Shopping Fest (ISF), shopping, culture and entertainment festival, will amuse the visitors with discounts over 50 % on all products ranging from garment to technology.
"Visitors to Istanbul come not only to see the city but also to discover the culture and art of the city. There will be design contests, where the best designs will be selected, awarded by Turkey's Trademark Association. All the events will be held in nine different shopping malls," said Istanbul Chamber of Commerce Chairman İbrahim Çağlar at a press conference held in Istanbul yesterday. Çağlar added that approximately 200 local and foreign designers will participate in the shopping fest. He noted that 15 artists will hold exhibitions and around 150 workshops and more than 30 music and dance performances will add joy to the shopping fest.
Speaking at the opening ceremony held at the entrance of the Nuruosmaniye Gate of the Grand Bazaar, Mr. Hayri Baraçlı, the Secretary General of Istanbul Metropolitan Municipality stated that the ISF was an important activity for the city of Istanbul, especially, it is so significant that the opening ceremony held at the Grand Bazaar, widely considered to be history's oldest shopping mall. During the ceremony, the members of Ottoman-style janissary band performed at the opening ceremony of a 15-day Istanbul shopping festival.
Mascots and performers on stilts also attended a parade at the opening ceremony of the festival in Istanbul.
Designated "Design ISF" areas will be located at major shopping malls including Akasya, Capitol, Emaar Square, Forum Istanbul, Istinye Park, Kanyon, Palladium, Venezia Mega Outlet and Zorlu Center. These areas will provide an opportunity for visitors to meet famous designers like Bahar Korçan, Arzu Kaprol and Gamze Saraçoğlu and experience special design products including jewelry, accessories, furniture, ceramics, graphics, fabrics, books, stationery, glass, lighting and organic food.
The Uninvited Jazz Band, Tango Rojo, Can Türkkan, Arbil Çelen, Jülide Hatay, Deniz Güngör and Ali Deniz Kardelen will perform during the shopping fest.