Borusan, culture and the arts…
Ahmet Kocabiyik
To define Borusan with a glance at its 64-year history, I could shortly speak of a “well-managed, productive, customer-oriented modern group developing in parallel with the globalizing world.” However, there’s another asset equally important and valuable to us: our commitment to contributing to the society through our educational and cultural programs which we consider indispensable and vital in attaining the level of contemporary civilization.
The resources we have reserved for corporate social responsibility projects are deployed in two major fields. First and foremost, we fund projects to foster national education through the Borusan Kocabıyık Foundation aiming at providing for the qualified workforce requirement of our country. Then come the culture and arts projects aspiring to contribute to social development.
To this end, Borusan Culture and Arts (BKS) was founded in 1997 to serve as an umbrella organization for our cultural activities and the Borusan Istanbul Philharmonic Orchestra (BIPO) led by Maestro Gürer Aykal had become the backbone of BKS’s activities. In addition to our endeavors to foster classical music, an extensive music library was brought into life. It is our primary goal to see BIPO develop into one of Europe’s finest orchestras and we are currently working on the idea of establishing a conservatory to train musicians and render this progress sustainable.
Visual arts form a major part of Borusan’s cultural activities and the ArtCenter/Istanbul completed in March 2008 and opened in September 2008 in Beyoğlu is an ambitious project cultivating contemporary art in Turkey by providing working space for young artists and bringing them together with the society. In the meantime, hosted at Perili Köşk, the Borusan Contemporary Art Collection, comprising nearly two hundred works of international artists in diverse media, is growing fast. We wish to share this collection with our people in near future.
Scheduled for the 2009-2010 season, another ambitious project, Music House, will be a single home for Borusan’s two fields of interest, classical music and visual arts. We believe Music House will transform into a multi-faceted art center by providing workshop space for young musicians and hosting long-lasting breakthrough contemporary art exhibitions.
Our projects for 2010 Istanbul European Capital of Culture continue at a fast pace and we will be sharing them with you in 2009.
As a clear demonstration of our commitment to classical music, Borusan has assumed the main sponsorship of the International Istanbul Music Festival for 10 years which enthusiastically encourages us to venture into projects worldwide. And having served as the resident orchestra of the Music Festival since 2003, BIPO now set its goal to become one of the promising orchestras of Europe.
My love for classical dates back to my high school days and I consider it a most valuable discipline in the world of culture and arts. Beyond its function as a tool for personal development, classical music is a high form of art representing a society’s level of development which also operates to bring different cultures together. Therefore I proudly follow and support all efforts of BKS to promote and foster this field of art in Turkey.
Ahmet Kocabıyık
Borusan Holding