ACPAI Association of the Contemporary Performing Arts Initiative

National Network

2. Taşocağı Cad. Damla Sok. No:3/Z Daire: 1, Mecidiyeköy

+90 532 683 23 01
Organisation Type
Non-Governmental Organization
Year of Establishment
Fields of Activity
  1. Arts
General Information
We have 40 volunteer members. Our members are volunteers workers. membership dues and donations. Cultural dialogue and education projects; Public Art projects; Festivals. Art institutions; Universities; Municipalities.
Mission and Objectives

ACPAI is a civil and non-profit organization that aims at bringing about a transformative movement in the field of contemporary performing arts in Turkey by bringing together independent artists, groups, stages, theoreticians, instructors, cultural managers and academicians working in the field. It is an initiative which organizes projects, activities and conduct lobby activities to strengthen contemporary theatre and dance areas, and to bring prestige and visibility to them. The initiative was established in June 2005 as a platform, and it gained corporate status in August 2007 by establishing its own association.
Organizing regular meetings and activities since 2005, the Association aims in the long-run at: constructing an effective and sustainable space of creation for itself and its audience; creating an appropriate production environment for works that search for new means of expression and get in touch with its audience; developing and maintaining a new and diversified audience; investigating the contemporary dynamics of the time; being visible and transforming visibility into a cultural aspect; taking part in processes of cultural policy formulation and implementation; and in this way contributing to the development of civil society in general.

Main Projects / Activities

• “Independent Movement” One Day Festival at Sureyya Stage- collaborating with the State Opera and Ballet (April 2010)
• Interdisciplinary Debates: “Course of Novelty: Glancing at the New in Performing Arts” –collaboating with Museum of Modern Art/Istanbul (October2008-May 2009)
•“momentaryInflux @ Kanyon Shopping Mall” Parallel event of the 13th Istanbul Biennial(2009)
•“Course of Novelty: Glancing at the New in Performing Arts Talk Series (2008 – 2009)
• “momentaryInflux @ Santralistanbul” – (June 2008)
•“Bağımsız Seyir” – Criticism Portal (May 2008 – Present)
•“Wherefrom Whereabouts: Esteti.ka Histori.ka Politi.ka” Artistic Research Atelier (2008)
•“Independent Bulletin” – Monthly Contemporary Performing Arts Agenda (February – May 2008)
•“Independent Network: Cultural Management and Capacity Building for the Contemporary Performing Arts” (January – May 2008)
• “DirectLink, Intercultural Dialogue Through Art” - EU Project; Partner (2007 – 2008)
• “Cultural Contact with the Municipality of Beyoğlu”
Towards an Independent Arts Council (2007)
•“Drama and Movement Workshops at Beyoğlu Municipality Neighborhood Mansions” (2007)
•“Performing Arts Platform 01: Oyun Atölyesi, Kadıköy” – Festival (May 2007)

Contact (1) Full Name
Şule Ateş
Head of the organisation
Şule Ateş
Contact (2) Full Name
Zeynep Günsür