Opening speech

A video of the opening of the exposition in Leiden at the new years meeting of the Honorary Consul General of Turkey. We gave a short explenation of our work and mission. Istanbul Amsterdam MEETUP will be an ongoing event. Where we share culture by means of arts.

We are preparing now for the exposition which will be in Istanbul this year. Striving to make it a real meetup of the two countries.


Posing with the Honorairy Consul of Turkey, the Turkish ambassador of The Netherlands and the  councilor of municipality of Leiden. 


Sandra VeenstraIstanbul Amsterdam MEETUP will be an ongoing event. So we will go from city to city. We have the ambition to keep an exposition in Istanbul summer next year. We are excited to announce that Sandra Veenstra, storytelling photographer of Amsterdam, will join our exhibit in Istanbul.
Sandra’s work is characterised by colourful images of daily life in Amsterdam. Her work will give the Turkish public the chance to meet the colourful people and places of Amsterdam.

See her work at:

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Looking back on the exposition

Picture1The exhibit in Amsterdam is over and the paintings are packed and stored. Looking back on the three weeks exhibit, we can say we have received many visitors. Most of them had some kind of Turkisch-Dutch background. Either from Turkish parents, or Turkish people who just moved here. Also Dutch people came to visit who have some kind of fond connection with Turkey. It was a good time and we enjoyed the stories people told us.

The Istanbul Amsterdam MEETUP is an ongoing event. Keep following us, the collection will grow over time as we will seek to have expositions at more places in The Netherlands and Turkey. In the meantime we are back to the ezel to make more paintings.