Demet Muftuoglu Eseli

Demet Muftuoglu Eseli | Co-Founder of ISTANBUL’74 & Creative Director 

Demet Muftuoglu Eseli is a prominent figure in the Turkish art and fashion scene. She is the founder of ISTANBUL’74, co-founder and creative head of Istanbul International Arts and Culture Festival, IST. Festival. Muftuoglu divides her time between New York and Istanbul.

ISTANBUL’74 was along with Alphan Eseli with the aim of bringing global events to Istanbul from the world of culture, making it the first and pioneering international arts and culture platform based in Turkey. ISTANBUL’74 has organized and curated exhibitions for international contemporary artists working in all media.

One of ISTANBUL’74’s major initiatives has been the organisation of the Istanbul International Arts and Culture Festival, IST. Festival (Istancool). The high profile event, free and open to the public festival brings together creative minds and offers a cultural exchange program between countries and various creative formats.