Culture and Cultural Heritage

SALT was formed by restructuring cultural organizations that operated within Garanti as an independent entity in 2011.

From 2011 until today, Salt Beyoğlu, Salt Galata and Salt Ulus in Ankara hosted 75 exhibitions, 411 screenings and 58 performances. A number of 149,793 participants attended the public programs, and 1,813,789 people visited SALT in various locations. SALT aims to reach 2 million visitors in 2017.

In addition, Garanti has organized the first film festival, which is called the Garanti Children’s Film Festival, for children in Turkey in conjunction with Turkey Cinema and Audiovisual Culture Foundation (TURSAK) annually since 2004. Through the Festival, around 85,000 children from fifteen cities in Turkey with a more limited access to cinema found the opportunity to experience the art of cinema.

Garanti continues to support Turkey’s first and only modern art museum, Istanbul Modern since 2005. Program aims to raise creative, questioning individuals who are interested in art. By the end of 2015, more than 550,000 children and young individuals had received training within this training program.

Garanti Bank has supported the establishment of structures, which encourage artists to perform innovative research, through a special exhibition prepared in 2015 in İstanbul Modern. “YAP İstanbul Modern: New Architecture Program” which is carried out by İstanbul Modern in collaboration with The Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) and MoMA PS1, gives young architects the opportunity to design a temporary building in the open area of Istanbul Modern. The program aims to encourage architects to use innovative design research about the possibilities of increasing open areas’ utilization and suggesting environmental friendly solutions.

As a corporate supporter of SAHA Association, which aims to increase the recognition and awareness of contemporary art in Turkey, Garanti is helping to develop training places and creative environments for artists, curators, art historians and art critics and to improve their interaction with international networks.