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The Netherlands and Turkey are commemorating the 400th anniversary of diplomatic relations this year. We where invided by the Dutch Consulate and… Read More
The Netherlands and Turkey are commemorating the 400th anniversary of diplomatic relations this year. We where invided by the Dutch Consulate and the VJ Fest in Istanbul to participate in some art projects; like painting and VJ-ing. For the wall painting we used the themes like Delft Blue tiles together with the way we used to do trade missions over sea. We did make a mix of steet-art and graffiti by using stencils and spraypaint. Read Less
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Painting the Dutch Consulate in Istanbul
400 Years diplomatic relations between The Netherlands and Turkey
The Netherlands and Turkey are commemorating the 400th anniversary of diplomatic relations this year.

In 1612, the Dutch envoy Cornelis Haga presented his letters of credence on behalf of the Republic of the United Provinces to the Sultan of the Ottoman Empire, marking the start of a relationship focused on trade. Bilateral economic cooperation remains important to this day. The anniversary aims to boost the cultural and social as well as the economic ties between Turkey and the Netherlands.Turkey is enjoying strong economic growth and, due to its strategic location, is a potential springboard to regional markets. The volume of trade between Turkey and the Netherlands has tripled in the past ten years. The Netherlands is one of the largest foreign investors in Turkey, which offers economic opportunities for, in particular, small and medium-sized companies, including those owned by successful Turkish-Dutch businesspeople. The anniversary celebrations will give special attention to these economic opportunities, for instance by way of trade missions. The focus will be on the sectors of water, the enviroThe Netherlands and Turkey are commemorating the 400th anniversary of diplomatic relations this year. 

We -Maarten van der Glas, Maarten Berkers and Johan Manschot- where invided by the Dutch Consulate and the VJ Fest in Istanbul to participate in some art projects; like painting and VJ-ing. 
For the wall painting we did make a mix of steet-art and graffiti by using stencils and spraypaint. 

Realisation: Burcu Gunduz (VJ Fest) and Maarten van der Glas
Design and painting: Marbl (Maarten Berkers) and ActionHero aka ECHT! (Johan Manschot)
Photo by Maarten van der Glas
Video by Maarten Berkers