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Çınardibi Cultural Center

A Cultural Center At The Heart Of A Quarter

This week’s Changemaker is Çınardibi Cultural Center founded by Devrim Boran and his friends in Kazım Karabekir quarter of Ümraniye district in İstanbul which is among the regions with the highest immigration rates.

In 2006, Devrim Boran and his friends published the “Çınardibi Magazine” in order to increase the cultural and social activities of the district they live in. The magazine was named after the quarter and contained the writings of the inhabitants. It was sold in the quarter without any fixed price; everybody paid whatever they could afford.

With the revenue from the magazine, 200 women and children were taken to the theatre for the first time in their lives. Devrim Boran and his friends now continue their activities in Çınardibi Cultural Center which was founded under the motto “with hope, with love, with the dream”. Among the activities held in the center, there are solidarity festivals, football tournaments, winter and summer school, indoor and outdoor cinema events, and chess tournaments.

Until today, almost 250 persons worked voluntarily and 1,000 persons participated in the activities of Çınardibi Cultural Center that has introduced various social and cultural activities to the people living in the quarter. The Center now has 160 active members. Most of the events organized by Çınardibi Cultural Center are free and open to everyone.

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