EO Goes to Istanbul:
East-West Exchange for 800 People

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Location: The Grand Bazaar, Istanbul; off-sites at Dolmabahce Palace; ancient Roman-built reservoir; select nightclubs; Binbirdirek (Underground palace of 1001 Columns); and Ciragan Palace.

Theme: World of 1001 Nights and 1001 Columns
Client: Entrepreneurs Organization

inspiria organized evening events for EO University Istanbul 2012, the networking and career development program offered by the global membership organization. The four-day program also showcased and launched the organization’s newest chapter in Istanbul. inspiria engaged the international delegation of entrepreneurs, spouses and offspring with a diverse array of off-site affinity, recreation, dining and leisure programs scattered around the ancient city and environs. Highlight: transforming the historic Grand Bazaar into stunning banquet space featuring folkloric music, ethnic dance and authentic cuisine. Entertainment at off-site venues balanced the hip and contemporary (the trendy waterfront Cubuklu Club 29 and others) and the historical and cultural (the ancient Roman reservoir, the Binbirdirek underground cistern, and others). Private meetings were arranged and personal introductions made to local business leaders and influential professionals, encouraging networking and connecting. Finding inspiration in Istanbul’s historic crossroads of ancient cultures, our team synthesized a collective wish-making and paper-lantern release ceremony that celebrated multicultural peace and provided a memorable bonding experience for 800 attendees and family members.