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Istanbul capitalises on culture

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Istanbul in Turkey is hosting a year of art events in its role as one of three European Capitals of Culture for 2010.

Turkey fought for 10 years to gain the title, but as it is not yet a member of the EU there is an added political dimension to the honour.

Jonathan Head reports from Istanbul.

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