Emre Erbirer

Associate and Co-Founder

Emre is a generalist with extensive knowledge on many subjects and expertise in a few. He is a culture manager, program curator, community builder, learning designer, facilitator, and author. As a creative professional with extensive communication, programming, community building and project management experience, he designs and runs projects and programs focused on the creative economy.

After undertaking independent and project-based duties in Turkey’s leading cultural institutions between 2008 and 2010, he worked at Istanbul Foundation for Culture and Arts, Doğuş Publishing Group and ATÖLYE between 2010-2022, in different fields such as communication, audience development, community & programming, and project management. In 2015, he founded kültür.limited, an independent platform for cultural professionals and led this platform until 2023. Emre served as a member of the Digitalization Sub-Working Group of the Expertise Committee on the Diversity of Cultural Expressions under Turkish National Commission for UNESCO for one year, where he has worked on the digitalization of the cultural and creative industries. Later, Emre founded Espas, a cultural management consultancy company, in June 2023; and co-founded Culture Unleashed, an initiative to empower ecosystems, organisations, communities and individuals in the cultural and creative industries. Emre also teaches Arts Marketing and Audience Development as a part-time lecturer since 2017, and continues his community building and programming efforts by hosting CreativeMornings Istanbul.

Emre is a member of The International Association of Art Critics (AICA) and International Council of Museums (ICOM). He also serves as a member of the Arts & Culture Commission of Istanbul Tourism Platform by the Istanbul Metropolitan Municipality, Advisory Board Member of Quick Art Space, and Executive Board Member at the TheatreIST – International Turkish Theatre Showcase.

His articles on cultural management, cultural policies and popular culture have been published in media such as Argonotlar, Calling, Cumhuriyet, Gazete Duvar, Istanbul Art News, GQ, T24, Vogue and Zero. His academic articles have appeared in publications such as the Cultural Policy Yearbook, New Media Studies, and The European Network on Culture Management and Policy Yearbook.