The cultural events in February in Istanbul

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Between concerts, shows, sporting events and exhibitions, February promises to be rich in culture. Here is the little guide of things to do this month in Istanbul:


February 13th – Steve Aoki : the American DJ, star of the electronic music, will be on the stage of the Volkswagen Arena for a show not to be missed!

February 13th– Radyo Eksen Party: Istanbul’s number one rock radio, Radyo Eksen, invites you to its party at the Babylon Bomonti with many local and international artists.

February 19th – Feder: the French DJ Feder having enjoyed international success in 2015 with his song “Goodbye” will be at Babylon Bomonti .

February 19th – Bang Gang: the Icelandic music group, with trip hop and electro influences, is in concert at the Salon IKSV within the Garanti Bank’s jazz festival.

February 20th – Lee Konitz: the 88 years old American saxophonist is at the CRR Concert Hall, it is a recognized musician in the jazz world who has played with the biggest names.

February 21th – Ceza: the rapper is a figure in the small world of the Turkish rap, he will in concert to celebrate his 18 years career at Garajistanbul.

February 24th – Caro Emerald: the Dutch singer and musician of jazz music, several times number one in sales in her country, will be at the CRR Concert Hall.

February 24th – Hüsnü Şenlendirici: the Turkish clarinetist, best known for its airborne sound and for whom the clarinet is a family business (his whole family plays it), is at Jolly Joker. This is a concert to be seen if you want to discover a good local musician.

February 26th– Emika: the Dubstep DJ, living in Berlin and also producing some film scores, like the trailer of the last Mission Impossible, will mix the Salon IKSV.

February 28th– Chris de Burgh: the singer-songwriter of rock music, famous for his world hit “Lady In Red”, is the at the Ülker Sports Arena in the context of his international tour.


Until February 7 – Shrek the musical:The musical based on the Shrek movie was an international success since its first performances in Broadway in the late 2000s. The musical received a total of twelve nominations at the Drama Desk Award and eight Tony Awards, including that of the best Musical. The troop will be on the Zorlu Center PSM stage as part of a new international tour.

February 13th – Fire of Anatolia:  Fire of Anatolia or “Anadolu Turkish Atesi” is a Turkish dance group consisting of 120 dancers, choreographers and several other technical staff. The band played in over 85 countries from the United States to China and Japan, and in front of an audience of about 20 million people in total. The band holds the record for the performance of the fastest dance in the world with 241 steps per minute. The show retraces 4,000 years of history of the Anatolian dance. At the Ülker Sport Arena.

From February 24 to March 6– Slava’s Snowshow:Initially  a member of Cirque du Soleil, the Russian artist Slava created his own show, the Slava’s Snowshow. It quickly became a sensation in more than 120 cities around the world. The show is a fusion of the traditional and contemporary world of clowns, and brilliantly creates a world of wonder and fantasy that transports the audience into a happy dream; at the end of the show the audience even found caught in a snowstorm. For both children and adults. At the Zorlu Center PSM.


Art of Banksy : from January 14 to April 14 at the Global Karaköy gallery.


The works of the famous street artist Banksy will be exhibited on the occasion of the opening of the art gallery Global Karaköy. Organized by Steve Lazarides, this exhibition will present a total of 100 works of Banksy including some of its most famous as “The Little Girl Red Balloon” and “Maid in London.”

This is the first time that so many of the Banksy works will be exhibited in the same gallery, don’t miss it! At the Global Karakoy

Till it’s gone : until June 5th, 2016 at the Istanbul Modern.

Till It’s Gone is a collective exhibition held at the Museum of Modern Art of Istanbul from December 23rd to June 5th. Titled “An exhibition on nature and sustainable development”, the exhibition begins with a special program from December 23rd to January 12th during which the installation of Yoko Ono “Ex -There” will be displayed. At the same time, the video “Art Speaks Out” produced by ikonoTV, the world’s biggest television channel dedicated to art, will present a series on the theme of the environment. After January 13th the complete exhibition will open under the curatorship of Celenk Bafra and Paolo Colombo. More info on:

Apricots from Damascus – until February 21st at SALT Beyoğlu

Based on the quote by André Breton “One publish to find comrades!” the SALT Beyoğlu gallery hosts an exhibition on the artistic practice of the Syrians of Istanbul. Indeed, since the beginning of the war in Syria in 2011, more than 2.5 million refugees have flew to Turkey, and the exhibition focuses on a particular group of refugees who depend on their creative and intellectual capacity in areas like art, writing and music to survive in their new environment: the city of Istanbul.

The artist Dilek Winchester has published a fanzine called “Apricot City A4” and sold it on the carts used by the street vendors of Istanbul. Each issue of the magazine has been modified by an artist or a prominent local activist. The curators of the exhibition Winchester and Akin want to create via this exhibition an interdisciplinary space for artists in exile in contact with local artists. More info on:

Jewel – Until March 31st at the Sadberk Hanım Museum (Sadberk Hanim Müzesi)

The the Sadberk Hanım Museum hosts the exhibition Jewel from the 3rd December to the 31st of March. This exhibition focuses on the Ottoman precious objects from the 17th to the 20th century. A total of 139 pieces are exposed. You will find there some wonderful jewels decorated with emeralds, rubies and diamonds but also objects of everyday life such as belt buckles, spoons, pocket watches, inkwells, flyswatters, pipes, tobacco boxes, brooches, medals, slippers… These priceless pieces,  for the complexity of their design but also for the value of the materials used, will not leave you insensitive. More information

Bare, Naked, Nude – until February 7th at the Pera Museum

Bare, Naked, Nude is a modern Turkish painting exhibition at the the Pera Museum hold from November 24th to February 7th. Paintings from the late Ottoman period to the beginning of the Turkish Republic are displayed. The exhibition presents artworks made secretly because they are the first Western style naked body paints in Turkish art. The conception of the role of the artist in the society of the time, which was to serve the sultan is interrogated and challenged by these artworks, just as they are rethinking traditional Islamic point of view of the naked body.



February 5th, Euroleague / Anadolu Efes – Fenerbahce: the two giants of the Turkish basketball compete in the Euroleague,  the largest basketball club competition in Europe. At the Abdi İpekçi Arena. As part of the same competition, Fenerbahce (which is the first team of its group) welcomes on February 11th the Spanish of Unicaja Malaga in stadium, the Ülker Sport Arena.

February 16th,  Fenerbahçe – Lokomotiv Moscow: the canaries of Fenerbahce, one of the three “big” football clubs of the Bosphorus, confronts the Russians of the Lokomotiv Moscow in the first leg of the round of 16 of the European Cup. In the Şükrü Saraçoğlu stadium.

February 18th, Galatasaray – Lazio: still in the context of the Round of 16 of the Europa League, the Turkish team-led by Welsey Sjeinder faces the Italians of the Lazio for a game that promises to be explosive! At the Türk Telekom Arena.

February 27th, basketball, Fenerbahçe Ülker – Galatasaray Odeabank: Istanbul’s basketball derby is almost as hot as the football’s one. In the under fire atmosphere from the supporters of Fenerbahce, Galatasaray players will try to win at the Ülker Sport Arena.

February 29th, Fenerbahçe – Beşiktaş: the first two of the Turkish football championship are waging a struggle without mercy for the first place. The show promises be here with big names on both sides as Nani, Van Persie, Quaresma and Mario Gómez.

If you have questions or need more information to get to these events, and if you want us to add some concerts or exhibitions to our list please email us or leave a comment below.

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