What to do, see in February in Istanbul?
This month of February is particularly interesting on a cultural level, you can take advantage of bad weather to visit many exhibitions, concerts or other shows. Here is the summary of the cultural events taking place in Istanbul in February 2019 :
February 5– Ravi Ensemble: two great names of Turkish music, the conductor Orhan Şallıel and the musician Murat Salim Tokaç gather at the CRR Konser Salonu for a concert that is worth the detour!
February 7 – Duman: the most famous Turkish rockband is in concert at the Kadiköy’s Dorock XL. Do not miss it!
February 8 – Yıldız Tilbe: Turkish 90’s pop-star is doing the show at the Bostancı Gösteri Merkezi.
February 8 – MFÖ: the deans of Turkish rock having sold millions of albums will be at the Zorlu PSM.
February 8 – Evrencan Gündüz ve Uzaylılar: the new Turkish Indie-rock’s prince will be at the IF of Beşiktaş accompanied by the Uzaylılar (aliens in Turkish), a local band of musicians.
February 8 – Hey Douglas: considered as one of the best underground DJs in Turkey, he continues his tour of electro oriental concerts. He will mix at the Dorock XL of Kadiköy.
February 9 – Sarah Chang: the American violinist of Korean origin, is a prodigy who started music at age 4, she will be in concert at the Zorlu PSM.
February 9 – Athena: Turkish saka/rock-stars will be on the stage of the Beşiktaş’s Dorock XL!
February 9 – Büyük Ev Ablukada: Turkish electronic music / rock band with a slightly offbeat tone is in concert at the Moda Kayıkhane.
February 10 – Geoff Tate’s Operation Mindcrime: lthe progressive metal band, led by the former Queensrÿche singer, Geoff Tate is performing at IF Beşiktaş.
February 10 – Uriah Heep: the British heavy metal band being considered one of the best in the discipline is at the Zorlu PSM as part of their international tour.
February 13 – Richie Beirach Quartet: the American jazz pianist and composer who has collaborated with big names such as Chet Baker, Stan Getz or Dave Liebman will be accompanied by his musicians at the CRR Concert Hall.
February 14 – Jay Jay Johanson: the Swedish artist with the music difficult to classify evolving between jazz, trip hop and dance will be in representation at the Zorlu PSM.
February 14 – Mabel Matiz: the singer and songwriter of Turkish pop being also an important activist of the LGBT cause in Turkey will fill the Volkswagen Arena!
February 14 – Rafet El Roman: the Turkish pop-star having taken his stage name from a fictional character, “El Romano”, will be in concert at the Bostancı Gösteri Merkezi.
February 14 – Dany Brillant: the French singer and actor specialized in pop / salsa music will be performing at the Zorlu PSM.
February 15 – Pinhani: the Turkish rock band is at the IF Beşiktaş for the launch of their new album!
February 15 – Kaan Tangöze: the singer star of the Turkish rock band Duman will be in solo at the Kadıköy Sahne.
February 15 – Deniz Tekin: the indie-turkish singer with her fragile little dark voice is at the Sanat Performance Sahnesi.
February 15 – Nude By Adriatique: Adriatic releases his first album on the Afterlife label from Tale Of Us. Nude will follow the two titles released on the label earlier this year and offers a “reincarnation” of one of his flagship titles, “Ray”. At Module.
February 15 – Sertab Erener: Sertab Erener, the Turkish pop singer who won the Eurovision Song Contest in 2003 and whose tessitura is 5 octaves, will be on the Uniq Hall to play the key songs of her career.
February 16 – Hayko Cepkin: Hayko Çepkin is a Turkish alternative metal singer with Armenian origins and a surprising look. He will be in concert at the Dorock XL of Kadiköy.
February 18 – Tom Odell: the English star of indie rock known for his single “Another Love” is in concert at the Zorlu PSM.
February 20 – Kurt Cobain’s anniversary: praised as the world’s best tribute performance to Nirvana, the Nirvana Tribute Band will be at the Zorlu PSM on February 20 to commemorate Kurt Cobain, the legendary leader of the Nirvana band!
February 20 – Contra: the Turkish rapper, having been noticed this year on Youtube and Spotify is in representation at the Beyoglu’s Jolly Joker.
February 20 – Karsu: the Turkish indie/pop diva, Karsu, will be on stage at Moda Kayıkhane.
February 22 – Duman: urkey’s best-known rock band is in concert at the Zorlu PSM. Do not miss it!
February 22 – Isolate with Âme: the electronic music duo AME (Kristian Beyer & Frank Wiedemann) was founded in 2001 in Germany, their musical journey began with a sound composed mainly of house and techno. Today, they are full of deep-house. Their label, Innervision, co-founded with Dixon, has become one of the most important electronic music labels of the last decade thanks to the contributions of Laurent Garnier, Henrick Schwarz and many others ….At Module.
February 22 – Gazapism: the Turkish hardcore rap singer is at Dorock XL in Beşiktaş.
February 23 – Behemoth: the Polish black and death metal band is considered to have played an important role in the emergence of Polish extreme metal. Most of Behemoth’s albums focus on satanic themes with references to such authors as Aleister Crowley, John Milton and William Blake. At the Volkswagen Arena.
February 26 -CRR Symphonie Orchestra: the symphony orchestra of the Cemal Resit Rey Academy is in concert in the hall of the same name, the CRR Concert Hall.
February 26 – Jehan Barbur: the Turkish singer with Lebanese origin of pop & jazz music, singing as well in Turkish, in Arabic or in English, will be in concert at the Zorlu PSM.
February 28 – Uni Mid Week Party: this festival organized by the Dorock XL of Beşiktaş for Turkish students will bring together percussionists, singers and other local and international artists.
February 28 – Moulin Rouge Night: Beşiktaş’s concert hall, IF, organizes an evening based on the Moulin Rouge of Montmartre with the program of French Can-Can, shows and many other surprises!
February 28 – Tony Allen: Tony Allen is one of the pioneers of the afrobeat with his master and friend Fela Anikulapo-Kuti, of whom he was the drummer and artistic director from 1968 to 1979. Fela said that “without Tony Allen, there would be no afrobeat “. He is also described by Brian Eno as “perhaps the greatest drummer ever to live”. At Babylon.
SHOWS & FESTIVALS
From February 5 to February 15 – Let The Right One In:
Adapted from Aljvide Lindqvist’s successful novel and the script from Aljvide Lindqvist’s “Let The Right One In,” this is an exciting new piece that opens its curtains at the Zorlu PSM. Adapted for the first time by Jack Thorne at the Royal Court Theater in London, the play was quickly acclaimed by critics.
“Let The Right One In” is the story of Oskar and Elias, two children who bear the burden of being excluded. Oskar tries to face intimidation while Elias, the mysterious neighbor of Oskar, leads an endless life stuck in the same age. This terrifying and touching love story in a neighborhood stuck in the shadow of continuous juvenile murders brings together Atakan Akarsu, Begum Akkaya, Selcuk Borak, Baran Can Eraslan, Uygar Özçelik, Meriç Rakalar, Irin Kılavuz Sevinç, Tan Tanger on the scene of the Zorlu PSM.
February 19 & 20 – Noctural Symposium:
Adapted from the play by Eric de Volder and directed by Mesut Arslan, this show shines with its scenography, its narration and its interaction with the public. A mother, three sons and an absent father discover the limits of communication by moving with spinning tops around the excellent scenic design of Lawrence Malstaf and Meryem Bayram. At the Zorlu PSM.
February 21 – Ice Ice Baby: the Uniq Winter Tales hosts a winter-based festival featuring concerts, hot wine, small exhibitions and an ice rink party. For more info: uniqistanbul.com
Until March 17, 2019 – Parajanov with Sarkis:
The Pera Museum presents for the first time in Turkey a selection that brings together all the eras of the versatile and multicultural visual universe of the famous director Sergey Parajanov, master of the poetic cinema.Presenting numerous works ranging from classical to pop-art, from remarkable collages to storyboard boards, from film costumes to drawings, paintings, mosaics, objects and photographs, the exhibition highlights the brilliant and fertile world of the world. ‘artist. At the Pera Museum.
Until February 23, 2019 – A window on the West:
Celebrating the history of Galatasaray High School, the exhibition “A Window on the West: 150 Years of Galatasaray High School 1868-2018” is organized by İzzeddin Çalışlar and exhibits photographs, films, ephemera and objects presenting the remarkable Francophone institution of Istanbul and starting point of the Galatasaray Club. His sister institute, the Pera Museum, presents the exhibition School Square Galatasaray.
Until April first, 2019: Russian Avangarde at the Sakip Sabancı:
The magnificent Sakıp Sabancı Museum hosts the exhibition “Dreaming the Future. Russian avant-garde Art and Design, sponsored by Sabancı Holding until April 1, 2019 and presenting a complete anthology of the Russian avant-garde.
The exhibition is co-organized by Dr. Nazan Ölçer, head of the Sakıp Sabancı Museum, and Dr. Maria Tsantsanoglou, head of the George Costakis Collection of the Thessaloniki National Museum of Contemporary Art. It also contains a selection of 513 works The Museum of Decorative Arts and Multimedia Arts, entirely Russian, Moscow and works of major private collections from Europe presented for the first time, highlight the importance of the important place that the Russian avant-garde occupied in the history of art. At te Sakip Sabancı Museum.
Football: the atmosphere of the stadiums in Turkey is often explosive while remaining friendly. This year the Turkish league has seen many quality players, here are the matches to come at the beginning of the second part of the Turkish league, note that there is a big match not to miss; Beşiktaş against Fenerbahçe on February 24th:
- February 9 – Beşiktaş vs Bursaspor at the Vodafone Park
- February 10 – Galatasaray vs Trabzonspor at the Türk Telekom stadium
- February 16 – Fenerbahçe vs Konyaspor at the Şükrü Saraçoğlu stadium
- February 24 – Beşiktaş vs Fenerbahçe at the Vodafone Park
Motobike Istanbul: After having gathered 260 exhibitors and 104,342 visitors from around the world in February 2018, Motobike Istanbul has been more colorful and exciting than ever this year. Visitors to the exhibition were fascinated by the spectacular shows of well-known big names of motorcycle and bike enthusiasts. In addition to industry innovations and visual events, visitors to the show had the opportunity to freely participate in Motobike Academy seminars and presentations.