In March in Istanbul

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What to do, what to see in March in Istanbul?

This month of March is culturally particularly interesting, you will find many different things to do, including the Sonar festival on March 8 and 9, you will also be able to visit many exhibitions, concerts or other shows. Here is the summary of cultural events in March 2019 in Istanbul:



March 1 – Manga: the rock band from Ankara and very popular in Turkey is in concert at the Sanat Performance.

March 1 – Kerem Görsev Trio: the jazzman being considered as one of the best Turkish musicians will be on the stage of the CRR Konser Hall accompanied by his musicians.

March 2 – Kenan Doğulu: the Turkish pop-star, Kenan Doğulu will full the Maslak’s Volkswagen Arena!

March 2 – Sonar Istanbul Pre Event – Flava D: the British DJ and producer will be at the Zorlu PSM for a party being the start of the Sonar festival on March 8th and 9th.

March – Mor Ve Ötesi: the Turkish rockstars will be in concert at the Dorock XL.

Shenyang & Borusan Quartet

March 3 – Mazhar Alanson: the Turkish rock dean, undisputed star in Turkey, will be in concert at the CRR Concert Hall accompanied by the symphony orchestra of the same name.

March 5 – Hande Yener: lthe Turkish pop singer known for her kitsch and quirky looks and songs will be in concert at Teddy Istanbul.

March 6 – Shenyang & Borusan Quartet: the permanent bass baritone of the Shanghai Opera, Shenyang and the Borusan Quartet, the first string quartet in Turkey, will perform at the İş Sanat for a concert not to be missed!

March 6 – Ivo Dimchev: Ivo Dimchev is a Bulgarian choreographer, songwriter and performer. His work mixes in an extreme and colorful way performance, dance, theater, music, drawing and photography. He will be performing at the If of Beşiktaş.

March 6– Yıldız Tilbe: the Turkish pop star from the 90s will be on the scene of the Jolly Joker Vadistanbul.

Sakari Kukko Afro Chamber

March 6 – The Freddie Mercury Show: the Queen Tribute group will be at the Dorock XL of Beşiktaş accompanied by A Kind of Vision, the lead singer has left a big impact on the audience during his last performances. Do not miss it if you’re a fan of Freddie Mercury!

March 6 – Sakari Kukko Afro Chamber: one of the legendary musicians of Finland; Sakari Kukko, virtuoso keyboard, guitar, flute and saxophone performs at the Akbank Sanat with “Sakari Kukko Afro Chamber”, which he created a new project in collaboration with Senegalese musicians.

March 7 – Evrencan Gündüz: the new prince of Turkish indie-rock is in concert at Dorock XL in Beşiktaş.

March 7 – Charlie Winston: British singer-songwriter and guitarist, being the brother of singer Tom Baxter and singer Vashti Anna will be in concert at Babylon.

March 7 – Festival de Hip Hop turc: the Dorock XL of Kadıköy is once again organizing the Turkish Hip-Hop Festival, which features many artists such as Sansar Salvo, Hidra, Tahribatı, İsyan and Emsiey. 


March 8 & 9 – Sonar Istanbul: the third edition of Sónar Istanbul will take place on March 8th and 9th at the Zorlu Performing Arts Center. Once again music, creativity and technology will come together for an unforgettable experience. On the program more than thirty artists like Laurent Garnier, Henrik Schwarz, Seinfeld, Cava Grande, Stinray or Ben Frost and Ah! Kosmos; exhibitions, shows and more! Find the program here:

March 9 – Ezhel: the Turkish rap-star will be at Jolly Joker Vadistanbul, his American style but also reggae style with a “Turkish Touch” has made him the idol of Turkish hip-hop lovers, not to be missed!

March 9 – Sıla: the singer of pop, jazz and rock being one of the most famous singer of the moment in Turkey will be in concert at the VW Arena.

March 9 – Athena: the big stars of the Turkish rock and ska will be at the Beyrut Performans for a very entertaining night!

March 10 – Red Army Choir Alexandrov: the Alexandrov Ensemble was founded in 1928 under the supervision of the Russian Ministry of Defense by the leader Alexander Alexandrov, who is also the one who wrote most of the themes of the Red Army. After a prestigious history, almost all of his choristers died in a plane crash on December 25, 2016. Today in full reconstruction, the Ensemble will be at the CRR Concert Hall for a concert not to be missed!

Evrencan Gündüz

March 11 – Sertab’ın Müzikali: Sertab Erener, the Turkish pop singer who won the Eurovision Song Contest in 2003 and whose tessitura is 5 octaves, will be at the Uniq Hall to play the key songs of her career.

March 12  – François Lindemann “Nubass”: Swiss composer and pianist will be at Nardis Jazz Club, he played with the big names of jazz but also ethnic music.

March 14 mars – Duman:  Turkey’s best-known rock band is in concert at the Dorock XL of Beşiktaş. Do not miss it!

March 15 mars – Fazıl Say: the virtuoso Turkish pianist, who has a habit of filling entire stadiums and has been controversial in his last years for his anti-government stances, will be at the TIM Show Center!

March 15 mars – Teoman: the rock singer, the dark Teoman, will be on stage at the Zorlu PSM.

Steve Aoki

March 15 – Yeniden Çiçek Pasajı: the legendary passage of Beyoğlu gives itself a new youth and organizes a festival with many local musicians for the occasion. At the Çiçek Pasajı.

March 16 – Steve Aoki: the world famous trap and electronic music DJ will ignite the VW Arena!

March 17 – Turkish Presidential Orchestra: the Turkish classical presidential choir is at the CRR Concert Hall accompanied by the ensemble Gülizar and the soloist of saz (traditional Turkish instrument), Serhan Aytan.

March 21 – Contra: the Turkish rapper with offbeat songs is in concert at the If de Beşiktaş.

March 22  – Y2K Millenium Party: notice to all the nostalgic, the concert hall of Babylon organize a party based on the hits of the 2000s.


March 22  – Ben Fero: the Turkish rapper with millions of views on Youtube is in concert at If of Beşiktaş.

March 22 – Pentagram: the legendary group of Turkish heavy-metal will be at the Sanat Performance.

March 22 – Mabel Matiz: the alternative Turkish pop singer being a defender of the Turkish LGBT cause and having his own baroque universe is in concert at DasDas.

March 23 – Radyo Eksen Party: Istanbul rock radio, Radyo Eksen, invites you to its party at Babylon Bomonti bringing together several local and international artists

March 23 – Hey Douglas: considered one of the best underground DJs in Turkey, he continues his tour of electro oriental concerts. He will mix at the Dorock XL of Beşiktaş.

Nil Karaibrahimgil

March 23 – 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 Beşiktaş.

March 26 – Gaye Su Akyol: the Turkish indie pop singer is at the Zorlu PSM in concert.

March 26 – Şokopop Watch & Party – Bir Bacının Anatomisi Returns: Seda Sayan is one of the most famous personalities in Turkey, she has strategically built her image over the years and has become not only an icon of pop culture, but one of the biggest Turkish TV star with her famous talk -show “Sabah Sabah Seda Sayan”. This evening is dedicated to him with music, sounds and lights tracing her career. At the Zorlu PSM.

March 29 mars – Nil Karaibrahimgil: the star of Turkish pop / rock with millions of albums sold is at Dorock XL of Beşiktaş.

March 29 – Kalben: the star of Turkish indie-rock is in concert at Dorock XL of Kadıköy, not to be missed for a beautiful musical discovery!


March 29 – Valeron: the DJ and Greek producer of electronic music from Mykonos is in Babylon with his musicians!

March 30 – Sofi Tukker: the duo of New York musicians, known internationally for their hit “Drinkee”, will be on stage at the Zorlu PSM.

March 30 – Büyük Ev Ablukada: the rock / electronics band with funky and catchy rhythms is at the Zorlu PSM.


Sonar Istanbul

8 & 9 mars – Sonar Festival: the third edition of Sónar Istanbul will take place on March 8th and 9th at the Zorlu Performing Arts Center. Once again music, creativity and technology will come together for an unforgettable experience. On the program more than thirty artists like Laurent Garnier, Henrik Schwarz, Seinfeld, Cava Grande, Stinray or Ben Frost and Ah! Kosmos; exhibitions, shows and more! Find the program here:

March 8 – Fire Of Anatolia: Fire of Anatolia or Anadolu Atesi in Turkish is a Turkish dance group consisting of 120 dancers, choreographers and several other technical staff members. The group has performed in more than 85 countries from the United States to China through Japan, to an audience of about 20 million people in total. The band holds the record for the fastest dance performance in the world with 241 steps per minute. The show traces 4000 years of history of Anatolian dance. at the Bostancı Gösteri Merkezi. 

Alice – The Musical

Until April 26 – Fiddler On The Roof: based on the tales of Tevye and his daughters written in Yiddish, this piece has been a hit on Broadway and will be presented at Zorlu PSM with its own production in 2019. After winning 9 Tony Awards, the musical was staged in Ankara in 1969 for the first time in Turkey by the State Opera and Ballet of Ankara. At the Zorlu PSM.

Until June 17 – Alice – The musical:Lewis Carroll’s classic “Alice in Wonderland” has become a literary icon in no time and has been translated into more than 174 languages so far!Alice will be performed by Serenay Sarıkaya as Alice, Ezgi Mola as Queen, Enis Arıkan as Rabbit, Ükrü Özyıldız as Madhatter, İbrahim Selim as King and Merve Dizdar as Cat. the Zorlu PSM will host Alice in collaboration with BKM and ID. ALICE will be the show of the year with its powerful actors, immersive visual effects, scenic production and unique costumes! Do not miss it


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 March 30, 2019 – Visions of the Holocaust:

Yusuf Tolga Ünker’s solo exhibition “Holokost ile Yüz Yüze” (“Holocaust Visions”) opened at the Museum of the Quincentenary of Turkish Jews Foundation on 24 January. The exhibition presents black and white photographs of the Holocaust, made by Ünker through colorization. The museum said in a statement that the photos had been colorized with permission from Yad Vashem, the official Israeli Holocaust Memorial and the Jewish Heritage Museum in New York. The exhibition will be organized with the support of the German Consulate General in Istanbul. At the Jewish Museum of Turkey.

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 the 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 for the second part of the Turkish league :

  • March 2: Fenerbahçe VS Rizespor at Şükrü Saraçoğlu stadium
  • March 9: Istanbul BB VS Fenerbahce at the Fatih Terim stadium
  • March 10: Beşiktaş VS Konyaspor at Vodafone Park
  • March 11: Galatasaray VS Antalyaspor at Türk Telekom stadium
  • March 15: Fenerbahçe VS Sivasspor at Şükrü Saraçoğlu stadium
  • March 16: Beşiktaş VS Göztepe at Vodafone Park

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