What to do, what to see in September in Istanbul?
This month of September is very rich in events of all kinds, like the start of the Istanbul Biennale, one of the world’s largest biennial of contemporary art, and also Contemporary Istanbul, the largest contemporary art fair in Turkey. You will also find plenty of concerts and sports events including the derby between Galatasaray and Fenerbahçe. here is the menu:
September 4 – Teoman: the Turkish rock star is in concert in Enka in the north of Istanbul.
September 6 – Nina Kraviz: the world-renowned Russian DJ of acid techno will make the show at the VW Arena on this Friday night of September 6th!
September 7 – Sarah Chang: the American violinist of Korean origin, a prodigy who started music at age 4, will be performing at Aya Irini church in the Topkapi Palace.
September 7 – Anathema: the British progressive and psychedelic rock band, Anathema, will be on stage of the Zorlu PSM.
September 7 – Istanbul Rooftop Festival: Istanbul’s Rooftop Festival returns for the fourth year in a row, and will host more than 30,000 participants in 15 different venues. On the program more than 30 foreign and local artists in places like Spago, Mentha, Klein Garten, Georges Hotel or Bakyard and 16 Roof. For more information and to buy your tickets click here!
September 7 – Hey Douglas: inspired by the golden age of Anatolian pop and rock from the 60s and 70s, Hey! Douglas is 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 Kadıköy.
September 8 – Ajda Pekkan: the 73 years old superstar and precursor of the Turkish pop, who looks 20 years younger, will be at the open-air theater in Harbiye.
September 11 – Sertab Musical:Sertab Erener is one of the most famous pop singers in Turkey, she is also a recognized soprano and won the Eurovision in 2003 with the song: Everyway that I Can. She will be at the Zorlu PSM.
September 12 – Cosmic Balkan Party: the collective of artists from Turkey and the Balkans playing revisited music from the region and having performed in major festivals around the world like the Montreux Jazz Festival, will be on stage at the IF de Beşiktaş.
September 13 – Peter Bence: Peter Bence is an acclaimed international pianist and composer, and holds the record for the fastest piano player in the world. He had more than 800 million clicks on his youtube page. It will be Zorlu PSM for a performance not to be missed!
From September 13 to September 15: the beautiful beach in the North of the city, Milyon Beach Kilyos, organizes a three-day music festival with many Turkish stars of pop, rap and electro. To learn more click here!
September 13 – Evanescence: the American heavy metal band from Little Rock having sold millions of albums will be at the VW Arena for a concert not to be missed if you are a fan of metal!
September 13 – Woo York: the Ukrainian duo Woo York produces a powerful, catchy, dark and sophisticated sound, with a unique live performance placing them among the leaders of underground electronic music. At the %100 Studio.
September 13 – Manga: the popular Ankara rock band is in concert at Moda Kayıkhane.
September 15 – Rey&Kjavik: the German DJs having a preference for mystical and spiritual soundscapes in the context of electronic music will be on the beach Kafes in the North of Istanbul.
September 20 – Sylvain Chauveau: the French composer and pianist, coming from the rock scene and inspired both by the music of the twentieth century (Maurice Ravel, Erik Satie and Bernard Parmegiani) and the abstract painting will be performing at the Zorlu PSM.
September 20 – Mirkelam: it’s one of the most famous names in Turkish pop music, Mirkelam, who is called the man running, in reference to his clips, will be on stage at Dorock XL of Kadıköy.
September 21 – David Garett: David Garrett is a world-renowned German violinist, considered one of the best musician in the profession, he also holds the world record for the fastest piece of violin. He will be on the stage of the VW Arena.
September 23 & 24 – Tarkan: the Turkish pop star who became globally known in the 2000s with his hit “Kiss Kiss” is at the open-air theater in Harbiye.
September 23 – Christos Rafalides & Petros Klampanis Quartet: the two Greek jazzmen will be at the Nardis Jazz Club, a really friendly jazz club in Galata.
September 24 – Fuckup Night Vol 26: FuckUp Nights is a global movement where stories of failed businesses and projects are told, interviewed and celebrated. The philosophy is that you are sure to fail 100% of the projects you never start. the %100 Studio.
September 25 – Ozbi Ft Gülce Duru: the Turkish duo of oriental and melodious rap will be in concert on the stage of Dorock X Kadıköy.
September 26 – Brooklyn Funk Essentials: the legendary collective of poets and musicians from different cultures will be at Babylon.
September 27 – Viken Arman: the French DJ pushes the frontiers of electronic music not only towards the future, but also towards the past with the fusion of old melodies with electronic rhythms. He will be at the %100 Studio for a concert not to be missed!
September 27 – Hüsnü Şenlendirici: the best Turkish clarinetist, for whom the clarinet is a family business (all his family plays the clarinet) will be on the stage of the IF Beşiktaş.
September 28 – Ye Eun Choi & Dmitry Shishkin: world-renowned virtuosos Ye-Eun-Choi and Dmitry Shishkin meet in Istanbul, the first played her first song at the age of one, and the second gave his first concert at the age of three. They will be for the first time in concert at the Aya Irini Chuch inside the Topkapı Palace.
September 28 – 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 Kadıköy.
September 28 – Carl Cox: the British DJ arrives this September 28 at the Zorlu PSM! The one who has been nominated in the 25 best DJs of all time will make Istanbul dance!
September 29 – Orchestre philharmonique de Berlin:12 musicians from the Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra will perform on the stage of the %100 Studio, with the Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra, among the most famous orchestras in the world.
September 5th to 15th – Uniq Outdoor Film Festival:
Uniq offers from September 6 to September 15 four films to watch in the open air in the sweetness of September. On the program: Bohemian Rhapsody, A Tale Of Three Sisters, So Long, My Son and Rocketman. All these films will be in the original version subtitled in Turkish. To buy your tickets, visit Biletix.
September 17 & 18 – Women Of The World:
Launched in 2011 on the occasion of the 100th International Women’s Day in London by Jude Kelly, WOW is a festival that celebrates women and girls, highlights their achievements and examines the obstacles they still face in world. Every WOW festival in the world is dedicated to a city and speaks about opportunities for the community as a whole and to help develop strategies and develop festival content. It will be this year in Istanbul at the Feriye Palace on the banks of the Bosphorus. For more information: www.britishcouncil.org.tr
From September 19 to September 22 – Istanbul Coffee Festival:
For the fifth year in a row, coffee professionals and cafes in Istanbul meet in a festive atmosphere at the Küçükçiftlik Park to promote their products, but also to offer workshops, concerts, new concepts and test new products. You will find not only local and international barista, but also major brands of the sector. Do not miss it, especially if you like coffee! More details on:www.istanbulcoffeefestival.com.tr
ART & EXHIBITIONS
September 12 to September 15 – Contemporary Art Istanbul:
Contemporary Istanbul is the main contemporary art fair in Turkey. Contemporary Istanbul takes place every September and offers a platform for the city’s thriving arts scene and artists in the region. Contemporary Istanbul also runs activities throughout the year to develop contemporary art and culture, raise public awareness and promote them, in Turkey and abroad, and strengthen relations in the region by organizing events and international programs.
The next edition of Contemporary Istanbul will take place from September 12 to 15, 2019. The VIP opening, which will take place on September 11, will once again bring together leading contemporary art galleries, artists and collectors from Turkey and around the world. More details on: www.contemporaryistanbul.com
From September 14th to November 10th – Istanbul Biennale of Contemporary Art:
It is one of the world’s most famous biennials of international contemporary art: https://bienal.iksv.org/en. The Istanbul Foundation for Culture and Arts (IKSV) has been organizing the Istanbul Biennial since 1987. Considered one of the most prestigious biennials in the world alongside Venice, São Paolo and Sydney, the Istanbul Biennale has unveiled its title of “Seventh Continent” for its 16th edition, and it is already among the unmissable artistic events of 2019. The Istanbul Biennale 2019 will be organized by Nicolas Bourriaud, director of Montpellier Contemporain in France and co-founder of the Palace Museum from Tokyo to Paris.
The atmosphere of stadiums in Turkey is often explosive while remaining friendly. This year there will be some show in the league, especially with the arrival of Falcao or Nzonzi in Galatasaray who will play the Champion’s League in the group of PSG or Real Madrid, some beautiful games coming then! Beşiktaş or Başakşehir will play the Europa League. Here are the upcoming matches this month, note the derby between Galatasaray and Fenerbahçe :
- September 15 – Galatasaray VS Kasımpaşa at the Türk Telekom Stadium.
- September 22 – Beşiktaş VS Başakşehir at the Vodafone Park
- September 22 – Fenerbahçe VS Ankaragücü at the Şükrü Saraçoğlu Stadium.
- September 29 – Galatasaray VS Fenerbahçe at the Türk Telekom Stadium.
Color Sky 5k Istanbul:
Also called the race in color, the color sky 5k is a 5 km run on the banks of Maltepe in which everyone can participate, the goal is not just the sports performance, it is also a way to have fun with family and friends because the participants are sprinkled with paintings every kilometer. The proceeds of the race will be donated to charities: www.colorsky5k.com