What to do, what to see in June in Istanbul?
This month of June 2017 is a little quieter than usual because it falls during the Ramadan period, but despite that there is still much to do with several festivals, shows, exhibitions, concerts, but also the summer opening of Kafes and Suma Beach, two beaches of the North of Istanbul specialized in electronic music. Here is the program in order to not miss anything to the things to do in Istanbul in June:
June 1 – London Chamber Orchestra & Alina Pogostkina: the prestigious London chamber orchestra is accompanied by the highly talented Russian-German violinist Alina Pogostkina, the concert will be held at the Aya Irini church in the Topkapi Museum.
FESTIVALS & SHOWS
From June 3 to June 30 – Akbank’s Nordic Film Festival
In June, Akbank Sanat will host the Nordic Film Days, a selection of Nordic films from Sweden, Norway, Finland and Denmark. The event will be held in collaboration with the Swedish Consulate in Istanbul, the Swedish Institute, the embassies of Norway, Finland and Denmark in Ankara, the Finnish Film Foundation and the Danish Film Institute, and promises to be a movie banquet.To learn more about the programming click here!
June 5 – La Stravaganza: Zorlu Center PSM
The Soqquadro Italiano is an Italian baroque ensemble that was born a few years ago and provides a contemporary interpretation of Vivaldi’s works. The concert is organized by Claudio Borgianni and the Prato City Chamber Orchestra. You will also have the opportunity to listen live Vincenzo Capezzuto, one of the founders of Soqquadro Italiano, with his remarkable performance ‘La Stravaganza’. Throughout the concert will be broadcast photos and video of Italy, the homeland of Vivaldi.
From June 11 to June 14 – Notre Dame – Quasimodo Musical: Trump Tower
The French comedy inspired by the eponymous novel of Victor Hugo is in representation at the Trump Tower. Since its inception, the show has been performed in Belgium, Canada, China, France, Italy, Japan, Lebanon, Luxembourg, Russia, Singapore, South Korea, Spain, Switzerland, Taiwan, Turkey, the United Kingdom and the United States and translated into seven languages (English, Spanish, Italian, Russian, Korean, Flemish and Polish). At the Trump Tower.
Until July 23, 2017 – Accelerating knowledge, CERN in Istanbul:
The University of Istanbul Bilgi will host the CERN “Accelerating Science” exhibition, one of the most important scientific events in the world. The exhibition will take place at the Santralistanbul Museum on the Bilgi University campus between March 12 and July 10, 2017 with the cooperation of the European Organization for Nuclear Research (CERN). The exhibition will offer visitors a booming journey from the beginning of the universe to the present day. At the Santralistanbul Museum of the University of Bilgi.
Until July 30, 2017 – Between two worlds / Feyhaman Duran:
This exhibition is a retrospective of one of the most beloved painters of Turkey: Feyhaman Duran (1886-1970). It was part of the Generation of 1914, a group of artists whose career went through the end of the Ottoman era and the dawn of the Republic.The exhibition is presented in the new Cornucopia, No. 55 of the magnificent museum on the banks of the Bosphorus, the Sakip Sabancı. Also worth seeing is the homage of Maureen Freely’s movement to Feyhaman and his wife and artist Güzin, with photographs of Fritz von der Schulenburg’s house and artists’ studio. At the Sakip Sabancı Museum.
Until June 4, 2017 – Liman at Istanbul Modern:
The new Istanbul Modern exhibition, “Liman”, focuses on ports and harbors. Focusing on Istanbul’s relations with the sea, “Liman” examines closely how art in Turkey presented the cultural and social life that developed on the coasts and around the city’s ports from the late 19th century to the present day. This is the last exhibition before starting the transformation and renovation of the museum and the area.
Organized by Çelenk Bafra and Levent Çalıkoğlu, the exhibition presents a selection of paintings, sculptures, models, engravings, drawings, photographs, videos and installations by 34 artists and collectives from various periods and disciplines. By exploring how port areas are reflected in the visual arts, not only as geographical sites but also as sites of social and economic interaction, the exhibition focuses on the symbolic and metaphorical aspects of the concept of “port”. At the Istanbul Modern.
The Turkish football league is over, Beşiktaş the Turkish champion, the club and its supporters will celebrate the title Saturday 3 June in the neighborhood of the same name in an atmosphere of madness! If you are on site we recommend going there for a tour, as it is a unique moment to share with the locals in a peaceful atmosphere.
Concerning the basketball, Fenerbahçe won this year the Euroleague, the equivalent of the European NBA, we will have no match to offer you for a few months.
No other major sporting events are to be reported for this month of June 2017 in Istanbul, but for those looking for a fun place to run, bike or sail, contact us!
For other activities we could propose you in June 2017 click here!