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With the cold weather finally on its way after a hot and humid summer, Istanbul’s events are in full swing with everything from indie band concerts to artisanal food workshops. Make sure to get your tickets soon on Biletix before these events become sold out.
Tuesday 1st – Sunday 6th
DESIGN | Tasarım Biennial City Tours
📅 November 18-29
The IKSV (Istanbul Foundation for Culture and Arts) Design Biennial will be hosting tours through Istanbul’s most beautiful neighborhoods with the aim of highlighting architecture that possesses high historic and cultural value as well as neighborhood artist ateliers and shops. The tours include the neighborhoods of Beyoğlu One (5, 12, 19), Beyoğlu Two (4, 11, 18), Sultanahmet (4, 11, 18), Kuzguncuk (4, 11, 18), Fener-Balat (5, 12, 19), and Nişantaşı (4, 11, 18).
THEATER | National Theatre Live: Frankenstein
📅 November 1, 8, 15, 22
National Theatre Live is an initiative operated by the Royal National Theatre in London, which broadcasts live via satellite performances of their productions. Watch Benedict Cumberbatch, Johnny Lee Miller, and Danny Boyle in this version of Mary Shelley’s famous Frankenstein on the Salon IKSV’s screen.
MUSIC | Sibel Köse Quintet
📅 November 1
One of Turkey’s most important female jazz vocalists, Sibel Köse, is not only a master of improvisation but her rich and deep voice resonate with every interpretation. In this concert she pays homage to the great divas of jaz such as Billie Holiday, Ella Fitzgerald, Sarah Vaughan, Carmen Mc Rae, Anita O’Day, and Shirley Horn.
WORKSHOP | Italian Artisanal Bread
📅 November 3
Continuing to bring Italy to Turkey, Eataly Istanbul is now sharing its secrets to excellent artisanal bread making in this workshop. You’ll be learning the three most important steps: Impasto (dough), Formazione (shaping techniques), and Cottura (baking techniques). Get ready to make Panini bread with olives/butter, wheat Rotolino with olives, and Grissini.
MUSIC | Kalben
📅 November 3
Ever since her debut at a Sofar Sounds Istanbul concert in a living room (which ended up being one of the most watched Sofar videos), Kalben has become one of the city’s favorite indie musicians. Having begun playing guitar at 14, Kalben is intimately connected to her lyrics and music, not holding back her emotions when she performs her poignant ballads.
THEATER | Vivaldianno
📅 November 5
One of the master’s of the baroque period, Antonio Vivaldi’s works are given a modern twist in this 3D musical where classical music comes together with technology and an incredible show of lights. Don’t miss out on this unique interpretation of Vivaldi’s greatest compositions.
Monday 7th – Sunday 13th
MUSIC | Fazıl Say
📅 November 7
Turkey’s most famous pianist, Fazıl Say, takes the Istanbul stage in this concert that features the work of Turkish composers. The works of Ulvi Cemal Erkin, Ahmed Adnan Saygun, and İlhan Baran will be given new life with the talent of Say that has already made its mark on the world.
MUSIC | SFJAZZ Collective
📅 November 7
This San Francisco-based collective of eight very talented musicians pay their respects to an iconic musician every year. This time around they’ve chosen to honor the memory of Miles Davis in this Istanbul concert that will feature the talented musician’s best songs. Don’t miss out on this amazing repertoire!
CULTURE | Dervishes
📅 November 8
The Whirling Dervishes have become synonymous with Istanbul’s cultural heritage. Performed by followers of Mevlana Celaleddin Rumi, the dervishes perform this dance as a form of dhikr (rememberance of God). You’ll be mesmerized by the visual heightened by 360-degree video mapping technology.
MUSIC | Gökhan Türkmen
📅 November 9
There’s only a few musicians in the Turkish pop genre that can be called truly talented, and Gökhan Türkmen happens to be one of them. In this acoustic concert you’ll really get to experience everything Türkmen has to offer, including a powerful voice and his own lyrics and music.
WORKSHOP | Artisanal Coffee
📅 November 11
A naked cake forgoes an outer layer of buttercream so that the inner texture and colors are on show. In this workshop learn how to make the perfect naked cake at Istanbul’s leading culinary arts school. On the lesson plan is a white chocolate naked cake composed of hazelnut and a citrus flavored sponge cake with mandarin jelly, white chocolate, and ganache. The other creation is a salt water taffy popcorn and chocolate naked cake with chocolate flavored sponge cake and a banana chocolate butter cream.
Monday 14th – Sunday 20th
MUSIC | Al Di Meola
📅 November 15
American jazz fusion and Latin jazz guitarist, composer, and record producer of Italian origin, Al Di Meola’s music career has spanned five decades including 24 albums to his name. One of the most influential jazz guitarists to date, don’t miss out on Meola’s performance in Istanbul.
MUSIC | Sofi Tukker
📅 November 15
Known for their single ‘Drinkee’, which features the words of Brazilian poet Chacal’ın Relógio, Sofi Tukker made it big when the song was used in Apple’s commercial for their new watch. Now the American jungle pop duo will show off what else they have in store, including addictive drumbeats and guitar riffs.
MUSIC | Kitaro
📅 November 16
Grammy-winning Japanese musician, composer, record producer, and arranger, Kitaro is one of the most prominent acts of the New-Age music genre. Having composed the soundtrack for the documentary The Silk Road, which was aired in Turkey in the 1980s, Kitaro has been especially popular with the Turkish audience, which means you’ll have to act quick to ensure you have your tickets for this amazing concert.
COMEDY | Eddie Izzard
📅 November 16
After winning over the Turkish audience during his 2013 tour, English stand-up comedian Eddie Izzard is returning with his ‘Force Majeure Reloaded’ World Tour. Once referred to as the ‘Lost Python’ by John Cleese, Izzard’s fantastic comedic style is part whimsical monologue and part self-referential pantomime.
THEATER |Fuerza Bruta
📅 November 18-23
After breathtaking performances in New York, Buenos Aires, London, Mexico, Peking, Tel Aviv, and Miami, Fuerza Bruta has finally made its way to Istanbul. The postmodern Argentinian theater show is a high-energy performance with live music and crazy aerial displays. This is definitely a show where no one falls asleep.
Monday 21st – Wednesday 30th
THEATER | Hedwig and the Angry Inch
📅 November 26-28
Don’t miss out on this glam rock musical based on the iconic 2001 movie by John Cameron Mitchell who also played the lead, a transgender punk-rock girl from East Berlin who tours the U.S. revealing her life story and following a former lover/band mate who stole her songs.
MUSIC | Erik Satie’s 150th Birthday Concert
📅 November 29
Russian pianist Georgy Voylochnikov, who has toured the world and been awarded several prestigious international awards, will pay homage to the works of famous French composer Erik Satie. Apart from Satie’s famous works, such as Gnossiennes and Gymnopédies, the concert will also include compositions by Debussy and Scriabin.
MUSIC | CRR Symphony Orchestra
📅 November 29
Flute virtuoso Patrick Gallois will be joined by the Turkish Cemal Reşit Rey symphony orchestra for this special concert. The performance will include the works of J. Haydn, W.A. Mozart, and C.F. Gounod.
MUSIC | Oh Land
📅 November 30
When a budding career in ballet came to an abrupt end due to an injury, Nanna Øland Fabricius became Oh Land, the Danish singer-songwriter and record producer. With four albums to her name, the beautiful and melodic Oh Land will grace the stage in Istanbul for what promises to be an unforgettable concert.