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This Weekend in Istanbul

April 28-30, 2017

Historic  Haydarpaşa Railway Station is hosting the 1st International Istanbul Tea Festival on April 29-30, 2017. It is a not to miss event for tea lovers. Istanbulites will have the opportunity to taste tea from all over the world, latest technologies on tea, recipes with tea,  and experience various  tea ceremonies and rituals. Workshops, panel sessions, live performances, DJ sets and various entertaining activities are among the facilities of the two-day long festival.  Visiting hours: 10:00-19:00. Tickets can be purchased through Biletix. For the festival program and details please visit the website and Facebook event.

The 4th annual 101 Tastes of Istanbul Festival will take  place The Marmara Esma Sultan Yalısı, in Ortaköy on Sunday, April 30 at 13:00. From well-loved street food staples to dishes prepared by the city's most distinguished restaurants, the festival will reflect Istanbul’s culinary panorama. Tasting corners, concept bars, culinary workshops and sessions with leading names from the food industry, after- party and many more are among the facilities of the festival. Tickets can be purchased through Biletix.

Sahne Pulchérie , the performance venue of  Sainte Pulchérie French High School, is hosting French writer Rémi de Vos' play "West" on April 28. West, will be performed by  Kirpi Tiyatro.  The play tells the story of a couple  examining the far-right in Europe and exploring how the rise can transform ordinary people. The play is in Turkish with surtitles in French. The Seyyar Sahne theater group presents its play Dangerous Games - Tehlikeli Oyunlar on April 29. The play is based on the Oğuz Atay novel of the same name, dramatizing the existential struggle of character Hikmet Benol. The stream-of-consciousness narrative flows from monologue to dialogue, first-person narrator to omniscient narrator, letters to poems. Please note both performances begin at 20:30. Tickets can be purchased through Biletix,  from the Lamelif bookstore opposite the school on Çukurluçeşme Sokak and on the door after 18:30 on the day of the performance.

The semi-final and final matches of TEB BNP Paribas Istanbul Cup 2017 will be played at Garanti Koza Arena on Saturday and Sunday. Daily and combined tickets can be purchased through Biletix

Vodafone Istanbul Half Marathon , organized by Istanbul Metropolitan Municipality, will take place on Sunday, April 30, 2017. In addition to 21K race there will be 10K race. The races start at 09:00. Age limit is 18. Registrations are online only. For more information please click.

Istanbul Modern Cinema presents a program bringing together examples of recent contemporary Polish cinema on the weekend.

Legendary Japanese musician Kitaro will be at Zorlu PSM on Saturday at 21:00. Presenting a totally unique visual experience, “Kojiki and The Universe” merges Kitaro’s Grammy nominated music from the album “Kojiki" with dynamic space-age photographic scenes of the Universe.  Tickets can be purchased through Biletix.

The 12th International Istanbul Tulip Festival, organized by the Istanbul Metropolitan Municipality, continues on the weekend. This year 190 different species of tulips have been planted throughout Istanbul, most of which adorn Gülhane and Göztepe Parks, Emirgan, Yıldız, Beykoz, Fethi Paşa, Çamlıca, Gözdağı-Pendik and Hidiv-Çubuklu Groves.


Caddebostan Art Center (CKM) is hosting the  4th Istanbul International Classical Guitar Festival on the weekend:
Friday at 20:00 - Istanbul State Symphony Orchestra, Soloists: Aniello Desiderio, Marcin Dylla
Saturday at 17:00 - Lorik Pylla, Timur Dersuniyelioğlu
Saturday at 20:00 - Trio Anka
Sunday at 17:00 - Efkan Rende & Ali Kazım Akdağ Duo
Sunday at 20:00 - Mahan Mirarab Band, Mehrdad Pakbaz
As part of Istanbul Philharmonic Association Concerts, Bosphorus Trio will perform at Aynalı  Geçit, Beyoğlu on Saturday at 16:00. Bosphorus Trio: Özgecan Günöz Kızılay (violin), Çağlayan Çetin(violoncello), Özgür Ünaldı (piano). Program S. Rachmaninov, I. Baran, F. Mendelssohn. Tickets can be purchased through Biletix.
Aynalı Geçit - Meşrutiyet Ave, Avrupa Pasajı 2nd floor.

Violoncello recital of Selin Nardemir will take place at Leyla Gencer Opera  & Art Center in Bakırköy on Sunday at 18:00.

Istanbul State Opera and Ballet will perform "Spring Concert" at Emek Pera Stage, Beyoğlu on Friday at 20:00. Sondan Önce - 3 Aşk - 4 Mevsim ballets will be staged at Süreyya Opera House on Saturday at 20:00. World Dance Day ballet performance is on Sunday at 13:00. Archeology Museum concert is on Sunday at 13:00.

Jazz with Golden Horn Brass will take place at Yeldeğirmeni Sanat Merkezi on Friday at 20:00.
For International Jazz Day on Sunday, Salon İKSV is hosting a concert with Danish double bassist Jasper Høiby and his band Fellow Creatures at 20:00. 
Borusan Music House is hosting Timuçin Şahin Quartet on Friday at 20:30.

For the closing concert of  Bakırköy Jazz Days, famous jazz vocalist Jülide Özcelik will be at Leyla Gencer Opera & Art Center, Bakırköy on Saturday at 19:30. Accompanied by: Cem Tuncer (guitar), Efecan Tuncer (bass), Ediz Hafızoğlu (drum) and Bulut Gülen (trombone).

Nardis Jazz Club, Galata is hosting  Dolunay Obruk Quartet on Friday at 22:30. İpek Dinç Yüce band will perform  on Saturday at 22:30. Garanti Jazz Green - International Jazz Day performer is Flapper Swing & Antti Sarpila and will take stage on Sunday at 21:3/.

Jazz in Breakfast: Sait Halim Paşa Waterfront in Yeniköy is hosting  Kerem Görsev Trio on Sunday. Jazz in Breakfast with Siemens event begins with open-buffet breakfast at 10:30 and continues with the jazz concert at 11:15-13:30.

Neşet Ruacan Trio & Şenova Ülker will take stage at Kadıköy Living Room on Friday at 22:00. 

Gülcan Altan will take stage at Sakman Konak, Bahariye onFriday at 22:00. The performance of Vedat Sakman is on Saturday at 22:00.

Pop, Rock, Ethnic & Alternative
Balkan groups will come together at Zorlu PSM for Balkan Ateşi (Balkan Fire) concert on Friday at 20:30. German DJ, producer, and bandleader Shantel, Bucovina Club Orkestar, clarinet virtuoso Sarkan Çağrı with Yarkın Ritm Grubu and Roma brass band Kocani Orkestar will take stage. Tickets can be purchased through Biletix.
Burn Electropol Festival 2017 will take place at Maslak Arena on Saturday at 14:00. Non-stop music, dance, pop-up stands, food stands, and amazing activities for 10 hours. Dj Bl3nd, Juicy-M, Baha, Cielo are among the performers. Tickets can be purchased through Biletix.

Luz Casal, famous Spanish singer and the unforgettable voice of the film "High Heels" , will be at CRR Concert Hall on Saturday at 20:00.

Kalkedon Flamenco Group will perform their latest show at Kadıköy Halk Eğitim Merkezi on Saturday at 20:30.

Bostancı Gösteri Merkezi is hosting Ferhat Göçer on Saturday at 21:00.

Mustafa Ceceli and Levent Yüksel  will perform at Mall of Istanbul MOI Sahne on Friday and Saturday respectively. Both performances begin  at 21:00.

Can Gox will be at Beyoğlu Hayal Kahvesi  on Friday 22:30. The performance of Mary Jane is at 00:30. Evet Ne Söylüyorduk  will be on stage on Saturday at 22:30. Soul Stuff will perform at 00:30.

Tan Taşçı  will take stage at Beyoğlu Jolly Joker on  Friday at 22:00. Yaşar will perform on Saturday at 22:00.

Hey Douglas will be at If Performance stage in Beşiktaş on Friday at 22:00. Fresh will be on stage at 00:30. Feridun Düzağaç will perform on Saturday at 22:00. The performance of Soul Project is at 00:30.

Evet Ne Söylüyorduk will perform at Hayal Kahvesi  Aranepark Atakent on Friday at 22:30. Koray Avcı will take stage  on Saturday at 22:30.

Mabel Matiz  will perform at IF Performance Hall Ataşehir stage on Friday at 22:00. Soul Stuff  will be on stage at 00:30. Can Bonomos  will take stage on Saturday at 22:00. The performance of Velvet is at 00:30.

Mirkelam will take stage at Beyrut Performance, Kartal  on Friday at 21:30. Nazan Öncel will perform on  Saturday at 21:30.

Kadıköy Sahne is hosting Birsen Tezer on  Friday at 22:30. Yeni Türkü will take stage on Saturday at 22:30.

Hey Douglas will be on stage  at Dorock XL, Kadıköy on  Saturday at 22:00.

New Films of the Week
Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 / Galaksinin Koruyucuları 2 (Acton/Sci-Fi)
Director:   James Gunn (II)
Stars:  Chris Pratt, Zoe Saldana.
Set to the backdrop of Awesome Mixtape #2, 'Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2' continues the team's adventures as they unravel the mystery of Peter Quill's true parentage.
Tell Me How I Die / Ölümcül  Deney: Dejavu (Thriller)
Director:  D.J. Viola
Stars:  Nathan Kress, Virginia Gardner
When a group of college students take part in a clinical drug trial, an unexpected side effect of the experimental medicine gives them terrifying visions of their own deaths...which begin to come true.
The Circle  (Thriller/Sci-Fi)
Director:  James Ponsoldt
Stars:  Emma Watson, Tom Hanks
A woman lands a dream job at a powerful tech company called the Circle, only to uncover a nefarious agenda that will affect the lives of her friends, family and that of humanity.
Things to Come / Gelecek Günler (Drama)
Director:  Mia Hansen-Løve
Stars:  Isabelle Huppert,  André Marcon
A philosophy teacher soldiers through the death of her mother, getting fired from her job, and dealing with a husband who is cheating on her.

Clash / Çatışma (Drama/Thriller)
Dierctor:  Mohamed Diab
Stars:  Nelly Karim, Tarek Abdel Aziz
Set entirely in an 8m police truck, a number of detainees from different political and social backgrounds are brought together by their inevitable fate, during the turmoil that followed the ousting of former president Morsi from power.
Dalida (Drama/Biography)
Director:  Lisa Azuelos
Stars:  Sveva Alviti, Riccardo Scamarcio
Based on the true story of acclaimed music icon "Dalida" born in Cairo, who gained celebrity in the 50s, singing in French, Spanish, Arabic, Hebrew, German, Italian and who later committed suicide in 1987 in Paris, after selling more than 130 million records worldwide

Miscellaneous & Kids
Kidzania at Acıbadem AkAsya Shopping Mall,  kids will learn about earning money by working, making their own decisions, shopping. Shortly, they can experience being an adult in a real city. Sessions: 10:00 and 15:30.

Trump shopping mall is hosting  KidzMondo, (the first Kids’ City of Turkey). Children ages between 4-14 can work in 40 different professions  and earn money. They enter the city via airport and select a profession and start to work. Sessions: Friday at 15:00, Saturday and Sunday at 10:00 and 15:30.

Gayrettepe Metro Station is hosting "Dialogue in Silence Istanbul" . Dialogue in Silence is an experience in total silence where participants discover a repertoire of non-verbal expression with the help of deaf and hearing impaired guides and trainers. Participants enter an area of complete silence wearing noise-cancelling headsets, and experience an environment that helps them discover openness, empathy and an enhanced power of concentration. ”. Dialogue in Silence enables a dialogue between hearing and non-hearing people while re-defining disability as ability. Visiting hours: 10:00-19:00. Duration 60 minutes.

Gayrettepe Metro Station is hosting “Dialogue in the Dark Istanbul”,  which offers you an incredible experience to understand daily life of blind people.  The concept of Dialogue in the Dark is simple: visitors are lead by blind guides in groups through specially constructed dark rooms in which scent, sound, wind, temperature and texture convey the characteristics of daily environments – for example a park, a city, a boat cruise or a bar. The daily routines become a new experience. Over the last twenty years Dialogue in the Dark has been presented in more than 30 countries and 130 cities throughout the world since its opening in 1988.  English tours:  Friday at 18:00, Saturday at 14:00, 16:00 and 18:00, Sunday at 14:00 and 16:00.

Gayrettepe Metro Station is also hosting “Turkcell Football in the Dark”, an exhibition and workshop to explore the unseen.  Football in the Dark offers the players an incredible experience to understand the daily life of blind people. The participants will also support Blind Football. Tickets can be purchased through Biletix. Time:  Saturday  10:00-19:00, Sunday 12:00-19:00 (with 30-minute intervals).

Jurassic Land at Forum İstanbul Shopping Mall, attracts the attention of all age groups with its museum, 3D theater, laboratory where visitors both learn and have fun, show garden and  shop that is selling special dinosaur concept objects. Weekend visiting hours – 10:00-20:00.

Snowpark in Haramidere Torium AVM is offering Snow Tubing with nine courses and Snow Rafting with 135-meter-long ski-run.

Vialand Theme Park, Eyüp is open between 11:00 and 20:00 on the weekend.

Istanbul Aquarium, Florya can be visited everyday between 10:00 and 20:00.

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