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This Weekend in Istanbul

October 20-22, 2017

The Kite Festival will take place at Moda Beach, Kadıköy on October 21 at 12:00. Those who want to participate the festival should bring their kites or have equipment to make a kite. In addition to kite making workshops there will be kite sales. This all-day event is free of charge. Please click for Facebook event.

Sweatfest, a combination of sports and entertainment will take place at Zorlu Center's open-air area on October 21 at 08:00. Whether you have never tried a single branch of sports or made sports a lifestyle you will discover a new fun.  Fitness, dancing, boxing, cycling, yoga, tennis, mountaineering, healthy nutrition, workshops for children, competitions, sales, music, food court and Glow in the Dark Party is among the facilities of the festival. Tickets can be purchased through Biletix.

Istanbul Cocktail Festival will take place at UNIQ Istanbul on October 21and  22 at 14:00. The festival will answer all questions on cocktails from A to Z. In addition to cocktail tastings, workshops, famous drinks by famous companies,  the open air area will be hosting  live performances of musicians and bands including Ayhan Sicimoğlu & Latin All Stars, Jehan Barbur, Hey Douglas, Evrencan Day, Manuş-u Alla and Göksel Duran. Tickets can be purchased through Biletix. For more information please check Facebook event.

The shows of 20th International Istanbul Puppet Festival continue at various venues on the weekend.

Canada Film Days: Within the scope of  Canada's 150th anniversary celebrations , the Canadian Embassy organizes a movie screening program with the collaboration of Başka Sinema and Istanbul Modern on October 19-27. A selection of films from leading Canadian directors including Golden Palm Award winning David Cronenberg, Denis Villenuve and Xaviar Dolan. Canadian Film Days will also be hosting Oscar winning Canadian director Deepa Mehta and his 6 films will be screened at Istanbul Modern under the title: "Deepa Mehta: A Rebellious Cinema. Mehta will participate the screening of the film "Water" and  there will be an interview with Mehta. 
List of Films:
Stories We Tell (Sarah Polley)
C.R.A.Z.Y. (Jean-Marc Vallée)
Monsieur Lazhar (Philippe Falardeau)
Mommy (Xavier Dolan)
Maps to the Stars (David Cronenberg)
The Sweet Hereafter (Atom Egoyan)
Incendies (Denis Villeneuve)
Perfume Wars (Michael Melski)
Forbidden Room (Guy Maddin)

The 15th International Istanbul Biennial, organized by IKSV (Istanbul Foundation for Culture and Arts) and sponsored by Koç Holding continues.

This weekend at Hodjapasa Cultural Center:
Saturday at 19:00 - Sema Ceremony by Istanbul Dervishes
Saturday at 21:00 - Rhythm of the Dance (Dansın Ritmi) show.
Tickets can be purchased through Biletix.

Famous composer/pianist Tuluyhan Ugurlu will perform an unforgettable "The Republic and Atatürk" concert at Kapalıçarşı (Covered/Grand Bazaar) on October 22 at 17:30. The concert, will take place on Grand Bazaar's main street Kalpakçılar Caddesi (entrance at Nuruosmaniye Gate). Kapalıçarşı will be adorned with flags for this special performance. The program is composed of Ugurlu’s works: "Symphony Turk" and "Mustafa Kemal Atatürk and Soldiers of the Sun", which is dedicated to martyrs who lost their lives for the establishment and survival of independent Turkey. Impressive visual presentation of The Independence War will accompany the performance. Tickets can be purchased through Biletix.

World-famous pianist Gülsin Onay will perform at the opening of "Saturday Concerts" of Pera Palace Hotel Jumeriah on Saturday at 11:00. The concert will take place at Grand Pera Ball Room. Tickets can be purchased through Biletix.

Istanbul State Symphony Orchestra will perform at Fulya Arts Center on Friday at 20:00. Conductor: Tolga Taviş. Soloists: İdil Çağatay Akyol (harp), Elvin Hoxha Ganiyev (violin). Program: W.A. Mozart, G. F. Handel. Tickets can be purchased through Biletix.

Istanbul State Opera and Ballet will perform Sleeping Beauty (Uyuyan Güzel), P.I. Tchaikovsky's two-act ballet  at Zorlu PSM Main Stage on Friday at 20:00. Winterreise concert is at Süreyya Opera House on Friday at 20:00. Brahms Love Songs concert is on Saturday at 20:00. Kuklacı (The Puppeteer),  two-act musical play for children will be staged on Sunday at 14:00.

Nardis Jazz Club, Galata is hosting Şenay Lambaoğlu Quintet on Friday at 22:30. Sibel KöseQuintet will take stage on Saturday at 22:30.

Fötr Blues Band - Dixieland Night  is at Jazz Company, Elite World Istanbul Hotel on Friday at 22:00.

Pop, Rock, Ethnic & Alternative
Cafe Aman Istanbul  will perform "Songs from Two Coats" concert, composed of Turkish and Greek songs at TIM Show Center Maslak on Saturday at 21:00

Mexican DJ Betoko, the famous name of techno and deep house, will be at Zorlu PSM Studio on Friday at 22:00. Pig & Dan, new school techno performer will take stage on Saturday at 22:00.

Ezhel is at Salon IKSV on Friday at 22:30. US-based Seth Haley’s synthwave project  Com Truise is  on Saturday at 21:30

Halil Sezai will take stage at Beyoğlu Jolly Joker on  Friday at 22:00. Levent Yüksel  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. Sertab Erener  will perform on Saturday at 22:00. The performance of POPeye begins  at 00:30.

Mask Live Music Club, Beyoğlu is hosting rock musician Şafak Pala on Friday at 22:00. Kord Vokal will take stage on Saturday at 22:00.

Berkay will be at If Performance Ataşehir Stage on Friday at 22:00. DJ performance is at  00:30. Ceylan Ertem will perform on Saturday at 22:00. The performance of Velvet is at 00:30.

Yaşar  will be at Beyrut Performance, Kartal  on Friday at 21:30. Fastival: Redd-Necati ve Saykolar - Yüksek Sadakat will take stage on Saturday at 21:30.

Kadıköy Sahne is hosting Mavi Sakal on  Friday at 22:30 and  Feridun Düzağaç on Saturday at 22:30.

Istanbul Funk Unit is at Kadıköy Living Room on Friday at 22:00. Six Pack band will take stage on Saturday at 22:00.

Retrobüs will take stage at Hayal Kahvesi  Arenapark Atakent on Friday at 22:00 and Gül Özgüner Altın will perform Sezen  Aksu songs  on Saturday at 22:00.

Nev  will be at Moda Kayıkhane, Kadıköy on Friday at 22:00. Alpay will perform on Saturday at 22:00. Moda Caddesi No:192

Koray Candemir will be on stage  at Dorock XL, Kadıköy on  Friday at 22:00. Mabel Matiz will perform on Saturday at 22:00.

New Films of the Week
A Stork's Journey / Bak Şu Leyleğe (Animation)
Director: Toby Genkel
Voices: Tilman Döbler, Christian Gaul
Even though everybody else thinks he's a sparrow - Richard himself holds tight to the conviction that he is in fact a stork.

Secret Superstar / Superstar (Drama/Music)
Director: Advait Chandan
Stars: Zaira Wasim, Aamir Khan
The film revolves around the life of a child who aspires to be a singer.

Geostorm / Uzaydan Gelen Fırtına (Action, Sci-Fi)
Director: Dean Devlin
Stars: Gerard Butler, Jim Sturgess
When the network of satellites designed to control the global climate start to attack Earth, it's a race against the clock to uncover the real threat before a worldwide geostorm wipes out everything and everyone.

Good Time / Soygun (Thriller)
Director: Benny Safdie,  Josh Safdie
Stars: Robert Pattinson,  Jennifer Jason Leigh
After a heist goes awry, a bank robber tries to free his brother from Rikers Island, all in one night.

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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