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This Weekend in Istanbul

May 11-13, 2018

Sunday is Mother’s Day. All well known cafes, restaurants, hotels, organize various activities for Mothers. However if you have intention taking your Mother to one of these sites be sure to make prior reservation. Moreover boutiques and gift shops offer promotions for this special day.

The Little Sisters of the Poor will held a Spring Bazaar (Kermes) at Bomonti on Saturday, May 12, 2018 between 10:00 and 16:00 hours. Dont' miss the annual Bomonti Kermes: hand crafts, cakes and cookies, clothes, food from around the world, drinks and much more ! The Bomonti Kermes is a charity event hold by the Little Sisters of the Poor at Bomonti to collect money to maintain their elderly Home. For details please click.
Bomonti Fransız Fakirhanesi, Silaşor Caddesi,  Ortakır sok.2. Bomonti
Tel. (0212) 2964608

The traditional Bazaar and Spring Festival of French Lape Hospital will take place on Saturday, May 12. It is a fund-raising event whose proceeds will support the patients in need at the Lape Hospital, an institution established in 1857 in Istanbul.   The festival includes all day long concerts, animations and puppet shows for children, lottery, food stands offering delicious tastes of Turkish and French cuisines. The festival is between 12:00 and 17:00
Fransız Lape Hastanesi
19 Mayıs Mahallesi, Büyükdere Caddesi 18, Şişli

Good4Trust. org, aiming to bring together socially and ecologically responsible and far "producers" organizes  "2nd Goodness Festival - İyilik Şenliği" at Nişantaşı Sanat Park on Saturday, May 12. Founded in 2015,  Good4Trust is a new economic system proposing an ecological and fair life at "goodness and trust" axis. This year more than 25 good4trust producers from different provinces in Turkey will showcase various presentations and workshops. In addition the festival will be hosting live performances.  Duration 10:00 - 20:00. For more information please click.

Aspect Designers is organizing design market for Mother's Day at MOC Bomonti on Saturday , May 12. Duration: 10:00 - 18:00. Please note there are still a few tables if you wish to be one of the designers featuring their works. For more information please e-mail to hulya.buyukbay(at)gmail.com and visit Facebook event.

Award winning Sirene Women's Choir will perform its new repertoire, which will compete at the 8th International Robert Schumann Choir Contest,  at Saint Esprit Church on Saturday at 20:30. For invitations please e-mail to [email protected]  For more information (in Turkish) please visit the Facebook event.

HoliFest, an international festival which has been organizing every year in more than 50 countries by the concept of "DjFest" and "Powder Paint Wars" will take place at Million Beach, Kilyos on Saturday, May 12. In addition to live performance by Can Bonomo, DJ performances, dance shows, sale of Indian textile and jewelries,  and unique flavors of Indian cuisine, Indian henna to be applied by professionals,  are among the  facilities of the HoliFest. All the color  products to  be used during the event are organic, non-allergic and harmless to health. Tickets can be purchased through Biletix. For more information please visit the Facebook event.

Anna Laudel Contemporary in Karaköy  is hosting  "Un-Weave" exhibition of Belkıs Balpınar, famous for her “artkilim” works until June 10. Balpınar’s kilims are combinations of traditional handmade kilims and felts with modern designs and shapes.  Her works were on display at nearly 30 solo and mixed exhibitions both  in Turkey and abroad. Visiting hours:  Tuesday - Saturday: 12:00 - 19:00, Sunday: 12:00 - 18:00. Closed on Mondays and Turkish holidays. For more information please visit  Facebook event.
Anna Laudel Contemporary - Bankalar Caddesi 10, Karaköy .

Notre Dame de Sion French High School is hosting "Kilimin Sembolleri - Symbols of Rugs" exhibition until May 19. The exhibition is mainly inspired by the book written by Ahmet Diler & Marc-Antoine Gallice and aims to unveil the symbolic language in motifs of kilims. The official opening of the exhibition will take place on March 15. Visiting hours: Everyday (except Sundays) between 11:00 and 18:00. (19:30 the night of show or concert).  For more information please click.

Meydan Istanbul AVM at Ümraniye is hosting animal-friendly circus Circo Bellucci on the weekend. Show times:  Friday  16:30 and 19:30. Saturday and Sunday - 13:30 and 19:30. Tickets can be purchased through Biletix.

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.

Istanbul Flute Ensemble will perform at the season closing concert of " Saturday Concerts" at  Pera Palace Hotel Jumeriah on Saturday at 11:00. The concert will take place at Grand Pera Ball Room and tickets can be purchased through Biletix

Istanbul State Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Antonio Pirelli and Istanbul State Opera and Ballet Choir, will perform G. Verdi's Requiem at Hagia Eirene Museum on Friday at 20:00. Soloists:  Perihan Nayir Artan (soprano), Nesrin Gönüldağ (mezzo-soprano), Fabian Lara (tenor), Suat Arıkan (bass). Choir Conductor: Emanuela Aymone

Istanbul State Opera and Ballet will perform "Spring Songs" concert  at Süreyya Opera House on Saturday at  16:00.  

Kopuz Chamber Orchestra  will perform at Yeldeğirmeni Sanat on Saturday at 20:00. Prgram:. W.A.  Mozart, J.S. Bach, J. Haydn, F. Schubert,  G.F. Handel,  A. Piazzola, C. Gardel. The concert is free and open to public.

Zorlu PSM Jazz Festival continues on the weekend. Program:
20:30 - Dardust  - Turkcell Platinum Stage
21:00 - Patrick Wolf - Zorlu PSM Studio
20:30 Hugh Coltman "Who's Happy" - Turkcell Platinum Stage
20:30 İstanbul Gelişim Jazz Combo  - Zorlu PSM Studio
Tickets can be purchased through Biletix.

Nardis Jazz Club, Galata is hosting Erdem Özkan Band on Friday at 22:30. İpek Dinç Yüce Quintet  will take stage on Saturday at 22:30.

Jazz in Breakfast: Sait Halim Paşa Waterfront in Yeniköy is hosting  Meltem Ünel, Neşet Ruacan, Emin Fındıkoğlu Trio on Mother's Day. 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.

Yeldeğirmeni Sanat, Kadıköy is hosting Son de Sibel Köse (vocal), Kürşad Deniz (piano) and Kağan Yıldız (contrabass)  on Friday at 20:30. Tickets can be purchased at Yeldeğirmeni Sanat box office.

Pop, Rock, Ethnic & Alternative
New Zealander musician  Jordan Rakei will take stage at Salon IKSV, Şişhane on Friday at 22:00. Ufuk Beydemir will perform on Saturday at 22:30.

Serkan Kaya and Bengü  will take stage at MOI Sahne of Mall of Istanbul  on Friday  and Saturday respectively.  Both performances begin at 21:00.

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

TILT will perform  at If Performance  Beşiktaş on Friday at 22:00. DJ Kerem Eriş will perform at 01:00 on Friday and Saturday. Oğuzhan Uğur will take stage  on Saturday at 21:30.

With their music and shows extending well beyond the borders of Turkey, Ayhan Sicimoğlu & Latin All Stars will take stage  at If  Performance Ataşehir on Friday  at 22:00. DJ performance begins at 00:30. Unique voice Cem Adrian will be on stage  on Saturday at 20:00. DJ performance begins at  00:30 .

Ezhel will take stage  at Beyrut Performance, Kartal  on Friday at 21:30. Tan Taşçı will perform on Saturday at 21:30.

Kadıköy Sahne is hosting Birsen Tezer  on  Friday  at 22:30 and Hüsnü Arkan on Saturday at 22:230.

Mary Jane will perform  at Hayal Kahvesi  Arenapark Atakent on Friday at 22:00.
Emre Kınay & Bora Öztoprak  will be at Moda Kayıkhane  stage on Friday at 21:00. Mehmet Erdem will take stage on Saturday at 21:00. Tickets can be purchased through Biletix. Moda Caddesi No: 192

Nazan Öncel  will take stage at Dorock XL, Kadıköy on  Friday at 22:00. The performance of Radio Moscow is on Saturday at 22:00.

New Films of the Week
10x10 (Thriller)
Director:  Suzi Ewing
Stars:  Luke Evans, Kelly Reily
Lewis (Luke Evans) is an outwardly ordinary guy, but in reality he is hiding an obsession - revenge - against Cathy (Kelly Reilly). Lewis kidnaps Cathy in broad daylight and takes her to his home, where he locks her in a soundproof cell and attempts to extract a dark secret from her past.
Telle mère, telle fille (Baby Bump(S)) / Eyvah Anne Oluyorum (Comedy)
Director:  Noémie Saglio
Stars:  Juliette Binoche, Camille Cottin
A mother and daughter with opposing points of view both become pregnant at the same time.
Miscellaneous & Kids
Rahmi M. Koç Museum is organizing Educational Workshops for children on the historic M.V. Fenerbahçe on Saturdays. Sponsored by Faber Castell, each week the workshop focuses on one of a range of subjects, consisting of painting, energy, astronomy, cinema, navigation, sculpture, puppets and drama. Experts and artists are invited as guests to some of these workshops. Children ages 9-12  can participate "Design  Workshop - Shells " on Saturday at 13:00. Tickets can be purchased through Biletix.

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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