Istanbul Culture and Art Events: April 2023

Istanbul has consistently been maintained to be one of the most special cities with its natural beauty, palaces, rich cultural structure, and history. The variety of cultural and artistic activities also provides a distinctive richness. It is possible to attend any event in different fields of art in Istanbul almost every day of the year. If you are living in Istanbul or visiting the city frequently, you can enjoy these appealing activities. Here we have the April 2023 Guide to Istanbul Culture and Art Events for people of all ages with different tastes...


Perfectionist, Meticulous and Flawless: Stanley Kubrick: The Exhibition

The famous director Stanley Kubrick’s exhibition has been on display at the Istanbul Cinema Museum for a while and it has been extended until April 2. The clothes and items that have been used in cult movies such as 2001: A Space Odyssey, The Shining, and Eyes Wide Shut directed by the cinema genius Stanley Kubrick, who is considered to be the greatest director who’ve ever lived, and his chronologically ordered works are waiting for all cinema and art enthusiasts.


Through the Eyes of Salieri: Amadeus

The award-winning play Amadeus, which tells the story of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart and Antonio Salieri, the unique composers of music history, is preparing to unite with its audience again on April 1 at Zorlu PSM–Turkcell Stage. Winner of the Haldun Dormen Special Award at the 2022 Afife Theater Awards, Amadeus offers a unique experience that you must see on stage with unforgettable performances performed by Tansu Biçer as Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart and Selçuk Yöntem as Antonio Salieri.


We're Going Back to the '90s with Levent Yüksel!

Known for his unforgettable songs such as Medcezir, Ya Sonra and Dedikodu, the popular name of Turkish pop music, Levent Yüksel is waiting to meet his fans. Levent Yüksel concert, which will give you a musical feast with its unique interpretation and classic songs, will take place on Saturday, April 1 at 21.00 (9 p.m.) at Jolly Joker Vadistanbul.


You May Cheat on Your Diet with This Activity: The Taste Tour in Istanbul

Turkish Cuisine, which has a unique and rich variety in the world, is everyone's favorite with its different tastes and presentations! Well, how about going for a small taste tour in Istanbul? The Taste Tour event in Istanbul, organized by Antonina Tourism, invites every food lover that are interested in Turkish cuisine to the front of the Tophane Tram Station at 09.30 a.m. on April 2. Within the scope of the event, there are tasteful places such as Meşhur Tarihi Boğazkesen Simit Fırını (Bakery), Lades Menemen (Turkish Restaurant), Asri Turşucu (Pickle shop), Hacı Abdullah Restaurant and Beyoğlu Balık Pazarı (Fish Market).


Come on Kids, Let’s Head to The Theater!

Jules Verne's unique novel, Around the World in Eighty Days, is waiting to meet the little art lovers on the stage this time. The children's play, Around the World in Eighty Days, is about the intriguing story of Phileas Fogg and his valet, who learned that it is possible to travel around the world in eighty days thanks to the opening of the Suez Canal. The play will be on stage for the little ones at Maximum UNIQ Lounge on April 1, 8 and 16.


An Unforgettable Cinema Week: Istanbul Film Festival

Istanbul Foundation for Culture and Arts (İKSV) organizes the Istanbul Film Festival each year in April, since 1982 and is preparing to unite with movie enthusiasts for the 42nd time this year. The festival program also includes award-winning movies, special screenings, and interviews. The film selection of the festival is divided into many different sections such as Those Who Challenge the Years, Young Masters, World Festivals and Children's Menu. All the art and movie enthusiasts should add the program of the Istanbul Film Festival to their agenda, which will be held between 7-18 April!


Sculpture Workshop: Feel Like a Sculptor!

Even if you have never tried it before, you can join the sculpture workshop organized by Anka Workshop and create wonders. We are inviting you to meet with the trainers to make the famous statue of Giovanni Strazza, The Veiled Virgin on April 15. Anka Workshop is waiting for everyone who wants to spend a pleasant day accompanied by treats and music.


“Kimi Turşu Kurar Kimi Fabrika Ama Biz Deliyiz, Hayal Kurarız."

While every person who strictly follows the rules of society is considered to be normal and smart, do you think those who act a little contrary are madmen? The play Deliler, written by the famous writer Turgut Özakman in 1987, unites with the art lovers at DasDas with a modern-day view. You can watch this delightful play, directed by Metin Akpınar and Mert Fırat and featuring actors such as Didem Balçın, Mert Fırat, Cansu Boz, Volkan Yosunlu, Nila Fırat, Alper Baytekin, at DasDas on April 2, 6 and 15.


A Unique Music Feast: Fazıl Say

World-renowned pianist Fazıl Say will meet with art lovers on April 24. Fazıl Say will be on stage with his rich repertoire consisting of both his own compositions and works by contemporary composers to give the audience a magnificent musical experience at the concert that will take place at the Akıngüç Auditorium and Arts Center located in Istanbul Kültür University.


In DasDas, At the Most Wonderful Place: Büyük Ev Ablukada

When we are thinking of alternative music, Büyük Ev Ablukada is the first thing that comes to mind for being a successful music band in Turkey. Büyük Ev Ablukada welcomes their fans with one of their most popular songs such as “Evren Bozması”, “En Güzel Yerinde Evin” and “Hoşçakal Kadar”. With their unique style and great stage performance, Büyük Ev Ablukada is waiting for you at DasDas on April 28 and 29.