Istanbul Culture and Art Events: December 2023

Istanbul, which has been the capital of civilizations from the past to the present, continues to be a rich representative of culture and art to this day! Offering unique events in many fields, from workshops to exhibitions, from concerts to theater performances, the magical city presents wonderful moments to art lovers in December. Here are the Istanbul Culture and Art Events during December 2023 that can appeal to all ages!

1. Peter Pan is in Istanbul!

The play Peter Pan Kurak Ada which tells the adventures of Peter Pan and his friends in search of water as they struggle with drought on the island that they live on, is waiting to unite with children. You can watch this musical and quite entertaining play at the Caddebostan Cultural Center with two different sessions on December 9, at 13.00 and 15.00.


2. From the Hands of an Oscar-Winner Writer: The Mother

The play The Mother is a series of Oscar winner Florian Zeller's "The Father", "The Son" and " The Mother" trilogy. The play focuses on a mother's life slipping away from her hands and getting lost in the patriarchal order. Successful actors such as Defne Kayalar, Engin Hepileri, Doğa Halis and Sevda Erginci are taking part in the one-act play, which will be staged at Fişekhane Main Stage on December 22.


3. Don't Miss Out on Mozart and Salieri’s Adventure!

The play Amadeus, written by Peter Shaffer and making a name for itself all over the world, has been staged for a long time with the performances of the Selçuk Yöntem and Tansu Biçer. The play, which received the "Best Production" and "Best Director" awards at the 20th Direklerarası Seyirci Awards, is a rare work of Çolpan İlhan & Sadri Alışık Theatre! If you would like to enjoy the pleasure of watching this work, you can reserve your place right away at the Atatürk Cultural Center for the play to be staged on Sunday, December 17, at 19.30!


4. Meeting of Civilizations: Fire of Anatolia

Fire of Anatolia, Mustafa Erdoğan's original project, is inspired by thousands of years of mythological and cultural history of Anatolia. If you would like to watch Fire of Anatolia live, which includes 3000 folk dance figures and synthesizes modern dance, ballet, and other disciplines of dance, then set your calendar for December 4 or December 11! The show will be staged at Atatürk Cultural Center Türk Telekom Opera Hall at 20.00.


5. For the Music Banquet: Cem Adrian

Cem Adrian, who fascinated millions of people with his charming voice is meeting with his fans in Istanbul! Cem Adrian, who can blend many sounds from the highest to the lowest sounds with his wide vocal range, is waiting for you on Thursday, December 14th at 22.00 at Hayal Kahvesi Atakent and on Wednesday, December 20th at 22.30 at Taksim Dorock XL Venue!


6. Feel the Magical Music of Evgeny Grinko!

Evgeny Grinko, who made his name known all over the world with his composition "Valse", recreates the atmosphere of old fairy tales with his compositions that take the listeners on a journey through time. Grinko, who will perform at Bostancı Cultural Center on Sunday, December 10, at 21.00, will meet his fans at Zorlu PSM at the same time on Sunday, December 25.


7. Come on Kids Let's Go to the Painting Workshop!

The Painting Workshop, organized for children aged around 7-11, aims to develop children's mental skills through painting. You can help your children embark on a fun adventure with this workshop, which allows children to portray their feelings and thoughts with different themes. Get your ticket right away for the event that will take place at AKM Children's Art Centre on various days between December 2 and 31!


8. Original and Striking: Büyük Ev Ablukada

Büyük Ev Ablukada, which stands out with its original stage shows and songs when it comes to alternative music, continues its concerts without showing any slowdown. The performance of the band, whose soloist is the famous actor Bartu Küçükçağlayan, awaits you at DasDas on December 15-16 at 22.00. The last acoustic concerts of the year will be at Ses Theater on Sunday, December 10, at 17.00 and 20.00, at two different sessions!


9. A Workshop That Brings the Little Ones Together with Ballet

Ballet Workshop, one of the workshops that aims to train the artists of the future, introduces 4-5-year-old children to ballet. Ballet Workshop, which develops hand, arm and leg coordination and enables children to grow in touch with art, is waiting for the little ones at AKM Children's Art Centre on different days between December 3 and 31.


10. Exhibition of Calming Frequency: "432"

Melisa Özgür, the owner of the exhibition named 432, starts with the idea that each color of light has a different energy. The calming effect of the 432 Hz frequency is the theme of the exhibition. You can visit the exhibition of Melisa Özgür, who reflects her inner energy on canvas, at Decollage Art Space between November 29 and December 24.

11. Murder on the Orient Express is on the Theaters in Turkey for the First Time!

The novel Murder on the Orient Express, written by Agatha Christie in Istanbul in 1933, is being brought to the theater screen. Hercule Poirot, portrayed by Atilla Şendil's acting, has to solve a murder on the Eastern Express departing from Istanbul. Atilla Şendil is accompanied by names such as Naza Diper and Savaş Özdural.

The play meets the audience at Fişekhane Main Stage on December 1st and 2nd at 20.30. It will also appear on stage at Sahne Dragos on December 7 and 8 and at Theater Akla Kara Kadıköy Stage on December 22-23-24.