İstanbul Culture and Art Events: May 2023

With its historical past, unique natural beauties and cultural richness, Istanbul maintains its place among the most substantial cities in the world. Those who live in this city and those who visit Istanbul frequently can be amused by the various events organized in the city. If you want to take a second from the hustle and bustle of life and enjoy an event, we want to let you know that the İstanbul Culture and Art Events May 2023 Guide is full once again!


A Must Watch Musical: Alice the Musical

“Alice in Wonderland” by Lewis Carroll is one of the literary works translated into 174 languages so far. Serenay Sarıkaya, who took part in the cast of Alice Musical, which was adapted from this book and opened its curtains for the first time on February 7, 2019, gives the audience a lovely time with the acting performances of Ezgi Mola, Enis Arıkan, Şükrü Özyıldız, İbrahim Selim and Merve Dizdar. If you would like to watch the Alice Musical, don't forget to visit Zorlu Performing Arts Center on May 28-29!


Watch the Master of Theatre, Şener Şen Live: Zengin Mutfağı

The master actor Şener Şen, whom we know from so many movies and watch with joy, continues to meet theater enthusiasts with his "Zengin Mutfağı". The play, which tells the events of June 15-16, 1970, the biggest workers' movement in the history of the Republic, takes place in the kitchen of the mansion where a wealthy family resides.

Şener Şen, who played the chef of the mansion in the play was initially played in Istanbul City Theaters in 1978 and takes his place in the same role after 40 years. This time, Şen is accompanied by a younger cast. If you would like to watch the talented actor closely, Zengin Mutfağı will be at DasDas on 8-9-16 and 17 May!


For a Lovely Evening: Simge Concert

One of the most popular female vocalists of Turkish pop music, Simge continues to make a name for herself with her hit songs and successful concert performances. If you would like to have a good time filled with music, then you are invited to listen to Simge at Jolly Joker Vadistanbul on Friday, May 5th at 21.00!


A New Stand-Up Show in Town: Berfu & Eser Yenenler - Couples Therapy

Eser Yenenler, one of the BKM Kitchen’s actors, is performing with his wife Berfu Yenenler this time. The beloved couple is starting to meet with their audience by taking the stage together in addition to their highly liked content on social media. Berfu & Eser Yenenler, who prepared an entertaining stand-up show about the relationship between men and women, is at Maximum UNIQ Box with their "Couple Therapy"! If you like to watch the fun couple on stage, do not miss this wonderful show on Friday, May 12, 2023, at 21.00.


A Comprehensive Exhibition of Photography: Steve McCurry

Steve McCurry, who gained great fame with his well-known photograph "Afghan Girl" published in the June issue of National Geographic Magazine in 1985, is here with us with his most comprehensive photography exhibition! The exhibition titled "Photographer" awaits photography enthusiasts at the Istanbul Cinema Museum throughout May. You can also visit the Steve McCurry exhibition and have the opportunity to examine the artist's 51 photographs taken in different parts of the world.


Concerts That are Welcoming the Spring Season: Spring in İstanbul

The festival, which invites music enthusiasts to welcome the spring season with the concept of "Spring in Istanbul", starts on May 13 at 14.00. The world-renowned Anatolian rock band Altın Gün and the irrevocable name of festivals, BaBa Zula, will take their parts in the festival. Kozmonotosman, who blends Anatolian pop with electronic music, will open the stage. If you like to welcome the spring season in Istanbul with songs and a festive atmosphere, don't forget to visit KüçükÇiftlik Park, known as the entertainment oasis of the city!


An Exhibition That You Cannot Miss: Shade of Branches

"Shade of Branches" by artist Selma Bozkurt is a solo exhibition consisting of approximately 60 works. This exhibition, which started with the manifesto “We are all branches of a tree, and we are all different from one another”, is waiting for art enthusiasts at Caddebostan Cultural Center until May 3. If you would like to see the works in person, do not miss the exhibition!


An Immortal Work That Is Carried to the Stage: Saatleri Ayarlama Enstitüsü

Ahmet Hamdi Tanpınar's immortal work, Saatleri Ayarlama Enstitüsü, meets theater enthusiasts through Serkan Keskin's magnificent acting performance. In the play, Tuluğ Tırpan accompanies Keskin with a live piano performance. Don't forget to purchase your ticket to watch this unique play and take a seat at Maximum Uniq Hall on Wednesday, May 3, at 20.30!