Istanbul Culture and Art Events: May 2024

We greet the lively and colorful month of May with beautiful cultural and artistic events in Istanbul! A full event program is waiting for you in May, as always, in Istanbul, which hosts many enjoyable events. These events include concerts where you can enjoy music to the fullest, musicals where you can have a pleasant time, dance shows and plays. Let's take a closer look at the cultural and artistic events that will take place in May.


Get Ready for a Flood of Laughter: Freud'un İnsanları

How about watching Sigmund Freud's Theory of Psychosexual Development adapted to the theater in a humorous way? Volkan Dinç is the director of the play "Freud'un İnsanları", which brings to the stage the relationships of people who have not completed their psychosexual development in a healthy way with a humorous narrative. The play, starring successful actors such as Onur Büyüktopçu and Tuğçe Kumral, will be performed on May 2 at 20:30 at Trump Stage, on May 14 at 20.30 at Sahne Dragos and on May 6 at 20:30 at Ataköy Yunus Emre Cultural Center Müşfik Kenter Stage.


A Game Changing Play: Çirkin

Successfully combining digital installation and narrative theatre, Çirkin tells a story of betrayal that is inspired by the folk tales and traditions of Anatolia. Designed as a site-specific experience, this play takes its audience on a journey between the past and the present. Nihal Yalçın and Onur Berk Arslanoğlu share the leading roles in the play, which has a different acting pattern and a unique narrative language. This mystical and fairy-tale play, written by Firuze Engin, is preparing to offer theater lovers a unique evening at Hope Alkazar on May 2-3-9-10-16 and 17 at 20:30.


Notes That Touch the Soul: Gabor Tarkövi & Philharmonisches Streich Quintett Berlin

Gabor Tarkövi, who has been a solo trumpet player in the world-famous Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra for years and Philharmonisches Streich Quintett Berlin, one of the most successful chamber music ensembles of the Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra, are coming to Istanbul to create an unforgettable musical experience. The repertoire of this magnificent program also includes popular works by the master artists of the Baroque period, Telemann, Handel, and Vivaldi. Do not miss out on this unique event that will host music lovers at the CRR Concert Hall on Saturday, May 11, at 20:00!


A Brilliant Masterpiece: Çingeneler Zamanı Müzikali

Adapted from the movie Çingeneler Zamanı, Çingeneler Zamanı Müzikali meets its audience under the direction of Vural Bingöl. This successful musical, which drags the audience to completely different emotions, tells the joyful yet tragic life stories of gypsies in Yugoslavia in the 1980s. Their joys, farewells, agonies, and passion sometimes make the audience laugh and sometimes make them sad. Çingeneler Zamanı Müzikali, which includes successful actors such as Andrea Bahar, Gamze Metin, Nilüfer Ömürlü, Oğuz Tabak, Seymur İlham and Tuvana Ceylan, is waiting for you on Monday, May 13, at 20:30 at Trump Stage.


A Play That Is Both Entertaining and Romantic: On Yıl Sonra

On Yıl Sonra invites the audience to a journey between the past and the future where laughter and emotion are never lacking. The play also seeks answers to questions such as "If you had the chance to go back ten years, what would you change?", "What do you dream of ten years from now?" and "What is happiness?" Directed by Mert Öner, the play stars popular actors such as Rüştü Onur Atilla, Özgün Bayraktar and Doğan Akdoğan. If you would like to share in the fun atmosphere of this chase, where roles constantly change and take the audience on a journey through the past, present and future, book your place right away. The play On Yıl Sonra will be performed on May 13 at 20:30 at Caddebostan Cultural Center, on May 16 at 20:30 at House of Performance, on May 18 at 20:30 at Beylikdüzü Atatürk Arts and Cultural Center and on May 20 at 20:30 at Trump Towers Cultural and Performance Center.


An Unforgettable Music Festival for Music Enthusiasts: Zakkum Concert

Zakkum, who have written hit songs that never left our mind will give their fans a real musical feast with the concert they will perform at Dorock XL Kadıköy! The band, one of the most successful representatives of alternative rock music in our country, will be on stage for you on Thursday, May 23 at 22.00 with all their songs from their first album called Zehir-i Zakkum to the present day.


A Conversation That You Can't Get Over: Şıngır Şıngır Beyoğlu

Ali Poyrazoğlu's one-man improvisation play, Şıngır Şıngır Beyoğlu, the master of cinema and theater art, will be performed to meet his fans on May 5 at 20:00 at Caddebostan Cultural Center, on May 12 at 19:00 at Gönül Ülkü and Gazanfer Özcan Stage and on May 24 at 20:30 at Ataköy Yunus Emre Cultural Center Müşfik Kenter Stage. Filled with drama, tragedy, and experiences, Şıngır Şıngır Beyoğlu promises its audience a sincere conversation that sometimes makes them laugh and sometimes makes them emotional. Do not miss out on this successful performance of Ali Poyrazoğlu that will leave you fascinated for a long time!


An Extraordinary Performance: Anonymo

Anonymo, whose concept and choreography were prepared by Tzeni Argyriou, one of the most important modern dance artist in Greece, displays a modern ritual that reminds the audience of the power of dancing bodies. It is also redefining the ways to connect with people in the age of digital communication. Take your place at CRR Concert Hall on Saturday, May 25, at 20:00 to avoid missing this extraordinary and thought-provoking dance show!