Rhythm of art to beat at the Atatürk Cultural Center


The Türk Telekom Opera Hall of the Atatürk Cultural Center (AKM) in Istanbul will host the biggest names in the art world during the Beyoğlu Cultural Route Festival, organized by the Ministry of Culture and Tourism from 28 May to June 12 of this year.


Glykeria, who endeared the masses to the Greek rebetiko genre, will take to the stage with her original interpretation and extraordinary stage rendition of tunes familiar to Turkish music lovers. The Tunisian lutenist and singer Dhafer Youssef will offer the public an unforgettable evening with his music combining Sufi tradition, elements of jazz and Arabic lyricism.

As part of the festival, award-winning Hungarian pianist János Balázs will meet music lovers for the first time in Turkey with a concert on the occasion of the 175th anniversary of famous Hungarian composer Ferenc Liszt’s visit to Istanbul.

Universalizing traditional Eastern European Gypsy songs on the world music scene, the Barcelona Gipsy Balkan Orchestra will share the stage with Suzan Karde, while Vasilis Saleas and Ahmet Koç will present a special evening of instrumental and clarinet performances.

Sinan’s opera, which had its world premiere at the Beyoğlu Cultural Route Festival last year, will also be on stage again at this year’s festival. The opera recounts the life of Mimar Sinan, the majestic architect of the Ottoman era.


The ballet Don Quixote, which is one of the important works of classical ballet and is inspired by parts of the novel of the same name by Miguel de Cervantes, will be staged by the Istanbul State Opera and Ballet in the framework of the festival.

Inspired by the thousands of years of mythological and cultural history of Anatolia and building cultural bridges across the world with dance, the Fire of Anatolia will take the stage with the show “Troy” at AKM.

“Amadeus”, written by Peter Shaffer, tells the unique story of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart and Antonio Salieri, the unforgettable composers in the history of world music, will also be presented at the AKM as part of the festival.

Outdoor stage music

AKM will also host free concerts throughout the festival at Türk Telekom’s open-air stage, specially set up for the Beyoğlu Cultural Road Festival.


During the festival, popular Turkish musicians and bands will take the stage in two programs every day at 5 p.m. and 8 p.m. Among them are Yedinci Ev, Mazhar Alanson, Selin Geçit, Emir Ersoy, Samida, Koliva, Köfn, Can Bonomo, Elif Buse Doğan, İkilem, Kolpa, Motive, Baneva, Dedüblüman, Resul Aydemir, İkiye On Kala, Fatma Turgut, Ahiyan, Tuğçe Kandemir, Bilal Sonses, Gökcan Sanlıman, Feride Hilal Akın, Retrobüs, Ekin Uzunlar, Ceren Gündoğdu and Nahide Babaşlı.

Refik Anadol and Hüsamettin Koçan will also reunite with art lovers at AKM with their exhibitions open at the festival.


Significantly contributing to the emergence and development of the art of artificial intelligence, Anadol’s installation “Rumi Dreams” features the works inspired by the Ottoman poet and mystic Rumi. “Rumi Dreams”, which includes Anadol’s latest work, can be visited for free in the foyer of the AKM theater throughout the festival.

The exhibition of the painter and academician Koçan, entitled “The thorn in my foot” brings the traces of the artist’s life to the present with sculptures, paintings and installations. Exploring the concepts of memory, migration and existence, the exhibition will be at the AKM gallery throughout the festival.

The joint exhibition, “Youth on the Road”, which focuses on artists under the age of 35, can also be viewed on AKM Culture Street during the festival. “Youth on the Road” consists of the most successful interdisciplinary examples of youth production, primarily sculpture.

Future art lovers will also experience the excitement of the festival at the AKM. The workshops, specially prepared for children, will host them at the AKM Children’s Art Center during the event.

Moreover, during the festival, the AKM Yeşilçam cinema will present a full program with film screenings and special lectures with the participation of filmmakers. Different directors will be welcomed during the meetings of new generation filmmakers in cooperation with the Turkish Cinema Foundation.

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