Cultural Agenda

July 24, 2011, Sunday/ 12:45:00


İstanbul’s annual Graffiti Festival “Meeting of All Stars” will hit Taksim Gezi Park this Sunday in an explosion of color and sound. Getting under way at 11 a.m. and continuing to 8 p.m., the event features graffiti exhibitions, DJ performances and other activities.

The sixth Altın Eller (Golden Hands) Traditional Handcrafts Festival is currently under way in the Tepebaşı area of Takism. Consisting of traditional craftworks from 60 Turkish artists and eight artists from Kosovo, Turkmenistan, Azerbaijan, Kyrgyzstan, Albania and Montenegro, the festival runs until July 29.

The First Antalya International Jazz Festival wraps up on July 24 in the Mediterranean city after five days of live appearances by such world stars as Monica Molina, Cesaria Evora, Macy Gray and Al Di Meola at the ancient theater of Aspendos. Tickets can be purchased at For more information, visit

The 50th International Bursa Festival continues through to July 30, featuring a full program of world-class acts, both national and international, including the Gipsy Kings and Ricky Martin. For a full program, check

The Eighth Gümüşlük International Classical Music Festival continues until Sept. 14 with concerts at the historic Church of Eklisia in Bodrum’s Gümüşlük district. For a full program, see


Today is the last day to see “Paradise Lost,” an exhibition of works by around 20 contemporary video and digital media artists, at the İstanbul Modern.

The Cer Modern museum in Ankara is hosting “Captured Senses,” Dutch photographer Erwin Olaf’s first solo exhibition in Turkey, until July 30. Visiting hours are 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., and the museum is closed on Mondays.

The exhibition “20 Modern Turkish Artists of the 20th Century” continues until July 31 in an extended run at Santralİstanbul. Comprising 433 works by 20 modern Turkish artists, the exhibition is open to visitors every day except Mondays. Closing times are 6 p.m. on weekdays and 8 p.m. during weekends.

A selection of paintings, photographs, sculptures, installations and video art by 19 young Colombian artists is on display in an exhibition titled “On the Territory: Contemporary Art in Colombia” until Aug. 11 at Santralİstanbul’s Gallery I.

İstanbul’s Sakıp Sabancı Museum (SSM) is home to the exhibition “Across -- The Cyclades and Western Anatolia During the 3rd Millennium B.C.” through to Aug. 28. The museum is closed on Mondays.

An exhibition titled “Like Moths to the Flame: The Ottoman Fire Brigades” is on display until Aug. 31 in an extended run at the Rezan Has Museum in İstanbul’s Cibali quarter. The museum is open every day between 9 a.m. and 6 p.m.

Taksim’s SALT Beyoğlu is currently presenting Amsterdam based Turkish artist Ahmet Öğüt’s exhibition “Across the Slope,” as part of their series “Modern Essays.” Previously exhibited in Barcelona, the installation will be accompanied by a video program to be presented in SALT’s Walk-in Cinema. The exhibition runs until Oct. 1. For more information see


Turkish dance company Anadolu Ateşi (The Fire of Anatolia) is performing their shows, “Anadolu Ateşi - Evolution” and “Troya,” every Tuesday and Friday respectively at the Gloria Aspendos Arena in Antalya. Performances on both nights begin at 9:15 p.m. For more information see

“Tango Feeling,” an extravaganza of tango dancing produced by the Buenos Aires-based dance company, Estampas Portenas, and choreographed by Argentina ballerina Carolina Soler, will be performed at Bodrum castle at 9 p.m. on Sunday. Tickets available from

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