Cultural Agenda

September 23, 2012, Sunday/ 12:01:00


Today is the last day to see “Fifty Years of Urban Walls,” a retrospective of works by Turkish contemporary artist Burhan Doğançay, at the İstanbul Modern.

The İstanbul Modern is home to “Transformation: A View on Chinese Contemporary Art,” an exhibition featuring the work of 15 Chinese contemporary artists, until Nov. 25. The museum is closed on Mondays.

The third edition of the International Çanakkale Biennial is scheduled for Sept. 28-Oct. 3 in this northwestern city with “Fictions and Dissentions” as its conceptual framework. For more information, see

The Second Mardin Biennial continues until Oct. 21 in this southeastern Anatolian city with “Double Take” as its conceptual framework. Co-curated by Paolo Colombo and Lora Sarıaslan, the exhibitions are on display in numerous venues around the historic city, with the main exhibition taking place at the Tokmakçılar Konağı. For more information, see

The Cer Modern museum in Ankara hosts Colombian contemporary artist Luz Ángela Lizarazo’s solo exhibition “Garden Tales” through Oct. 4. Visiting hours: 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Tuesday through Sunday.

“Modern Times,” the third and final leg of SALT contemporary art space’s “İstanbul Eindhoven-SALTVanAbbe” exhibition series, opened last week and continues until Dec. 30 at SALT Galata in İstanbul’s Karaköy neighborhood.

A selection from the work of Egyptian artist Hassan Khan is on display at SALT Beyoğlu until Jan. 6, 2013. For more information, see


iKEDi, a series of admission-free street workshops on puppet-making, travels around 12 neighborhoods of İstanbul until Oct. 7. All workshops are held from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m.

Antalya’s 12th Side International Culture and Art Festival continues until Sept. 30, featuring classical music and folk dance performances from around the world. Admission to all performances is free. The full program is available online at

İstanbul’s International 1001 Documentary Film Festival will mark its 15th edition from Sept. 27-Oct. 2 with screenings in five cultural centers across the city, presenting 76 documentaries in total. For the full program, see

İstanbul’s Second International Crime and Punishment Film Festival will take place on Sept. 26-Oct. 4. For the full program and the screening schedule, see

Filmekimi 2012, the 11th edition of İstanbul’s annual film festival that offers some of the year’s most popular titles from the international festival circuit, will open on Sept. 29. Tickets went on sale on Sept. 22. For the full program, see

The fourth Arada Interdisciplinary Art Festival runs from Sept. 23-30 in İstanbul. For more details and the full program, visit


The İstanbul State Opera and Ballet will open the 2012-2013 season on Sept. 29 at the Aya İrini Museum with a concert performance of selected arias from operas by Giuseppe Verdi.

The Ankara State Opera and Ballet will mark the opening of the new season with a concert on Sept. 28 at Congresium Ankara. The concert’s program will feature selected arias from the world opera repertoire.


The Pera Museum is presenting a film program called “Dutch Animation” through Sept. 26 at Pera Film, offering a selection of award winning, new generation Dutch animated short films made between 2007 and 2011.

The Ankara Cer Modern museum’s open-air theater hosts a film program that features a different movie every Tuesday at 9 p.m. through Sept. 25. Tickets can be purchased at Cer Modern.

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