4 May 2023

May, which opens the doors to an art-filled spring, is to be experienced differently in İstanbul, the capital of culture and art. From theater to musicals, from gastronomy festivals to concerts, from exhibitions to stand-up shows, Istanbul is full of every branch of art. If you have not yet started to create your event calendar this month, be sure to take a look at the May selection we have created for you.

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Theater and Stand-Up Shows

Amadeus: A massive team of 70

The well-known story of Mozart and Salieri will bring together both music and theater lovers with a show starring Selçuk Yöntem, Tansu Biçer, and Dilan Çiçek Deniz. With a massive team of 70 people rolling up their sleeves, don’t forget to buy your tickets now for this big production.

Place: Atatürk Kültür Merkezi Türk Telekom Opera Salonu

Date: May 11th

Zengin Mutfağı (A Kitchen of the Rich)

Şener Şen, the master of Turkish theater and cinema, brings the events of June 15-16, 1970, the largest labor movement in the history of the Republic, to the screen. Rich Cuisine, which deals with the series of events experienced by people from all walks of life who are affected by the changes in society, received full marks from theatergoers.

Place: Maximum Uniq Açıkhava

Date: May 24th

Mesut Süre ile İlişki Testi (The Relationship Test with Mesut Süre)

Jealousies, love, marriage proposals, families... Every detail you can think of about a relationship is discussed in a very entertaining way under moderation by Mesut Süre. The Relationship Test, where Mesut Süre, whom we know from Rabarba, hosts one of us in every program, is an event that should not be missed by those who want to get enough laughter. Who knows, maybe as a guest of this program, you may even have the chance to be in the opposite two seats with your spouse in the coming days.

Place: Cevahir Stage Hall A

Date: May 7th

Saatleri Ayarlama Enstitüsü (The Time Regulation Institute)

Ahmet Hamdi Tanpınar’s immortal work, Saatleri Ayarlama Enstitüsü (The Time Regulation Institute), comes to life with Serkan Keskin’s unique acting performance. The adaptation, in which Tuluğ Tırpan adds a completely different atmosphere to the story with his piano, will call the curtain on various days in May.


Place: Maximum UNİQ Hall

Date: May 3rd-4th and 9th-10th

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Concerts and Festivals

İstanbul Coffee Festival

COFFEX Istanbul Coffee Festival, which brings together the city’s coffee lovers and coffee shops, will be held for the 5th time this May.

International and national coffee producers, 3rd wave and quality coffee representatives, boutique tea brands, designers, and all kinds of coffee-related equipment you can think of are preparing to take their place at this festival. Don’t make any other plans between May 4-7 for the festival, where you can enjoy all kinds of caffeine accompanied by the fragrant scents of coffee.

Place: Halic Congress Center

Date: May 4-7, 2023

%100 Music: FT United “Athena-Lil Zey-Khontkar-Second”

FT United will take place with the organization of Epifoni and Fakülte Teras, where many people’s favorite Athena band, Lil Zey, brings a new breath to Turkish rap, Khontkar, one of the most popular names of rap music, and Second, one of the best of punk, will take the stage.

Place: Küçükçiftlik Park

Date: May 12th, 2023

İstanbul’da Bahar (Spring in İstanbul)

Another festival, again with the contributions of 100% Music, will bring together the names we love and add to the joy of Istanbulites, welcoming spring with enthusiasm.

The Spring Festival in Istanbul, where the music will never stop, will feature big names such as Altın Gün, Kozmonotosman, and Babazula, as well as surprise artists.

Place: Küçükçiftlik Park

Date: May 13th, 2023


We have all heard their songs somewhere. The band, which had a considerable fan base in the early 2000s, will be performing their songs on May 27th. If you are interested, don’t forget to buy your ticket now.

Place: Bostancı Gösteri Merkezi

Date: May 27th

VibeFest 2023

Are you ready for the festivals that are indispensable for spring? Then you can feel the rhythm of fun this spring with VibeFest. It is possible to see all of the artists who have left their mark on the market with their different and sounding music together at this festival. At the same time, you may not be able to stop yourself from dancing along to the songs and keeping up with the rhythm. Therefore, it is useful to buy your tickets in advance.

Place: Life Park

Date: May 6th-7th


Brazzaville, a US indie pop/rock band with a large fan base in Turkey, will embrace their fans in Istanbul this month after their spectacular concert last year.

Place: Blind

Date: May 5, 2023, 9:30 p.m.

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Kazım Karakaya, “Töz”

Following the footsteps of ancient civilizations such as China, Iran, and Anatolia, the exhibition titled Töz, in which a world in which all living beings are in a relationship with each other is constructed, inspires us by walking the fine line between craft and art. You can see Kazım Karakaya’s Töz at Bozlu Art Project in the first week of May.

Place: Bozlu Art Project, Şişli

Date: March 21st - May 6th, 2023

Alp İşmen, “Aşk imiş…”

Taking its name from a couplet by Fuzuli, the exhibition aims to go beyond redefining love by bringing together different techniques such as engraving and drawing. Alp İşlem’s exhibition “Aşk imiş...” focuses on the emotions created by bilateral relationships rather than love itself.

Place: Mixer, Karaköy

Date: April 8th - May 13th, 2023

Serdar Acar, “Bir Yaz Gecesi Rüyası”

Serdar Acar’s first solo exhibition at Pi Artworks is one of the remarkable exhibitions of May, with its title referring to William Shakespeare’s famous play A Midsummer Night’s Dream. In these works, Serdar Acar works through concepts such as loneliness, love, fate, dreams, and madness.

Place: Pi Artworks, Beyoğlu

Date: April 15th - May 20th, 2023


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