Zorlu to host world famous names in new season
Istanbul’s Zorlu Performance Arts Center (PSM) will host various Turkish and international artists in the new season starting from Sept. 1.
During a press conference held on Aug. 21 to launch the new season’s program, Zorlu PSM Director Murat Abbas said the new season will be full of activities through Aug. 31, 2018.
Nearly 115 events were announced in the press conference said Abbas. “This is actually one seventh of all of our events. This is a very serious number by the standards of Turkey and Istanbul. Our foreign concerts will start in the beginning of September. Famous British artist Tom Odell will give the first big concerts. He will be followed by Michael Kiwanuka and then Nicolas Jaar. In October, famous French singer Patricia Kaas will be at Zorlu PSM.” Abbas said.
As for local concerts, Abbas said they will host many Turkish artists.
He said the Blue Man Group, which brings together music, comedy and technology, will come to Istanbul and perform the most colorful event of the year in 26 performances between Feb. 23 and March 4, 2018.
Festivals will continue
The MIX Festival, which was initiated last season, will also continue this season from Dec. 15-16. Selda Bağcan & Boom Pam, Modestep, Electro Deluxe, The Wedding Present, Cem Adrian, Goose, Mustafa Özkent, Kabus Kerim, Manuş Baba, Slam, Jakuzi, Motorama, Gökçen Kaynatan, Donae’o, Dagamba, Son Feci Bisiklet, SX, She Drew The Gun, Dudu Tassa & The Kuwaities, Akın Sevgör and The Away Days will be among the festival artists.
The Zorlu PSM Jazz Festival will be held in May 2018. Gregory Porter, Stacey Kent and The Australian Pink Floyd Show are three names to take stage in the festival.
The Sonar Festival will be organized from March 30-31, 2018. The venue will organize the Zorlu Children’s Art Festival during the semester holiday.
Abbas said that various exhibitions will also be organized in the new season. “Digi.logue events and exhibitions will continue. The exhibition “Gelecek Anlatıcıları” will open in September. The AltCity exhibition of different art disciplines will be organized at Zorlu in December in collaboration with the British Council,” he said.
BRIT Award winner Odell will be on stage on Sept. 27. He will be followed by Kiwanuka on Oct. 3, Jaar on Oct. 26 and Kaas on Oct. 27.
The Movies in Concert series, in which film scores are performed simultaneously while screening the film on a huge screen, will host “La La Land” from Oct. 6-7, “Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone” from Nov. 3-4 and “The Lord of the Rings-Return of the King” from April 13-14, 2018.
The third edition of Vestel concerts will feature Gökhan Türkmen on Sept. 26, İlhan İrem on Sept. 30, Burhan Öçal & İstanbul Oriental Ensemble on Oct. 3, Cem Adrian on Oct. 10, Emre Altuğ on Oct. 17, Yeni Türkü on Oct. 24, Fazıl Say & Nicolas Altstaedt’s “Four Cities” on Oct. 30, Ahmet Aslan on Oct. 31, Nazan Öncel on Nov. 14, Cenk Eren on Dec. 5 and Ümüt Besen on Dec. 12.
Also, 31 theater performances will be staged by 19 theater troupes.
The full program of the new season will be announced during a second press conference on Sept. 23.