Behind the Colorful Leaves: Events to Explore in Istanbul in October and Ticket Details
In October, Istanbul overflows with its colorful nature and rich history, and this month is filled with a series of events that further bring the city to life. From art galleries to music festivals, cultural events to gastronomic feasts, a wide range of activities are offered to cater to every taste. In this blog post, you will explore various events in Istanbul in October and find the necessary ticket information to have an unforgettable experience. Discover the not-to-be-missed opportunities in this energetic month in the city and step into the magical world of Istanbul for quality time.
Istanbul October Concerts
Uraz Kıvaner – Chet Baker Project
Location: Zorlu PSM
Date: October 11, 2023, 21:00
Uraz Kıvaner, one of the enchanting names in the jazz scene, brings a breathtaking breath to the music world. The unforgettable works of trumpet legend Chet Baker come to life with a brand new touch by the piano virtuoso Kıvaner. With the magnificent performance at touché on October 11, the Chet Baker Project will offer the audience an unforgettable jazz experience. Kıvaner's mastery combines Baker's unique melodies with a modern interpretation, promising the audience an unforgettable night. Don't miss this unique concert experience and embark on an unforgettable journey in the magical world of music!
Location: Maritime Museum
Date: October 12, 2023, 20:30
The second stop of the October concert series comes from Sigiswald Kuijken, one of the pioneers of the Bach Istanbul Festival. Kuijken is known as a pioneering figure in performing Bach's music with original instruments. In the first part of his extraordinary concert, Kuijken will uniquely perform Bach's Cello Suites No. 1 and 3 with a violoncello da spalla. Then, in the second part of the concert, he will play the solo violin partita No. 2, considered by many music lovers as the most beautiful music in the world. With Kuijken's touch, Bach's works will come to life again, providing the audience with an unforgettable musical experience. This unique concert will be a feast for Bach enthusiasts and take music lovers on a captivating journey.
Location: Zorlu PSM
Date: October 12, 2023, 21:00
Flapper Swing, reminiscent of the golden age of the 1920s and 1930s music, invites you on an emotional journey through time. On the evening of October 12th, at the Touché stage, it beckons those longing for the old days of jazz to an unforgettable night. The wild rhythm of Manouche guitars, the deep tones of the double bass, the unique touches of the saxophone, and the enchanting voice of the vocalist create a harmonious collaboration on stage, transforming it into a visual and auditory feast. In this authentic experience, an emotional atmosphere and a cheerful repertoire come together, captivating the audience with the magic of the past. Immerse yourself in the jazz of the past with Flapper Swing and get ready for an unforgettable night!
Date: October 7, 2023, 22:00
Trentemøller, with his unique style pushing the boundaries of music, will perform in Istanbul on the evening of October 13th. The Danish composer, musician, and producer skillfully blends various music genres such as indie, shoegaze, noise rock, post-punk, and electro-pop, creating an atmospheric sound. Going beyond electronic and ambient music, Trentemøller, with his Istanbul concert, will provide an unforgettable experience to his fans. The artist, renowned for his distinctive performance, will bring a different music atmosphere to the city. In this musical journey, filled with Trentemøller's impressive works, listeners will lose themselves in the magical world of music. Don't forget to secure your tickets for an unforgettable night!
Stabat Mater, Pergelosi & Vivaldi
Location: Maritime Museum
Date: October 15, 2023, 18:00
Bach Istanbul's October concert series concludes with a magnificent blend of emotional depth and historical richness. The focal point of the night is the poignant hymn text "Stabat Mater," written in the 13th century, depicting the sorrows of the Virgin Mary as her son is crucified. The concert, which begins with the presentation by medieval and Renaissance music singer and former music theorist Ozan Karagöz, offers a unique experience to the audience with a special selection by harpsichordist İklim Tamkan in the first half. Following this, under the direction of Olgu Kızılay, Festival Ensemble, with mezzo-soprano Senem Demircioğlu as the soloist, will take the stage with an impressive interpretation of Vivaldi's "Stabat Mater." In the second half, in a section featuring soprano Ceren Aydın and Senem Demircioğlu as soloists, the same hymn text will meet Pergolesi's masterpiece "Stabat Mater," one of the leading works in classical music. A historical journey and the enchanting atmosphere of music come together in this unforgettable concert.
David Garrett – ICONIC Tour 2023
Location: Harbiye Cemil Topuzlu Open-Air Theater
Date: October 18, 2023, 21:00
Internationally acclaimed violin virtuoso David Garrett invites those eager to explore the enchanting world of music to an unforgettable musical journey as part of the ICONIC TOUR 2023. Organized by Bayhan Music, these concerts in Turkey will bring music enthusiasts in Istanbul together in a captivating atmosphere. Garrett's unique performances and special pieces from his new album promise to create memorable moments for music lovers. Don't miss the chance to be part of the magical atmosphere of ICONIC TOUR 2023!
Location: ENKA Auditorium
Date: October 24, 2023, 20:30
Borusan Quartet, one of Turkey's leading chamber music ensembles, is preparing to present unforgettable season concerts at the ENKA Auditorium. In this special concert series on the European side, you will embark on a journey into the magical world of Turkish composers. The night will feature the impressive work "String Instruments Quartet No.1 Op. 27" by Ahmed Adnan Saygun and the groundbreaking "String Instruments Quartet" by Ulvi Cemal Erkin, spanning from the past to the present. The surprise of the night is the enchanting piece "Göz Açıp Kapayıncaya Kadar" by the young talent Cem Oslu, making its debut on the European side. Take a step into this unforgettable musical experience and let yourself be captivated by the magic of art!
Israel Philharmonic Orchestra
Location: Ülker Arena
Date: October 26, 2023, 21:00
The Israel Philharmonic Orchestra, carrying a rich musical tradition with its history, stands out as one of the leading classical music ensembles of the last century. With their unique experience to offer to music enthusiasts in Turkey, they will once again take the stage in Istanbul. The orchestra's rich repertoire will take music lovers on a unique journey, providing an emotional adventure. Don't miss this musical experience filled with the incredible talents and enchanting performances of the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra. Be ready to open the door to another world!
Istanbul October Theater Performances
An Epic Encounter of Mozart and Salieri: Unforgettable Performing Arts Experience with the 5th Season of Amadeus!
Location: Zorlu PSM
Date: October 10, 2023, 8:30 PM
An unforgettable stage where the genius life of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart meets the envious gaze of Antonio Salieri, "Amadeus," written by Peter Shaffer, leaves its mark on music history with its 5th Season at the pinnacle of performing arts! This masterpiece invites music enthusiasts on an enchanting journey, skillfully portraying Mozart's musical genius and Salieri's internal conflicts. This memorable performance invites anyone eager to delve into the depths of art and human emotions to a captivating experience. Immerse yourself in the magic of art with "Amadeus" and get lost in a story that has left its mark throughout history!
The Anatomy of a Frog
Location: Dada Salon Kabarett
Date: October 19, 2023, 8:30 PM
A story that begins with the kissing of a frog, a journey lost in the mazes of love! Dada Salon Kabarett invites the audience to the mysterious world of women and the unanswered questions of men by opening the curtains of the stage. In the play, we humorously explore the complexity of relationships through various male characters. When the dusty curtains of the stage are lifted, you will discover the secrets of love, from our father Adam to our mother Eve, and see the truths behind the smiles. "Ladies and gentlemen, tonight we descend into the unknowns of love, but remember: whatever we talk about here stays here! Agreed?" This entertaining and thought-provoking play, where especially female viewers will find answers to eagerly awaited questions, promises an unforgettable night on October 19. You are invited to Dada Salon Kabarett to unravel the mysteries of love!
1923 Unforgettable Republic Adventure: Lost Time on the Bandirma Ferry
Location: Zorlu PSM
Date: October 28, 2023, 8:00 PM
An unforgettable school trip at the 1923 Liberation War Museum leads to four friends getting lost on the Bandirma Ferry, filled with mysterious adventures. This story full of struggles spans from the waves to the opening of the Parliament, from the Great Offensive to the declaration of the Republic. The perfect combination of history, music, dance, and magnificent stage design merges with the unique performance of a 100-member giant cast. Don't miss this epic adventure; experience the exciting story of the Republic breathlessly!
Istanbul October Stand-Up Shows
Tonight with Ibrahim Selim
Location: Maximum Uniq Box
Date: October 14, 2023, 21:00
Are you ready? Put aside your agendas because you're about to step into the unique world of Tonight with Ibrahim Selim! We can't wait for you to enter the enchanting atmosphere of Maximum Uniq Box on a memorable October night. This night, where you'll meet Ibrahim Selim's special guests, will take you away from the ordinary to an extraordinary experience. As the night progresses, it will be filled with dance, music, and entertainment, and you'll find yourself in this energy-filled atmosphere. Tonight with Ibrahim Selim is waiting for you to gather unforgettable memories. Don't miss this opportunity because tonight is special for you.
BKM Kitchen +1 Stand-Up Night
Location: BKM Kitchen Market
Date: October 25, 2023, 20:00
Get ready for a laughter-filled night in the entertaining world of BKM Kitchen! The city's most unique comedians will be on stage with their 15-minute performances, each shining with their own style. This Wednesday night, after 10 legendary years at BKM Kitchen Comedy Club, you're invited to a still fresh and energetic stand-up experience. Reserve your spot for an unforgettable evening full of moments and laughter because BKM Kitchen +1 Stand-Up Night is the right address for a journey to the peak of humor!