The streets of Istanbul have a storied past. The city’s history echoes through the ancient alleys and modern avenues alike, rising from the bustle of its bazaars, the prayers of its religious houses, and the lapping of the Bosphorus.
This rich tapestry of sound has been woven into its musical landscape over centuries and wraps around every corner, resident and guest of the city. It’s fair to say Istanbul’s music forms its vibrant essence, its beating heart and its indominable soul.
Yunus Emre Institute London plans to celebrate these incredible sounds through two performances of The Spirit of Istanbul, at EartH in East London and Manchester Cathedral on the 11th and 13th of December 2023.
Performing at this special event are four master musicians: Göksel Baktagir on kanun, Yurdal Tokcan on ud, Derya Türkan on kemenche, and Bülent Elmas on percussion.
The concerts form part of the centenary celebrations of the Republic of Türkiye.
Title: “Spirit of Istanbul” Concert: London and Manchester
Duration: the performance is approximately 1.5 hours.
Admission: The organisers recommend people arrive at least 30 minutes before the performance start time to pass through security checks and find your seats.
Also, kindly note there is an age restriction to attend this event: children under 14 will not be admitted to either performance.
Date: Monday 11 December 2023
Venue: EartH Theatre, 11-17 Stoke Newington Road, London N16 8BH
Admission: tickets are priced £20. This event has unreserved seating and the venue has wheelchair access.
Tickets: buy online from Eventbrite – click here.
Date: Wednesday 13 December 2023
Venue: Manchester Cathedral, Victoria Street, Manchester M3 1SX
Admission: Free, but prior registration is required
Tickets: register your place online from Eventbrite – click here.