The show will not go on, part 2

By Victoria Khroundina | June 13, 2013


More and more events are feeling the heat of the protests. As I mentioned in the first part of this blog, a concert by an international or local act at Taksim Square might do wonders for lifting the spirits of the devoted protesters, but this looks unlikely. Music festivals, aimed at a younger audience especially, are cancelling performances by the minute. Maybe they should follow the example of one group of schoolgirls (see The age of innocence) or the German pianist David Martello (see Music is the key) who have showed they are not afraid to take the stage at Gezi Park. 

The Dutch photography duo, Inez & Vinoodh, who have photographed a bevy of famous faces and haute couture editorials worldwide, have postponed their first-ever Turkish exhibition, which had been planned for ISTANBUL'74 from June 7.

First the Vodafone Istanbul Calling festival announced the cancellation of some events for early June, but now most of the shows scheduled for the rest of June and early July (as well as side shows at various venues around Istanbul) have also been cancelled. The fate of the shows scheduled for late July and early August has not yet been decided (or at least announced). Check the festival's website for a list of which shows will not go on. 

Some events as part of the 41st Istanbul Music Festival have also been cancelled – A Yoga Classic on June 19 and Naples to Madrid on June 22. 

The Efes One Love Festival, which promised an array of popular indie and dance acts from Europe, the USA and Turkey, scheduled for June 20 to 22, has been cancelled. The festival announced that the new laws, which prohibit the sale of alcohol from 10pm to 6am, are partly to blame for this.

The Pet Shop Boys (a UK pop band) concert, which was scheduled for June 26 at Lifeparkist, has been cancelled. 

Yet another festival focusing on contemporary rock and indie acts, the Avea Escape to Music Festival, scheduled for June 29, has been postponed.

Some events as part of the 20th Istanbul Jazz Festival have also been cancelled, namely An Evening with Bryan Ferry on July 8 and In Memory of Sevinç Tevs on July 11.

Watch this space for updates on future events.

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