The show will not go on

Events cancelled or postponed due to the Gezi Park protests

By Victoria Khroundina | June 8, 2013

Out of sensitivity for the situation in Turkey, current and upcoming arts and performance events in Istanbul have either been postponed or cancelled. Gallivanting through art galleries or jumping up and down in the crowds at music events doesn’t seem to be on anybody’s mind anyway – many Istanbullu have made Gezi Park their home for the next who knows how many days, and impromptu concerts, music jams, breakdancing and even yoga sessions among their united, likeminded peers seem to provide better forms of entertainment. But, to echo the words of many social media proponents, perhaps a free concert from an international or local act at Taksim Square would be just the trick to lift spirits and demonstrate the square’s role as a central public space. 

The 41st Istanbul Music Festival postponed its opening night concert from June 4 first to June 9 and now, rather confusingly, to October. As part of the festival, the Yoga Classic event has been postponed from June 6 to June 19.

The opening night of Kendell Geers' solo exhibition 'Stealing Fire from Heaven', a South African artist working in various media including sculpture, installations, performance art, drawing, photography and video, at Galerist, has been postponed from June 4. The exhibition can still be viewed until July 13. 

Lure, a four-piece group of musicians with Turkish origins from Boston, have cancelled two concerts in Istanbul on June 4 and 5.

Events as part of the Vodafone Istanbul Calling, such as a concert by London-based indie duo Public Service Announcement and a set from world-famous DJ Tiesto, which were scheduled for June 6 and June 7 respectively, have been cancelled. 

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. 
IST. Fest, the Istanbul International Arts and Culture Festival, intended to run from June 6 to 9 at ISTANBUL’74, has been postponed to dates later in the year, which have not yet been released.

Denizli-born Hatice Güleryüz’s first solo exhibition in Turkey ‘Moving Forward in Circles’ (‘Döngülerde İlerlemek’) at RAMPA, which was meant to open on June 7, has been postponed until 2014.

The lecture series organised by the Turkish Cultural Studies Association and Kadir Has University entitled ‘Investing in the Turkish American Community and Building People-to-People Cultural Bridges between the United States and Turkey’, conducted by Güler Köknar, the Turkish Cultural Foundation director at Turkish American Studies, was meant to be held on June 7 and 8 but has been postponed.

The Mind Body Festival, a three-day event endeavouring to explore wellbeing, health, nutrition, culture and community, meant to be held at Santral Istanbul from June 7 to 9, has been postponed.

The Burn Electronica Festival, Turkey’s first and only dance festival, scheduled for June 8 at KüçükÇiflik Park, has been cancelled.

For some artists, the show must go on – but in a form that shows support for the ‘civil movement taking place in Istanbul’. Berlin-based artist Carla Mercedes Hihn’s exhibition 'EXIT' at Hayaka Artı, which opens on June 12 and focuses on the different layers of a city, invites the audience to come and participate by sharing their thoughts and feelings through letters, photographs and drawings that they are encouraged to add to the gallery walls. ‘We are supporting the Taksim demonstrations believing that this is an important peaceful civil movement. We will continue with our activities as long as the circumstances allow us’, she says.

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