Theatre lovers get ready for an exciting event in Istanbul in
May-June this year. The 19th edition of the famous Istanbul Theatre
Festival is round the corner. So, book your flights to Istanbul today
and attend the festival between May 9 and June 5, 2014.
The Istanbul Theatre Festival is being held under the title “New Wave”.
The festival will host 100 performances to be staged at different venues
across the city. The venues include Üsküdar Tekel, Üsküdar Studio,
Sisli Blackout, Salon, Sainte Pulcherie French High School, Harbiye
Muhsin Ertugrul Stage, Moda Stage, Kenter Theater, ikincikat-karaköy,
Haldun Taner Stage, DOT, Cevahir Stage, and Bisahne.
This year the festival will be marking the 450th birth anniversary of
Shakespeare. The renowned theater group Propeller Theater Company will
be specially staging five performances based on Shakespeare’s plays such
as “The Comedy of Errors”, “A Midsummer Night’s Dream” and “Hamlet”.
These shows will be held throughout the festival. Local theatre groups
will be staging other Shakespeare plays like “Romeo and Juliet” and
“King Lear” throughout the duration of the festival.
Turkey and Poland will mark 600 years of their diplomatic relations. The
Istanbul Theatre Festival will also celebrate the longstanding ties
between the two countries. Four exclusive performances will be held on
The world premier of “Proust-Pamuk-Bellek”, a play produced by Opole
Theater will be hosted at the festival. This play was written and
produced by Emre Koyuncuoglu and Krzysztof Garbaczewski from the novels
of Orhan Pamuk and Marcel Proust.
Among various other programs, the Istanbul Theatre Festival will also
host performances by 35 Turkish dance and theatre companies for the
first time. The important performances to be staged include “The
Adventures of Latif Effendi: The First Ottoman Vampire”, “The Last
Unicorn”, “Montserrat”, “The Empire Builders”, “Hamlet Machine” and many
The “Oyun Salonu” project, which was originally conceptualized through
the joint collaboration of the Istanbul Theater Festival and the staff
of Salon, will continue during this edition as well like previous years.
Four theater companies will be staging the plays at Salon, to be hosted
as part of “Oyun Salonu” project.
The audience at the festival can also look forward to staging of the
play “An Enemy of the People” taken from Henrik Ibsen piece written by
renowned German director Thomas Ostermeier.
Prof. Dikmen Gürün, who was Istanbul Theater Festival director from 1993
to 2013, will be presented with the first honorary award. The other two
recipients of honorary awards this year include Edward Hall, Propeller
Theater Company’s art director, and Grzegorz Jarzyna, director of a
The Istanbul Theater Festival has been attracting a large number of
visitors from Turkey and other countries around the world. This year as
well the festival expects the participation of many visitors. The other
highlights of the festival that you may look forward to include
workshops, documentary screenings, films and Q&A sessions.
The Istanbul Theatre Festival is being organized ever since 2004 by the
Istanbul Foundation for Culture and Arts (IKSV). The festival is being
held continuously since its inception and aims at promoting Turkey’s art
and culture through educational programs and workshops.