Countdown for Cohen begins

Eagerly awaited not only in Istanbul but all over Turkey, the legendary musician Leonard Cohen will soon be in Istanbul on his 2009 World Tour.

The 74-year-old Canadian writer, poet and musician will perform at Istanbul’s Cemil Topuzlu Open Air Theater in Harbiye starting at 9 p.m. on Wednesday, 5 August, and Thursday, 6 August. Following an appearance on 3 August at Venice’s St. Mark’s Square on the tour he launched from his native Canada, Cohen will be in Istanbul with the cooperation of the Istanbul Foundation for Art and Culture (İKSV) and the Beşiktaş Culture Center (BKM). Wrapping up his tour in Barcelona on 21 September, the artist will also break a small record by giving 40 concerts in 34 different European cities.