International Works Film Festival

Organized this year for the fifth time, the International Workers’ Film Festival is starting at the Yeni Rüya Cinema in Beyoğlu on May 2nd. There are more than 50 films in the festival, which will run simultaneously in Istanbul, Ankara and Izmir through May 10 before touring Anatolia.

Özden Narin
Painter Özden Narin, whose works can be found in a number of different collections, is opening her 16th solo show at the Istanbul Chamber of Certified Financial Consultants. May 8th is the last day for this exhibition by an artist who in her time worked in the studios of Prof. Ercüment Kalmık and Prof. Mahmut Cüda.

Enno Voorhorst
Famous masters of the guitar are coming together with young talents in Istanbul. Akbank Sanat Guitar Days is kicking off on May 6 with a recital by Fatih Akbulut. Other guests of the event include the Dutch guitarist Enno Voorhorst, who drew attention for the album he recorded with Agustin Barrios Mangoré, and Sabrina Vlaskalic, a guitarist from Belgrade who has garnered more than 20 top prizes in her career. To be held at Akbank Sanat, Guitar Days will end on May 27 with a closing concert by Ukrainian guitarist Nadja Kossinskaja.

Ormo Art Gallery
Ormo Art Gallery is welcoming a solo show of recent works by artist İsmail Tetikçi starting May 11. The exhibition by this artist, who in his paintings expresses emotions caught between past and future, runs through June 5.

Viewing Terrace
Two exhibitions in one… The exhibitions, ‘Viewing Terrace’, consisting of recent works by artist Tufan Baltalar, and Melis Ağazat’s new experiments, which she calls ‘One Summer Afternoon’, can be seen at Outlet Sanat through May 15.

Cesatia Evora
Regarded as the diva of world music after recording her album ‘The Barefoot Diva’ in Paris in 1988, Cesaria Evora is back in Istanbul. On tour for her new album, ‘Nha Sentimento’, the artist will be at the Cemal Reşit Rey Concert Hall on May 18.

Sultanahmet Museum of Turkish

Sultanahmet Museum of Turkish and Islam Arts will be hosting ‘Ab-ı Hayat Geçmişten Günümüze İstanbul Suları ve Su Kültürü” exhibition starting May 13th. Presenting many distinguished and rare pieces, the exhibition can be visited till July 20th.

Julian Opie
Galerist is hosting the first solo show in Turkey by Julian Opie, one of the leading representatives of contemporary art in Britain. The exhibition includes the artist’s works in acrylic on wood, glass and aluminum as well as videos. Through
May 29.

İstanbul Panorama
Arif Aşçı’s ‘Istanbul Panorama’ exhibition can be seen at the ‘Cezayir Salon’ through May 11.

Russia’s Red Army
Founded in 1927, Russia’s Red Army Chorus will be at the Tim Maslak Show Center May 28-30.

Grease Musical
The longest-running musical on Broadway, Grease will be staged at the Turkcell Kuruçeşme Arena May 25 though June 2. Lead roles in the musical will be played by Brandi Burkhardt (Sandra Olsson), Derek Keeling (Danny Zuko) and Jake Odmark (Kenickie).