Wimbledon Mania For The 125th Time

ONE OF THE WORLD’S OLDEST SPORTS EVENTS, THE WIMBLEDON TENNIS TOURNAMENT IS TAKING PLACE THIS YEAR FOR THE 125TH TIME.

As always, the tournament, which starts on June 20th, is being followed with excitement and curiosity.

A DECADE OF SURPRISES
We witnessed perhaps one of the most incredible men’s finals in the history of tennis in the Nadal - Federer match of 2008. Federer was on the scene again in 2009. Taking the last set to 16/14 against the American Roddick, Federer finished the final on top.

THE INCREDIBLE WILLIAMS SISTERS
In the women’s, sisters Serena and Vanessa Williams have demonstrated their superiority in the last ten years. At least one of the sisters played in nine of the last ten finals, and they even went up against each other four times for the championship title.

A NEW DIMENSION
For the first time ever, the finals of Wimbledon, the premier tennis championships in the world will this year be filmed in 3D and screened live in High Definition 3D to 3D capable cinemas around the world.

The American indie rock and post punk group Interpol is at Istanbul Küçük Çiftlik Park on June 1. Formed in New York in 1997, the group will feature Paul Banks (vocal + guitar), Sam Fogarino (percussion) and Daniel Kessler (guitar + vocals) in its Istanbul concert.

Held this year for the fourth time, DOCUMENTARIST Istanbul Documentary Days started on May 31. Guests of honor at the festival, which runs to
June 5, are Helena Treštíková, a master of documentary cinema, and, Asen Balikci, a pioneer of visual anthropology.

A number of artists, including Bülent Ortaçgil, Zuhal Olcay, Grou Gündoğarken, Yeni Türkü, Bulutsuzluk Özlemi, Jehan Barbur, Replikas, Hüsnu Arkan and Mehmet Güreli will come together at Cemil Topuzlu Open-Air Theater the evening of June 9 to celebrate ADA Müzik’s 25th anniversary.
KİPLAS Art Gallery is bringing together the unsung heroes of contemporary Turkish art. Participating in the show, ‘Buluşma III’, which runs through June 13, are Berna Erkün, Filiz Işılay, Gamze Kuyumcu, Hülya Küpçüoğlu, Gül Yasa and Funda Tokalı.

Held this year for the ninth time, the International Turkish Olympics
is kicking off with a gala at Dolmabahçe Palace on June 15. The competition, which will most some 1,300 students and teachers from 130 countries, will feature numerous colorful events. Through June 30.

The Yale Glee Club and Yale Alumni Chorus, whose musical history goes back 150 years, and the Tekfen Philharmonic Orchestra, whose members come from 23 different Mediterranean, Caspian and Black Sea countries, will give a joint concert at the Golden Horn Convention Center the evening of June 18.

Opening on June 9 with ‘Carmen’, the Antalya Aspendos International Opera and Ballet Festival’s biggest surprise is a concert by the Vienna Philharmonic on June 21. July 2 is the last day of the festival, which is bringing music lovers a total of eight events.

Opening on June 9 with ‘Carmen’, the Antalya Aspendos International Opera and Ballet Festival’s biggest surprise is a concert by the Vienna Philharmonic on June 21. July 2 is the last day of the festival, which is bringing music lovers a total of eight events.

Jamiroquai, which combines 1970’s disco and funk sounds with today’s house music, will perform at the Turkcell Kuruçeşme Arena on June 26. Notorious for frequently changing its members, Jamiroquai, which has seven albums to its name, is moving ahead today with leader Jason Kay.
Mevlut Akyıldız, Muzaffer Ayyol, Şadan Bezeyiş, Tufan Dağıstanlı, Muhsin Kut and Fikret Otyam are a group of artists whose works have not come together in a long time. Now the paintings, ceramics and art under glass of these artists are being exhibited at Tolga Eti Sanat Evi through June 30.

DIRECTORS’ CHOICES
HOW WOULD YOU LIKE TO KNOW THE FILM CHOICES OF THE DIRECTORS THAT HAVE LEFT A MARK ON TURKISH CINEMA?
For thirty years now Istanbul has been hosting a number of important film festivals. Thanks to those festivals, Istanbulites get a chance to watch some of the milestones in film history again, as well as making the acquaintance of new directors. Films from countries that for commercial reasons would otherwise not come to Turkey are shown here under the auspices of the festival. Now we can read about the impact of the festival on our own filmmakers in a new book,  30 Years and 20 Directors: The Istanbul Film Festival. The Turkish directors whose successes have been crowned by international awards wrote down their thoughts and feelings about the films they first saw, and were impressed by, in the festival. In this sense the book is both a memoir

THE 20 DIRECTORS
Reha Erdem, Semih Kaplanoğlu, Nuri Bilge Ceylan, Handan İpekçi, Tayfun Pirselimoğlu, Handan İpekçi, Reis Çelik, Derviş Zaim, Seyfi Teoman, Kazım Öz, Mahmut Fazıl Coşkun, Taylan Biraderler, Serdar Akar, Hüseyin Karabey, Aslı Özge, Uğur Yücel, Yeşim Ustaoğlu, Zeki Demirkubuz, Çağan Irmak, Pelin Esmer.