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Dutch performances in venues in Turkey




Ghetto is located in the Beyoglu district of Istanbul, and strives to embrace all the voices and colors of Istanbul while maintaining a focus on world music too. They not only stage many Turkish artists, but also international groups and projects.



The following Dutch artists and groups have performed at Ghetto Istanbul.

In 2008, for the ‘Amsterdam Night Watch’, the New Cool Collective (mixture of jazz, dance, latin, salsa, afrobeat and boogaloo), Bernie’s Lounge (mixture of afro, latin, funk and Balkan influences), and the Amsterdam Klezmer Band (Klezmer and Balkan music) gave a performance.

In 2009, for the ‘Amsterdam Night Watch’, Fourtress gave a performance. The band consisted of three Dutch women and one Turkish femal vocalist, and they performed soul, jazz, world music and pop.

In 2009, the Amsterdam Klezmer Band came back to Istanbul for another performance.

In 2009 Calefax and the Tony Overwater Trio paid homage to the musical trip Duke Ellington and his Big Band made in 1963, playing music by Duke Ellington.

            In 2009 there was a VJ Festival with performances by Lottez, Pixelady, Aineko, Poly Pastis and The video world made flesh.

In 2009 there was a series of concerts for the ‘Amsterdam Night Watch Concert Series’, where the Rare Groove Orchestra (rare groove funky & jazzy dance) and Zuco 103 (‘Brazilectro’, a mix of many styles) performed.

            In 2009 Joost van Bellen (DJ) gave a performance.

In 2009 the event ‘Pink Istanbul’ was held, an initiative by the Pera Foundation, Paradiso and Ghetto, with a performance by Joost van Bellen and When Harry Met Sally, Lupe, Broekjevol & Bloesjevol, Nader, Mr.Plastique

In 2010, Kraak & Smaak gave a performance for the event Think Amsterdam!

In 2010, for ‘Amsterdam Night Watch Performance Series III’, Lefties Soul Connection and AIFF (Afro Influenced Funk Federation) gave a performance.



GarajIstanbul is an international, non-profit, contemporary performing arts organization with a venue in Istanbul.



In 2007, Zuco 203 performed during the Shaman World Music Days.


Cemal Resit Rey Concert Hall

This concert hall is located in Harbiye and is the first one designed for classical music. It is named after the Turkish composer Cemal Resit Rey.



In 2007, Amsterdam Sinfonietta gave a performance.

In 2007 the Koninklijk Concertgebouw Orchestra gave a performance.

In 2009 the Concertgebouw Chamber Orchestra gave a performance.



Babylon opened in 1999 as a multi-purpose performance center. It presents a monthly program with a large variety of music.



In 2008 and 2009 Kraak & Smaak gave several performances. They are DJs and their music style is funk and electronic. Since they started producing music in 2003 Kraak & Smaak have played six times in Turkey, four DJ sets and two live shows; all of them were in Istanbul. Apart from the 'Think Amsterdam' night in 2010 (in which the Dutch Consulate played a role) the shows were regular events, i.e. normal bookings and no part of a particular exchange program. Some of the gigs were set up by Abdullah Hendrik Geels van Audiomaze Productions based in Amsterdam, who is active in musical and cultural events in both Holland and Turkey. Others were set up by local Turkish organizers, i.e. club owners and programmers. It could however be that in some cases financial support from third parties (i.e. cultural organizations, consulate or a tourism agency) was secured to make things possible.

Turkey and Istanbul in particular have proven to be very interesting for Kraak & Smaak and they certainly hope to return there when they release their new album early 2011.

 2007: April 20, Istanbul, Garaijlstanbul. Live and DJ set.

2008: April 1, Istanbul, Babylon Club. DJ set.

2009: June 6, Istanbul, Otto Sentral. Live show

2010: April 10, Istanbul. DJ set through Audiomaze Productions; organisation based in Amsterdam that produces events both in Turkey and in the Netherlands. Organisers are Dutch with a Turkish background.

May 8, Istanbul, Ghetto Club. 'Think Amsterdam' night. DJ set and fashion show of Dutch fashion designers.


In 2008 Calefax and the Tony Overwater Trio gave a performance.


Atatürk Kültür Merkezi

The AKM is a multi-purpose cultural center located in Taksim. It has a theatre and hosts both acts by the Turkish State Theatres and Turkish State Opera and Ballet. It also has a concert hall.


In 2007 Jurjen Hempel, a Dutch conductor, performed.

In 2007 there was a concert by the Koninklijk Concertgebouw Orchestra.


CNR Expo Center

The CNR Expo Center is comparable to the RAI in Amsterdam, hosting a large variety of events. It is located outside the center of Istanbul, near the Atatürk Airport.

In 2007, DJ Tiësto’s concert was held at this venue.


World Trade Center

In 2008 DJ Tiësto performed at the World Trade Center.


Otherside Club

In 2010, the originally Dutch event ‘Pink Amsterdam’ was held at the Otherside Club in Istanbul.



The Hall

In 2010, the Dutch event Labyrtint came for the first time to Istanbul. It has been organized in Holland for 5 years, and showed the best new and established DJ’s, VJ’s and live electronic performers from the Netherlands and from Turkey.

Performance of a.o. the Dutch ‘Nobody Beats The Drum’, WHMS & Tess is More and VJ Aineko

For more information check www.labyrintmusic.com and www.thehallistanbul.com


Performances at Universities

Istanbul has many universities, some of which have hosted Dutch artists.

In 2007 the EnAccoord Strijkkwarted performed at the Bosphorus University.

In 2009 the choreographer, producer and director Eszteca Noya contributed to the Bahçeşehir University, for the '2nd Street Dance Carnival'.

In 2009 there was a recital by soprano Anderske Kaspersma with Evrem Büyükburc Erol and Özlem Kolat at the Mimar Sinan Güzel Sanatlar Üniversity.

In 2009, the Ensemble A(i)rco together with Carla Leurs played works by Beethoven, Strauss, Schubert and Berwald and the Bosphorus University.


Nardis Jazz Club

The Nardis Jazz Club is located in Beyoglu, near Galata, and hosts many jazz performances.

In 2008, the Onur Ataman Ensemble, in collaboration with Dick de Graaf, gave a performance.

In 2009 there were concerts by the Ogun Sadan Band. Ogun Sadan is Turkish but lives in Holland. He plays jazz with Turkish, African and South American influences.

In 2009, Tineke Postma and Mike del Ferro gave a performance during the IKSV Jazz Festival.


Istanbul 2010

In July 2010, Karsu Donmez gave concerts in Istanbul for the Istanbul European Capital of Culture 2010 festivities.


Binbirdirek Sarnıcı

This underground cistern hosts a variety of events. In 2007 DJ Marco V performed here.


Is Sanat Istanbul Hall

Is Sanat was founded in 2000, and is an art and culture center with a diverse program, located in the modern neighbourhood of Levent.

In 2009 Janine Jansen and Josep Pons together with the Deutsche Kammerphilharmonie gave a performance.


Studio Live

In 2009, there were performances by the VJs Aneiko, Lottez, Pixelady, Poly Pastis, Albert van Abbe, Roel Dijcks, Wim-Jan Smits and Ties van de Ven.


Dorock Bar

In 2009 Cilice performed at this Rock Bar.


Suriye Pasajı Istanbul

In 2009, Tombaz Tango and Canto Band performed at the Suriye Pasajı during ‘Crossing Civilizations Istanbul’.



In 2009, Odylle performed at the ALT Bar in Istanbul.



Kanyon is a modern shopping mall in the Levent area of Istanbul. In 2010, the Dutch DJ Sander Kleinenberg gave a show at the foodcourt area of the shopping mall.

www.sanderkleinenberg.com, www.istanbuldoors.com



Saklikent Eglence Merkezi

Saklikent was founded in 1995, and offers a variety of events related to music, culture and arts.


In 2007 and 2008 several DJs have performed in the Saklikent Eglence Merkezi. In 2007 DJs Marco V, Menno de Jong and Cor Fijneman gave their performance. 2008 saw the return of DJ Marco V.


If Performance Hall

The If Performance Hall was opened in 2005, and is open to music and other arts.


In 2009, the Dutch metal band Cilice gave a performance together with other Turkish metal bands.



Diyarbakir Sanat Merkezi

The Diyarbakir Sanat Merkezi organized a performance in the State Theater by Pavadita Tango Strijkkwartet in 2007.



In 2007, DJ Marco V performed at the Moonlight Arena in Kemer.

In 2007, DJ Johan Gielen gave a performance in Charlie’s Beach Alanya, Club Inferno Antalya, and the Marine Club Catamaran in Bodrum.

In 2007 DJ Isis gave a performance at the Full Moon Party in Alanya.

In 2008 DJ Tiësto performed at Catamaran, Bodrum.