June is one of the most active months in terms of activities, events, and exhibitions, since it is the beginning of the summer. In this post we are compiling 10 not to miss activities and events in Istanbul in the first half of June 2016. I hope you like them all!
Last week we brought up a Turkish cover of a Beatles song. Covers and Turkish versions of well-known English songs were very popular in the late 60s and throughout the 70s. Mavi Işıklar (Blue Lights) was one of the leaders of this genre and they covered the songs of Beatles, The Cedars, Paul Revere & the Raiders, and many others.
Istanbul with its unique synergy, culture, landscape and architecture and wonderful energy has inspired many artists. We have met Istanbul’s magical blend of foreign and familiar, old and modern, Islamic and Mediterranean in novels, poetries, songs and movies, of course. Istanbul’s world-renowned sites, such as the Topkapı Palace Museum, Hagia Sophia, Sultanahmet Mosque, the Grand Bazaar, the Spice Bazaar, Eminönü, the Basilica Cistern, Beyazıt and many other locations in the city have showed their hospitality to many filmmakers. We have compiled some “Nostalgic Movie Scenes of Istanbul” in Yeşilçam (Turkish cinema). Now, we will list some new scenes of Istanbul from the Hollywood and the world cinema.
Zümrüt – Ne Zormuş Unutmak (Cover: Beatles – A Hard Day’s Night) | 1971
Zümrüt was popular in Turkey in late 60s and throughout the 70s mainly due to her covers from famous English songs. Her famous work “Ne Zormuş Unutmak” (How Hard It was to Forget) is a cover from Beatles’ “A Hard Day’s Night” that was released in 1964. Enjoy it!
Zümrüt, 60lı yılların sonunda ve 70ler boyunca Türkçe’ye aranjmanladığı şarkılar sebebiyle oldukça popülerleşmişti. Beatles’ın 1964 senesinde yayınladığı “A Hard Day’s Night” (Zor Bir Günün Gecesi) parçasının aranjmanı olan “Ne Zormuş Unutmak” Zümrüt’ün en önemli parçalarından birisidir. İyi dinlemeler!
St. Mark’s Basilica in Venice is one of the most visited monuments in the world and it dates back to late 11th century. Due to its rich decoration and gold ground mosaics indicating wealth and power of the Venetians, the church is also known as Church of Gold (Chiesa d’Oro).
But did you know that its courtyard contains several monuments brought from Istanbul?
Charles Ganimian, also known as Daddy Lolo, was an American-Armenian musician known for the oriental melodies he used throughout his career. Ganimian was born in New York (in 1926) to an Armenian who migrated from Kahramanmaraş, Turkey (in 1922).
Istanbul has always been an outstanding travel destination. But beside adventurous voyagers who want to see Istanbul’s charm, there have also been lots of creative people who hoped Istanbul would inspire their artistic minds. Writers who took notes during their visits or those who created artworks influenced by their visits allow us to see Istanbul’s power on the imagination. Istanbul has its own legacy of Turkish writers, but there are lots of foreign writers who visited Istanbul and left there mark. Here, we will list here six of our favourites to give you an idea of the Istanbul influence.
Optikler (Optics), took its name from the glasses all the band wore, started their career as the high school band of the Robert College. The band won Milliyet Newspaper’s second annual contest of high school bands in March 1967.
Vinyl records may be a thing of the past, but the nostalgia of purchasing an LP in the City of Seven hills will be forever. Stop in a vinyl shop and browse through the psychedelic music of the 1970s! Owning an antique vinyl record from Istanbul will leave you feeling high that no key chain-souvenir or Turkish lamp can achieve!
Cinema is the mirror of the city. One of the best ways to familiarize with a city is cinema. İstanbul, with no doubt, is a city of cinema. It has been the main natural plateau of Turkish cinema since the end of 1930s. The first filming in İstanbul was made by a camera located on a boat throughout the golden horn.
If you also enjoy feeling the spirit of a city through the movies such as Roman Holiday, In Bruges or Before Sunrise, let’s look at Istanbul, the city with seven hills, in the eyes of the seventh art. Even, let’s wear the nostalgic glasses and luckily have the chance to look at Istanbul of those times in old movies of Yeşilçam (Turkish cinema).