CNR Book Fair

All the booklovers know that, Istanbul Book Fair which is held at the TÜYAP Fair and Convention Center was the first and only book fair for Istanbullers since  1981. From then on TÜYAP has welcomed booklovers from not only Istanbul, but also the nearest cities to Istanbul in every autumn.  It was too hard to… Continue reading CNR Book Fair


The Ears of Midas

The Ears of Midas is a satirical opera in Turkish which is based on Güngör Dilmen’s 1959 play and composed by Ferit Tüzün, between the years 1966-1969. It was staged for the first time in 1969. After all these years it met with the audience one more time in Kadıköy Süreyya Opera House. Istanbul State… Continue reading The Ears of Midas


Ariadne on Naxos

I was at Kadıköy Süreyya Opera House for the first time. It is one of the rare buildings about art in İstanbul. I love its decoration very much - stairs, chandeliers, frescos on the ceiling and on the walls… It is definitely one of the most noteworthy and beautiful buildings in İstanbul. It was built by Süreyya İlmen Pasha as a theatre, opera and ball room in 1927. The building was rather used as a movie theatre until it underwent a functional restoration and reopened as an opera house by the end of 2007. Now, the opera house is mainly known as the home of Istanbul State Opera and Ballet.