Istanbulive III

Istanbulive II

Istanbulive II in 2010

Istanbulive is taking place tomorrow, Friday, June 17th, from 6pm to 10pm in Central Park. This year’s lineup includes Turkish rock band Manga, New York based ethnic band NY Gypsy All-Stars (read more on our earlier blog post), and finally legendary Turkish folk musician Zülfü Livaneli. Demet Sağıroğlu (and read more on her here) will also make a guest appearance.

The third of Istanbulive festivals is taking place on a Friday for the first time; but since it doesn’t start before 6pm, you can still make it to the Central Park on time to enjoy great music. Don’t forget, you can also grab something to eat at the festival area!

Don’t worry if you miss the show: NY Gypsy All-Stars will perform at Drom for an after-party; and Manga will follow the next day, June 18th, for another gig also at Drom. On Sunday, Zülfü Livaneli will appear at the same venue for a book-reading (Bliss) and a film-screening (Veda, in Turkish with English subtitles) as well as a Q&A.

It seems like New Yorkers will enjoy a highly memorable weekend. Why don’t you start relaxing with a song by Zülfü Livaneli:

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