istanbul-theater14The 19th Istanbul Theatre Festival, organised by the Istanbul Foundation for Culture and Arts (İKSV) started on Friday, 9 May with No Matter How Hard We Tried, directed by Grzegorz Jarzyna at the Harbiye Muhsin Ertuğrul Stage.

The festival, sponsored by Koç Holding Energy Group Companies Aygaz, Opet and Tüpraş since 2004, takes place from
9 May to 5 June 2014 and brings theatre lovers close to 100 performances by 7 foreign and 32 Turkish theatre, dance, and performance companies across 13 different venues as well as free Q&A’s, screenings, performances, and workshops in 4 weeks.

30 of the local productions in the 19th Istanbul Theatre Festival’s programme will have their Turkish premieres, three of which are co-produced by the Istanbul Theatre Festival.

Within the scope of the celebrations for William Shakespeare’s 450th birthday in 2014, several Q&A’s, panels, workshops, and documentary screenings are held, besides the foreign and local Shakespeare productions within the 19th Istanbul Theatre Festival programme.

The festival hosts the Propeller Theatre Company, one of the most important company’s staging Shakespeare plays today, in valued collaboration with the British Council within the scope of the Shakespeare Programme that will last for three years.

Four prominent performances organised as part of the 2014 cultural programme celebrating 600 years of diplomatic relations between Turkey and Poland will take place at the 19th Istanbul Theatre Festival.

Famous director Thomas Ostermeier is one of the this years’ most anticipated festival guests with Henrik Ibsen’s shocking piece An Enemy of the People. The play will be at the Harbiye Muhsin Ertuğrul Stage on 27, 28, and 29 May at 20:30, with the valued collaboration of Goethe Institute and the sponsorship of Atabay.

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