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US Press

"Compared to Joan Baez, sampled by Mos Def and lauded by Antony Hegarty, folk-funk singer Selda Bagcan headlines the latest edition of this always popular contemporary Turkish showcase.” - Time Out NY 

"Last night’s Turkish Woodstock, aka Istanbulive, … was probably the closest in spirit to the original Woodstock … the concert was brilliant, with a special historical significance.” - Lucid Culture Blog

"This year's Istanbulive is the most exciting yet … A very special evening of Turkish-tinged global music.” - WFMU-FM 91.1

"Turkey-U.S. relations have been in the news lately, with many commentators expressing concern that Turkey is tilting away from the West. This concert suggests otherwise.” - The New Yorker

"Istanbulive II will feature five hours of contemporary music, presenting New Yorkers with familiar genres influenced by the Turkish context in which they've developed" - Channel Thirteen

"The Turkish Woodstock" - Lucid Culture Blog

"The Thrall Of TURKEY: Istanbul's biggest performers rock out near the Great Lake" - Village Voice

"The cosmopolitan city "where East meets West" heads decidedly west to Central Park for Istanbulive II, a day-long celebration of the music of Turkey." - Flavorpill

"Central Park Summerstage To Host Unprecedented Gathering Of Turkish Musicians In New York" - National Geographic
"Representatives from Turkey's flourishing cultural scene hold forth in this second-annual SummerStage showcase. [Critics Picks]" Time Out NY

"This music festival brings together some of Turkey's top musical acts, including folk rockers Mazhar Fuat Ozkan, pop act Painted on Water (left) and gypsy music from Husnu Senlendirici." - NY Post
"Turkey's best and brightest artists perform a myriad of sounds within the east-meets-west mold." - NBC.com
"Istanbulive: The Sounds & Colors of Turkey is an unprecedented event aimed at introducing Turkish music to the popular American consciousness." - Daily News
"Kenan Dogulu is a Turkish pop musician who has reinvented his usual adult contemporary sound in the hip-hop inspired track 'Cakkidi' " MTV Iggy

"For music lovers in New York, this kind of day is what the city is all about." - Doobeedoobeedoo Blog

"Istanbul Live, that glorious party known as the "Turkish Woodstock" will return for the second year to Central Park's SummerStage on Saturday, July 3rd." - The Examiner

"Ambitious multi-artist multi-genre Turkish concert"Delphine Blue (Shocking Blue on WBAI)

"[A] fantastic festival" - Rob Weisberg (WFMU)

Turkish Press

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"Türkiye'nin renkleri New York'ta" - Hürriyet

"Istanbul'un ruhunu New York'a taşıdılar" - Haber Türk

"Bu sabah yagmur var New York'ta!" Milliyet

"New York'ta Istanbul Rüzgarı" - Cumhuriyet

"Bu yıl ikincisi düzenlenen Istanbulive izleyicileri 5 saat boyunca coşturdu" - Radikal

"Central Park'ta klarnet sesleri" - Sabah
"Central Park'a Turk Cikarmasi" - Akşam
"New York'a Duman çöktü" - Star Gazete
"New York'ta Istanbulive" - CNN Türk
"Central Park'ta Istanbulive konseri" - NTV
"Istanbulive'a Amerikan Medyasından Övgü" - Turkish NY

"ABD'de müthiş Türkiye tanıtımı" - Turizmde Bu Sabah

  "10 Binlerce New York'lu Istanbulive ile coştu" - Turkish-NY
  "Central Park'ın Yaz Sahnesi'nde Türk rüzgarı" - Turkish Journal

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