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[ Events to Cope with Covid-19 Pandemic ]

Organized by the Mahalla Festival or its Partners and Associates

Beret Hamann: Quarantine Days in Turkey

In summer 2020 German artists Beret Hamann spent four weeks in a Hotel-room in Trabzon due to a positive PCR-Test for Covid-19 infections.

Displacement Under the Pandemic:

Due to the pandemic, the yearly-run Buffer Fringe Performing Arts Festival in Cyprus has launched its online platform to digitize documentation in the performing arts, leading up to the festival in December 2020.

A bicycle ride from Berlin to Rome

The Berlin based artist Susanne Bosch was invited to the Villa Massimo in Rome for a practice scholarship. In her case, the movement from Berlin to Rome in the previous style did not seemed adequate. She describes her reasons to cycle.

Searching Traces

We are inviting you to an online Community Video Workshop entitled Searching Traces, for local communities and third country nationals not only in Istanbul but also worldwide.

I am still here, Hala Buradayım

The question “Are you still here” is one frequently exposed to the artists and curators Sabine Küper-Büsch and Thomas Büsch by locals, friends and family in these days. They are answering with a Video produced in the Tramvay between Kabataş and Sirkeci in Istanbul.

Living Room Session | Hello Psychaleppo

Tune in for this live set from sound artist Hello Psychaleppo presented in partnership with MARSM. In this Living Room Session, Hello Psychaleppo will play tracks from his latest album Ya Turur, along with new compositions.

Float like a butterfly, sting like a bee…

The Streetartist #anarchyzen produced two works around the Killing of George Floyd by Police Forces and the uprisings around it in solidarity with the movement “Black Lives Matter”.

African Diaspora Cinema online

The Villa Romana is hosting the African Diaspora Cinema Festival online, whose vision is to raise awareness about African Cinema, its vast potentials and the socio-economic impact it has not only on African economies but gradually expanding to other parts of the world’s economy as well.

The Barn – A Reflection of the Present

The Berlin based Meyer Riegger Gallery is presenting the work of painter and installation artist Franz Ackermann entitled “Die Scheune/The Barn”. This outdoor project is visible on the facade, turning the gallery inside out and giving to see a disoriented space, which fits perfectly in times indetermination.

Art Beyond the Divide

Seeing the current unclear situation regarding the management of COVID-19 in the Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus, the documentary “Art Beyond the Divide” retraces the steps and actions taken by groups of youth, artists and local initiatives in Cyprus, a country with ongoing problems of its kind, where arts serve as a tool against politics.

Istanbul during Covid-19 Pandemic

For Yasin Baran the pandemic times have been a moment to observe and approach his environment from a different perspective. The Turkish photographer from Istanbul gives us insights into a city which has been emptied of its usual “craziness”, colours and living-together.

Walking a City I Have Never Visited

Artist in residence in times of COVID-19: Learn how the artist in residence in Istanbul – Wilhelm Scherübl – is dealing with the COVID-19 restrictions and learn how you can participate into a virtual art production.

Face to Face Workshops

The Mahalla Festival is pleased to anonce the next Drawing Workshop Face to Face organized by NADAS, taking place on Sunday May 3rd, at 6pm using ZOOM video conferencing software!


The wonderful thing about the series ART IS ALWAYS PUBLIC / AN ARTIST’S FILM EACH WEEK by Villa Romana is the diversity of the selected video works.

The Unexpected Experience

On the 1st of January 2020, the Austrian artist Franz Amann started a three-month residency in Istanbul supported and organized by the Austrian Ministry for Arts, Culture, Civil Service and Sport. Two weeks before the end of his project, the global COVID-19 pandemic broke out and forced him to leave the city, leaving behind some traces of an unfinished trajectory.

Artists at Risk (AR) Covid-19 Emergency Fund

The European cultural initiative Artists at Risk launched an emergency fund to support artists who face threats to lives and are unable to reach a country of safety during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Personal Protective Equipment

The Istanbul based art initiative arthere stands together in the time of crises, arthere 3D printing workstation are working full capacity in these difficult days to print masks and face shields for doctors and nurses in need and for brave people serving  in super Markets in spite of the risk.