It’s been a good year for London’s 76,000 Turkish citizens (and thousands more of Turkish origin). First their robust refusal to allow their shops and businesses to be attacked during the August riots gave them national hero status and now, in a sort of karmic cultural payback, they are being rewarded with a visit by their favourite artist. Expect every Turk in town, from teenagers to the retired, to be heading for the Royal Albert Hall on Thursday 20 October (7.30pm) to see Sezen Aksu, one of the most celebrated female performers in Turkey. Aksu will be joined by Grammy nominated pianist Fahir Atakoğlu to perform hits from a 35 year career alongside songs from her new album ‘Öptum’ – a sensational mix of classical Turkish sounds and socially conscious pop.
For info, see royalalberthall.com.