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“Amazing night!” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Hodjapasha Cultural Center

Hodjapasha Cultural Center
Hoca Pasa Mh. Hocapasa Hamami Sokak 3, | Sirkeci, Istanbul 34412, Turkey
+90 212 511 4626
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Whirling Dervish Show in Istanbul
Ranked #133 of 543 Activities in Istanbul
Type: Performances
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Owner description: 1. Istanbul Dervishes: Mevlevi Sema Ceremony / Everyday except Monday and Friday at 19:00 Price: 60 TL pp / Free refreshments including tea , Turkish Cofee , water and fruit juice + Free booklet + free DVD for every online purchase of 2 tickets. 2. Rhythm of the Dance :Featuring variety of charming folkloric dances of Anatolia , Balkans and Caucasian regions combined with exotic oriental dances. Tuesday Thursday Saturday 21:00 Alternating biweekly with White Rose . Price : 70 TL pp / Free refreshments including tea , Turkish Cofee , water and fruit juice + Free booklet + free DVD for every online purchase of 2 tickets. 3. White Rose : A theatral dance show that sensationally combines oriental dance , harem dance and modern dance together. Theme is based on an extraordinary true love story of an Ottoman slave woman and ambassador during Tulip Period in 17TH Century. Tuesday Thursday Saturday 21:00 Alternating biweekly with Rhythm of the Dance . Price : 80 TL pp / Free refreshments including tea , Turkish Cofee , water and fruit juice + Free booklet + free DVD for every online purchase of 2 tickets. See our website for the calendar of the shows.
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“Amazing night!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 6, 2013

A visit to the Hodjapasha Culture Center is a must when you visit Istanbul!
Basically, there are 2 programmes offered: the "Hodjapasha Dance Show" and "Mevlevi Dance Ceremony (whirling dervishes). We went for the former, and it was amazing.
Booking the tickets online got us middle, front-row seats. It gave us the opportunity to see various traditional dances (and not only turkish belly dancing). The dancers were good and seem genuinely happy to perform. The show lasted about 1.5 hours, with a 15minute break in between (break for drinks and some turkish delights).
The only issue I had was, despite warning signs everywhere saying no flash photography, there were still ignorant guests who seemed more interested in taking photos throughout the 90 minutes: taking pictures with flash, or with lights on the dancers. This was particularly annoying when some dance routines were performed in the dark!
Tip: If you have bought your tickets online, there is no point arriving too early as it is often crowded. Seats numbers are fixed.

Visited December 2012
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“Great music and dances”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 4, 2013 via mobile

It is definitely a 'must'. Great live music!!! The show is a mix of local dances from various regions at different time. You will see the history of Turkey.

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Frankfurt, Germany
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“excellent dance show”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 3, 2013

I and my friends watched the dance show and it was definately a fun night out for all of us. The male belly dancer was the highlight but the other dances were also fascinating. The show was for one and a half hour with 15 minutes break in between. Great way to experience the traditional dances of the region.

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Madrid, Spain
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“Amazing”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 2, 2013

So amazing dance show, you can´t leave from Istnabul without watch this tipical dance show, the dancers and the music was really nice and beautiful.

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“Great time at the dance show”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 1, 2013

We saw the dance show, deciding that the higher energy performance was more our speed, and we had a great time. The performance isn't cheap, at 60 TL, but there really was a nice variety of dances done by an engaging troupe, interesting costumes, and a talented band providing live music. The theater itself is a great venue, nicely laid out and lighted. The information on the panels in the foyer is also pretty interesting if you have a few minutes ahead of time to read some of the backstory. The entire show was 90 minutes, with a 15 minute intermission included in which they offer a complimentary beverage. All in all, a fun evening amidst the days of exploring the sights in Istanbul.

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