Merhaba Eindhoven!

with Sertab Erener, Music From The Orient and more
30th Anniversary Muziekgebouw Eindhoven
Sat 24 Sep ’22 21:00 uur
Sat 24 Sep ’22
21:00 uur
  • Sat 24 Sep ’22
    21:00 uur
    Muziekgebouw Eindhoven

Saturday September 24th the festival Merhaba Eindhoven! takes place in Muziekgebouw Eindhoven. This day is dedicated to Turkish culture.

From 7:00 PM the doors open and the evening program of the festival day begins. At 7:15 PM Emirhan Tuğa & Edzo Bos will play Turkish classical music in the Small Hall with their Turkish Recital and also at this time, the choir Eindhoven Türk Halk Müziği Korosu will perform in the First Foyer. At 8:00 PM the Tombaz Ensemble will play Turkish Tango in the Second Foyer. At 9:00 PM Turkish star Sertab Erener will give an exclusive concert in the Main Hall as the headliner of the festival day. We will then close the evening with a smashing performance by Music From The Orient. Görüşmek üzere!


The doors of Muziekgebouw Eindhoven open at 12:00 PM for the afternoon program. A ticket for this afternoon program costs €3,50. When bought in combination with a ticket for the evening program, it costs €2,50. The afternoon is also dedicated to Turkish culture with music, a colorful bazaar, food and drinks and fun activities for children. More information and tickets can be found here.


Of course, a Turkish dinner has to be included on a day completely dedicated to Turkish culture! The dinner will be cooked by top chef Gülnur of Pure Food & Pure Taste. With her love for Mediterranean cuisine, she will ensure an unforgettable evening in Turkish spheres. The dinner will be served between 5:00 and 7:00 PM at Meneer Frits and is available for €37,50 for adults and €17,50 for children up to 12 years old. These prices include a 2-course shared dinner, drinks (beer, house wine, soft drinks, coffee/tea and juices) and coffee with a sweet. Tickets for this can be ordered here.

Raki Masterclass

In the evening there will be a Raki Masterclass given by Ugur Pekdemir. In this mini-workshop you will be taken into culture of Raki (history, music, poetry and many other facts). Of course while tasting two different types of raki and accompanying meze's. In short, enjoy a snack and a drink with a passionate lover and connoisseur of raki. The masterclass will take place two times this evening. Tickets for the 19:30 masterclass are available here and for 22:30 they are available here. Please note that a ticket for the masterclass is only valid in combination with a ticket for the evening festival. All of the proceeds will go to the Emre Foundation, which is raising money for research into a rare metabolic disease.

This festival is part of the anniversary concerts.

Sertab Erener

Sertab Erener went to school at the State Conservatory in Istanbul. She began her career as a vocalist in several bands. Sertab also was a backing vocalist for the Turkish singer Sezen Aksu, for which she quickly gained fame in Turkey and marked the beginning of her solo career. Sertab released her first album "Sakin Ol" in 1992. In 2000, she charted on the international song charts with her a cappella rendition of the song "Zor Kadin" by the group Voice Male. In the same year, she released the EP "Bu Yaz", on which you can find a duet with Ricky Martin (Private Emotions) and a duet with the Greek singer Mando (Ask/Fos). Sertab also sang several songs by the well-known Anatolian rock singer Fikret Kizilok.

2003 was one of the biggest years in Sertab’s career. She won the Eurovision Song Contest and after the success of "Everyway That I Can", she went into the studio to record her very first English album. Her successful latest studio album "Ben Yaşarım" is still doing very well on the Turkish charts. On September 24 Sertab will perform her popular songs from this album in the Main Hall of Muziekgebouw Eindhoven, but the setlist will of course also include her old classics.

Turkish tango by the Tombaz Ensemble

Tombaz was founded in 1998 by married couple Emirhan Tuğa and Meral Ari. Their fascination with Argentine tango music and its dance sparked their curiosity about Turkish tango. By listening to old recordings they became even more motivated and put together a repertoire that was received very well both in the Netherlands and in Turkey. Since then the ensemble has expanded its repertoire and brings a cabaretesque music program from the Istanbul of the 30's. For Merhaba Eindhoven!, Tombaz will play tangos from Istanbul.

Turkish Recital: Emirhan Tuğa & Edzo Bos

Clarinetist Emirhan Tuga and pianist Edzo Bos play works by Turkish composers. A unique program around one of the most famous Turkish composers of the last century, Adnan Saygun, but also from the young generation of composers, such as Fazil Say and Erberk Eryilmaz and new works by composer Meliha Doguduyal and Evrim Demirel. Influences of folk music can be heard in the use of rhythm, Turkish scales (Makam) and old Turkish melodies. Sometimes techniques and musical forms of old classical masters are used and also aspects such as improvisation are involved. Overall, this is a very original, varied and accessible program full of musical surprises.

Music From The Orient

Music From The Orient's performances feature the rich musical heritage from the Eastern Mediterranean, Anatolia, the Levant and the Balkans. Founded in 2017 in Eindhoven as a project of Mercan & Bülent Kocuroǧlu, Başak Ebret and Önder Babur, Music From The Orient covers a wide range of musical styles and languages, including Turkish, Kurdish, Arabic, Greek, Ladino and languages from the Balkans. Music From The Orient aims to connect people from different backgrounds and cultures, and has already organized many multicultural events, especially in Eindhoven, but also in the rest of the Netherlands. On the festival day of Merhaba Eindhoven!, Music From The Orient will close the day in the Stadsfoyer.