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Events and Festivals in Istanbul

Istanbul has become a center of attraction for both reknowned and aspiring artists, fimmakers, singers. Almost all the big names in music have given concerts in Istanbul. Sometimes soon to be world famous artists like Nora Jones had given a concert in Istanbul before becoming global stars.

In addition to singers and musicians, Istanbul Film festival that takes place since almost three decades attracts famous directors and actors such as John Malkovich, Harvey Keitel, Sofia Loren and the young and established directors of cinema including Ozon.

Istanbul Bienal held every two years attracts painters, architects, installation artists from around the world.

There are also many attractive concert halls and concert venues. The most distinguished of them being St. Irene Museum, a Byzantine church hosting classical music concerts during Istanbul music festival. Other interesting concert halls and venues to hold art events and concerts are AKM (Ataturk Cultural Center) located right in Taksim Square, Cemal Resit Rey Music Hall in Harbiye, Acik Hava Tiyatrosu an open air music festival ground also in Harbiye and Kurucesme Park right on the Bosphorus. Kucukciftlik Park and Santralistnul are the other important venues for concerts and shows.

Many of these events, festivals and upcoming concert lists can be seen at IKSV Istanbul Culture and Art Foundation.

In addition, there are many smaller scale music festivals taking place year around, hosting Jazz, Rock, Classical Music concerts. Music lovers and professionals in Istanbul come together in garaj.org online Turkish music community.

The list of events stated below are only a selection of the year around Istanbul activities and it may be a pleasant surprise to find your favorite artist performing in Istanbul. Do not forget to check upcoming events and concerts before traveling to Istanbul!

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