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Akbank Jazz Festival

A jazz festival with a number of big international names performing.

Date (to be confirmed): 2018-11-01
Venue: Cemal Resit Rey Concert Hall, Babylon and the Akbank Cultural and Arts Centre.

International Theatre Festival

Performances of a wide variety of theatrical works from Turkey and Europe.

Date (to be confirmed): 2018-11-01
Venue: Various theatres and performance spaces in and around Istanbul

Istanbul Biennial

Istanbul's main arts festival takes place in a variety of historic buildings and venues across the city. The aim since its foundation in 1987 has been to bring together artists from home and abroad to encourage a free exchange of ideas and inspiration. A showcase for contemporary art, the Istanbul Biennial has attracted leading exhibitors such as the British Turner prize winners Gillian Wearing and Gavin Turk.

Date (to be confirmed): 2019-09-01
Venue: Various venues in Istanbul.

One Love Festival

A two-day, open-air rock and dance music festival that takes place around midsummer.

Date (to be confirmed): 2018-06-01
Venue: Santralİstanbul.

International Istanbul Film Festival

Organised by the prestigious Istanbul Foundation for Culture and Arts, this annual film festival shows a great selection of Turkish and foreign language films. Screenings take place at various venues throughout Istanbul and there are a number of prizes awarded to the best films in different categories. The International Istanbul Film Festival was first held in 1982 and has grown to become one of the biggest film festivals in the country, attracting thousands of visitors each year.

Date: 2018-04-06
Venue: Various cinemas and theatres in Istanbul.

International Istanbul Music Festival

Organised by the Istanbul Foundation for Culture and Arts, this annual event is one of the biggest festivals of its kind in Turkey. Since it was first held in 1973, the popular International Istanbul Music Festival has presented an exciting programme of opera and classical musical performances by artists and groups of regional, national and international repute. Performances take place in a number of stunning venues around the city and have ranged from international orchestras to traditional Turkish music groups.

Date (to be confirmed): 2018-05-01
Venue: Various venues in Istanbul.