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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: 05 April 2019 - 16 April 2019
Venue: Various cinemas and theatres in Istanbul.
Website: http://film.iksv.org/en
Cost:

Various.


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 program 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: 11 June 2019 - 30 June 2019
Venue: Various venues in Istanbul.
Website: http://muzik.iksv.org/en
Cost:

Various.


Istanbul Biennial

Istanbul's main arts festival takes place every two years 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: 14 September 2019 - 10 November 2019
Venue: Various venues in Istanbul.
Website: http://15b.iksv.org/home
Cost:

Various.


Akbank Jazz Festival

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

Date: 01 November 2019 - 30 November 2019
(Date to be confirmed)
Venue: Cemal Resit Rey Concert Hall, Babylon and the Akbank Cultural and Arts Centre.
Website: http://www.akbanksanat.com/en/

International Theatre Festival

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

Date: 01 November 2019 - 31 December 2019
(Date to be confirmed)
Venue: Various theatres and performance spaces in and around Istanbul
Website: http://tiyatro.iksv.org/en