Music in Istanbul

İstanbul Music Festival

The city's premier arts festival includes performances of opera, dance, orchestral concerts and chamber recitals. Acts are often internationally renowned and the action takes place in June at atmosphere-laden venues…
Art in Istanbul

İstanbul Biennial

The city's major visual-arts shindig takes place from mid-September to mid-November in odd-numbered years. An international curator or panel of curators nominates a theme and puts together a cutting-edge program tha…
Festival in İzmir

International İzmir Festival

Usually held in early summer, this annual festival is organised by the İzmir Foundation for Culture, Arts and Education (İKSEV) and focuses on classical music. Venues include the Ahmed Adnan Saygun Sanat Merkezi (AA…
Music in Around Antalya

Aspendos Opera & Ballet Festival

The internationally acclaimed Aspendos Opera & Ballet Festival is held in the Roman theatre, either in June or in late August and September (depending on the year). Tickets can be bought online, from the kiosk o…
Music in İzmir

İzmir European Jazz Festival

Held in March each year, this popular festival is organised by the Izmir Foundation for Culture, Arts and Education (İKSEV), and hosts a high-profile lineup of European and local jazz performers. Venues include the …
Cultural in Beyoğlu

İstanbul Foundation for Culture & Arts

This non-profit cultural foundation organises the city's best arts festivals and also operates the cutting-edge Salon performance venue, which is located in the foundation's Şişhane headquarters.
Cultural in Edirne

Tarihi Kırkpınar Yağlı Güreş Festivali

This testosterone-charged sporting event is famous throughout Turkey and attracts enormous crowds to Edirne for one week in late June or early July every year.
Cultural in Manisa

Mesir Macunu Festivalı

Those visiting Manisa in spring may be lucky enough to catch the Mesir Macunu Festivalı, a week-long festival in celebration of Mesir macunu (Mesir paste), a sugar-and-spice confection that has passionate fans and e…
Religious in Konya

Mevlâna Festival

The annual Mevlâna Festival runs for a fortnight, culminating on 17 December, the anniversary of Mevlâna's 'wedding night' with Allah. Tickets (and accommodation) should be booked well in advance; contact the touris…
Cultural in Uçhisar

Cappadox Festival

Sunrise pranayama sessions, electro-funk and experimental rock concerts held in ambient ancient cave-buildings; it may be a newbie on the Turkish festival scene but Cappadox sure has ambition. The program merges mus…