Must-see entertainment in Istanbul

  • Galata Mevlevi House Museum


    The 15th-century semahane (whirling-dervish hall) at this tekke (dervish lodge) is the venue for a one-hour whirling dervish sema (ceremony) held on…

  • Babylon Bomonti

    Nişantaşi, Bomonti & Harbiye

    İstanbul's pre-eminent live-music venue has been packing the crowds in since 1999 and shows no sign of losing its mojo, especially now that it has moved…

  • Hodjapasha Cultural Centre


    Occupying a beautifully converted 550-year-old hamam, this cultural centre stages a one-hour whirling dervish performance at 7pm daily (Tuesday, Thursday…

  • Salon İKSV


    This intimate performance space in the İstanbul Foundation for Culture & Arts (İKSV) building hosts live contemporary music (classical, jazz, rock,…

  • Nardis Jazz Club


    Named after a Miles Davis track, this intimate venue near the Galata Tower is run by jazz guitarist Önder Focan and his wife Zuhal. Performers include…

  • Borusan Art


    An exciting privately funded cultural centre on İstiklal, Borusan is housed in a handsome building and hosts classical, jazz, world and new music concerts…

  • Başka Sinema


    Art-house operation screening classic, alternative and experimental films in the Beyoğlu Cinema.

  • Biletix


    The number-one web-based resource when sourcing tickets for concerts and events across the city.

  • Let the music play

    Munzur Cafe & Bar


    Hasnun Galip Sokak in Galatasaray is home to a number of türkü evlerı, Kurdish-owned bars where musicians perform live, emotion-charged halk meziği (folk…

  • Spoken Word Istanbul


    Poets, improv actors, musicians and storytellers all feature at this multilingual open-mike night that draws a lively young crowd of expats and Turks each…

  • Vodafone Arena

    The Bosphorus Suburbs

    This is the home of one of the top football clubs in Turkey's Super League (Süper Lig), Beşiktaş (the Black Eagles). Matches usually take place at the…

  • İstanbul Lütfi Kırdar ICEC

    Nişantaşi, Bomonti & Harbiye

    The main auditorium in this conference and exhibition centre hosts the Borusan İstanbul Philharmonic Orchestra and other big orchestral acts, including…

  • Süreyya Opera House


    Built in 1927 and used for many years as a cinema, this bijou building was restored and opened as an opera house in 2007. It is the base of the İstanbul…

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