Must see entertainment in Istanbul

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    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…

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    Babylon Bomonti

    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…

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    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…

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    Salon İKSV

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

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    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…

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    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…

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    Başka Sinema

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

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  • 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…

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    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…

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    Vodafone Arena

    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…

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    İstanbul Lütfi Kırdar ICEC

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

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    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…