Performing Arts in Beyoğlu

Galata Mevlevi Museum

The 15th-century semahane (whirling-dervish hall) at this tekke (dervish lodge) is the venue for a one-hour sema (ceremony) held on Sundays throughout the year. Come early to buy your ticket.
Live Music in Beyoğlu

Salon İKSV

This intimate performance space in the İstanbul Foundation for Culture & Arts (İKSV) building hosts live contemporary music (classical, jazz, rock, alternative and world music) as well as theatrical and dance pe…
Jazz in Beyoğlu

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 gifted amateurs, local jazz luminaries and visiting internationa…
Cultural Centre in Beyoğlu


This performance space occupies a former parking garage in a narrow street behind İstiklal Caddesi and is about as edgy as the city's performance scene gets. It hosts contemporary dance performances, poetry readings…
Performing Arts in Beyoğlu

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 in its music hall. The occasional dance performance is inclu…
Cinema in Beyoğlu

Başka Sinema

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

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 music). This simple place, which is two decades old, has a re…
Live Music in Beyoğlu

Jolly Joker

The gig-goers among the lively multinational crowd here gravitate towards the upstairs bi-level performance hall, which hosts Turkish rock, alternative and pop outfits. Check the website for schedules and cover char…