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What's on in Istanbul this summer Featured

The great indoors: with jazz, progressive rock, classical music, art and design, there is something for everyone this season in Istanbul.


Turkey Editor

Alongside the panoramic views, fantastic weather and myriad of open-air activities, Istanbul’s leading artistic and cultural institutions still provide plenty of reasons to experience the great indoors this season. The city welcomes musical talent from all over the world throughout the summer as locals and visitors alike gear up for extraordinary performances at the city’s premier concert halls and historic venues for the Istanbul Jazz and Music Festivals. On the art front, events like ArtInternational 2016 seek to cement Istanbul as a bona fide international art destination. You’ll also be able to absorb plenty of artistic inspiration at the city’s top museums and galleries. With so much to do and see, it’s inevitable that you’ll be tempted to extend your stay in Istanbul.

Istanbul Music Festival

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The 44th Istanbul Music Festival, organised by the Istanbul Foundation for Culture and Arts (IKSV), pays tribute to Shakespeare with a programme inspired by his verse, ‘If music be the food of love, play on.’ Nearly 600 local and international artists are set to perform in 26 concerts across 17 venues. The festival kicks off with an opening concert by the Borusan Istanbul Philharmonic Orchestra and includes can’t-miss thematic concerts like the Orchestra of the Swan performing Mendelssohn’s ‘A Midsummer Night’s Dream’ at the Hagia Eirene and pianist Alexei Volodin performing a repertoire of Shakespeare’s works presented with scenes from his plays at the St Antoine Church. 1-24 June www.iksv.org

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Istanbul Jazz Festival

Opening-concert-for-the-2015-Jazz-Festival---credit-Mahmut-CeylanOpening concert at the 2015 Istanbul Jazz Festival

Like the Istanbul Music Festival, this is organised by the Istanbul Foundation for Culture and Arts (IKSV). The 23rd Istanbul Jazz Festival brings well-known jazz musicians from all over the world to Istanbul for unforgettable performances in some of the city’s most historic venues. 12-24 July www.iksv.org

ArtInternational 2016
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The increasingly popular global contemporary and modern art fair seeks to position Istanbul as an artistic hub at the centre of the East and the West through an impressive programme of exhibitions, events and forums that allow visitors to explore the thriving international contemporary art scene. 22-25 September www.artinternational-istanbul.com

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One Love Festival

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With over 220,000 participants, the One Love Festival has entertained Istanbul with the best music for 15 years. This year, the beautiful outdoor Parkorman venue will host bands and artists such as Two Door Cinema Club, Django Django, Balthazar, Arthur Beatrice and many more. Wear your best indie outfit and grab a blanket to unwind at one of Istanbul's most artistic raves.  17 July www.oneloveistanbul.com

ENKA Open Air Arts and Culture Meetings
12-AENKA Open Air Arts and Culture Meetings

A fruitful mix of pop, rock, folk, jazz and even classical music will be featured at the ENKA Open Air Arts and Culture Meetings series in Istanbul. The festival includes leading Turkish artists such as pianist Fazıl Say, Kardeş Türküler, Levent Yüksel, Gaye Su Akyol and Yeni Türkü. Experience the best Istanbul has to offer through any of these dazzling performances. 11 July - 17 August www.enkasanat.org

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