Events

The incredible city of Istanbul hosts many cultural events, festivals, art exhibitions and concerts throughout the year.

Eurasia Marathon

In 1979 the Bosphorus Bridge witnessed a marathon for the first time in its history. That was also the first time that runners crossed the bridge from Asia to Europe. From day one, the Eurasia Marathon has aimed to promote friendship and peace.

  • Eurasia marathon
  • November 2019

Eurasia Marathon

IKSV Film Festival

The Istanbul Film Festival is a major film event in Turkey organised by the Istanbul Foundation for Culture and Arts (IKSV). More than 200 films from various countries are screened and complemented with filmmaker panel discussions, concerts and other special events.

  • More than 200 films
  • Attended by over 90,000 cinephiles
  • Special events, screenings and panel discussions
  • Spring 2019

IKSV Film Festival

Istanbul Tulip Festival

Discover the colourful side of this historic city during the Istanbul Tulip Festival in April each year. With events in Emirgan, Göztepe 60th Year Park and Sultanahmet Square, visitors enjoy art and cultural activities, as well as concerts. Live shows featuring marbling artists complement photography and art exhibitions.

  • Authentic city-wide flower show
  • Culture, art and music events
  • Paper marbling shows
  • Photography contest
  • 1 - 30 April 2019

Presidential Cycling Tour of Turkey

Traditionally organised by the Turkish Cycling Federation, the Presidential Cycling Tour of Turkey started in 1963 as the “Marmara Tour". It gained international status in 1965 and was included within the sponsorship of the Presidential Office in 1966. The high-level competition features world-renowned cyclists and teams that compete during eight stages.

  • World-renowned athletes and teams
  • Live and recorded broadcasts
  • October 2019

Presidential Cycling Tour of Turkey

IKSV Theatre Festival

Organised by the Istanbul Foundation for Culture and Arts (IKSV), the Istanbul Theatre Festival presents theatre plays and dance performances in more than 20 different venues. Both local and international productions are featured.

  • Local and international productions
  • Multiple venues
  • Workshops, master classes and talks
  • 17 November - 04 December 2018

IKSV Theatre Festival

IKSV Music Festival

The Istanbul Music Festival features several concerts at multiple venues across the city. Symphony and chamber orchestras, recitals and special projects form part of the festival programme.

  • Local and international musicians
  • More than 20 concerts
  • Multiple venues
  • World and Turkish premieres
  • May 2019

IKSV Music Festival

IKSV Jazz Festival

In the summer, over 200 Turkish and international musicians participate in the Istanbul Jazz Festival. This event is a great opportunity to see jazz legends performing in multiple venues across the city. Organised by the Istanbul Foundation for Culture and Arts (IKSV), the festival programme includes a range of jazz, funk, world music, blues and rock performances.

  • Over 200 Turkish and international musicians
  • Around 50 concerts
  • Multiple venues
  • Children’s interaction
  • June 2019

IKSV Jazz Festival

Istanbul Shopping Fest

During the Istanbul Shopping Fest visitors can take advantage of great discounts on many international brands. An exciting schedule of events includes concerts, parties, contests and exclusive fashion shows.

  • Great discounts and offers
  • Late night shopping
  • Concerts and competitions
  • Exclusive fashion shows
  • June 2019

Istanbul Shopping Fest

Istanbul Biennial

The Istanbul Foundation for Culture and Arts has been organising the Istanbul Biennial since 1987.  Hosted every two years, the Biennial aims to create a meeting point in Istanbul for the field of visual arts, between the audience and artists from diverse cultures. During the event artists, curators and critics celebrate new trends in contemporary art.

  • A meeting point in Istanbul for artists from diverse cultures
  • More than 1,500 artworks by over 80 participants
  • 14 September - 10 November 2019

Istanbul Biennial

Zorlu Performing Arts Center

Heart and soul of Istanbul’s art & culture scene, the Zorlu Performing Arts Center is one of the biggest and most equipped performing arts center in Europe. Its main theatre offers a space of 55.000 sqm for up to 2.190 people, the Drama Stage can welcome up to 678 people, the Studio with the latest technology up to 280 persons. You will also find foyer areas and lounges for live performances, exhibitions, installations and corporate events.

  • MIX Festival 16 - 17 November 2018
  • Nederlands Dans Theater1 28 - 29 November 2018
  • Sonar Istanbul 08 March - 09 March 2019

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Contemporary Istanbul

Contemporary Istanbul is held in November each year at the Istanbul Congress Centre (ICC) and Istanbul Convention and Exhibition Centre (ICEC). The leading international art fair in Turkey brings both local and international focus to the dynamic art scene in Turkey's vibrant metropolis.

  • Turkey’s largest international contemporary art fair
  • Contemporary art produced in Turkey
  • Galleries, artists and collectors from Europe, America and Asia
  • September 2019

Contemporary Istanbul

!f Istanbul Independent Film Festival

The !f Istanbul International Independent Film Festival was founded in 2002 and every February and March, it hosts around 80,000 film buffs and celebrated film-makers from around the world. Dedicated to showcasing the best in contemporary film, !f believes that the shared experience of cinema is a form of activism that has the power to connect people across borders and boundaries. !f shares the festival spirit with more than 30 cities in Turkey and neighbouring countries.

  • Meeting of film buffs and celebrated film makers
  • International film competition "!f Inspired"
  • 16 - 26 February 2017

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Chill-Out Festival

The Chill-Out Festival Istanbul offers attendees two days to escape from the chaotic rhythm of urban life, immerse themselves in nature, dance freely, eat tastefully, and experience a myriad of cultural and creative delicacies. The festival will run for two days featuring 24 hours of music on three stages.

  • Chill-out Festival
  • Escape from the bustling city life
  • Cultural and creative delicacies
  • Music on three stages
  • 20 - 21 May 2017

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Istanbul International Dance Festival

The Istanbul International Dance Festival is organised every year in Istanbul. Outstanding artists, DJs, performers of Latin Dance World and social dancers from over 80 countries will be dancing non-stop for four days and five nights.

  • International Festival
  • Latin Dance Music
  • Concert, workshops, parties and more
  • 29 March - 3 April 2017

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