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Istanbul Music Festival

The Istanbul Music Festival, organized by IKVS for the first time in 1973, is appreciated by music enthusiasts in Turkey and at the international level thanks to its creative program. The festival contributes to the enhancement of the classical music repertoire, hosting prestigious orchestras and ensembles such as the Symphonieorchester des Bayerischen Rundfunks, the New York Philharmonic, the Berlin Philharmonic, the Vienna Philharmonic, the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra and the Simon Bolivar Symphony Orchestra throughout its 43 years of history. The 47th Istanbul Music Festival took place this year from 11 June to 8 July.

Istanbul Jazz Festival

The Istanbul Jazz Festival, organized by IKVS in July each year since 1994, introduces the works of the artists in Turkey to the world while bringing music lovers and artists together. The festival reaches to tens of thousands of spectators in various concert and event venues such as Cemil Topuzlu Open Air Theater, the Hagia Irene Museum, Istanbul Archeology Museums, Esma Sultan Mansion, Camialtı Shipyard, and Beykoz Kundura. The Istanbul Jazz Festival is not only limited to jazz music, but also includes unique works which combine electronic music and jazz, and various genres such as rock, pop, blues, reggae, funk, world music.

Istanbul Biennial

The Istanbul Biennial, organized by the Istanbul Foundation for Culture and Arts (IKSV) every two years since 1987, brings together artists and art enthusiasts from different cultural backgrounds. The biennial, to be organized for the sixteenth time this year, enables creation of an international cultural network among art circles, artists, curators and critics at home and abroad, while presenting the most up-to-date works of art to the audience. The 16th Istanbul Biennial, organized in seven different venues this year, hosts 56 artists from 25 countries.

Istanbul Design Biennial

The Istanbul Design Biennial, organized by the Istanbul Foundation for Culture and Arts (IKSV) every two years since 2012, is home to exhibitions, projects and events where different design ideas are presented. The fourth Design Biennial was organized on Autumn 2018, whereas the fifth event will be curated by Mariana Pestana and held from 26 September to 8 November 2020.

Istanbul Theater Festival

The Istanbul Theater Festival, which will be held by IKSV for the 23rd time this year, introduces local and foreign theater and dance groups to the audience. Theater audiences have the opportunity to enjoy national and international, classical and contemporary interpretations during the festival, which lasts for two weeks in November each year.

Contemporary Istanbul

The world’s best examples of Turkish and international contemporary art are introduced to art lovers around the world at Contemporary Istanbul, which is held in September each year. Contemporary Istanbul intends to provide a platform for Istanbul’s thriving art scene, growing art market and collectors, and brought together contemporary art galleries, artists, collectors and art lovers from many different countries in its 14th event held this year.

Mamut Art Project

Every year, the Mamut Art Project introduces the works of new and promising artists to collectors, curators, galleries, culture and art institutions and art enthusiasts. The last of the 5-day event, where works of independent contemporary artists in painting, sculpture, photography, video, installation, street arts and many other branches could be seen, was held in Küçükçiftlik Park on 3-7 April 2019.

Based İstanbul

Based Istanbul, which has a free monthly magazine and website with the same name, intends to form a new platform for the creative scene in Istanbul. All artistic developments notably in culture, art, fashion, architecture, design, cinema and music in Istanbul can be followed on Based Istanbul, which is a platform reflecting views of established and promising individuals from international area and Turkey.

Akbank Jazz Festival

Organized in Istanbul since 1991, the festival includes some of the world’s most important jazz musicians as well as promising new names. In addition to classical and modern jazz, the Akbank Jazz Festival also presents various electronic and world music projects and appeals to all music enthusiasts. Numerous major names such as Cecil Taylor, Archie Shepp, Roberto Fonseca, Terje Rypdal, Miroslav Vitous, Nils Peter Molvear, Anouar Brahem Trio, Abdullah Ibrahim, Aydın Esen, Betty Carter Trio performed in the festival, which is held in various venues such as Akbank Art, the Hagia Irene Museum, Babylon, Cemal Reşit Rey Concert Hall, Zorlu Center PSM.

Babylon Soundgarden

Babylon Soundgarden, held in Yapı Kredi bomontiada last April, offers different concerts as well as creative talks, workshops and activities to music lovers. In the past years, the festival has hosted world-famous musicians, including Milky Chance, Kings of Convenience, Jamie Woon, John Talabot, Pet Shop Boys, Oscar and the Wolf, Nouvelle Vague.

One Love Festival

The One Love Festival, organized by Pozitif with support of the main sponsor Birlikte Güzel, was held in 2002 with the names such as Gotan Project and Manu Chao. The festival feels the pulse of the musical trends and stands out with alternative stages and festival area activities. The event met with the music lovers again in 2019 following a small break after 2015. Morrissey, Pulp, Moby, Peter Gabriel, the Black Eyed Peas, the Chemical Brothers, Ian Brown, Roisin Murphy, Suede and Groove Armada are among the major musicians performed at the One Love Festival.

Red Bull Music Festival

The Red Bull Music Festival, which was held in Istanbul for the first time last year, welcomes leading artists from across the world and Turkey in various venues throughout the city. The festival will take place from 1 to 15 October this year and host many prominent artists such as Ata Kak, Ammar 808, Undomondo, Demdike Stare, Michael England, Ceza, Linn da Quebrada.

Sónar İstanbul

The festival Sónar was launched in Barcelona in 1994 and has been organized in various cities of the world since 2002, combining the modern face of electronic music with creativity and technology. It was held in Turkey in 2017 for the first time. Sponsored by the 100% Music, the Sónar Istanbul offers a 360-degree experience to art lovers by presenting electronic music, audio and visual performances, digital art, exhibitions, workshops and talks. The artists hosted by Sónar Istanbul include Moderat, Modeselektor, Ben Frost, George Fitzgerald, Henrick Schwarz and Fatboy Slim.

PSM Jazz Festival

With the motto of “jazz festival of all music”, the PSM Jazz Festival brings together master artists and young talents of blues, electronic, world, funk, indie, classical, pop and rock music. In addition to concerts, PSM Jazz Festival offers a versatile culture and art experience with concept parties, panels, workshops where different concepts are processed, and film screenings. Jan Garbarek, Chick Corea, Michel Camilo, Arnlafur Arnalds, Fazıl Say, Kerem Görsev, Chris Botti and Bobby McFerrin stand out among the artists hosted by the festival.