Events

Guitar music

International Istanbul Music Festival

One of the most prominent events on the city's cultural calendar and one of the foremost musical events in Europe, the International Istanbul Music Festival is a summer extravaganza of opera and ballet, as well as classical and traditional music. Over the years,...  see full details



Contemporary Art in Istanbul

Contemporary Istanbul

Every October, artists from across Turkey converge on the capital to showcase their latest creations in contemporary art. Exhibitions display paintings, sculptures, and crafts, and are sometimes sold or auctioned. Admirers show up for the week to asses, purchase, and critique. ...  see full details



The Bosphorus

The Bosphorus Swim

This annual event sees over a thousand swimmers navigate the 4.3 miles (7km) of the Bosphorus Straight between Kanlica and Cemil Topuzlu Park, essentially swimming from Asia to Europe. Concurrently, rowers and sailors participate in longer races along the same route. Complementing the event...  see full details