What’s Up in Istanbul?

For you to go out and explore the artsy face of this beautiful city we are bringing you the latest events, exhibitions and concerts in Istanbul! With the first glimpses of summer sun, festivals are popping up all over the city. Check these out:

Istanbul Music Festival 2016

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The Istanbul Music Festival is returning for its 44th edition on June 1-24. The music festival presents a plethora of local and international classical music under the theme “If Music be the Food of Love, Play On!”. This Shakespearean theme influences the festival programme, with concerts such as “A Midsummer Night’s Dream”. The world premiere of the musical adaptation of acclaimed Turkish writer Yaşar Kemal’s novel “The Sea-Crossed Fisherman” continues the literary focus. Check out the full festival program on http://muzik.iksv.org/en/program.

IST Festival 2016

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The arts and culture platform Istanbul74 is holding the annual IST Festival from June 3-5. This entirely free festival will feature international cultural figures such as Anton Corbijn, Thurston Moore of Sonic Youth, Jefferson Hack, Ben Gorham, Anja Rubik, Waris, and Parker Posey. From panel talks to exhibitions and live music performances, this is an inclusive festival that aims to broaden the horizons of Istanbul’s cultural minds.

Babylon Soundgarden Festival 2016

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Soundgarden festival, organized by the Babylon music team, is taking place at Babylon Kilyos on June 4. This year the festival hosts acts Milky Chance, Oscar & The Wolf, Jamie Woon, Büyük Ev Ablukada, Jacques Greene, Jimmy Edgar, Tiger & Woods, Kaan Düzarat, and Tufan Demir. From electronic pop to folk, soul, and indie music, this is a chance to sample the new currents in alternative music with a party atmosphere on the shore of the Black Sea.

Istanbul Jazz Festival 2016

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The 23rd Istanbul Jazz Festival is taking place from June 25 to July 27. Organized yearly by the Istanbul Foundation for Culture and Arts (İKSV), this festival regularly brings world-class jazz performers to the city. This year the festival is hosting names including Damon Albarn and the Syrian National Orchestra for Arabic Music, Joss Stone, and Gregory Porter. Serious jazz afficionados will be excited by names such as John Scofield, Brad Mehldau, Branford Marsalis, Buster Williams, and Lenny White – the last two both worked with Miles Davis.

Bonus: Writer’s Retreat in Datça

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The Spoken Word Istanbul group is organizing a writer’s retreat in the Aegean haven of Datça, close to the Greek islands of Kos and Rhodes. Guests can stay for four or five days (between June 15-19) or seven days (June 13-19), with spoken word events taking place on Friday and Saturday night. There are many quiet spots in and around the hotel for writers who need clear air and relative silence, and the writers will get together once a day to share work and receive feedback. For those who want to get out of the routine, there is also a possibility of trekking, beach trips, yoga, and trips to local villages. But most of the time you will be working on your poems, novel, stories, biography, or whatever genre you wish, surrounded by the beautiful olive, bergamot, and almond trees near the one-story hotel. For more details and booking visit the Spoken Word Istanbul website.

Source: Guide Istanbul

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