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Istanbul Jazz Festival

The root of all modern music styles, jazz, returns to Istanbul for a festival that is about to turn sweet 17, from 1 to 20 July. More than 50 concerts await music lovers during this international festival, which invites more than 300 groups and artists to the city. It’s a fantastic opportunity to discover a fascinating city and delve into its many architectural and acoustical treasures.


The Open Air Theatre Cemil Topuzlu, the Archaeological Museum, the Museum of St. Irene, Istanbul Modern, Istinye Park, the Board IKSV, the Sepetçiler villa and the Marmara Esma Sultan are just some of the places where concerts will be held, and you are sure to vibrate with pleasure. Don’t miss the opening ceremony with a concert by the best Turkish musicians at The Marmara Esma Sultan …

International stars

Artists and groups such as Tony Bennett, Grace Jones (16.07), Seal (17.07), Chick Corea, New Folks and Martha Wainwright (who will interpret songs by the divine French chanteuse Edith Piaf) are eagerly expected. Save the date for July 3, and head over to the Festival of Tünel, held in various cultural centres and concert halls divided between Galata and ?i?hane. Stages will be set up in tunnels and Kuledibi Galata to host several free performances: it’s free, which means you can’t afford to miss this chance to enjoy exciting jazz rhythms.

Rock, pop, blues, reggae and new age resonate as well, which makes this event a festival for all types of people. In recent years, Bjork, Massive Attack, Eric Clapton, Patti Smith, Lou Reed, Paco de Lucia, Jane Birkin, Mercedes Sosa and Lenny Kravitzhave all graced the stage… There are also special events during the weekends: exhibitions, workshops and many other surprises to discover.

The event is enmeshed with the street culture of this glorious cultural capital, during which people take advantage of summertime and delicious Turkish cuisine. Take advantage of this excellent opportunity to sample the nightlife and culture of one of the world´s sexiest cities. Book your tickets, rent apartments in Istanbul, and get ready for a wonderful time.