Festivals in Turkey

You can find any kind of atmosphere in Turkey from Turkish and international pop music to alternative rock, jazz, Latin and much more. Turkey has a great reputation in the world related to the popular nightlife activities. During the summer season, Istanbul hosts some of the most active nightlife events. In addition to Istanbul, Antalya is regarded as one of Turkey’s largest city filled with nightlife.

Music Festivals in Turkey

SunSplash Open Air Antalya Music Festival (September): This festival is held in unique Turkey’s Mediterranean coast. A few days of dance and parties, artists and DJs from many parts of the world add joy to this festival.

Rock’n Coke Music Festival (July): Coca-Cola sponsored the festival in Istanbul Hezarfen Airport. The organization took the stage with many famous artists and bands from around the world and Turkey. Famous groups such as Limp Bizkit, Motörhead, Travis, Moby, Nine Inch Nails, Muse, Franz Ferdinand, Placebo, The Cure, Korn, Iggy Pop, Gogol Bordello, The Prodigy, Linkin Park, Within Temptation, The Rasmus and Juliette Lewis have participated in the festival.

Istanbul International Music Festival (June-July): The event was held in classical music, classical ballet, contemporary dance, opera, traditional music, jazz, pop, cinema, theater and visual arts. After 1986, the film festival, biennial, theater and jazz events became separate festivals, and the music festival gained its own unique identity.

Mersin International Music Festival (April-May): The Association of Art Activities organizes the Mersin International Music Festival. Moreover, the festival has hosted many famous artists and communities worldwide.

Istanbul International Jazz Festival (July): The Istanbul Foundation for Culture and Arts organizes the jazz-focused music festival every year since 1994 in the first half of July in Istanbul’s various concert and event venues.

Other music festivals held in different cities of Turkey

Chill Out Music Festival (September), Konya International Mystic Music Festival (September), Izmir International European Jazz Festival (June-July), Istanbul One Love Festival (July), Gumusluk International Classical Music Festival Music Festival (April), Ankara International Jazz Festival (May), Antalya International Piano Festival (September-October), Bozcaada Jazz Festival (July).

Art and Culture Festivals in Turkey

Aspendos International Opera and Ballet Festival

Antalya International Film Festival (October): It has been held in Antalya since 1964.  It is Turkey’s the most important film festival. One of the most established film festivals in Europe and Asia, and also Turkey’s oldest and longest-running film festival.

Istanbul International Film Festival (April): Istanbul Foundation for Culture and Arts has organized the festival since 1982. It took place in various cinemas every year in April and also hosts two national and international competitions.

Aspendos International Opera and Ballet Festival (September):  The Ministry of Culture organizes the Aspendos International Opera and Ballet Festival. Turkey’s first opera/ballet festival. It has been held in Antalya since 1994. It takes place in the ancient theater of two thousand years.

Istanbul International Theatre Festival (May-June): The festival was held every year until 2001. In addition to theater plays, theater groups from around the world participate in the festival, where workshops, seminars, conferences, and exhibitions take place.

Other art and culture festivals held in different cities of Turkey

Istanbul International Opera Festival (June-July), Izmir International Short Film Festival (November), Antalya International Choir Festival (April), Antalya International Folk Music and Dance Festival (July), Mevlana Whirling Dervishes Festival (December), Bodrum International Ballet Festival (July-August), International Istanbul Biennial Festival (September November).

Lifestyle Events in Turkey

Istanbul Coffee Festival

Izmir International Fair (September): Izmir International Fair is Turkey’s first and only general trade fairs. With cultural and social events it is one of Turkey’s most important city events.

Istanbul Coffee Festival (October): The Istanbul Coffee Festival takes place once a year in Istanbul. It is the meeting point of coffee itself, smell, all kinds of tools, coffee shops, coffee arts..

Shopping Festival Istanbul(July): Offers shopping experience together with an unforgettable ‘Istanbul’ experience with Shopping Fest.

Istanbul International Gastronomy Festival (February): Turkey’s largest gastronomy contest and festival organization, which is 15 years. World Association of Chefs (WACS) take place in cooperation with the organization. It brings together the gastronomic world in Turkey at the international level.

Cappadox (June): Music, contemporary art, gastronomy and outdoor disciplines come together. Cappadox’s 2018 theme is “Silence”.

Other lifestyle events held in different cities of Turkey

Ankara Shopping Festival (August), Istanbul Design Week, Istanbul Fashion Week (October), Istanbul International Puppet Festival (October),  Istanbul Boat Show (February), Bodrum International Yacht Show (August), Izmir International Puppet Festival (March), Urgup International Wine Festival (October).