Best Events To Attend in Istanbul: Summer 2014
One of the advantages of staying at Istanbul’s 3-star Hotel Büyük Keban is that our concierge and staff are always up to date on what’s going on around town. We ourselves love to take advantage of the best events and experiences here in our glorious city, and of course, we want to share the joy with our guests.
From musical events to cinema, art openings, museum exhibits, and so much more, Istanbul offers a scene that rivals any other major city in the world. In fact, you would be hard-pressed not to find many enticing events in the course of a week, any time of the year.
Our Favorite Picks
Now that we are in summer, there are some really great events going on around town, many of which you can enjoy in the open air. Here are a few of our favorite picks, which concentrate on music, as this is the time of year to relax and take in a scene that is truly varied and exciting.
The International Istanbul Music Festival
Organized by the Istanbul Foundation for Culture and the Arts, this June/July festival is one of the most famous events in town. First established in 1973, it embraced a wide variety of genres, including classical, jazz, and pop music; contemporary dance; ballet; folklore; opera; film; theatre; and other visual arts performances. Today the emphasis is mainly on classical music, with world-renowned orchestras and conductors performing with exceptional Turkish soloists.
The International Jazz Festival
This July event began in 1994 to bring people together while offering star-studded acts, including amazing vocalists like John Legend and Alicia Keys, who both played here in 2013. The festival also features some of the best jazz music in Turkey, along with world music, soul, and R&B.
Sponsored by Coca-Cola, this is a huge event with epic rock acts along with house music and DJs from all over the globe. Located in Hezarfen Airfield, this is an annual party that you can’t afford to miss.
Efes Pilsen One Love Festival
This now-famous rock and dance music spectacular goes on for two days. With an amazing list of performers, this is yet another event that puts Istanbul on the map.
Neil Young and Crazy Horse at Kucukciftlik Park
On July 15th, visitors and locals can revel in the presence of rock-and-roll legend Neil Young in a gorgeous park located in the heart of the city. The area comfortably handles over 8,000 spectators who can enjoy the summer weather while taking in a truly iconic concert.
Another excellent event will be the French house musician and DJ David Guetta at Kucukciftlik Park at the end of June. Groove to the music under the stars along with others who come to feel the love.
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