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ISTANBUL EVENTS 2011

 

Istancool (27-29 May 2011 (annual))

An inspiring programme of arts, fashion, design, literature and film diplomacy takes over Istanbul as the Istancool festival gets underway. Visit to rub shoulders with the world's leading cultural figures, fashion gurus, influential writers and many other talented artists.

web site:

http://www.liberatum.org.uk/programming-istancool-2011

 

Kurye International Video and Digital Arts Festival (May 2011 (annual))

The Kurye International Video and Digital Arts Festival celebrates digital innovation with screenings, workshops and artist talks at Istanbul Modern. Participating guests include designers, new media artists and 3D animation masters.

where:

Istanbul Modern

web site:

http://www.kuryevideo.org/?chlang=en

 

Sport World Fair (May 2011 (annual))

A range of sporting equipment, clothing, shoes and accessories are displayed at the annual Sport World Fair, within Istanbul's CNR Expo. Attracting active visitors, including world-famous athletes, the fair also features tournaments, shows and award ceremonies.

where:

CNR Expo

web site:

http://www.sportsworldfair.com

 

Chill Out Festival (May 2011 (annual))

The Kemer Golf & Country Club in Istanbul hosts the Chill Out Festival, an early summer festival offering 12 hours of non-stop music. Jazz, hip-hop and Latin tunes resound over more than 200 hectares of manicured lawn.

where:

Kemer Golf & Country Club

time:

From 12pm

web site:

http://www.kg-cc.com/index.aspx?lan=en

 

International Mystic Art Festival (May 2011 (annual))

Held at different venues in Istanbul, the International Mystic Art Festival features performances by domestic and foreign artists. Art exhibitions, theatre performances and poetry readings seek to reinterpret concepts of art and love.

web site:

http://www.en.istanbul2010.org/index.htm

 

Formula One: Turkish Grand Prix (May 2011 (annual))

The king of motor sports, Formula One, travels to Turkey for one of the 19 races of the season. The Istanbul Park circuit hosts the Turkish Grand Prix along with thousands of keen spectators.

Starting in Bahrain, the 2010 Formula One season crosses four continents, ending with the big finale in Sao Paulo, Brazil. Highlights include the Monaco Grand Prix, set on the roads of Monte Carlo, and the Italian Grand Prix at Monza, where you can expect passionate support from Ferrari's fanatical tifosi.

where:

Istanbul Park

time:

3pm

web site:

http://www.turkeygrandprix.com

 

Open Door Architecture Festival (May 2011 (annual))

A far-reaching architecture event, Istanbul's Open Door Architecture Festival provides access to architecturally or historically significant buildings and areas, which are generally not open to the public. These include the impressive Ortaköy Mosque and the remarkable Mısır apartments.

where:

Inonu Stadium

web site:

http://acikkapi.arkitera.com

 

Polonezkoyu Cherry Festival (Jun 2011 (annual))

Polonezkoyu, Istanbul's Polish district, organises the Cherry Festival to celebrate the culture and tradition of the Polish community living in the Turkish capital. Boasting an outstanding natural park, Polonezkoyu is enlivened by folk dancing, concerts, recitals and other traditional activities.

where:

Inonu Stadium

web site:

http://www.polonezkoy.com/cherry-festival.html

 

Sonisphere (Jun 2011 (annual))

Europe first touring rock and metal festival comes to the Ynonu Stadium in Istanbul for three days of screaming guitars and headbanging. Sonisphere is one of Istanbul's most popular and anticipated music events.

The 2010 line-up presents a real treat for metal fans. The almighty Metallica, Slayer, Anthrax and Iron Maiden are all playing. Hold onto your hats...

where:

Inonu Stadium

web site:

http://www.sonispherefestivals.com

 

International Istanbul Music Festival (Jun 2011 (annual))

Classical music fans flock to Istanbul for a music marathon with the International Istanbul Music Festival, first held in 1973. Featuring more than 500 artists, the event takes up several historical venues, including the Topkapi Palace.

Throughout the summer many other Istanbul festivals incorporate theatre, film and jazz as well as several special projects that run simultaneously. The Istanbul Foundation for Culture and Arts is responsible for this cultural overload and has been recognised with the Trophée Internationale des Arts et de la Culture by the Institut International de Promotion et de Prestige of UNESCO.

where:

Topkapi Palace

web site:

http://www.iksv.org/english

 

Uni-Rock Festival (Jul 2011 (annual))

Uni-Rock is an open-air heavy metal festival, attracting 40,000 party goers to Istanbul's Kucukciftlik Park. Camp on site and enjoy three full days of quality live music from internationally famous artists.

There are more than 30 acts confirmed in 2010. These include Cannibal Corpse, Nevermore, Amorphis, Obituary, Necrophagist and Dark Funeral.

where:

Kucukciftlik Park

web site:

http://www.unirockfest.com

 

Istanbul International Ballet Competition (Jul 2011 (annual))

A ballet spectacular takes place at the Cemal Reşit Rey Concert Hall during the Istanbul International Ballet Competition. International competitors perform in two categories for the generous top prize of €6000 and the Outstanding Young Dancer award.

where:

Cemal Reşit Rey Concert Hall

web site:

http://www.istanbulballetcompetition.org

 

International Istanbul Jazz Festival (Jul 2011 (annual))

The International Istanbul Jazz Festival presents a remarkable variety of music, ranging from traditional and contemporary jazz to rock, electronica and world music. But, it's jazz in particular that is performed by big names at venues all over the city.

Among the many luminaries to have graced the stage in the past are musicians such as Ray Charles, Miles Davis and Dizzy Gillespie. Performances are held at venues like the Cemil Topuzlu Open Air Theatre, İstanbul Modern and Cemal Resit Rey Concert Hall.

web site:

http://www.iksv.org/Caz/English/caz.asp?cid=90

 

Bosphorus Cross Continental (Jul 2011 (annual))

Bosphorus Cross Continental is Istanbul's annual Asia-to-Europe swimming, rowing and sailing competition. Thousands of Turkish and international athletes aged from 14 to 71 take part under the motto "everyone needs sport". Visitors can also enjoy water-skiing and jet-skiing shows. The swimming competition begins in the ferry port of Kanlica on the Black Sea, the Asian side of Istanbul, and ends in Kuruçeþme Cemil Park on the European side - a total distance of 6.5km.  The rowing race takes place on a 1600-metre course stretching from the Arnavutköy ferry port to Kuruçeþme Cemil Park bleachers, while the regattas depart from the Kandilli ferry port and end in Kuruçeþme Cemil Park.

where:

Istanbul

cost:

Free to watch

web site:

http://www.bosphorus.cc

 

Rock'n Coke (Jul 2011 (annual))

Famous for bringing outstanding local and international music stars to Hezarfen Airport's stage, Rock'n Coke guarantees three days of non-stop party action. This is Turkey's biggest open-air music festival, attracting more than 40,000 rock fans.

The organisers set up a fully equipped temporary Rock Town to welcome over 30 performers on stage and a stunning line-up of DJs in the dance arena. Away from the main stage, extra-curricular activities include a fairground, skateboarding, basketball, zeppelin, superjump, tai-chi and yoga.

where:

Hezarfen Airport

web site:

http://www.rockncoke.com/

 

Eurasia Culture Festival (Jul 2011 (annual))

Celebrating cultures from around the world, the international Eurasia Culture Festival brings people together through the arts. Held in Istanbul, the festival encompasses dance, music, ballet and other artistic disciplines by groups from as far afield as Mexico and South Korea.

web site:

http://www.harmanfolk.com

 

International Istanbul Opera Festival (Jul 2011 (annual))

Directed by Yekta Kara, the International Istanbul Opera Festival captivates the public with a number of productions at various venues, including the Topkapı Palace. On stage are Turkey's most prominent State Opera and Ballet companies along with prestigious European institutions.

where:

Topkapi Palace

web site:

http://www.istanbuloperafestival.gov.tr/eng/index.html

 

International Istanbul Fashion Fair (Jul 2011 (various dates))

The breadth and depth of the Turkish ready-to-wear clothing industry is revealed at the biannual International Istanbul Fashion Fair, held at the CNR Expo. Turkish and international designers, manufacturers, importers, global brands, retailers and department chains are all present.

Young blood is often injected into the proceedings, with budding talent from international fashion schools. Please visit the International Istanbul Fashion Festival website for an online invitation form.

where:

CNR Expo

time:

Daily 10am-7pm

web site:

http://www.cnr-if.com/content/en_index.asp

 

Istanbul Cup (Jul - Aug 2011 (annual))

Played on hard courts as a warm-up event for the US Open, the Istanbul Cup is one of the 53 tournaments of the Sony Ericsson WTA tour. US$220,000 prize money attracts players from the world's top 20.

web site:

http://www.istanbulcup.com

 

Street Art Festival (Sep 2011 (annual))

Paintings, graffiti, music and the performing arts enliven the streets of Istanbul for three days during the Street Art Festival. Free to both artists and visitors, the initiative supports…

 

Istanbul Houseware & Gift Fair (Sep 2011 (annual))

Paintings, graffiti, music and the performing arts enliven the streets of Istanbul for three days during the Street Art Festival. Free to both artists and visitors, the initiative supports cultural exchange through the arts.

where:

Istanbul

cost:

Free

web site:

http://www.streetartistanbul.com

 

Istanbul Design Week (Sep - Oct 2011 (annual))

Attracting businesses and individuals from all over the world, Istanbul Design Week at the old Galata Bridge provides a space to unleash creativity, compare ideas and pick up on new trends through a range of exhibits, shows and events.

The event, which is driven by the theme "meeting" in 2010, is held around the iconic landmark connecting the Asian and European sides of Istanbul. Exhibitions include Shaping Forces by Ney & Partner with sculptural pieces on the themes of geometry and topology, Ideas from Rotterdam, displaying a variety of works for brands like Ikea, Senseo and Maxi-Cosi, and Helsinki Design, which presents a series of futuristic design concepts.
Workshops, lectures, parties awards and competitions run alongside the main event.

where:

Galata Bridge

web site:

http://www.istanbuldesignweek.com

 

World Rowing Coastal Championship (Oct 2011 (annual))

Rowing along a sea coast and out into the sea with no defined lanes, single, double and coxed four boats challenge each other over a tough distance of 6km. In 2010, the World Rowing Coastal Championship takes place in Istanbul.

web site:

http://www.wcrc2010istanbul.com/

 

Filmekimi (Oct 2011 (annual))

Filmekimi is a film festival by the Istanbul Foundation for Culture and Arts held at the Beyoðlu Emek Movie Theatre. It gives visitors a second chance to see productions previously screened at major festivals such as Cannes, Berlin and Venice.

where:

Beyoglu Emek Movie Theatre

web site:

http://www.iksv.org/filmekimi_2010/english

 

iDANS (Oct 2011 (annual))

Gathering 154 artists, 41 projects and more then 50 performances, iDANS is Istanbul's contemporary dance and performance festival. The renowned European dance prize Prix Jardin d'Europe is awarded within the festival and each edition there is a different theme.

Driven by the theme of "cosmopolitanism", iDANS 2010 examined the relations between space, place and environment, settlement and exclusion and the changing meanings of community and belonging among other issues.

where:

Sepetçiler Mansion

web site:

http://www.idans.info

 

International Yorgo Bacanos Ud Festival (Oct 2011 (annual))

A celebration of the pear-shaped stringed instrument and a tribute to one of the greatest exponents of Ud music, Istanbul's International Yorgo Bacanos Ud Festival revives ancient Middle Eastern traditions. Concerts, workshops and seminars are held at the Sepetçiler Mansion.

where:

Sepetçiler Mansion

web site:

http://www.en.istanbul2010.org/index.htm

 

Istanbul Book Fair (Oct - Nov 2011 (annual))

The Istanbul Book Fair at Tuyap Fair Convention and Congress Center unites 550 publishing houses, offering a variety of books for purchase or perusal. There are discussions and panels, in particular on the works of the annual Author of Honour.

With Spain in the limelight in 2010, Julio Llamazares, Soledad Puertolas and Angeles Caso are among the prestigious writers tipped to participate during this 29th edition.

where:

Tüyap Fair Convention and Congress Center

time:

Daily 11am-6pm

web site:

http://www.istanbulbookfair.com

 

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