Istanbul has a lot to offer in terms of music concerts, film, theatre and sport events. Istanbul International Music Festival takes place in the month of June every year is one of Europe’s most acclaimed festivals. There are also three good film festivals and several other art organizations. It is advisable to check the ticketing site biletix.com while planning your stay. Click on the small images to see a photo of each venue; you can also click on the name of each place to see its location and its proximity to our hotel on the map
Hodja Pasha Dance Venue. Originally a historical Turkish bath converted into a venue for derwish and folk dances. Check their website for programme & tickets.
Babylon is a popular small venue with a very good concert programme. Check biletix.com for programme & tickets.
Nardis Jazz Club. Changing live jazz performances in a nice venue. Check biletix.com for programme & tickets.
Galata Mevlevihane. Originally a retreat of Sufi dervishes, it is a museum and venue and is best place to see an authentic whirling dervish ceremony available on Sunday afternoons. Check biletix.com for programme & tickets. Fee TL 5. Open 9:30-17:00 except Monday.
IKSV Salon is aconcert venue that brings together different performance styles under one roof. Check biletix.com for programme & tickets.
Munzur Türkü Bar is a Kurdish-owned bar where musicians perform live, emotion-charged folk music. It has a great line-up of singers and expert bağlama (lute) players. No reservation necessary.
Garaj Istanbul. This performance space occupies a former parking garage in a narrow street behind İstiklal Caddesi and hosts contemporary dance performances, poetry readings, theatrical performances and live jazz. Check biletix.com for programme & tickets.
Mini Music Hall is a small venue where the programme generally features expert DJs, both domestic and foreign. Music generally starts around 11 pm , with most of the crowds flocking after 1 am. No reservation necessary.
Jolly Joker. Here a multinational crowd enjoy the city's best locally brewed beer (the caramel brew) and gravitate towards the upstairs bi-level performance hall, which hosts Turkish rock, alternative and pop outfits. Check biletix.com for programme & tickets.
Harbiye Open Air Theatre is the biggest contemporary amphitheatre in Istanbul. It can hold up to 4,500 people and is popular for its summer concerts of national as well as international artists. Check biletix.com for programme & tickets.
Convention Center: Tüyap covers 42,000 m2 of air conditioned, fully equipped exhibition area in 10 halls. It also has 7 cafeterias and 1 restaurant on site. International trade fairs take place here throughout the year.