Concerts, exhibitions and events in Istanbul this summer.


What to do this summer in Istanbul? In this season there are often a lots of nice things to do and see, here is an overview of concerts, exhibitions and sporting events of the summer. We will update this page as new events get confirmed, stay tuned!



July 4 – Suma Beach Weekend: like every summer the beach north of Istanbul, Suma Beach hosts local and international DJs every weekend in the forest and after parties on the beach from 7am. It is not to be missed if you like electro and you are traveling to Istanbul. The line up of the 4 of July: Nick Höppner Jake The Rapper, J.Oill. More info on their Facebook page:

July 8 – Fatoumata Diawara & Roberto Fonseca:  the globally recognized Cuban pianist Roberto Fonseca is in duet with the singer and film hégérie Timbuktu at the Feriye Lokantası. A beautiful musical moment not to be missed!

July 8 – Night Out With Istanbul Jazz Festival: Night Out (Gece Gezmesi) is an event organized by the Istanbul Jazz Festival at various locations in Kadıköy, Moda and Yeldeğirmeni on the Asian side of the city. From 8pm to 1am Istanbul’s groups and international jazz artists will perform at various locations in these neighborhoods. Emre Akçora from the experimental group ZA Ha Vu Zu also organizes two workshops about manufacturing instruments from recycled materials, after which the group will stage a mini-performance with these musical objects. Participation in these workshops must be booked via the IKSV body.

July 10 – Tale of Us: The Canadian and American DJ duo based in Berlin is Suma Beach for a crazy set, Their electronic music blending pop, house, rock and deephouse worth a look!

July 11 – Fire Of Anatolia: Fire of Anatolia or “Anadolu Turkish Atesi” is a Turkish dance group consisting of 120 dancers, choreographers and several other technical staff. The band played in over 85 countries from the United States to China and Japan, and in front of an audience of about 20 million people in total. The band holds the record for the performance of the fastest dance in the world with 241 steps per minute. The show retraces 4,000 years of history of the Anatolian dance. At the Harbiye Cemil Topuzlu outdoor theater.

July 25 – Duman: the Turkish rock band, known for his commitment against the Turkish government in the Gezi revolts of 2013 and their music combining traditional Turkish music to modern rock and grunge will be on the scene of the beach Burç Beach on the shores of the Black sea.

July 25 – Sean Paul: theJamaican dancehall star of the 2000s, known for his hits “Gimme The Light”, “Get Busy” and “Baby Boy” is in concert at the Maslak Arena.

July 28 – Zaz: the French singer-songwriter who mixes jazzy styles, French variety, soul and acoustic music will be in Istanbul at the Harbiye Cemil Topuzlu outdoor theater. She is famous in Turkey for her hit “I want,” his first album Zaz, released in May 2010.

July 31 to August 2 – Rock Off: the second edition of the festival that brought thousands of Istanbul’s metalheads has in the 2015 edition: Korn, Apocalyptica, Gojira, Behemoth and My Dying Bride. This year the festival will take place at the LifePark with the opportunity to camp on the site.

August 1 – Life in Color The Bing Bang: the Life in Color festival will cover Istanbul in paint once again, the festival is known to be the biggest party where spectators splash paint on each other around the world. After the success of last year, the festival is back with a bigger production, more artists and tons of paint! Do not miss this amazing event on August 1 in the Küçükçiftlik Park. More information on Life in Color Turkey

August 14 – Sertab Erener: Sertab Erener is one of the best known pop singers in Turkey and also a recognized soprano; she won Eurovision in 2003 with the song: Everyway that I Can. She will be on stage at the Harbiye Cemil Topuzlu outdoor theater.

August 14 – The Charlatans: the British rock group will perform at the Küçükçiftlik Park. In the UK, all the 12 band’s studio albums have been ranked in the top 40 English, three of them reaching the top spot.

August 15 – Axwell /Ingrosso: both members of Sweedish House Mafia, who are also world renowned in their solo careers to be Küçükçiftlik Park for a great show! Not to be me missed.

August 19 – Enrique Inglesias: with over 70 million albums sold worldwide and several Grammys won, the Latin star Enrique Iglesias is at Istanbul’s Küçükçiftlik Park. This time his visit is due to his international tour to promote his new album Love & Sex.

August 29 to 31 – 100% Metal Headbanger Festival: for the third consecutive year the festival will bring 100% Metal Kreator, Mastodon, Therion, Katatonia, At The Gates, Ensiferum, Moonspell, Rotting Christ and Thrown To The Sun at Küçükçiftlik Park for a three-day festival. If you are a metal fan you know what to do on the weekend of August 29 – 31.

Not in Istanbul but it is worth it:

July 17 and 18 – Electronica Festival Çeşme: it is one of the best electronic music festivals of Turkey, it is held this year at the Fly Inn beach resort on the trendy edge of the Aegean sea in Çeşme. On the program:. Eth Troxler, Ali Love live, Daniel Bortz, David Mater, Eli & Fur, Few Nolder live, live Midas 104, Re You, Live Session Victim, Sis, Terranova, Whilk & Misky live, Bee Gee, Murat Uncuoglu , Alican, Ömür & Altan, Orkun Bozdemir.

August 1 – Snoop Dogg: the icon of American Gangsta Rap, Snoop Dogg, is at the Hangout Beach Çeşme for what will probably be the best concert of the summer!

August 1 – Chill Out Festival Bodrum: Istanbul’s lounge festival moves in Bodrum this summer. On the menu: sun, sea and music: Kraak & Smaak, Stavroz, Baba Zula, Jose Padilla and many other names are expected to be at Xuma beach Yalıkavak.

July 3 to August 8 – Classical Music Festival Gümüşlük: the 12th International Gümüşlük Classical Music Festival is held in Bodrum from July 3 to August 8. The program is eclectic and deserves attention, more info on Biletix:



Until July 26 – Meeting / Buluşma: it is an exhibition of 40 artworks by 20 artists in partnership with Sabancı University. The works exhibited are photographs, documentaries, sculptures and visual installations. The star attraction is the tank of Tan Mavitan, a metal frame in the shape of a tank covered in pink leather. At the Sakip Sabanci Muzesi.

Until July 26 – Cecil Beaton Portraits: first exhibition in Turkey of the work of the renowned photographer.Beaton worked as a war, fashion and portrait photographer from 1920 to the late 70s, and won an Oscar for the design of My Fair Lady film suits with Audrey Hepburn. This exhibition borrows pictures of artists, portraits of actors, writers, intellectuals, and British royalty in the London auction house Sotheby’s. At the Pera Muzesi.

Until July 26 – Grayson Perry, Small differences: Grayson Perry is a British artist known and respected, he won the Turner Prize in 2003. Perry is best known for his ceramic works and his feminine alter ego Claire, expressed through the  transvestism. This exhibition at the Pera Museum includes tapestries, ceramics and engravings, which offer humorous reflections on the contemporary society. His themes often includes sexuality and violence. At the Pera Muzesi.

Until August 2 – Contact Sheets: the exhibition explores the creative process of photographs of the cooperative Magnum Photo through the prints of his greatest journalists (Henri Cartier-Bresson, Robert Capa, Elliot Erwitt, Eve Arnold, Josef Koudelka and René Burri). At the Istanbul Modern.

2 to 4 of September: International Art 2015: Art International is the largest contemporary art fair in Istanbul, it is back in 2015 for the third consecutive year with the participation of 83 galleries from 24 countries from Europe,  North America, South America, Middle East, Central Asia, India, China and Turkey represented with 13 galleries. The 2014 edition of International Art has received more than 22,000 visitors, and this year there is a record participation number of galleries.

On the program there are also lectures, screenings, performances, installations and a section for alternative art spaces. In Haliç Kongre Merkezi.

From September 5 to November 1st – 14th Istanbul Biennial:


Considered as one of the most prestigious biennials alongside Venice, Sao Paulo and Sydney, the International Istanbul Biennial is an exhibition model that enables a dialogue between artists and the public through the works of art. The biennial will be organized this year by Carolyn Christov-Bakargiev, who is an American curator  and author.Carolyn Christov-Bakargiev was the Artistic Director of the 16th Sydney Biennial (revolutions-forms that rotate) and Chief Curator at Castello di Rivoli, the Contemporary Art museum of Turin. She was also the chief curator at PS1 contemporary Art Center, a subsidiary of New York’s MoMa from 1999-2001.

The theme this year is “salt water: the theory of thought forms.” This international art exhibition will present new works by over fifty international artists and professionals, including marine scientists and neuroscientists giving the fact that the theme is salt water, currents and water densities, both visible and invisible that shape and transform the poetic and political world in a city like Istanbul.

The Biennial will be held in 30 locations throughout the city, both on the European and Asian side and the Princes Islands.



Until August 25: Morning Yoga: In cooperation with the Cihangir Yoga Studio the Sakip Sabanci Museum offers yoga classes in its gardens every Wednesday morning from 8:30 to 9:45. Yoga enthusiasts of all levels and all ages are welcome. The museum located in Emirgan is like an oasis of tranquility away from the hustle and bustle of the city, making it the ideal place to practice yoga outdoors. At the Sakip Sabanci Muzesi.

From July 17 to July 19 – Davis Cup: Turkey faces Belarus in the Davis Cup’s quarterfinals at the Garanti Koza Arena. The Davis Cup is the Largest annual international competition of world tennis, with 122 nations participating in this annual event. The Turkish national team beat South Africa and advanced to the quarter-final against Belarus. Tickets are on sale on Biletix.

From July 20 to 26 – TEB BNP PARIBAS: Some of the best tennis players of the world will compete in Turkey from July 20 to July 26 in Istanbul at the Garanti Koza Arena. 13 players ranked in the WTA top 50 places will be competing. The former world number one such as Venus Williams and Jelena Jankovic will be among the competitors. Tickets are on sale on Biletix.

Football and basketball seasons begin mid-August, we’ll give you more information as soon as we have more details, especially since this year the season promises to be exciting!

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