Events in Istanbul
This city has a little bit of everything and is sure to please any visitor with its incredible architecture, history, music and culture. A wide range of events and sights to see will keep a traveller busy for years.
Istanbul Tulip Festival (April-May)
The Istanbul Tulip Festival ('Istanbul Lale Festivali') is held every spring (April-May), with approximately 30 million tulips blooming in the city and cover any area of open ground in beautiful colours. A traditional symbol of Istanbul, the tulip has been favoured by the Turkish people for centuries. It truly is a sight to behold.
Istanbul Film Festival (April)
The Istanbul Film Festival is held every April and is the oldest film festival in Turkey. The festival features Turkish films and introduces some of the best international films to the Turkish market. This event is a showcase for recent Turkish and international films and hosts famous filmmakers, actors, and actresses from all over the world. No matter your film preference, this is sure to please art and culture enthusiasts visiting
Conquest Celebrations (May)
An event that culminates in a light and laser show, Conquest Celebrations commemorates the capture of Constantinople on May 29, 1453. A military march in traditional Ottoman regalia is a high point of the week-long festivities and people throughout the country stop to celebrate. As an important event in the history of the country, the government and the locals take this very seriously and make sure the celebrations impress.
Istanbul International Jazz Festival (June-July)
For the music fans, this three week long event, Istanbul International Jazz Festival, brings in jazz and blues musicians from all around the world, playing concerts all over the city. Previous guests have included Ray Charles and Alicia Keys. Absolutely unmissable if you're visiting in June-July.
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