International Istanbul Music Festival
Guitar music © Feliciano Guimaraes
One of the most prominent events on the city's cultural calendar and one of the foremost musical events in Europe, the International Istanbul Music Festival is a summer extravaganza of opera and ballet, as well as classical and traditional music. Over the years the festival has hosted world-renown classical performers and groups from around the globe.
Acts include local artists and traditional music groups, international philharmonic orchestras, distinguished chamber ensembles and soloists, as well as dance and ballet performances and Whirling Dervishes. Concerts are held in various locations, including some of the historical buildings in Istanbul.