4 July 2023

Embrace the vibrant cultural scene of Istanbul in July and immerse yourself in a variety of events and performances. Here are some noteworthy suggestions to help you make the most of your time in this beautiful city:


30th Istanbul Jazz Festival - Concert:

Immerse yourself in the prestige and passion of the city with the 30th Istanbul Jazz Festival. The festival showcases a diverse lineup of contemporary music and jazz artists from Turkey and around the world. Prepare to be enthralled by performances from The Lumineers, Lizz Wright, Morcheeba, Kovacs, Fatoumata Diawara, Alfa Mist, Youn Sun Nah Quartet, and Mammal Hands. The festival will take place at various venues from July 7 to July 19, featuring special projects like "The Ritual" by Okay Temiz and Riff Cohen, as well as the Taşra Trilogy Jazz Project inspired by Nuri Bilge Ceylan's films.

Norwegian National Youth Choir - Concert

Experience the enchanting culture and melodies of the North with the Norwegian National Youth Choir. This award-winning choir, composed of talented singers aged 16 to 26 from all regions of Norway, will be visiting Istanbul as part of its world tour. Catch their captivating performances on July 7 at St. Antoine Church in Beyoğlu and on July 8 at Surp Levon Church in Kadıköy.

Bir Delinin Hatıra Defteri (Diary Of A Madman) - Theater:

Erdal Beşikçioğlu presents a classic performance of Gogol's unforgettable book, "Diary of a Madman," which tells the story of a man struggling to cope with his experiences. Witness this magnificent theatrical performance at Selamiçeşme Özgürlük Park Amphitheater on July 10. Theater enthusiasts have already secured their tickets for this highly anticipated show.

Ağladım (I Cried) - Theater:

Indulge in a compelling theatrical experience with "I Cried." This play tells the story of a determined teacher who overcomes challenges and stands strong for her students, guided by her unwavering faith, hope, and dedication to shaping the future. Witness the dramatic journey of Şenay, a young teacher from Hakkari's Yüksekova district in the 1990s, at the Chamber Theater on July 5 and 15.


Istanbul Concert with Independent Spirits

Behold, a harmonious manifestation of liberated souls awaits you. In the month of July, Istanbul offers the opportunity to listen to a heartfelt form of expression. Balmorhea, the instrumental experimental music band hailing from Texas, shall grace their Turkish fans at the sacred grounds of Maximum UNIQ Açıkhava on July 8th. Balmorhea, renowned among post-rock and indie-folk enthusiasts, shall share their melodious tales inspired by jazz, folk, and classical melodies. This recital is an experience not to be overlooked, cherished by the hearts of indie lovers.

An Epic Symphony- Concert

Prepare to be enchanted by the mesmerizing artistic breeze of Mark Eliyahu and his internationally acclaimed project "An Epic Symphony." Witness his captivating performance at Harbiye Cemil Topuzlu Open Air Theater on July 18th. As a true cult figure, Mark Eliyahu will refresh your soul and take you on an epic musical journey.

Journey to the Center of Rhythm- Concert

Experience the vibrant rhythms of Africa brought to Istanbul by the talented Afro-pop singer Fatoumata Diawara. Her songs beautifully depict the essence of humanity, transcending time, and captivating listeners. Catch her performance at The Marmara Esma Sultan Mansion on July 17th and let her music transport you to the heart of Africa against the backdrop of the majestic Bosphorus.


Aydınlıkevler Dev Kadrosuyla Sahnede (Aydınlıkevler on Stage with its Giant Cast) - Theater

Yılmaz Erdoğan returns to playwriting after 20 years, and Demet Akbağ graces the theater stage after a 15-year hiatus in the play "Aydınlıkevler." This heartwarming production depicts the struggles of a grandmother and her granddaughter as they navigate life in a bustling metropolis while cherishing the warmth of their neighborhood. Don't miss this funny, sincere, and relatable play at Maximum UNIQ Open Air from July 11th to July 30th, offering a temporary escape from the city's noise and stress.

Yüzdeyüz Akustik (Hundred Percent Acoustic) - Concert

For those seeking a peaceful summer evening away from the bustling city, the Yüzdeyüz Acoustic Concerts at Küçükçiftlik Park Bahçe are the perfect choice. On July 7th, Emre Aydın and Tuğkan will captivate the audience with their acoustic performances, while on July 14th, Zuhal Olcay and Yeni Türkü will take you on a refreshing musical journey, creating a serene atmosphere for a memorable summer evening.

Harbiye Cemil Topuzlu Open Air Theater - Concert

Harbiye Cemil Topuzlu Open Air Theater will be buzzing with excitement in July. On July 7th, Göksel will mesmerize the audience with her powerful voice. On July 10th and 11th, Sıla, one of the most popular names in local music, will take the stage. On July 19th, Karsu, known for her piano skills, unique voice, and captivating interpretations, will deliver a memorable performance. On July 20th, Gülşen will grace the stage with her popular songs and dynamic stage presence. Lastly, on July 26th, Mabel Matiz will delight the audience with the beloved songs from his new album. These performances are guaranteed to add vibrancy to Istanbul's summer.

Maximum Uniq Open Air - Concert

The music continues at Maximum Uniq Open Air, where Cem Adrian, known for his distinctive interpretation and mesmerizing voice, will enchant the audience on July 12th. On July 25th, Sertap Erener, the beloved singer of Turkish music, will captivate with her soulful voice and timeless songs. Lastly, on July 28th, Athena, one of the most cherished bands in the history of Turkish rock music, will provide an energetic and memorable performance.


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