Istanbul is one of the perfect cities for high-profile events and activities with its vibrant arts and culture scene, upscale venues and easy-to-reach location both from Europe and Asia. The beauty of the gorgeous Bosphorus Strait and the historical attractions draw in many travellers who enjoy attending international cultural and sports activities in the city. If you are travelling to Istanbul this summer, you have the chance to attend the exciting and fun activities below.
The famous international music festival of Istanbul starts at the beginning of June and will keep you busy if you are willing to hear the best singers, musicians and orchestras from all around the world. In its 44th year, the festival welcomes many famous orchestras including Warsaw Philharmonic and Vienna Symphony Orchestra as well as famous Turkish acts including world-famous pianist Idil Biret and Borusan Istanbul Philharmonic Orchestra. The performances take place in the best parts of the city, from İş Şanat Cultural Center in Levent, the zone of luxurious business centers and Istanbul flats to Aya Irini Museum, the biggest remaining church from the Byzantine period in Sultanahmet. Sultanahmet is the most popular place for tourists with its great historical sites, authentic Turkish properties and boutique hotels. Discover those areas before ending your day with a magnificent performance.
he Turkish dance group with a well-deserved international fame for presenting Turkish traditional music and dance in a contemporary style, is ready to show its latest project Pera, the dance performance with the theme of Beyoğlu. The group has reached more than 40 million audiences worldwide and the fans are already waiting for the launch date. The performance can be seen in Grand Pera Emek Hall, in one of the newest shopping malls in Istiklal Street, every Wednesday from the end of May until July. Spare at least one day for that area, as you may also visit Cihangir and Galata, the touristic places close to Istiklal Street and the most popular places for foreigners, who live and buy an Istanbul property.
If you are visiting Istanbul in July, elegant jazz music will accompany you throughout the month. This annual international festival welcomes many international artists as well as Turkish jazz talents and offers a high-quality contemporary jazz experience to music lovers. You can also catch some of the best examples of world music. The festival takes place in beautiful places like Istanbul Modern Museum in Tophane, the trending area for cultural entrepreneurs as well as Istanbul real estate market, and in the famous Cemal Reşit Rey Hall in Harbiye. Harbiye and its neighbor Nişantaşı are upscale residential areas with lots of branded shops, design stores, and luxurious Istanbul apartments. Don’t forget to buy your tickets early for this festival and enjoy time spent with shopping and music.
If you are more interested in speed and adrenaline than music, the international race series of the Caterham Cup, which will be held throughout the summer, is just for you. Twenty pilots will race for 13 weeks on the tracks of Intercity Istanbul Park, with uniquely designed, identical racecars. Intercity Istanbul Park is located in the inland areas of Tuzla, the gorgeous suburban province of Istanbul. You can even spend the whole weekend there, sparing a day on the shore or modern shopping malls and fish restaurants. This is a must-see district that is rapidly developing and also very popular among those who are looking for property in Istanbul. Enjoy!