Sunday, 23 April 2017



Summer Festivals Bring the Sound of Music to Turkey



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As a supplement to its traditional attractions – ancient ruins, Medieval mosques, crowded bazaars and turquoise waters bathed in sunlight, Turkey also offers its summer visitors an array of exciting music events. Catering to different tastes – from classical to rock and from mainstream to alternative, more than 100 music festivals will be taking place all over the country – from Istanbul to Anatolia, providing another reason, if you ever needed one, to head to Turkey this summer. Sometimes, they even make it possible to enjoy ancient ruins and a music concert simultaneously.

Istanbul


Kicking off the summer is the Efes Pilsen One Love Festival, which will take place in the Santralistanbul campus in Istanbul’s Eyüp district on June 20 and 21. Included in this year’s line-up of acts are the British electro-rock band Klaxons and the Norwegian electro-pop duo Röyksopp, both of which will be playing in the city for the first time.

Entrance to the festival costs 70 Turkish liras (around 32 euro) for both days, with special prices for students – 45 Turkish liras (around 20 euro). For more information, visit www.efespilsenonelove.com (in Turkish).

Later in the summer, the rock music festival Rock’n’Coke - established in 2003, will bring together international and local acts, whose performances are accompanied opportunities for camping, skateboarding, or taking a ride in a hot air balloon.

Scheduled to take place on July 18 and 19 in İstanbul Park in Tuzla, this year’s edition will feature concerts by Juliette Lewis, Jane's Addiction, Nine Inch Nails and The Prodigy, Linkin Park, Kaiser Chiefs, among others.

Ticket prices range between 75 Turkish liras (around 35 euro) for one day and 130 Turkish liras (around 60 euro) for both days, camping included. For more information, visit www.rockncoke.com (in Turkish).

Established as an alternative to the Rock’n’Coke festival, BarışaRock (rock for peace) – based on the premise that rock music is incompatible with multinational company sponsorships, also serves as a platform against militarism, homophobia, racism and nationalism.

The event, which has no sponsors and is free of charge, usually takes place for two days during August at a campsite in İstanbul's Sarıyer district.

For more information, visit www.barisarock.org (in Turkish).

There are also options for those who like their music less rock’n’roll and more classical or jazzy.

The 37th edition of the İstanbul International Music Festival offers a selection of classical performances and concerts, ballet and opera by world-renowned artists and groups at various locations throughout the city between June 5 and 30. Although tickets for some events could be quite expensive – ranging from 300 Turkish liras (around 140 euro) upwards, student tickets are significantly reduced to 20 Turkish liras (around 9 euro)

For more information about the festival and its programme, visit www.iksv.org/muzik/ (in English).

Also organised by the İstanbul Foundation for Culture and Art (İKSV), the 16th edition of the İstanbul International Jazz Festival will take place between July 2 and 15, also in various venues around the city. This year’s programme includes over two dozen performances by local and international musicians, including Fatih Erkoç & Kerem Görsev trio, SMV (Stanley Clarke, Marcus Miller and Victor Wooten), George Benson with a tribute to Nat 'King' Cole, Melody Gardot, Joe Jackson and Yildiz Ibrahimova and Mike del Ferro.

For more information about the festival’s programme, visit
www.iksv.org/caz/ (in English).

Around Turkey


The 23rd edition of the International İzmir Festival will be held between June 13 and October 18. Making use of some of the historical structures that the city boasts, world-class classic, jazz and pop artists perform at the Theatre of Asclepium, the ancient city of Ephesus and the Çeşme Castle, as well as more traditional music venues.

Tickets to the festival events range between 20 and 100 Turkish liras (around 9 and 46 euro). For more information about the festival and its programme, visit www.iksev.org (in English).

In Antalya, the yearly Aspendos International Opera and Ballet Festival is held annually at Aspendos, a unique historical theatre that dates back more than 2,000 years ago. With its 16th edition scheduled to take place between June 10 and July 3 of this year, the festival will feature performances of Aida, Carmen, Tosca, Carmina Burana and Romeo and Juliet, as well as a performance of music from Disney movies by the Doğuş Kids Symphony Orchestra.

For more information about the festival, visit
www.aspendosfestival.org (in English).

Similarly, the Bodrum International Ballet Festival, whose 7th edition will be held this year between August19 and 30, takes place in another atmospheric location: the historic Castle of St. Peter. Classical ballet performances by French and local troupes will be featured as part of the festival.

For more information about the festival and its programme, visit
www.bodrumballetfestival.org (in English).

The Bilkent International Anatolian Festival, which will take place in Ankara in August, was set up by the Bilkent University's Faculty of Music and Performing Arts, and draws thousands of music lovers and performers. It will bring classical and folk music to various regions of Anatolia, while its exact programme is to be announced soon.

In Eastern Turkey, the Culture, Art and Music Festival, which takes place during the last weekend of July in Doğubayazıt and the Munzur Festival, scheduled to occur at the same time in the city of Tunceli, showcase Kurdish culture through song, dance and theatre.

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