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  • 1. Akbank Sanat

    Beyoglu | Concerts

    Sponsored by one of Turkey's largest private banks, the six-story, multipurpose Akbank Sanat (Akbank Art Center) hosts regular classical music...Read More

  • 2. Cemal Reşit Rey Concert Hall

    Nisantasi | Dance

    Located near the Lütfi Kırdar Congress Center off Cumhuriyet Caddesi between Taksim and Nişantaşı, Cemal Reşit Rey Concert Hall is run by the...Read More

  • 3. Garajistanbul

    Beyoglu | Concerts

    Located in the basement of a parking lot near Galatasaray Square, Garajistanbul is an experimental venue that hosts an eclectic array of concerts...Read More

  • 4. Hodjapasha Culture Center

    The Bazaar Quarter and Environs | Dance

    Housed in a nicely restored 15th-century hammam, the Hodjapasha Culture Center hosts whirling dervish ceremonies most nights of the week. The...Read More

  • 5. Mevlâna Education and Culture Society

    Beyoglu | Dance

    The Mevlâna Education and Culture Society (MEKDER) is one of the local dervish groups and cultural associations that holds sema ceremonies...Read More

  • 6. The Mekan

    Beyoglu | Music

    An eclectic mix of rock and world-music concerts keeps things lively at this down-to-earth Beyoğlu venue, which covers two floors of a building...Read More

  • 7. UNIQ Istanbul

    Bosphorus | Concerts

    This complex in the Maslak business district is home to the Volkswagen Arena (formerly Black Box), a top-of-the-line concert venue that draws...Read More

  • 8. Zorlu Performing Arts Center

    Besiktas | Dance

    Turkey’s largest performing-arts venue, located inside the Zorlu Center shopping mall, has a state-of-the-art 2,000-seat main theater that hosts...Read More

  • 9. Atatürk Kültür Merkezi


    Dominating one end of Taksim Square, Atatürk Kültür Merkezi is Istanbul's main performance hall. The Istanbul State Symphony ( More

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