Istanbul Performing Arts

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Akbank Sanat

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

Cemal Reşit Rey Concert Hall

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


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

Hodjapasha Culture Center

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

Mevlâna Education and Culture Society

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

The Mekan

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

UNIQ Istanbul

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

Zorlu Performing Arts Center

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

Atatürk Kültür Merkezi

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


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