Istanbul is awash with arts festivals and music events, giving visitors a vast amount of choice when it comes to entertainment.

International Istanbul Film Festival: An annual highlight since the program features retrospectives and new releases from Turkey and around the world. (March-various venues)

International Istanbul Music Festival: This is the most prestigious event on the city’s calendar. It consists of no less than 30 performances of classical music, opera and dance performed in historic locations, among which the Haghia Irene church – a unique chance the get a glimpse of its interior. (mid June – July, various venues)

Rock‘n’ Coke: Not only Istanbul’s but also Turkey’s biggest open air music festival, spread out over two days. In the past,  Moby, Peter Gabriel, Muse, Placebo, the Cure and Manu Chao performed at it. (September, Hezarfen Airfield)