Did you know that more than 100 festivals are organized in Turkey every year. Along with the local festivals organized in almost every city of the country, international culture and art festivals are also held in major cities such as Istanbul, Ankara, Izmir and Antalya. Istanbul is the most important centre of international culture and art festivals and sponsored festivals.
Istanbul: The Istanbul Culture and Art Foundation organizes the International Istanbul Film Festival every April, the International Istanbul Theatre Festival every May, the International Istanbul Music Festival every June and July, the International Istanbul Jazz Festival every July and the International Biennial once every two years. Within the framework of these festivals, hundreds of renowned performing artists and musicians from all over the world gather in Istanbul, adding further colour and cultural lustre to a city which is famous for its historical and cultural richness. In the summer months, a number of annual music festivals are sponsored by some prominent Turkish corporations. The Pamukbank Dance Days, which brings world-famous dance groups to Istanbul, the Efes Pilsen Blues Festival which has been organized for over ten years and hosts well-known groups, the Akbank International Jazz Festival, during which Turkish musicians and the jazz masters of the world meet, the Yapi Kredi Art Festival, which has the characteristics of “one-year-festival”, with its activities from Rock and Roll and pop to classic music and jazz spreading all year and the Fujifilm World Music Days are the most important of these music festivals.
Ankara: In the capital city, Ankara, the International Ankara Music Festival is organized bye Sevda Cenap And Foundation every year in April-May. This festival which is a member of the European Festivals Union and of which the 16th was organized in 1999, has hosted over 8000 famous artists up until today. Moreover, the Turkish Choruses Festivity, which is organized by Polyphonic Choruses Association established with the objective of spreading polyphonic music in the country, brings together thousands of music lovers, with its increasing number of invited choruses and listener capacity every year. The Bilkent International Anatolia Music Festival, which is one of the most important organizations calling from Turkey to the world, for friendship and peace through the language of music, carries the magical rhythm of the classical music to various regions of Anatolia throughout a month every year. This festival, which is the first of its kind among international festivals in its mobile character and who walked around Anatolia step by step, celebrate its 6th year in 1999.
Izmir: The International Izmir Festival, which is organized every year by the Izmir Culture, Art and Education Foundation. The 16th year of the festival was celebrated in the year 2000, which was held in historical places such as the Efes Antic Theatre, the Celcius Library and the House of the Virgin Mary and, as it is the case every year, world-famous artists and groups in the branches of orchestra concerts, chamber music, ballet, theatre, jazz and pop participated in the event.
Antalya: The oldest film festival in Turkey is the Antalya Film Festival. This festival which celebrated its 40th year in 2000, is sometimes referred to as “the Oscar of the Turkish film industry”. The International Ankara Film Festival and the Adana Altin Koza Film Festival are two other important film festivals which attract the cinema-lovers of Turkey. Film weeks are also organized in many other cities. Additionally, the 7th Aspendos Opera and Ballet Festival, which attracts about 80,000 people every year, was held in the year 2000. This year also held a new festival the first Internationaly Phaselis Jazz Festival in Kemer.
Among other festivals organized in Turkey every year are;
- The Traditional Mesir Festival in Manisa
-The International Music and Folklore Festival in Adana
- The Cesme Music Festival in Cesme
- The Ceramic Festival in Kutahya
- The Hittite Festival in Corum,
- The GAP Culture and Art Festival in Gaziantep
- The Kemer Carnival Days in Kemer-Antalya.
Local / International Culture & Art Festivals in Turkey (Organising every year)
JAN 01 - Aydin - Karacasu Afrodisias Culture and Art Festival
JAN 01 - Tokat Culture and Art Festival
JAN 01 - Ankara Wrestling Festival
JAN 01- 03: Agri Bards Festival
JAN 15 - 31: Aydin International Camel Wrestling Festival
JAN 21 - Izmir Camel Wrestling Festival
FEB 04 - Aydin Camel Wrestling Festival
FEB 07 JUL 09: Nigde Darbogaz Cherry Festival
MAR 01-31: Istanbul Turkish Theater Festival
MAR 27 - APR 07: Ankara Single Play Festival
APR 01 - MAY 31: Ankara International Music Festival
APR 10 - 25: Istanbul 22th International Istanbul Film Festival
APR 20 - 24: Izmir April 24 Menemen International Feast Festival
APR 23 - Istanbul 5th International CRR Child's Festival
APR 28 - 30: Kocaeli April 24 Children's Festival
APR 01 - 07: Aydin 32th International Sultanhisar-Nysa Culture and Art Festival.
APR 01 - 07: Manisa Traditional Manisa Mesir Festival
APR 17 - MAY 02: Istanbul International Istanbul Film Festival
APR 23 - Ankara International 24 April Children Festivity
APR 26 - MAY 09: Ankara International Ankara Film Festival
APR 27 - MAY 20: Ankara International Ankara Music Festival
MAY 01 - 31: Mardin Cherry Festival
MAY 01 - 31: Burdur Tobacco Festival and Art Activities
MAY 01 - 31: Isparta Rose, Carpet, Culture and Tourism Festival
MAY 01 - 31: Usak Esme, Touristic Kilim, Culture and Art Festival
MAY 01 - JUNE 30: Usak Sivasli Strawberry Festival
MAY 01 - JUNE 30: Mardin Antep Hazelnut Trees Vaccination Festival.
MAY 01 - 31: Ankara Tulip Festival
MAY 01 - 06: Bingol Culture Spring Festival (Hidirellez)
MAY 05 - 06: Aydin Strawberry, Agriculture, Culture and Art Festival.
MAY 06 - Ankara Sumer Festivals
MAY 06 - Kayseri Sumer Festivals
MAY 06 - Yozgat Sumer Festivals Culture Feast
MAY 06 - 25: Antalya Beymelek, Bahar (Spring) Festival
MAY 06 - 10: Eskisehir Yunus Emre Culture and Art Week
MAY 07 - 13: Izmir Strawberry Festival
MAY 07 - 13: Marmaris-Mugla Marmaris Yacht Festival Week
MAY 08 - Sanliurfa Hermit ibis Festival
MAY 07 - 11: Ankara International Ankara Cartoon Festival
MAY 10 - 11: Mus Tulip Festival
MAY 18 - 20: Izmir Narlidere Youths and and Flower Festival
MAY 19 - JUN 03: Istanbul International Istanbul Theatre Festival
MAY 20 - 26: Icel International Silifke Culture Week Music and Folklore Festival.
MAY 20 - 23: Giresun International Aksu, (Black Sea) Festival
MAY 21 - 27: Kayseri Akkisla - Gömürgen Yogurt Festival
MAY 21 - 27: Artvin Murgul and Environs Traditional "Bullfight Festival.
MAY 21 - 27: Izmir Cherry Festival
JUNE 01 - 05: Bolu Mengen, Traditional Cooks & Cookery and Tourism Festival.
JUNE 01 - 05: Ardahan Ardahan Honey Festival
JUNE 01 - 05: Sivas - Gürün Trout Festival
JUNE 01 - 05: Isparta Seyyid Veli Baba Sultan Bards Night and Rice Festival.
JUNE 01 - 30: Tokat Zile Cherry Festival
JUNE 01 - 05: Ardahan Göle National Cheese Festival
JUNE 01 - 30: Ankara Güdül Cherry Festival
JUNE 01 - 30: Mugla Mentese Municipality Yerküpe, Bespinar Wrestling - Culture and Tourism Festival.
JUNE 01 - AUGUST 31: Tekirdag Culture and Art Festival, Circumcision Feast.
JUNE 01 - JULY 31: Artvin Kafkasör Culture Tourism Art Festival
JUNE 14 - AUG 16: Antalya Aspendos Opera and Ballet Festival
JUNE 02 - 10: Ankara Bicycle Festival
JUNE 04 - 10: Icel Mut, Apricot Festival
JUNE 04 - 10: Rize Rize Çay (Tea) and Tourism Festival
JUNE 04 - 10: Izmir Cherry and Sapling Festival
JUNE 04 - 10: Balikesir International Birdparadise Culture and Tourism Festival.
JUNE 04 - 10: Bartin Strawberry Festival and Culture Tourism Activities.
JUNE 04 - 10: Edirne Enez, Fish Festival
JUNE 04 - 11: Eregli-International Blacksea Ottoman Strawberry Culture Festival.
JUNE 04 - JUL 01: Istanbul International Istanbul Music Festival
JUNE 05 - Ankara Flying Broom Women Film Festival
JUNE 06 - Adana Sumer festivale
JUNE 11 - 17: Cankiri Haci Murad-I Veli's Commemoration Week, Cherry Festival and Traditional Wrestling.
JUNE 11 - 17: Ankara Haymana International Spa and Culture Festival.
JUNE 11 - 17: Duzce - Bolu International Folk Dances and Tourism Festival.
JUNE 12 - JUL 12: Bursa International Bursa Festival
JUNE 15 - Afyon Mermer (Marble)and Culture Festival
JUNE 15 - 25: Ankara Bilkent International Theatre Meeting
JUNE 15 - 30: Istanbul International Bogaziçi Festival
JUNE 15 - 30: Izmir International Selçuk-Efes Culture Art and Tourism Festival.
JUNE 15 - JUL 15: Izmir International Izmir Festival
JUNE 17 - 18: Elaziğ Gezin Strawberry Festival
JUNE 17 - 18: Malatya Yesilyurt Cherry Festival
JUNE 18 - 24: Corum Çorum Hittite Fair and Festival
JUNE 18 - 24: Isparta Traditional Wrestling and Cherry Festival
JUNE 18 - 24: Cankiri Maruf Village Wrestling Festival
JUNE 18 - 24: Ankara Picture Festival
JUNE 20 - Adana Cherry Festival
JUNE 22 - 24: Ankara Kutludügün Pancake, Ayran, Culture and Art Festival.
JUNE 22 - 27: Adiyaman International (Nemrud) Commagene Festival.
JUNE 23 - 24: Ankara Egriova Highland (Yayla) Festival
JUNE 23 - 25: Afyon Sandikli-Termal-Culture-Art-Sports and Tourism Festival.
JUNE 25 - Kutahya Pazarlar Golden Cherry and Black Cherry Festival.
JUNE 26 - JULY 01: Finike - Antalya Finike Festival
JUNE 28 - JULY 01: Kas - Antalya International Kas¸-Likya Culture and Art Festival. JUNE 28 - JUL 03: Izmir Alacati International Child and Youth Theatres Festival.
JUNE 01 -31: Ordu Hazelnut Festival
JUNE 01 - 31: Sivas Kangal Shepherd's Dog Sheep Culture and Art Festival.
JUNE 01 - 03: Mugla Dalyan Tourism Caretta Caretta Festival
JUNE 01 - 05: Hopa - Artvin Hopa Culture and Art - Sea Festival
JUNE 01 - 31: Kocaeli Zühtü Müridog'lu Wooden Sculpture Symposium and Hazelnut, Culture Art Festival.
30 JUNE - Konya (Lake) Düdengölü Culture and Art Festival
30 JUNE - JULY 01: Tunceli Cemisgezek Mulberry and Cheese Festival.
30 JUNE - JULY 24: Bitlis Tatvan East Anatolia Festival
01 JULY - 31Th AUG: Ayas - Ankara Traditional Ayas¸ Mulberry Festival.
01 JULY - 31Th AUG: Dikili - Izmir Blue Sea Green Dikili Culture and Art Festival.
01 JULY - 31Th AUGUST: Manisa Melon-Watermelon Festival
01 JULY - 31Th AUGUST: Yalova Golden Plane Tree Festival
01 JULY - 31Th AUGUST: Yalova International Folk Dances Festival and International Yalova Golden Carnation Folk Dances Competition.
JULY 02 - 08: Buldan - Denizli Buldan Yenicekent Sultaniye Seedless Grape Festival.
JULY 02 - 08: Ardahan Çildir-Çildir Lake Festival
JULY 02 - 08: Cide - Kastamonu Cide Rifat Ilgaz Culture and Art Festival.
JULY 02 -08: Rize Agriculture - Stockbreeding and Milk Festival
JUL 05 -10: Konya Nasrettin Hodja Festivities
JULY 05 - 09: Hatay Iskenderun Culture and Tourism Festival
JULY 05 - Afyon Cherry Festival
JUL 05 - 11: Edirne Traditional Kirkpinar Oil-Wrestling Festivities
JULY 06 - 08: Isparta Mulberry Grape Molasses Festival
JUL 07 - 18: Istanbul International Istanbul Jazz Festival
JULY 09 - 15: Karabuk Music and Wrestling Festival
JULY 09 - 15: Alucra - Giresun Alucra Ekin Festival
JULY 09 - 15: Afyon Black Cherry Festival
JULY 09 - Izmir Plum and Okra Festival
JULY 10 - 12: Kars Apricot Festival
JULY 14 - 16: Yalvac - Isparta Antiocheia Culture, Tourism and Art Festival.
JULY 14 - 16: Kutahya Kütahya International Culture and Tourism Festival.
JULY 16 - 22: Duzce - Bolu International Akçakoca Tourism, Culture and Hazelnut Festival. JULY 15 - 16: Kuyucak - Tokat Kuyucak Culture and Handicrafts Festival.
JULY 15 - 21: Aksaray Aksaray Ihlara Tourism and Culture Festival.
JULY 16 - 22: Siirt Karakucak Wrestling Kebap and Entertainment Festival.
JULY 16 - 22: Devrek - Zonguldak Devrek Walking Stick and Culture Festival.
JULY 17 - 19: Denizli Yes, ilyuva Shoemakers and Friendship Festival.
JULY 17 - 18: Samsun Culture - Art Festival
JULY 19 - 23: Adiyaman Mulberry Culture and Art Festival
JULY 19 - 23: Hatay Antakya Tourism and Culture Festival
JULY 19 - Kayseri Sariz Kilim Festival
JULY 20 - 23: Fatsa - Ordu International Cinar Culture, Art - Music - Mt. Jeep Safari and Tourism Festival.
JULY 21 - Unye - Ordu unye Un festival
JULY 20 - 22: Arhavi - Artvin Arhavi Culture and Art Festival
JULY 20 - 22: Izmir Çandarli Kaleiçi Culture and Art Festival
JUL 20 - 25: Cesme - Izmir Cesme - Sea Festivity and International Song Contest.
JULY 21 - 23: Artvin Aros Festival
JULY 22 - 23: Amasya Kaba-Oguz Villages' Highland Festivals
JULY 22 - 23: Yozgat Kazankaya Canyon Culture and Tourism Festival.
JULY 22 - 23: Elazig Baskil Apricot Festival
JULY 22 - Artvin Highland (Yayla) Festival
JULY 23 - 29: Siirt Traditional Ayancik Culture - Art and Linen Festival.
JULY 23 - 25: Balikesir Film Festival
JULY 24 - 26: Balikesir Altinova Golden Beach Blue Sea Clean Environment Festival.
JULY 27 - 28: Ulubey - Ordu Ulubey Culture and Art Festival
JULY 27 - 29: Tunceli - Munzur Munzur Culture and Nature Festival.
JULY 27 - 28: Canakkale Sardine Festival
JULY 28 - 30: Adana, Beyaz Yunus (White-Dolphin) Culture-Art-Music and Sports Festival.
JULY 28 - 30: Aydin, International Milet - Apollon Science Festival
JULY 29 - 02 AUG: Balikesir, Küçükköy- Sarimsakli Sand Festival
JULY 29 - Aksaray, Saratli Culture and Art Festival AUG 01 - 31: Mugla Datça Culture-Art Festival
AUG 01 - 31: Burdur Carrot-Agriculture and Culture Festival
AUG 01 - 31: Artvin - Sidere Festival
AUG 01 - 31: Kahramanmaras Red Pepper, Tarhana and Icecream Festival.
AUG 01 - 31: Tokat - Resadiye-Bereketli Golden Ram Festival
AUG 01 - 31: Kirikkale Delice Grape Festival
AUG 01 - 31: Izmir Mordogan Summer Festival
AUG 01 - 31: Kutahya Black Cherry and Cherry Festival
AUG 01 - 31: Tekirdag Wine Festival
AUG 01 - SEPT 30: Bursa International Folklor Festival
AUG 05 - 06: Mugla Yatagan Traditional Knife Festival
AUG 06 -12: Mugla Kavaklidere Culture, Art and Sports Festival
AUG 06 - 12: Cankiri - Kizilirmak Melon Festival
AUG 06 -12: Kirklareli - Babaeski Agriculture Festival
AUG 06 -12: Icel - Tasucu Nature Festival
AUG 13 - 20: Artvin - Macahel Kafkas Bee and Honey Festival
AUG 14 - Ankara - Bilkent International Anatolia Music Festival
AUG 15 - 22: Icel Culture, Tourism, Banana, Strawberry Festival
AUG 16 - 18: Nevsehir International Haci Bektas Veli Memorial Celebrations.
AUG 10 - 18: Canakkale - Truva, (Troy) Festival
AUG 20 - 26: Rize - Çayeli Culture and Art Festival
AUG 20 - 26: Ardesen - Rize - Ardesen Atmaca (Hawk) Festival
AUG 20 - 26: Balikesir - Erdemit - Akçay Oilland Festival
AUG 20 - 26: Erzincan Cheese, Honey, Tourism and Culture Festival.
AUG 20 - 26: Rize Çagirankaya Highland (Yayla) Festival
AUG 20 - 26: Rize - Pazar Culture Art and Sports Festival
AUG 23 - 29: Kilis Anniversary Celebrations of Mercidabik Victory Kilis Grape and Culture Festival.
AUG 25 - 27: Istanbul - Kartal International Culture and Art Festival.
AUG 25 -26: Adiyaman Honey Culture and Art Festival
AUG 26 - 27: Sivas - Zara and Villages Honey and Culture Festival.
AUG 25 - 01 SEPT: Trabzon Yilantas¸ Culture Tourism and Art Activities Festival.
AUG 26 - 30: Afyon Victory (Zafer) Festival
AUG 27 - 29: Balikesir Altinoluk Antandros Culture and Art Festival.
AUG 28 - 30: Kocaeli Yogurt Circumcision-Bicycle Festival
AUG 29 - 31: Denizli - Acipayam Culture Festival
AUG 31 - 02 SEPT: Cankiri - Çerkes¸ Culture and Stockbreeding Festival.
SEPT 01 - 30: Kocaeli Fair International Street Theater Festival
SEPT 01 - 30: Diyarbakir International Watermelon and Culture Festival. S
EPT 01 - 30: Kirikkale Sulakyurt Melon-Watermelon Festival
SEPT 01 - 30: Gumushane Kusburnu Pestil Tourism Festival
SEPT 01 - 30: Ordu Golden Column Honey and Culture-Art Tourism Festival.
SEPT 01 - 30: Pamukkale - Denizli International Pamukkale Music and Culture Festival. SEPT 01 - 30: Tokat - Turhal Culture Festival
SEPT 01 - 30: Ankara Anatolian Days Festival
SEPT 01 - 30: Kocaeli Yesil Ihsaniye Apple Festival
SEPT 01 - 30: Bursa Fig Festival
SEPT 01 - 02: Tunceli Pülümür Honey Festival
SEPT 01 - 31 OCT: Ordu Gelinkaya Culture, Art and Tourism Festival.
SEPT 01 - 02: Giresun Tirebolu Hazelnut Festival
SEPT 03 - Manisa, Liberty Celebrations and Javeline Festival.
SEPT 04 - 12: Izmir Fair International Folk Dances Festival
SEP 17 - NOV 08: Istanbul International Istanbul Biennial
SEPT 03 - 09: Kahramanmaras Afsin District Karakucak Wrestling Festival.
SEPT 03 - 09: Zonguldak - Alapli Hazelnut, Culture, Art and Sports Festival.
SEPT 03 - 09: Sivas Traditional Akincilar Melon Festival
SEPT 03 - 09: Mugla Türkbükü Culture and Art Festival
SEPT 03 - 09: Denizli - Akalan Melon - Watermelon Festival
SEPT 03 - 09: Denizli - Söke Festival
SEPT 05 - Edirne - Ipsala Çeltik (Rice) Festival
SEPT 05 - 10: Manisa Alasehir's Independence day - Alasehir Congres Anniversary week, Grape Festival.
SEPT 06 - 07: Balikesir - Gönen Embroidery Festival
SEPT 07 - 09: Aydin Traditional Golden Fig Festival
SEPT 07 - 09: Nevsehir Avanos International Tourism and Handicrafts Festival.
SEPT 07 - Izmir Liberty Celebrations and Fig Festival
SEPT 10 - Kayseri Grape Festival
SEPT 13 - 15: Ankara Traditional Melon Festival and Culture Ceremonies.
SEPT 14 - 22: Siirt Hazelnut Pormotion Competition and Honey Festival.
SEPT 15 - 30: Izmir - Karsiyaka Festival
SEPT 16 - Erzurum Honey, Apple and Wrestling Festival
SEPT 17 - Isparta Miryakefalon Victory Fest and Apple Festival
SEPT 17 - 23: Erzincan - Refahiye Culture and Honey Festival
SEPT 17 - 23: Erzincan Oglanaga Grape Festival
SEPT 17 - Denizli - Çivril Culture and Apple Festival
SEPT 20 - 24: Karabuk Golden Saffron Film Festival
SEPT 22 - 24: Adiyaman Besni Education and Culture Festival
SEPT 24 - 30: Kayseri Yemliha Aubergine Festival
SEPT 24 - 30: Kahramanmaras Göksun District Karakucak Wrestling Festival.
SEPT 24 - 30: Nigde Ulukisla Grape and Culture Festival
SEPT 25 - Karaman - Konya Apple Festival
SEPT 26 - 27: Corum Ayçiçegi (Sunflower) Festival
SEPT 30 - Yozgat-Aydincik Onion, Culture and Art Festival
OCT 01 - 05: Antalya 38th Antalya Golden Orange Film Festival
OCT 01 - 07: Kirsehir Kaman Walnut Festival
OCT 01 - 31: Bolu Köroglu Culture,Art and Tourism Festival
OCT 01 - 31: Kirikkale Hasandede Culture Festival
OCT 02 - 04: Sanliurfa International Ataturk Dam Water Sports Feast.
OCT 03 - 06: Alanya - Antalya, Alanya International Culture and Art Festival.
OCT 05 - 07: Corum - Bayat, Culture and Walnut Festival
OCT 05 - 07: Corum, Oguzlar Culture Art And Walnut Festival
OCT 07 - Kastamonu International Tasköprü Culture and Garlic Festival.
OCT 07 - 10: Bitlis Culture Feast and Walnut Festival
OCT 08 - 14: Eskisehir, International Eskisehir Festival
OCT 11 - 15: Nevsehir, Grape Harvest Festival
OCT 13 - 14: Corum, Demirseyh Traditional Cabbage Festival and Karakucak Wrestling. OCT 14 - Izmir, Sirince Grape Harvest and Wine Festival
OCT 14 - 26: Sanliurfa, Sanliurfa International Culture and Art Week.
OCT 19 - 20: Bilecik Pomegranate and Fig Festival
OCT 22 - 28: Kahramanmaras¸ Karakucak Wrestling Festival
OCT 30 - Ardahan Goose Festival
NOV 01 - 30: Istanbul, International CRR (Cemal Resit Rey) Mystical Music Festival.
NOV 21 - 29: Ankara, Ankara Theater Festival
DEC 01 - 31 : Istanbul, International CRR (Cemal Resit Rey) Piano Festival.
DEC 03 - 07: Demre - Antalya, Demre International St. Nicholas Memorial Celebrations. DEC 10 - 16: Karabuk Hindi (turkey) Festival
DEC 10 - 17: Konya, Mevlana Memorial Celebrations
DEC 29 - 30: Aydin, Traditional Camel Wrestling Festival