The Istanbul International Jazz Festival is an annual music festival that takes place in Istanbul, Turkey. It was first held in 1994 and has since become one of the most popular music festivals in Turkey and the region. The festival is organized by the Istanbul Foundation for Culture and Arts (IKSV) and typically runs for two weeks in July.
Istanbul Jazz Festival showcases a diverse range of jazz music from around the world, featuring both established and emerging artists. In addition to jazz, the festival also includes performances of other genres of music such as blues, funk, and world music. The festival takes place at various venues throughout Istanbul, including historic buildings, concert halls, and open-air spaces.
Some of the past performers at the Istanbul International Jazz Festival include legendary jazz musicians such as Herbie Hancock, Chick Corea, and Wayne Shorter, as well as contemporary artists such as Kamasi Washington and Gregory Porter.
In addition to the concerts, the festival also includes workshops, masterclasses, and panel discussions featuring musicians, critics, and academics. These events offer an opportunity for music lovers to learn more about jazz music and its impact on culture and society.
Tickets for the Istanbul Jazz Festival can be purchased online or at the box office of the performance venues. The festival typically offers both individual ticket and package deals for multiple concerts. Visitors to Istanbul during the festival period can enjoy a unique musical experience while exploring the city’s rich cultural heritage.