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Festivals In Istanbul That You Will Not Want To Miss

Istanbul is one of the major cities when it comes to festivals. These festivals include music, films, culture, nature, literature and every other subject you can possibly think of. Istanbul is a living and breathing city with both its history and cultural events. The locals who live in Istanbul have supported these events and made it possible for them to reunite with both the fans and new attendees. It is a fun way to complete your cultural tour and get to know people at the same time.

1-One Love Festival


One Love is a music festival which takes place in the city. It is like a little getaway for locals which they can relax and listen to quality music. One Love Festival has hosted over 1500 artists until now. The festival which opens its doors to thousands of fans takes place in June every year.

2-Istanbul Second-hand Book Festival

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This festival is also known as Beyoglu Second-hand Book Festival. The Istanbul Second-hand Book Festival takes place near Istiklal Street, one of the most popular and busiest streets in Istanbul. It is possible to find very rare publishing’s and non used books as well. You can also come across posters, magazines and records.

3-Istanbul Film Festival


Istanbul Film Festival is one of the oldest Eastern European festivals which has been taking place every year since 1982. The Istanbul Film Festival has an unbreakable record with its %99 occupancy rate since 1999.

4-Istanbul Puppet Festival

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On its 17th birthday, the Puppet festival welcomes the world’s most talented puppet artists. The festival begins in May every year and is done for the popularization of puppetry.

5-Istanbul Tanpinar Literature Festival


The Istanbul Tanpinar Literature Festival takes its name from a very important writer Ahmet Hamdi Tanpinar. It is also the first literature festival in Turkey. Each year a subject is set and attendees such as writers, poets and editors take their place in this festival. If you are interested in such subjects, this festival is an amazing way to explore Turkish literature.