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Kirkpinar Oil Wrestling

According to legend, two soldiers in 1361 wrestled to entertain their comrades until they both deceased of exhaustion. When they buried their buddies, 40 springs spontaneously spouted from the ground. Every year in the last week of June, they honou...

Istanbul Jazz Festival

The Istanbul Jazz Festival has a surprisingly varied programme each year. In 2009, it was the 16th edition, and during the previous events, big artists were on stage, like Norah Jones, Robert Plant (Led Zeppelin), Algiers Brass Band and the Istanbul...

Istanbul Biennial

The theme "What Keeps Mankind Alive?" of the 11th International Istanbul Biennial, is derived from Bertolt Brecht's opera 'Die Dreigroschenoper" of 1928. But the organisers of the event explain that this question is of an even greater importance toda...

Istanbul Design Week

Istanbul Design Week is a place where designers, producers, young talent and design fans join to exchange ideas, discover new trends and enjoy shows. The best part of Design Week is its location: the 80 years old Galata Bridge, which is one of the ci...

Swim-Row-Sail Competition

Under the motto "participation is more important than winning", year after year hundreds of people of all ages participate in these competition events organized by the Turkish Olympic Committee. The race on the Bosphorus is divided into swimming, ro...

Istanbul Music Festival

Like the other 'International Istanbul' festivals this is a brainchild of the "Istanbul Foundation for Culture and Arts' and this is among the best the city has to offer. For that reason the foundation is awarded by UNESCO with an international cult...

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