Over 200 musicians to perform at Istanbul Jazz Festival 2016

  • Published by Ozgur Tore

jazz2016This summer, over 200 Turkish and international musicians will participate in the 23rd Istanbul Jazz Festival, giving music lovers in Istanbul the chance to see jazz legends in approximately 50 concerts performed in more than 20 venues.

Organized by the Istanbul Foundation for Culture and Arts (İKSV) and sponsored by Garanti Bank for the past 19 years, Istanbul Jazz Festival will take place between 27 June and 25 July 2016.

The 23rd Istanbul Jazz Festival programme includes a range of jazz, funk, world music, blues and rock performances, with highlights including the legendary Nile Rodgers and his group CHIC, as well as current and former members of The Syrian National Orchestra for Arabic Music with Damon Albarn, Kamasi Washington, Laura Mvula, Ernest Ranglin, Hugh Coltman, Joss Stone, Vintage Trouble, and Gregory Porter. Once again the “Jazz at Parks" and “Night Out” events will be held on the Asian side of Istanbul as part of the festival programme. The festival features a children’s event for the first time this year. “A Childlike Day” will feature performances and workshops for children.

Two new venues, Beykoz Kundura (former shoe factory) and Bomontiada, will be used to host concerts in the 23rd Istanbul Jazz Festival, joining other festival venues including the Cemil Topuzlu Open-Air Theatre, Embassy of Germany Tarabya Summer Residence, Fenerbahçe Park and Fenerbahçe Khalkedon, Austrian Cultural Office Garden, Istanbul High School Garden, KüçükÇiftlik Park, Sabancı University Sakıp Sabancı Museum, Salon İKSV, Uniq Open-Air Theatre, Zorlu PSM Main Theatre and Zorlu PSM Drama Theatre.

“Jazz in the Park” concerts held in Fenerbahçe Park, free of charge and the “Night Out” performances held in various venues in Kadıköy Moda will again bring music to different parts of the city.

The programme of the 23rd Istanbul Jazz Festival was announced at a press meeting held on the evening of Monday 28 March at Nola Istanbul. Details about all events can be found on the festival website (

Tickets for the 23rd Istanbul Jazz Festival go on sale on Saturday 16 April at 10:00 and are available from Biletix sales points, and also from the İKSV main box office (every day from 10:00-18:00 except Sundays) where there is no service charge. As well as full-priced tickets, discounted tickets for students are available for all concerts.

Tulip Cardholders receive special discounts of up to 25% on tickets. Pre-sales for Black and White Tulip Cardholders will be from 11-12 April, and for Red and Yellow Tulip Cardholders from 13-15 April.


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