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  • Aspendos International Opera and Ballet Festival
  • Mevlana Whirling Dervishes Konya
  • Tulip Festival
  • Turkey Folk Music


Events in Turkey attract people from all over the world but especially Europeans.

Aspendos International Opera and Ballet Festival

The magic of the Aspendos International Opera and Ballet Festival in June owes much to the magical atmosphere of the 2,000-year-old Aspendos Amphitheatre. This ancient Roman amphitheatre can seat between 4000 to 6000 spectators and is beautifully illuminated during night-time events.  Research conducted by the Independent has placed the festival as one of the top 5 opera festivals in the world. Seventy per cent of the attendees at the Aspendos International Opera and Ballet Festival are international tourists.

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Mevlana Whirling Dervishes

Konya, in south central of Turkey, plays host to the Mevlana Week and Whirling Dervish Ceremonies every December. The notable Turkish philosopher and poet Mevlana Celaleddin-i Rumi is commemorated during ten days of festivities and his life is celebrated with dance.

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Tulip Festival

The tulips begin to bloom around the end of March or beginning of April, depending on the weather. They bloom for several weeks and may delight the eye and the spirit for nearly a month. The tulip is one of Istanbul’s traditional symbols. Brought to the city from Iran centuries ago, it was favored and cultivated here until tulip-love became a mania. In the so-called Tulip Period of Ottoman history, a rare tulip variety could be sold for a breathtaking sum. Tulips made their way from Istanbul to Europe—specifically Holland—where a similar tulip mania soon consumed the imaginations—and bank accounts—of Dutch tulip-lovers. Visit Istanbul in April and enjoy the Tulip Festival, not to mention the thousand other things that make this city, uniquely vibrant and different.

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Classical Music Events

Turkey is home to the world’s most important classical music festivals and events. For the classical music enthusiast, Turkey has an experience for you to treasure. Istanbul is without a doubt the most important centre of the classical music festivals. In the summer, a number of music events are held in Istanbul. Many of these festivals are organized by and associated with prominent names in Turkey’s private sector. Antalya is home to another important opera, ballet and classical music festival in Turkey. Izmir is notable for hosting the oldest festival activity in Turkey, the multi thematic Izmir International Fair is held in the first half of September, and is organized by İZFAŞ, a depending company of Izmir Metropolitan Municipality. Furthermore Ankara, the capital city of Turkey is home to the International Music Festival in July, one of Turkey’s finest cultural events.

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