21. İstanbul Jazz Festival 1-16 July

Tuesday, July 1, 2014 - 21:00
The 21st Istanbul Jazz Festival will once again liven up the city with the legends of jazz in the 28 concerts that will feature over 200 musicians from Turkey and abroad, at 13 different venues. The Istanbul Jazz Festival, the youngest of İKSV’s festivals, has been held every year since 1994. Taking place in the first half of July, the festival features jazz, pop, rock and world music performances in different venues in Istanbul. The festival celebrated its 20th anniversary in 2013. İKSV chose to build this festival around jazz music because it believes jazz is one of the most innovative musical genres – open to new ideas, inclusive and accessible. Accordingly, İKSV organises a broad-spectrum event that not only brings together music lovers and musicians, but also supports the work of jazz musicians in Turkey and encourages new productions. The Istanbul Jazz Festival features classical and modern jazz, Latin and Nordic jazz, works combining electronic music and jazz, and other music categories, such as rock, pop, reggae, funk and world music. Thanks to this diversity, the Istanbul Jazz Festival provides audiences new opportunities for discovery. At the same time, with its daring approach to venue selection, the festival reaches beyond traditional concert halls to Istanbul’s historical sites, streets and avenues, trams and ferries, so as to reach a wider audience. Each year, the festival attracts around 50,000 people to more than 30 concerts held at various historical venues of Istanbul, such as the Cemil Topuzlu Open-Air Theatre, Hagia Eirene Museum, Istanbul Archaeological Museums, Esma Sultan Mansion, as well as at outdoor venues around the city. Considered to be a leading jazz festival in Europe, the Istanbul Jazz Festival is one of the first members of the International Jazz Festivals Organisations (IJFO). In 2002, the Istanbul Jazz Festival began to present a Lifetime Achievement Award every year. You can see festival program at caz.iksv.org/en/program