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Akbank Jazz Festival - October
Email: akbanksanat@akbank.com
Phone: (0 212) 252 35 00 – 01
FAX: (0 212) 245 12 28

Style: Various

Contact: Akbank Sanat Beyoğlu
İstiklal Cad. Zambak Sok. No:1
Beyoğlu-İstanbul, 34435

Istanbul International Jazz Festival - July
Email: medya@iksv.org
Phone: +90 (212) 334 07 00 ext:750
FAX: +90 (212) 334 07 16 / 17

Style: Various

Contact: İstanbul Foundation for Culture and Arts
Istiklal Caddesi 64
Beyoglu 34435 İstanbul,

The İstanbul Foundation for Culture and Arts is a non-profit, non-governmental organization founded in 1973 by fourteen businessmen who gathered under the leadership of Dr. Nejat F. Eczacıbaşı with the aim of organizing an international arts festival in İstanbul.The Foundation’s initial goal was to offer the finest examples of cultural and artistic works from around the world, while at same time promoting Turkish national, cultural and artistic assets by creating an international platform of communication through the arts. The first International İstanbul Festival, organized in 1973 on the 50th Anniversary of the Foundation of the Turkish Republic, covered a period of one and a half months and focused mainly on classical music. Soon after, it included other artistic genres in its program. A few days were devoted to film screenings, drama, jazz and ballet performances, and art exhibitions held in historic venues. With the increase in public interest, groups of events organized in different artistic disciplines gradually evolved into distinct festivals. Beginning in 1982, the film week turned into the International İstanbul Film Festival; 1987 marked the beginning of the International İstanbul Biennial; in 1989 the International İstanbul Theater Festival was initiated, followed in 1994 by the International İstanbul Jazz Festival; in the same year, the International İstanbul Festival changed its name to the International İstanbul Music Festival.

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