Istanbul Culture and Art Events: August 2023

Standing out with its historical and architectural richness, Istanbul also hosts cultural and artistic events in many different fields each year. Concerts, theatre, dance, festivals, exhibitions, and many other events organized in different parts of the city offer unforgettable experiences to art enthusiasts. In August, fun and interesting cultural and art events are waiting for you in the fascinating atmosphere of Istanbul. You can spend a month full of art witnessing the performances of both local and international artists at these events. We have listed 10 different August 2023 culture and art events that will add color to the soul of Istanbul for you. Here are the details...


1. Electronic Music Dance with Nature: Soundscape Festival İstanbul 2023

Soundscape Festival, one of the most popular summer festivals in the city, awaits music lovers with its magnificent atmosphere. The festival, which lasts for two days and hosts musicians from many parts of the world, offers a magical experience by blending electronic music with all the sounds of nature. The event will be held at Lifepark, the largest forested event space in Istanbul, starting on Saturday, August 5th.


2. On Stage with Its New Cast After 40 Years: Zengin Mutfağı 

Offering a magnificent feast with the performance of master actor Şener Şen, Zengin Mutfağı describes the labor movement of 15-16 June 1970 in the history of the Republic from the kitchen of a wealthy family. Şener Şen and Doğu Yaşar Akal sit in the director's chair of the work written by Vasıf Öngören. You can watch this fascinating play on Monday, August 14 at 21.00 at the Harbiye Cemil Topuzlu Open Air Theatre.


3. PSM Loves Summer Bay 100% Music Event: Benjamin Clementine

British singer, songwriter and pianist Benjamin Clementine is meeting with music lovers at a magnificent concert. Known all over the world as a modern performer of folk music and awarded the Lifetime Achievement Award at the Ivor Novello Awards in 2015, the artist is waiting for you with his unique style, excellent stage performance and impressive lyrics. You can watch this magnificent concert at Zorlu PSM Turkcell Stage on August 12 at 21.30. If you are planning to come to Istanbul for a concert, you can stay at Elite World İstanbul Taksim, which offers you comfortable and easy transportation with its location only one metro stop away from Zorlu PSM.

4. A Fascinating Performance: Dansın Ritmi

Are you ready for a perfect dance performance? Dansın Ritmi brings together the Ottoman palace dances, oriental, dances from different regions of Anatolia and rhythm shows with a modern choreography. The show fascinates the audience with its interesting costumes and visual effects. You can watch the show at the Hodjapasha Show Cultural Center. You can also visit the "Dervish Experience" exhibition in the foyer before the show.


5. Mercan Dede Ensemble & Sabahat Akkiraz

Blending Sufi music with modern electronic music in the remarkable project, Dj Mercan Dede takes the stage with Sabahat Akkiraz, the honorable voice of Turkish Folk Music. You can watch this special concert, which offers a musical feast, on Saturday, August 5th at 21.00 at Maximum Uniq Open Air.


6. A Delicious and Entertaining Workshop: French Desserts

The next event will be of great interest to those interested in gastronomy! The workshop, where French desserts have their names written in golden letters in the world cuisine, offers an excellent culinary experience. In the workshop, you can enjoy both making and tasting the summer special strawberry charlotte, French meringue, and French tart with forest fruit. The workshop will be at Cooking Class Academy on August 12 at 11:00!


7. Only in Turkey: İstanbul Cocktail Festival 2023

İstanbul Cocktail Festival, the only festival in the world of gastronomy and mixology in Turkey, hosts many events. The festival features the most beautiful presentations of cocktails, workshops, dining areas and all-day activities, as well as local music performances. The festival is waiting for you at KüçükÇiftlik Park on August 5-6.


8. Jazz Music Meets with Nature: Jehan Barbur ile Ormanda Jazz

Jehan Barbur, one of the Master of Jazz Music, presents a magnificent stage to music lovers with a performance intertwined with nature. The concert, where music will blend with the sounds of nature, meets jazz enthusiasts on August 2 at YBY Woods Life and Activity Area in Kemerburgaz Urban Forest.


9. Passionate Voice of the World is in Istanbul: Yasmin Levy

Yasmin Levy, one of the most important voices of Ladino music in the world, meets music lovers with her rich repertoire from Latin to Sephardic music, from Andalusian music to Arabic and Turkish melodies. You can watch this magnificent concert at Turkcell Vadi on August 10 at 21.00 to witness the unforgettable performance of Yasmin Levy, who stands out with her passionate voice and soulful songs.


10. A Unique Experience: Ana-Dolu (Brave and Lost Women of the War of Independence) Theater Play

İstanbul AKM is hosting a very special theater play this August. The play Ana-Dolu (Brave and Lost Women of the War of Independence), staged by the Erzurum State Theater, is about the women's struggle for victory during the War of Independence. We recommend you watch the play that is written by İlknur Bektaş and directed by Sezai Yılmaz. You can watch this special play on Tuesday, August 29 and Wednesday, August 30 at 20:00 in the AKM Theatre Hall. If you would like to stay in a hotel where you can easily reach the event, you can stay in Elite World İstanbul Taksim, which is located in the heart of Taksim and within walking distance of AKM.