Istanbul Shopping Fest kicks off today

The second Istanbul Shopping Fest kicks-off on Friday June 8th with a great concert of Turkey’s pop icon Hadise at the Taksim Gezi Park and a performance by Model and DJ Funky C.

The 21-day festival aims to convert Turkey into a regional shopping and entertainment center by increasing retail trade by 50 percent more than last year’s event, according to the company press release.

The Istanbul Shopping Fest will take place in over 100 modern shopping centers throughout the city, as well as on the streets of Taksim, Nişantaşı, Şişli, Bakırköy, Fatih, Bahariye and Bağdat Caddesi. It will be accompanied by concerts from famous performers, street parties, fashion shows, competitions and all kinds of other surprises.

Last year’s Istanbul Shopping Fest, which lasted 40 days, hosted over five million domestic and foreign visitors and this year’s aims to bring in seven billion Turkish Liras in 21 days. Visitors will be able to receive special discounts on retail items and, like last year, foreign visitors will be able to benefit from tax-free purchases.

With a constantly growing and changing list of over a couple of hundred retail participants, some of the brands included in this year’s Istanbul Shopping Fest are the following: Tommy Hilfiger, Ralf Lauren, DKNY Jeans, Guess, Zara, Mudo, H&M, GAP, Tekin Acar, Darty, Teknosa, Tefal and many more famous labels.

Here is a list of all the Fest activities:

June 8, 2012
Taksim Concert
Time: 19.00 – 00.00
– DJ Performance (Dj Funky)
– Zalinde Dance Ensemble
– Tiny People
– Group Model
– Hadise

June 9, 2012
İstiklal Avenue Procession
Time: 12.30 – 14.00
(starting from Odakule)

June 9, 2012
Bağdat Avenue Procession
Time: 17.00 – 19.00

June 9, 2012
Trump Towers Shopping Centre – Shopping Party
19.00 – 02.00
Non-stop shopping-entertainment till 02.00 am
– Zalinde

June 9, 2012
Optimum Shopping Centre – Shopping Party
19.00 – 02.00
Non-stop shopping-entertainment till 02.00 am
– Tiny People Show
– Gift Wheel with Jess Molho
– Power FM Simulator
– Music Pleasure with Power FM DJs

June 15, 2012
ISF-ING BANK Bağdat Avenue DJ Party
Time: 19.00 – 23.00
(in front of the Mark&Spencer store)

June 15, 2012
Sultanahmet (Blue Mosque) Event
Time: 19.00 – 23.30
– Hüsnü Şenlendirici and Suyun Rüyası (Marble Show – Sand Art Show)
– Su Güneş MIHLADIZ Semah (whirling) Show
– Shaman
– City Orchestra and Mehteran

June 16, 2012
Akmerkez Shopping Centre – ISF Shopping Party
Time: 19.00 – 02.00
Non-stop shopping-entertainment till 02.00 am
– Boblins

16 Haziran 2012
Buyaka Shopping Centre- İSF Shopping Party
Time: 19.00 – 02.00
Non-stop shopping-entertainment till 02.00 am
– Cuba Caribbean Concert
– LA BRİGADE DES JOUETS / TOY BRİGADE French Show Group

June 20, 2012
Nişantaşı DJ Party
Time: 19.00-23.00
(Abdi İpekçi Caddesi, opposite Beymen Store)

June 22, 2012
Bakırköy Özgürlük Square DJ Party
Time: 19.00-23.00

June 23
Metrocity Shopping Centre – ISF Shopping Party
Time: 19.00 – 02.00
Non-stop shopping-entertainment till 02.00 am
– Curious Noses

June 23, 2012
Akbatı Shopping Centre – ISF Shopping Party
Saat: 19.00 – 02.00
Non-stop shopping-entertainment till 02.00 am
– The Flying Madmen

June 27, 21:00
Time: 19.00 – 23.00
Nancy Ajram Concert
Cemil Topuzlu Harbiye Açıkhava Sahnesi
Tickets are available at the Biletix!!

İSF-VOGUE Bağdat Street Window Contest
June 06-08, 2012: Window photo shooting

June 13, 2012: İSF and VOGUE decision of the jury

June 15, 2012: Announcement of the winner

For more information check www.istshopfest.com or follow İstanbul Shopping Fest at Facebook and Twitter:

Author: istanbul

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