Top Istanbul events for 2010
Thinking about a trip to Istanbul in 2010, but can’t decide when you should go? Why not plan your trip around one of these top events for Istanbul that will rock the city in 2010.
The cosmopolitan city of Istanbul is named 2010 European Capital of Culture and named as the best place to be in 2010.
A tally of major concerts are coming to Istanbul in 2010. If early trends are any indication, 2010 may be the best year for major concerts and events in Istanbul yet.
So if you’re going to Istanbul in 2010, these are the dates to put in your agenda now.
Top Istanbul Events in 2010
- Istanbul International Film Festival
This year, through April 18, The eagerly awaited 29th International Istanbul Film Festival will host more than 200 films in 23 categories.
- David Helfgott April 6 – 8
One of the most important pianists of the world adopted the life of Oscar-winning movie Shine, David Helfgott is coming to Istanbul to play the piano concerto on 6 and 8 April.
- David Guetta April 10
The world-wide respected DJ David Guetta will play for all dance music lovers in Istanbul on April 10 Saturday night organized by UNILIFE.
- Grandmaster Flash April 10
One of the pioneers of hip-hop DJing, cutting, and mixing. Grandmaster Flash was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2007, becoming the first hip hop/rap artist to be so honored. A legend will perform on April 10 at GHETTO.
- WWE – Smackdown! April 18
Sunday April 18, 2010 World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE) with the most famous wrestlers from the team in Turkey!
- Istanbul hip hop festival April 25
The first Istanbul hip hop festival will be held this year in Istanbul with the 2010 Hip Hop Festival for Turkey’s Hip Hop culture on Sunday April 25.
- SEPULTURA April 27
Brazilian heavy metal band SEPULTURA will be in Istanbul on April 27th, 2010 for only one concert as part of their 25th World Tour.
- Istanbul International Puppet Festival May 4 – 16
The annual International Istanbul Puppet Festival hosts many famous national and international puppeteers from as far as Taiwan and Brazil and will run from May 4 to 16.
- Istanbul International Theater Festival May 10
The 17th International Istanbul Theater Festival is set to begin on May 10. Organized by the Istanbul Foundation for Culture and Arts, or İKSV, the festival will continue through June 10.
- Dany Brilliant May 10
France’s most famous pop singer Dany Brillant, will give a concert in Istanbul on May 10.
- Harry Connick Jr. May 18
Famous singer, pianist, song-writer, and actor Harry Connick Jr., will meet his fans in İstanbul for the first time on Tuesday night May 18 at 20.30 at İstanbul Congress Centre in Harbiye.
- Nouvelle Vague May 18
Enjoy Punk and New Wave songs in an entirely new form, Nouvelle Vague, Bossa Nova, jazz and ’60s pop of the audience is invited to an amazing and surprising journey through time at Babylon on May 18.
- Akon May 21
Akon has had 6 Grammy Awards nominations and has produced many hits for artists such as Lady Gaga, Colby O’Donis and Leona Lewis. AKON will meet with his Turkish fans on 21 May.
- Chill-Out Festival 23 May
Chill-Out Festival will be held at Kemer Golf & Country Club with a wide musical spectrum such as, jazz trip-hop, Latin. 12 hours of continuous music with Caravan Palace Orchestra, Bonobo, Tunng, Alex Cuba Band, Club des Belugas, & Mishkin Palov and Lucky Elephant will present at the scene.
- 2010 Formula 1 Turkey Grand Prix May 28-29-30
Istanbul is undoubtedly one of the most unique cities on the Formula One calendar this year on 30 May 2010
- Bob Dylan May 31
Bob Dylan is the greatest composers of modern times and is coming to Istanbul again after 21 years, to give a special concert on May 31, 2010.
- Eric Clapton June 13
Eric Clapton and Steve Winwood will perform on June 13 at Santral Istanbul, a venue on the Golden Horn campus of Bilgi University.
- Jean Michel Jarre
Multifaceted artist Jean Michel Jarre is coming to Istanbul with his 2010 Tour on June 15 at Turkcell Kuruçeşme Arena.
- Sonisphere Istanbul June 25-27
Sonisphere Istanbul features the greatest rock bands in the world will be held June 25-27 at the İnönü Stadium in Dolmabahçe.
- Metallica June 25
Metallica will perform in Istanbul at Sonisphere Istanbul June 25-27
- Rammstein June 26
Rammstein will perform in Istanbul at Sonisphere Istanbul June 25-27
- Megadeth June 26
Megadeth will perform in Istanbul at Sonisphere Istanbul June 25-27
- Rihanna June 3
Rihanna is coming to Istanbul for the first time, to perform with her Last Girl on Earth Tour on June 3.
- Lady GaGa June 15
Lady GaGa is coming to Istanbul this year to perform on June 15th at Kurucesme Arena in Istanbul.
- Unirock July 2
Hosted bands like TESTAMENT, OPETH, ARCH ENEMY, KREATOR, DARK TRANQUILLITY, PARADISE LOST and AMON AMARTH, Unirock Open Air Festival once again welcomes trash and metal bands in Istanbul on July 2.
- Massive Attack July 13
Legendary creator of trip-hop group Massive Attack is coming back with a great performance on July 13 2010.
- Armin van Buuren July 16
Armin van Buuren No. 1 DJ in the world will perform in Istanbul on July 16.
- Faithless July 17
Faithless Istanbul concert will be held on July 17 experience a great live performance. Faithless known for their hits “Why Go,” “Insomnia,” “God Is A DJ” and “We Come 1”, spend four years long on a new album “The Dance” and will meet with their Turkish fans in Istanbul on July 17.
- Eros Ramazzotti July 17
Ramazotti released his new album Alien Radi pressure” In 2009 and will perform in Istanbul on July 7 as part of his tour.
Efes Pilsen One Love Festival 9 July 19 – 20
De La Soul, The Whitest Boy Alive and Wild Beasts will perform at Efes Pilsen One Love Festival on.
- The Cranberries July 22
The Cranberries became one of the more successful groups to emerge from the pre-Britpop U.K. indie scene of the early ’90s. Led by vocalist Dolores O’Riordan they will give a concert on July 22 in Istanbul.
- U2 360 Tour Istanbul September 6
U2 360 Tour Istanbul will be held this summer at the Ataturk Olympic Stadium on Sept. 6.
- Ozzy Osbourne September 30
Rock legend Ozzy Osbourne will come to Istanbul this year, among the names. World’s most radical heavy metal and rock group. Ozzy Osbourne will perform in Istanbul on September 30 at BKM Kurucesme Arena.
- Chris Botti 08 October 2010
Chris Botti in Istanbul.
- Body Worlds 12 October 2010
Body Worlds Istanbul.
- Discover Manga! 12 October 2010
Discover Manga! Istanbul.
- Efes Pilsen Blues Festival 16 October 2010
Efes Pilsen Blues Festival Istanbul.
- UB40 22 October 2010
UB40 in Istanbul.
- Herbie Hancock 26 October 2010
Herbie Hancock in Istanbul.
- Kenny Baron 30 October 2010
Kenny Baron in Istanbul.
- Belinda Carlisle 06 November 2010
Belinda Carlisle in Istanbul.
- Terence Blanchard 9 and10 November 2010
Terence Blanchard in Istanbul.
- WWE – Smackdown! 14 November 2010
WWE – Smackdown! Istanbul.
- ABBA the Show 13 December 2010
ABBA the Show in Istanbul.
- Vanessa Paradis 07 February 2011
Vanessa Paradis in Istanbul.
Leave a comment below if you know any other top events in Istanbul for 2010.