The 22-day jazz festival in Turkey's capital city featured more than 450 musicians performing across 50 concerts and 27 venues
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The Istanbul Jazz Festival celebrates its 25th birthday on the 27 June with over 250 acts, two years after the disruption caused by a failed coup
By Jamie Raybould on 22 May 2018
The Istanbul Jazz Festival is celebrating its 25th birthday by bringing 250 leading artists and newly discovered artists across 27 venues from the 27 June to the 17 July. The festival comes two years after the failed political coup disrupted the event in 2016, and a year after fans rallied in high attendance.
After the 2017 concert, a year after the coup, festival director Pelin Opcin comments: “The audience reaction was amazing, we reached our target of 98% attendance, with 25,000 people attending.
“But it’s not just about the numbers, what was also important for us was seeing how long people stayed at the festival outside of the concert times, and what the general vibe was like. We were delighted – the eagerness and enthusiasm I saw among attendees this year is really promising.”
“The audience reaction was amazing, we reached our target of 98% attendance, with 25,000 people attending.”
As well as leading jazz artists, the festival will present an international showcase titled “Vitrin: Showcase for Contemporary Music from Turkey”, a showcase and networking event on the ensemble’s and musicians of the scene. The showcase also ran last year, to great success.
Some of the artists attending the festival include: Robert Plant, Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds, Melody Gardot, and Benjamin Clementine.
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