Being home to a vibrant daily life, Istanbul is an international art and culture center. Art galleries, cultural centers, theater, dance (opera, ballet), music, concert halls, congresses, fairs, festivals, the other cultural events and venues all constitute the cultural treasury of Istanbul.
Ataturk Cultural Center (AKM) at Taksim is the major multi-purpose cultural center in Istanbul. This complex is home to State Symphony Orchestra, State Theater, State Opera and Ballet. The center hosts a great deal of Istanbul festivals throughout the year. Every year, Istanbul International Art and Culture Festival (June-July) is held by the participation of many artists and art-lovers from every part of the world. Introducing the cultural wealth of the city through all the aspects, this festival witnesses opera, ballet, concerts, conferences, films, exhibitions and many other cultural activities. Most of these activities are performed in AKM. Istanbul International Theater Festival generally held in May is organized at AKM.
Istanbul Film Festival (April), International Istanbul Biennial (September) and Istanbul Music Festival (June) are some of the major international festivals held in Istanbul. Ramazan Feast (Ramazan Bayrami; the end of the Holy Ramazan Month) is a three days national holiday and is one of the most dynamic times of the year. Feshane at Eyüp is among the fundamental locations of this dynamism. Also, Kurban Feast (Kurban Bayrami) is Turkey's most significant religious period of 4 days.
Harbiye Open Air Theater is another major performing center in the city. The theater is home to Jazz Festival events and many contemporary concerts. Also, Rumeli Citadel Concerts are popular organizations actualized by the participation of national and international artists.
Cemal Resit Bey Concert Hall at Harbiye is also one of the popular venues for concerts and exhibitions. Especially classic music activities are held at this municipality-owned famous hall. Also, a great range of dance performances are held at the same venue.
Akatlar Cultural Center (Akatlar), Akbank Art & Cultural Center (Beyoglu), Ataturk Cultural Center (Taksim), İs Sanat Cultural Center (4th Levent), Sabanci Performing Arts Center (Sabanci University), Yapi Kredi Cultural Center (Istiklal Steet) and Yunus Emre Cultural Center (Bakirkoy) are among the major cultural centers spread throughout the city.
CNR Expo at Yenibosna and Tuyap at Beylikduzu are the main centers for a great range of national and international fairs throughout the year.
Beside its historical and cultural aspects giving a diversity to the social life in Istanbul, the hearth of Turkish economics pulsates in Istanbul. Lot’s of domestic and foreign corporations are situated within this metropole. The geographical benefactions, the high level of industrial and economical improvement leading a modern and the demographic structure of the society are all the factors for a dynamic, diversified and hectic night life of Istanbul. Istanbul is an amusement center by its modern hotels, exceptional restaurants, discotheques, cabarets, jazz clubs, bars and so on.
Modern discos, bars and jazz clubs are found in Harbiye and Taksim. Cicek Passage over the Istiklal Street at Taksim is a popular place to drink and eat out. Also, the Nevizade Street next to the Passage is an excellent place to taste sea food. The historical restaurants in Sultanahmet are among the most charming alternatives to eat out. Kumkapi stands out with the night clubs, fish restaurants and bars. Ortakoy is one of the best places for the nightlife at the city.