Istanbul Foundation for Culture and Arts’ (IKSV) oldest and most prized event, theInternational Istanbul Music Festival, was first held in June 15-July 15 1973. Since it’s beginning it has held a vast selection of programs such as classical music, classical ballet, contemporary dance, opera, traditional music, jazz, pop, film, theater and visual art forms, performed by both local and foreign artists. The festival has brought many music lovers together both from abroad and Turkey.
Most importantly, this festival has stimulated the interest in and appreciation of classical music in Turkey. By placing the concerts in different historical venues, it contributes to the awareness of the cultural heritage of our country.
The 41st Istanbul Music Festival took place during the summer, between the 4th and 29th of June, 2013. This years program was built around the theme “Time and Change”. It hosted more than 500 local and foreign artists at different venues throughout Istanbul.
Even though this festival has awakened our interest in classical music, it still has not achieved all the recognition it deserves. The Turkish society does not cherish or value the arts as much as it is supposed to. These types of concerts and festivals are not with the same kind of enthusiasm found in cities like London or New York. We still fundamentally lack interest in the performing arts. Without this support, it will be difficult for Turkey to broaden its horizons culturally.