- 17 June 2014 - “Eternal Rhythms and Timeless Masters of Music”: Izmir Festival kicked off with Krzysztof Penderecki
- 10 June 2014 - New on Festival Bytes: Waiting for one’s festival
- 07 August 2013 - New on Festival Bytes: Past, present, and future: a mission of a city
- 23 July 2013 - Unforgettable closing of the 27th International Izmir Festival
- 12 June 2013 - The best of the world at the International Izmir Festival
- 18 September 2012 - EFA Jubilee celebrated in Izmir: Finale Excitement of the Young Composers
- 06 June 2011 - International Izmir Festival celebrates 25th anniversary
Mithatpasa Caddesi No:138
Tel: 00 90 232 482 00 90
Fax: 00 90 232 482 01 66
Tel: 00 90 232 482 00 90
Fax: 00 90 232 482 01 66
International Izmir Festival
The International Izmir Festival features world renowned artists at unique historical venues. The Festival running between June 10 and July 20 every year has over the years proved itself to be one of the cultural and intellectual cornerstones of Turkey, attracting great attendance from locals and foreigners alike. The Festival covers a wide spectrum of classical, traditional and contemporary works in music, ballet, theatre and opera including both international and national performances.
This festival has been an EFA member since 2003.
Each EFA member manages its own Calendar. In case there is no programme availabable for this year, please visit the festival's own website.
Izmir Foundation for Culture Arts and Education was founded in 1985 under the leadership of Dr. Nejat F. Eczacıbaşı. Non-profit, non-governmental and non-political, The Foundation has aimed to research and study, to support, create, protect and preserve culture and arts. Thus, the 1st International Izmir Festival was held from 10th of June to 11th of July 1987 in Izmir.
As a festival of great prestige and high artistic standards, it has been organized in a city located on The Aegean Coast and right in the middle of several historical places and popular touristic resorts of Turkey. Izmir, known as the cradle of civilization, motherland of Epic poet Homer and famous philosopher Heraclitus, is a 5000 year old city where the festival has mingled art and history for 24 straight years now.
The Festival, running between June 10th and July 20th every year, and has over the years proved itself to be one of the cultural and intellectual corner stones of Turkey, attracting great attendance from locals and foreigners visiting Turkey alike. The Festival covers a wide spectrum of classical, traditional and contemporary works in music, ballet, theatre and opera including both international and national performances.
Featuring world renowned artists, the festival has proudly provided opportunities to numerous great artists to perform at the unique ancient venues; The Great Theatre of Ephesus, which is one of the best preserved antique theatres worldwide; the Library of Celsius which was one of the richest libraries of its era; The House of Virgin Mary, which is the meeting point of thousands of Catholics from all over the world; St. Polycarp, which is one of the apocalyptical seven churches and Mt. Pagos on the slopes of where a new city was built at the instigation of Alexander the Great, to name a few.
The Great Theatre of Ephesus, which is one of the best preserved antique theatres worldwide, has been host to many great artists such as St. Petersburg Philharmonic Orchestra conducted by Yuri Temirkanov, Czech Philharmonic Orchestra conducted by Vladimir Ashkenazy, The Philharmonia Orchestra conducted by Leonard Slatkin, Orchestra De Paris conducted by Rafael Fruhbeck de Burgos, Philharmonia Wien Orchestra, conducted by Ola Rudner, Royal Philharmonic Orchestra conducted by Tolga Kashif, Filarmonica Arturo Toscanini conducted by Lorin Maazel, Martha Graham Dance Company, “I Musici” Chamber Orchestra, “Stuttgart Ballet Stars, The Royal Ballet of Flanders, Ensemble Archi Della Scala soloist Katia Ricciarelli, “White Oak Dance Project” Baryshnikov Productions, Josè Carreas, Isabel Rey, Elton John, Julian Llyod Webber, Leonidas Kavakos, Shlomo Mintz, Maxim Vengerov, Fazıl Say, Güher & Süher Pekinel, Jan Garbarek & Hilliard Ensemble, Kiri Te Kanawa, Vienna Boys Choir, Joan Baez, James Brown, Bryan Adams, Chris de Burg, Cecilia Gasdia, Paco de Lucia, Ray Charles, Sting and Elton John in the past 21 years.
Few years ago, yet another first realized; Bellini’s Norma, which was also the first opera performed in Istanbul in 1841, has been performed at the 3,500 years old Great Theatre of Ephesus. This very first opera performance received critical acclaim from opera buffs and was followed by Verdi’s Nabucco the year after. Since then, great emphasis has been put on highlighting an opera production in each year’s programme.
The Foundation organizes The Izmir European Jazz Festival in every March as a separate activity since 1994, is also the organizer of The Dr. Nejat F. Eczacıbaşı National Composition Contest in every two years.
With the conformity of its objectives, the Foundation is benefiting from the great experience it has gained in international area, in order to support training and educating future artists, and art lovers. “Academy İKSEV” has started educational activities in September 2004 in one of the charming historical buildings, for interpretation, training and research in music and stage arts.
Foundation is carrying on works in order to establish the first “Music Museum” of Turkey in İzmir. “Music Museum” is aiming to be the centre where precious music works, records, CDs, music books and notes of contemporary Turkish Composers. Dr. Nejat F. Eczacıbası National Composition Contest winners, are going be conserved. It is meant to be a centre for the use of music students, researchers, musicologist and people of city concerning music.
Owing to the enthusiastic work and uncompromising efforts of The Izmir Foundation for Culture, Arts and Education, Izmir, a 5000 year old city, no doubt shall in the future, be remembered as “The City of Culture & Art”.