Wednesdays through Sundays 'til 5am gay/ straight-friendly dance club - Istanbul's biggest - with resident and guest DJs, go-go boys and girls, drag shows, special performances, theme parties.
Istanbul Bears organize local and international bear meetings, parties and events for bears, chubs, cubs, chasers and admirers to build well communication between Turkish bears, Kurdish bears and bears from all over the world. Events include the September Autumn Bear Festival with Hammam events and other parties - this past year taking place at Firuzağa Hamamı, Mono Bar, and Cheeky Club.
February 14, 2020, 9pm-2am at Hamam Bizbize. Valentine's Day Dance Party w/ DJs Saintjer (Pop-House-Turkish Edits) + Koray Eski (Electronic-House-Techno). Featuring dancer Buğra Büyükşimşek, born in 1998, a charming young talent who is a member of Turkey’s biggest dance workshop company: DansFabrika. Also: gogo dancers BERKAN + JULIYA; drag host NUTELLA.
March 6, 2020, 11pm-4am. GZone's most provocative party w/ CEYTENGRI + SPOOKPRAXIS Master+Slave show, plus performance by Mr & Mrs Putka. Techno/House music by DJ SaintJer.
April 10-21, 2020. Twelve days of festival - a rich palette of award-winning world cinema films, Turkish cinema, classics, masterpieces, latest discoveries. Lately has included 187 feature films, 10 shorts, 24 experimental films, 25 different categories - 221 films by 223 directors from 62 countries, + talks with guest filmmakers, panel discussions, concerts + special events.
Pride Week annual event since 2003 when about 30 people participated. In the years 2015-18 events have been banned. Previous marches had attracted up to 30,000 people with a parade from Taksim Square along İstiklal Ave. Hundreds of people, who defied the latest ban of June 29, 2019, were tear-gassed and fired on by Police using plastic bullets.