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.
April 5-16, 2019. Twelve days of festival - a rich palette of award-winning world cinema films, Turkish cinema, classics, masterpieces, latest discoveries. Lately 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.
April 16, 2019, 9pm-2am. Alternative night life, rainbow-colored GZone Our Pride invites all who want to join the drag world. A MAC Cosmetics make-up artist will do make-overs by appointment at this fun party. Resident DJ to be accompanied by SaintJer, Ceytengri, Cicek Kid and Florence Delight with lipsync performances. Hosts Vanessa Hill, Ozden Cerrahoğlu and Can Ateşsaçan.
April 20, 2019, 10pm-5am, RX Istanbul, Siraselviler Cad. Aslanyatagi Sok. No:3 Taksim. Pre-Pride party 5 for the year at RX (former Roxy) to remember we are together, and have fun. DJs Babydoll, Vulpix, deus ex machina, Marló, Sallı, and Pravus.
April 26, 2019, 10pm-4am. 2019 Miss Gender Florence Konstantina Delight at RX (former Roxy) - remember we are together, and we will have fun. DJs Hejera'çiya, Florence K, and Mel-B play Pop, Turkish, and Electro Pop.
May 3, 2019, 7pm-1am at Vesta, Alsancak mah. 1475. Sk. 3. First time in Izmir! Inviting all unicorns under the rainbow: good music/ beautiful terrace ambiance and entertainment w/ Hornet, Özden Cerrahoğlu and Can Ateşsaçan; DJ SaintJer, surprise performances/ drag queens/ sexy gogo boys.
May 17-24, 2019. Celebrating women who are marginalized or fetishized in mainstream culture w/ queer feminist punk collectives Chaos, I Am Your Mistress + Queer-A. Anti-normative, anti-conformist formations include mixed exhibitions and workshops at the Dramaqueer (Istanbul Art Association); opening party at Bigudi and the HERESY split launch concert at Anahit. Activities open to all.
Pride Week annual event since 2003 when about 30 people participated. Likely to be cancelled by officials as 2015-17 events were. Previous June marches had attracted up to 30,000 people w/ parade from Taksim Square along İstiklal Ave. See website + facebook.