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Gay Istanbul

Life Is Short, Art Long - Curated by Dr. Brigitte Pitarakis
The Art of Healing in Byzantium

February 11 - April 26, 2015 at Pera Museum. Exhibit examines the art and practice of healing in Byzantium from Roman to late Byzantine times; faith, magic, and rational medicine as methods of healing from foundations laid by Apollo and Asklepios, healers of antiquity, and Hippocrates and Dioscorides, the founders of rational medicine and also examines the roles of the physician saints.
The Istanbul International Independent Film Festival

February 12-22, 2015.  Dedicated to showcasing the best in contemporary film. The festival is curated and based on thematic sections, some of which change every year to reflect issues that are gripping the world's - and filmmakers'- imagination.
The 7th annual Bear Pride weekend in Beyoğlu/ Taksim
Istanbear Spring Festival 2015

April 2-6, 2015. See schedule at website below. Events typically include: HAMMAM PARTY; OPENING PARTY, TALKs, COCKTAIL SOCIALS at venues including Mono Bar, Cheeky Club, SPOD LGBTI Association, and Firuzağa Hammam.
To encourage the development of cinema in Turkey
34th Istanbul Film Festival

April 4-19, 2015 The two weeks of festival will provide a rich palette of award-winning films of world cinema, the latest in Turkish cinema, plus classics, masterpieces and the latest discoveries - 20 sections to feature 204 films by 222 directors from 62 countries; plus talks with directors and actors and some most entertaining parties. See films and venues at:
Onur Yürüyüşü
Gay Pride Istanbul

Late June 2015? (not yet confirmed) Pride Week. An anual event since 2003, when about 30 people took part in the first Gay Pride Istanbul, recent marches have attracted up to 30,000 people with a parade from Taksim Square along İstiklal Ave. See KAOS re: 2015.
Atlantis Events
Rome to Istanbul Cruise

August 14 - 24, 2015 The Mediterranean on Europe’s largest/ most spectacular gay cruise, sailing to the best of Italy, Greece, and Turkey with a full night in both Mykonos and Istanbul. Onboard the Celebrity Equinox, join 2800 guests from around the world for 10 incredible nights filled with stellar performers, fun parties, great friends, and more.
“Mom, am I barbarian?”
14th Istanbul Biennial | Saltwater

September 5 - November 1, 2015. A contemporary art exhibition, held every two years in Istanbul since 1987, organised by the İstanbul Foundation for Culture and Arts. The Biennial aims to create a meeting point in the field of visual arts between artists from diverse cultures and the audience.