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.
June 20-26, 2016. Pride Week anual event since 2003 with about 30 people in that first event. Recent marches have attracted up to 30,000 people with a parade from Taksim Square along İstiklal Ave. Police actions dispersed the 2015 event. See KAOS and facebook re: 2016.
June 24, 2016, Friday 8-10pm at Pera Museum. Follows trans activist Şevval Kılıç, iinspired by the Gezi Resistance and the 21st Istanbul LGBTI Pride Week. A lawless, journey of sight and sound, witnessing the hope, humor, and solidarity the community needs to remember in these current day of Turkish politics. There will be a Q&A after the screening.
June 24, 2016, 9pm-4am at Taksim Depo, Atıf Yılmaz Cad. Yoğurtçu İş Mrkz. No:9 K:3. Friday opening party for bears. SAT Hammam Party at Firuzağa Hammam, Çukurcuma Caddesi 2, Beyoğlu + Main Party 9pm at Taksim Depo. SUN Bear Pride Cocktail Party at Taksim Depo.
February 16-26, 2017. 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. 112 films from 40 countries in 2016! See venues and film lineup at their website. Also in Ankara, March, 2017.
April, 2017 (TBC). Eleven days of festival - a rich palette of award-winning films of world cinema, Turkish cinema, classics, masterpieces, latest discoveries -187 feature films, 10 shorts, 24 experimental films, 25 different categories - a total of 221 films by 223 directors from 62 countries, + talks with guest filmmakers, panel discussions, concerts + special events. Films/ venues at:
April, 2017, 10:30pm-2am at Duyurulacak, Çankaya, Ankara. Annual party. Fun with MASCULINE GUYS; bears, chubbies, chasers, daddies and cubs. Meet sexy Anatolian hairy guys, participate in the big bear party event of the year in Ankara..
May, 2017 (TBC), the Istanbul Bear Club, Taksim. Istanbul Bears celebration with many event and parties. Past years have included Party at the Baths + Opening Party; SAT Home Party; SUN Bear Bar Cocktails.