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.
Mid-February, 2018. Eleven days, 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. Over 100 films from dozens of countries, including 6 LGBT Rainbow Films. See venues/ lineup at their website. Also in Ankara.
Early April, 2018. Eleven days of festival - a rich palette of award-winning films of world cinema, Turkish cinema, classics, masterpieces, latest discoveries. Lately included 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.
June 18-24, 2018 (TBC). Pride Week anual event since 2003 with about 30 people in that first event. Could be cancelled by officials but previous marches have attracted up to 30,000 people with parade from Taksim Square along İstiklal Ave. See KAOS and facebook.