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Top 10 Istanbul by Melissa Shales

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Festivals and Events

1. International Istanbul Film Festival

Since its inception in 1982, this fortnight-long festival has screened more than 3,000 films from 76 countries. A highlight of the festival is the Award for Lifetime Achievement, instituted in 1996 – winners include French stars Alain Delon and Jeanne Moreau. Most festival screenings are held in cinemas in the vicinity of İstiklal Caddesi.prac_infoVarious venues • 0212 334 07 00 • Apr • www.iksv.org

2. Baklahorani (Tatavla) Carnival

Until 1943, the Greek parts of Kurtuluş played host to a colourful annual carnival on “Clean Monday” before the start of Lent. Recently, the carnival has been revived ...

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