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International Bodrum Ballet Festival

In 2013 this festival had been running for 11 years and each time transforms Bodrum Castle into a magical, theatrical and beautiful stage.  The festival runs from the 7th to 21st August with a different performance every night featuring visiting national and international ballet companies and the Istanbul and Ankara State Operas.

Casa dell’Arte Exhibitions

Casa dell'Arte was founded in Istanbul with the aim of promoting Turkish contemporary art and has a “Residency Program” held in Bodrum that in 2013 was in its 4th year; the
programme offers young upcoming artists a place to display their work along with many established international artists.  The exhibition runs from 7th June to 11th July and offers visitors a wide range of disciplines from sculpture and painting to animation and installation, and where they can also meet with the artist involved and watch them create their works in an open studio environment.

D-Marin Classical Music Festival

In 2013 the festival has its 9th year being hosted in Turgutreis and is renowned for the local and international soloists and orchestras it attracts.  The festival is held from 24 August over 4 days and this year had performances from the Amsterdam Sinfonietta, an ensemble of 22 gifted musicians from around the world, Romanian opera singer Angela Gheorghiu, one of the most glamorous and gifted of our time and the Ankara Contemporary Music Society a distinctive assembly of elite musicians working for leading artistic institutions in Ankara and other parts of Turkey.

Gumusluk International Classical Music Festival

Celebrating its 10th Anniversary in 2013 this festival takes place between July and August in the small fishing village of Gumusluk.  It hosts internationally acclaimed musicians and this year featured orchestras and famed solo pianists, violinists, flautists, guitarists, string quartets and a jazz choir and also has piano competitions.

Gumusluk Jazz Days

This takes place in July and August and runs alongside the Gumusluk International Classical Musical Festival. The jazz concerts first began in 2011 and it attracts Turkey’s most distinguished jazz musicians; this is a must for all lovers of music and not just jazz.

American Express Sailing Regatta

The American Express Sailing Regatta Turgutreis Cup 2013 was held between 20-21 July.  This exciting race set sail from Yalikavak travelling to D-Marin in Didim for a beach party before continuing to Turgutreis where the award ceremony was hosted at the D-Marin Turgutreis Marina.

Bodrum Cup

This annual yacht regatta is organised by the Bodrum Sailing Club and is aimed at promoting the interest and skills of captains and crews of the local charter fleets and also celebrates the end of the cruising season. This is a fun event that has been hosted since 1989 and held every third week in October.  This year, 2013, the programme began with an opening ceremony at Bodrum Municipality Building sailing from there to the seas of Cos, Leros and Didim with the closing ceremony held at the Yalikavak Palmarina.

Marina Yacht Club

Although not strictly a festival Bodrum Marina Yacht Club hosts  popular artists and bands for special one-off performances as well as staging festivals and sailing competitions, even in winter, and its recommended to check their programme of events.  

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