Kiosk at Topkapı Palace

There is tons going on in Istanbul all year long to celebrate the city’s status as the 2010 European Capital of Cultural. Here is a round-up of cultural and athletic events worth checking out:

May-Sept: From Byzantine to Istanbul – Sakıp Sabancı Museum
May 11-15 International Poetry Festival
May 15-Aug 15: Waters of Istanbul and Water Culture Exhibition
May 26-Aug 15: Treasures of the Kremlin – Topkapı Palace
June: Opening of Hasanpaşa Gasworks Cultural Centre
July 18: International Bosphorus Race
July 25: Opening of Istanbul Island’s Museum – Princes’ Islands
Aug 28-Sept 12: FIBA World Championship
Sept 15-25: Istanbul Enjoys the Streets! – Haliç International Festival for Street Art
Oct 22-25: World Coastal Rowing Championship
Nov 1-Dec 31: Palladio Exhibition – Mimar Sinan Research Center & Museum

For more info, visit the 2010 European Capital of Culture official website.