More Mozart, More Fazıl Say, More Delight @ IKSV Music Festival

And so the evening of Mozart Sonatas performed by renowned Turkish pianist and composer Fazıl Say at Heybeliada came to an end. After having...

Review: Mashrou’ Leila @ Bronx Pi Sahne

On Friday, Nov. 28, a group of friends and I were getting pumped for a concert in Istanbul that we had all been looking forward...

Weekend Getaway: Bozcaada

Where can you feel like being on a Greek island without leaving Turkey? Look no further than the beautiful Aegean island of Bozcaada (known...

From Boza to Bourbon: Dem Karaköy

It seems everywhere you look in Istanbul there is a coffee shop (or soon to be one). The hip Karaköy district is no exception;...

Marking the Season with BIPO and the Salzburg Bach Choir

The Borusan Philharmonic is one of the most popular of orchestras in Turkey. They take the stage every month or so at the Lütfi...

Small Projects Istanbul: Emphasizing Education

“They first need to learn Turkish to be better integrated into their Turkish communities -- namely, their schools,” stressed Anna Tuson, the communication manager...

Venue Spotlight: The Hidden Terrace of #bunk taksim Hostel

#bunk kicked off in 2011 with the aim of bringing high-quality, stylish hostel accommodation to Istanbul in an affordable package. With two locations currently in the...

Camel Wrestling in the Land of the Efe

Camel wrestling is, in a word, raucous. Smoke permeates every inch of the earthen amphitheater, so much so that it is difficult to make...

Grammy Award-winning Night in Calisia at the CRR

Just a couple of days after the Berlin Konzerthaus Chamber Orchestra, CRR was the host of a very unique evening: they brought together on...

Büyülü Fener: A Magic Lantern to Istanbul’s Past

A middle aged man passes under a vivid yet rustic sign that reads BÜYÜLÜ FENER, which fits like a puzzle piece among the colors of...

The Last Round: Boxing, Martial Arts, and a Social Conscience

In the dead of this past winter, I ran into a friend in Cihangir who seemed uncharacteristically ecstatic. I told him as much and...

Masters of Movement: Limón Dance Company

As a fan of classical music and any high quality performance of fine arts, dance, and drama, I try to get a hold of a...

From Boza to Bourbon: Street Juice

Do you remember your first memory of Istanbul? Maybe it was the first call to prayer coming from the nearest minaret. Maybe it was...

Through the Lens: Yıldız Park

  Now is the best season to visit Istanbul's parks and shake off the winter blues. A good place to start is Yıldız Park (yıldız is...

Review: Chinawoman @ Babylon Bomonti

Born in Canada to Russian parents, Michelle Gurevitch, or Chinawoman, is a happy new discovery for me, although I seem to be late to...

Yabangee Recommends: “Where can I go when I’m the third wheel...

“Where can I go when I’m the awkward third wheel on a date?” This unfortunate situation has been endured by many, myself included. To make...

Review: Gripin @ Jolly Joker

What a crowded Jolly Joker lacks in elbow room it certainly makes up for in performance quality, and this month's Gripin performance was no...

Review: Gaye Su Akyol @ Babylon Bomonti

A snowy Saturday night in Istanbul couldn't be spent any better than with 200-something fellow music lovers at a Gaye Su Akyol concert, courtesy of Babylon Bomonti....

The Top 5 Yeşilçam Films

Yeşilçam, which translates to “Green Pine”, is a shorthand for Turkey's old film industry. The name comes from Yeşilçam Street, an area of Beyoğlu...

Take 5: Kumkapı

Kumkapı is a neighborhood known for its central square filled with fish restaurants which lure in tourists. Outside this overflowing plaza and up through the windy...

Feel the Istanburn: Gyms in Istanbul

Choosing a gym is much like choosing a life partner: sure, you have to like the look of them at first, but where will...

Kedi: An Evocative Portrait of a City and Its Cohabitants

“If you want to be a psychological novelist and write about human beings, the best thing you can do is keep a pair of...

Review: Closet Circuit Drawing Classes

Originally set up as a space for creative sustainability, over the past year, Closet Circuit has hosted a variety of projects including a unique...

Take 5: Karaköy (Shopping Edition)

Karaköy is a unique neighborhood with a mishmash of art, culture and food all packed into a zigzag of tiny streets and alleys. Although...

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