CoderDojo Kicks Off in Istanbul

We all have been inspired by the video “What Most Schools Don't Teach” where Mark Zuckerberg, Bill Gates, Jack Dorsey, and a number of...
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Review: Alberto Giacometti Retrospective @ Pera Museum

Although not overwhelming in its content, the Pera Museum's retrospective of Swiss artist, Alberto Giacometti (1901- 1966) is both impressive and comprehensive. Expertly curated,...

Yabangee Recommends: “Where can I go for a non-chocolate dessert?”

“Where can I go for a non-chocolate dessert?” Sometimes chocolate is not the sweet you crave. Maybe you fancy something made with honey, fruit and...

Awkward Tales from the ‘Bul #2: On Cleanliness

A few years ago, on a freezing, snowy day, my roommate and I climbed our way up one of Istanbul's steep hills and hopped...

Garden Sale, A Review of the Festivities

By Tas Anjarwalla Imagine a summer block party in Williamsburg, New York -- people selling artsy knick-knacks and gourmet junk food, musicians jamming out unusual...

Fazıl Say enchants us in poetic style at Burgazada

The stars twinkled overhead. Subtle waves lapped along the shore, caressing the rocks, sand, and the deck ever so gently. It was mid-summer, and...

From Boza to Bourbon: The Populist

There is nothing wrong with the beer your father drinks. As my father-in-law says, “It’s a sandwich in a glass”. But if you seek...

Review: Lara Di Lara, Emre Akbay, Emir Yargin by Sofar...

It was another rainy, cold Friday night in Istanbul when Sofar Sounds Istanbul stars Lara Di Lara, Emre Akbay and Emir Yargin arrived at the...

Book Review: Mark Wyers’ “Wicked Istanbul”

Fun Fact: There are around 60 state-run brothels in Turkey. This may be surprising given Turkey’s reputation as a conservative, rather religious country. So,...
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Review: Grayson Perry’s “Small Differences” @ Pera Museum

This impressive and satisfying show at the Pera Museum by acclaimed British artist Grayson Perry has everything to love about contemporary art. Grayson Perry's...

Review: 23rd Istanbul Jazz Festival Opening @ Cemil Topuzlu

Imagine a night that Damon Albarn opens the 23rd Istanbul Jazz Festival at Cemil Topuzlu Open Air Theatre and then the Arabic ‘Ada Sahillerinde Bekliyorum’...

Çays & Guys (Part 1): Exploring Winter Drinks and Online Dating...

With Valentine's Day just around the corner, scrounging up a date and finding a place to take 'em can be quite the daunting task....

Istanbul Half Marathon Recap

Although predictions had called for a sunny morning, April 26 turned out to be a dreary day with clouds and slight showers. Nevertheless, many Istanbulites...

A History Savored in Bread

The history of the Yedi-Sekiz Hasanpaşa Bakery is palpable as soon as you enter. As you stand within a small room—usually packed with other customers—the...

Mountaineering in Turkey: An Introduction

By Gökay Ürk, guest writer for Yabangee Mountaineering is probably the best outdoor sport for adrenalin junkies, and Turkey’s impressive range of mountains have enabled...

Emma Shapplin Wows Rain or Shine

Saturday evening, the Cemil Topuzlu Open-Air Amphitheater hosted one of the most unique names in cross-over music, Emma Shapplin: a coloratura soprano who has...

Come what may, Spoken Word Istanbul is here to stay

“There are just three rules: No Racism, no sexism, and no homophobia.” Rules? I thought this was an open-mic event. There shouldn’t be any rules. “You...

Review: Thee Silver Mt. Zion Memorial Orchestra @ Salon IKSV

Canadian post-rock veterans, Thee Silver Mt. Zion Memorial Orchestra, graced the halls of Salon IKSV for two consecutive evenings this past week. I was...

Hilary Hahn & Frankfurt Radio Symphony Delight @ Is Sanat

Joshua Bell, Yo-Yo Ma, Maxim Vengerov - they are some of the greatest names out there in classical music. And they are all legends...

Yabangee Recommends: “Where’s the best place to break up with someone?”

“Where’s the best place to break up with someone?” There are several specific rules when you're about to break someone's heart in Istanbul. One, don't...

Honoring a Diva: Leyla Gencer

It is said that opera is the ultimate manifestation of art, that it is the pinnacle of artistry: it requires ultimate mastery of music...

The Kronos Quartet Crawls into Our Souls at the CRR

I remember very clearly the day that I was introduced to the Kronos Quartet. It was 1992 and I was in seventh grade. It...

Awkward Tales from the ‘Bul #1: On Residence Permit Applications

Every yabancı has at least one tale of woe and regret when it comes to residence permit applications in Istanbul. I am no exception. After passing...

Review: Buena Vista Social Club @ Volkswagen Arena

Cuban music surely is one of the richest and most passionate music genres in the world. Having been born and raised in the 90s, the...

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