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...

Review: Red Axes Midnight Session @ Babylon Bomonti

For those who were at Bomontiada on St. Patrick's Day, you'll know it was a sloppy, high-energy affair for nearly everyone present. The holiday...

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...

The Away Days Return Home @ Salon IKSV

The Away Days don’t sound like your average Istanbul band, but then again, how does an “average Istanbul band” even sound? With a city...

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...

BaBa ZuLa’s Good Time Vibes at Salon IKSV

I’m going to let you in on a little secret. It has taken me over two years of wanting but failing to make proactive...

The Next Frontier: A Barbershop in Bebek

"You look like a rye guy?" I hesitate, almost declare for single malt, and then change my mind. When in Rome as they say... I’m...

Running the Istanbul Marathon

I never liked running. I grew up playing tennis and to me, the long and painful sessions on the track were part of the...

3rd Istanbul Design Biennial: An Evening at Galata Greek School

Are we human? That is the main question surrounding the 3rd Istanbul Design Biennial which debuted on Saturday 22 October. “The 3rd Istanbul Design Biennial...

Review: Michael Franti @ Babylon Bomonti

Michael Franti was in Istanbul last week to perform again for the first time in over a decade. While his full band Spearhead wasn’t...

Halloween Discount – Introducing Mitra Costume Shop: Meeting All Your Costume...

Mitra Costume Design Vintage Shop has been providing costumes (both rental and sales) since 2010 and with a constantly evolving selection of over 2,500...

Review: Selda Bağcan @ Babylon Bomonti

I finally had my very own Selda Bağcan moment that I've been waiting for for so long. Thanks to Babylon Bomonti for their dope...

Review: Buika @ Cemil Topuzlu Open-Air Theater

Summer of 2016 has been a sad one for those of us who waited so long to see some of our favorite artists live...

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’...

Persian Play is Highlight of the 20th Theatre Festival

As we transition into summer from spring, so have begun the series of IKSV Festivals: the just over Theatre Festival, the ongoing Music Festival,...

Review: A Photographer’s Evening with PJ Harvey

"Fifteen keys, fifteen keys hang on a chain..." These were the first words the fuzzy audience heard from Polly Jean at Zorlu PSM on Wednesday...

Review: The Bastard of Istanbul @ Zorlu PSM Drama Sahnesi

I can't think of a better way of reconnecting with the city after a few days of roadtripping among the nature of the Eagen region than by...

Let the Child be Named Peace: E-refugee.com Review

You have no home. You have no address. You are a refugee. With those words we enter a dystopian universe, a black comedy in which the owner...

Review: Sara Baras @ Zorlu Center

Although it was not specifically advertised in the promotion, Sara Baras came to Istanbul to present her show Voces (Voices). The artist from Cadiz...

Review: Ibrahim Maalouf @ Volkswagen Aerna

Ibrahim Maalouf recently paid a visit to Volkswagen Arena to promote his album "Red & Black Light" as part of Positive Live's Looking Forward event...

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...
Zaza

The Restless Art of Mohammad Zaza

Mohammad Zaza is an accidental convert to the life of a travelling artist. Born in Saudi Arabia to Syrian parents, Zaza moved to Aleppo in 2005...

Review: Luis Ernesto Gomez & Latin Jazz Band @ Nardis Jazz...

This weekend, I visited Nardis Jazz Club, just a few metres away from our beautiful Galata Tower, to catch Luis Ernesto Gomez & Latin Jazz Band. Despite visiting the venue on...

Review: Asian Dub Foundation `La Haine` Live Soundtrack @ Babylon Bomonti

An opportunity to reunite with Mathieu Kassovitz’s cult classic La Haine? Re-watching baby Vinz alongside a live performance from the talented Asian Dub Foundation? Babylon...

Yabangee Essentials

Yabangee Classics