Formicarium: Maintaining the Collective Memory of the City of Ants

A twenty-nine year old artist from Diyarbakır is questioning the demolition of his hometown’s city walls, comparing his past with today’s Istanbul at his...

An Evening with Washed Out @ Salon IKSV

For someone who created a musical project whose aesthetic has been adopted by hipsters around the world, Washed Out's Ernest Greene has about as...

Looking for Love at First Sight Speed Dating in Istanbul

As soon as I exit the Taksim metro station and begin my walk to the event location, I begin to panic. Why am I...

Escaping the Rain as Com Truise Returns to Salon IKSV

On a rainy Wednesday night in Şişhane, Istanbul, I walked into Salon IKSV for the second time in my life. It was for the...

A Day Inside the World of Comikon Istanbul 2017

Last weekend I joined the Comikon Istanbul Manga Fest 2017 and here is a brief review of the biggest event for manga and anime...

Burn Istanbul Rooftop Festival: An Electric End to Summer

Burn Istanbul Rooftop Festival returned for a sophomore appearance on Saturday 16 September, seeing off the summer with energy and style. Taking place at...

Bizim Hikaye: ‘Shameless,’ Minus the Shame

It can be revealing, if moot, to compare an original series to an adaption, especially in terms of culture. But what stands out immediately upon...

Babylon Soundgarden 2017: Staying True to Istanbul’s Roots

2017 may have been host to a fair number of quality summer music festivals in Istanbul, but for those who don't favor electronic music,...

Taste of Tea: Conceptual Art on the Train

Haydarpaşa Garı train station, quiet of late because of construction work, is once again buzzing with people. But this time the crowds running to...

Moovment Festival: An Energetic EDM Celebration in the Heart of Istanbul

Summer is slowly coming to an end. This means a few things – beach days and vacations are becoming distant memories, all the foreign...

Electronica Festival Istanbul — A Monument of the City’s Summer Landscape

In an era when so many of the city's music festivals are struggling to maintain momentum, it's reassuring to see 100% Music: Electronica Festival...

Big Burn Istanbul: A New Hope in this Fiery Festival

Music festivals are essential to the very fabric of a quality Istanbul summer -- a yearly reminder of the city's appeal to international artists,...

Yabangee Wine Tasting: An Informal Attempt

Turkey is home to some of the world’s oldest wine making traditions, particularly along its Western coastal regions near the Marmara and Aegean seas....

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...

EVO Sports: Istanbul’s Premier Paintball & Laser Tag Experience

One afternoon in late April, some of the Yabangee team decided to partake in a team bonding activity and venture on a laser tag...

Ways Out from the World: The Cappadox Experience 2017

For the third year running Cappadocia played host to Cappadox Festival, a three day music and arts extravaganza, featuring workshops on food and craft...

An Evening with Popist Supper Club: Istanbul’s Newest Pop-Up Dining Experience

There is an old Turkish saying stating if you are bored with Istanbul, you are bored with life. Although Istanbul is rarely boring there...

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...

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