Have a Reggae Christmas (Luciano the Messenger @ Nayah Reggae Bar)

What better way to spend Christmas Eve than getting down to the conscious reggae vibes bestowed upon Nayah Reggae bar by Luciano the Messenger,...

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...

Blues from the Delta and Chicago Meet in Turkey: Istanbul Blues...

The blues came to Istanbul on Saturday (12/12/2015), but instead of being a melancholic affair with musicians pouring their hearts out about love lost,...

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...

8000 Years of Istanbul: Review of ‘Again, and New: World City...

Artifacts have been found in Istanbul (previously home to some of the world's largest empires, the city has also been known as Byzantion, Nea...

Review: Coldplace @ Bronx Pi Sahne

Let me set the scene: it's a summer night in 2000 and I'm inside my first car. I approach a traffic light while listening...

Summertime and the Livin’ is Easy: Review of Babylon’s Soundgarden

Two of our contributors, Erin West and Will Dawson, had an epic day at Babylon’s Soundgarden on Saturday. Things got so crazy they even...

Weekend Getaway: Edirne

With the Children’s and Youth holiday coming up on 23 April and warmer weather upon us, many of you may be wondering where to...

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...

Violin’s Global Star Sarah Chang @ İş Sanat

There are certain names that you just cannot dismiss. And Sarah Chang is at the forefront of these names. YouTube has thousands of videos...

Review: Yuri Bashmet and the Moscow Soloists @ IKSV Music Festival

Yuri Bashmet and the Moscow Soloists: For the past several years, I have been coming across this ensemble again and again. They've become regulars...

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...

Soundgarden Festival, Reviewed

Aahh, early summer in Istanbul. The sun is shining, the weather is sweet. And it's weekend festival season. Yeeeaaah. This Saturday, Parkorman, home to the...

Review: Medical Phalanx of Space & Spent Ex @ Karga Bar

In a city where bars and venues, from Taksim to Beşiktaş to Kadıköy, are filled with 80s cover bands and generic DJs, it is often...

Concluding IKSV’s Jazz Festival – An Evening with the Masters

By Julián Muñoz Villarreal and Elizabeth Stern The final concert of the Istanbul IKSV Jazz Festival took place this past Wednesday evening against the lush...

Review: Spoken Word Istanbul @ Arsen Lüpen

Three years ago, Merve Pehlivan, an art and writing enthusiast, decided to create a friendly environment where writers, poets, singers and performers of all...

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...

Berlin Konzerthaus: European Delight at the CRR

The Cemal Reşit Rey Concert Hall is hosting quite a program this year, and it finished October off with impressive performances back to back. Among...
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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...

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...

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...

Transcending decades and genres with Erol Evgin

Friends and family were surprised when I announced that I had tickets for the Erol Evgin concert at the Cemil Topuzlu Open Air Theatre...

Review: Dismantling the Archive @ SALT Galata

The years between 1900 and 1940 were more than a little eventful for the Turks. The period saw numerous wars fought on many fronts,...

Benim Çocugum (My Child): A Must-Watch LGBT Documentary for Istanbul Pride...

It’s LGBT Pride Week in Istanbul, and with celebrations cropping up across Istiklal Street, I thought I’d review a very interesting documentary dealing with...

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