Review: GoGo Penguin @ Salon IKSV

As a band name, 'GoGo Penguin' doesn't exactly carry the weight or edginess that one usually associates with a jazz trio. But as soon as...

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...

Review: “Foreign Films About Turkey” @ TÜRVAK Exhibition Hall

Of all the images that cross our mind when we think of Istanbul, one that features Charles Bronson holding a gun is the least...

Live from Istanbul: The Phantom of the Opera Experience

I remember being five or six years old, and watching in awe as a pretty-looking, round-eyed young woman came on the TV screen, captivating...

Review: Hamdi Akatay & Tepecik Filarmoni Orkestrası @ Babylon Bomonti

A Thursday night spent in Babylon Bomonti never disappoints. Last week, I finally made it to see Hamdi Akatay & Tepecik Philharmonic Orchestra on stage....

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...

Klarnet Festivali: Barcelona Gipsy Klezmer Orchestra and Ivo Papazov & Trakia...

After a year of exploring Istanbul and getting to know the locals, two things became very clear to me – Turkish people seem to...

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...

Review: múm Presents Menschen am Sonntag @ Salon IKSV

Do you like Nordic spirit? Do you like cold, smooth Icelandic melodies? Do you like 1930s vibes? What about a black and white silent...

Book Review: The Time Regulation Institute

There’s a moment in The Time Regulation Institute, the novel by acclaimed Turkish author Ahmet Hamdi Tanpınar, where the protagonist Hayri Irdal explains the...

Istanbul Toy Museum: Blast from the Past

Nestled deep in the back streets of Göztepe lies the Istanbul Toy Museum. The lovely white house is guarded by two giraffes ready to...

Review: Füsun Onur’s “Through the Looking Glass” @ ARTER

From 2010, ARTER has offered a continual base for the production and display of contemporary art.  Since opening its doors, the gallery has hosted a...

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...

Turkish Coffee from Beans to Telve – A Global and Local...

Like many of history’s greatest culinary discoveries, that of coffee stemmed from a noisy, restless goat and his attendant farmer’s desire for an undisturbed...

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...

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...

ColoNie: Karaköy’s New Gem

One day I went a-wandering. I set out for an entire day of tourism, hitting some of Istanbul's must see hot-spots. I had planned...

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...

Joshua Bell: From Childhood Crush to Global Superstar and into Istanbul…

The year is 1990. I am a fifth grader at the American International School in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia and a first year violin student...

Ringing in the Chinese New Year with Pop-Up Restaurant Istanbul

As to be expected, the past four years I've spent in Istanbul has seen a transition from new restaurants, new neighborhoods and the constant...

Waltzing into the New Year with BIFO

Even though the Borusan Istanbul Philharmonic Orchestra bid goodbye to 2013 in solemn style with its performance of Beethoven's magnificent yet weighty masterpiece Missa...

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: 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...

Beauty and the Beast: A Fairy Tale Comes Alive

The Zorlu Center PSM kicked October off with a performance series that justly made the news, hit the papers, turned heads, and made art...

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