Review: GusGus @ Babylon Bomonti

In short: This review is written by a person who, before going to the GusGus concert last Thursday at Babylon Bomonti, knew only two...

14th Istanbul Biennial: Büyükada Art Safari

'SALTWATER/TUZLU SU: A Theory on Thought Forms' is the theme for the 14th Istanbul Biennial drafted by Carolyn Christov-Bakargiev. In a city deeply saturated...

Review: Oldies But Goldies – Serious Nostalgia @ Babylon Bomonti

Saturday 26 September saw Babylon’s classic “Oldies But Goldies” night, a throwback mash-up of primarily 80s and 90s hits, making its debut at the...

Review: Nilüfer Verdi Trio feat. Ülkü Aybala Sunat @ Denizde Caz

A night cruise on the Bosphorus is always a good idea, as is a jazz concert by local musicians. Thankfully, The Primetime Cruise gave...

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...

Babylon Bomonti’s Housewarming with Flight Facilities

This past Thursday was a big day for Babylon and for those of us who missed the venue this summer. But the wait was...

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...

Rain or Shine, Minipax Played On

The Minipax Festival was besieged by rain storms for a second year in a row, much to the chagrin of most of the attendees....

Review: Mor ve Ötesi @ Dorock XL Kadıköy

Sending “rock” waves through Turkey and the world for over 20 years, Mor ve Ötesi played to a jam-packed house last Saturday at Dorock...

Antalya Heat

“O for a beaker full of the warm south,” wrote John Keats, capturing that almost marrow-level need for sun after a long time in...

Persian Tunes in an Old Schoolyard: A Summer’s Night with Mahsa...

It is a perfect Istanbul summer night after a hot July day. The Iranian singer Mahsa Vahdat enters the stage and tells the audience...

Liszt and more…

All 24 of the performances that took place last month as part of the Istanbul Music Festival were events not to miss, and several...

Review: Art Tour with Sena Başöz of istanbulite

By Missy Weimer and Zamira Skalkottas In Istanbul, it can sometimes be hard to view art, but not for lack of content; the city is...

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...

More Mozart, More Fazıl Say, More Delight @ IKSV Music Festival

And so the evening of Mozart Sonatas performed by renowned Turkish pianist and composer Fazıl Say at Heybeliada came to an end. After having...

Enchanting Trio: Mozart, Fazıl Say, and the Heybeliada Monastery

Among the most acclaimed and anticipated segment of this year's IKSV Music Festival was the Mozart Marathon with Fazıl Say. The former, a legend...

A Dozen of the Best: The 12 Cellists of the Berlin...

The Istanbul Music Festival is always a highlight of the summer. This is the forty-third year of the festival, and the central theme this time...

“L’Italiano” in Town: Toto Cutugno

As the season comes to an end, concert venues entered the final days and weeks of their performances. Among my favorite venues this year...

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...

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...

BIPO Ends the Season with Aida, Commemorating La Diva Turca

The increasing temperature is not the only signal that summer is just around the corner. One by one, the concert halls are wrapping up their...

Review: Ayhan Sicimoğlu & Latin All Stars @ Babylon

Babylon has always been the perfect place to head to on a Saturday night in Asmalımescit. The venue hosts local artists as well as...

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...

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...

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