Ask an Expat: Melanie Mehrer

Meet Melanie Mehrer, an artist who is gearing up for an exhibition in April. She has traveled all over Turkey, including to Hasankeyf, where...

Discussing the Dönme with Artist and Researcher C.M. Kösemen (Part 1)

It is well known that the Ottoman Empire was a place of incredible cosmopolitanism. What is often overlooked is the existence of “syncretic” peoples,...

ATÖLYE Spotlight: In Conversation with Oki Kasajima, Freelance Designer

Going on a four year honeymoon isn't really the type of thing you plan for, but it's exactly what happened to freelance designer Oki...

In Conversation with Selcen Öztürk of Duolingo Turkish

Most of us foreigners living in Turkey struggle with learning Turkish. It’s quite common to find internationals living here for five, ten or even...

In Conversation with Justin and Busra of Turkish Tea Time

Let’s be honest, us Yabangees know all too well that the online resources available for learning Turkish are far from enjoyable and rarely interactive....

In Conversation with Aslı Akbay of Take Me Up the Bosphorus...

Take Me Up the Bosphorus (TMUTB) is an exciting new project bringing English stand-up comedy to Istanbul. Thanks to the dedicated work of founder and...

Meet the Photographer: ‘City Box’ Athens – Istanbul Meets Jules Balsiger

Photography is magic ... I am always amazed by a beautiful picture, the power it has to ‘travel’ your mind in a different city,...

In Conversation with Jeweler Olivia Cummings of Cleopatra’s Bling

I plodded down the hill to Olivia Cummings’s Tophane studio on a rare snowy day in Istanbul, and was happy to shake the snow...

ATÖLYE Spotlight: In Conversation with Ayşe Esin Durmaz, Makerlab Associate

Considering the largely editorial nature of Yabangee's workflow, the Makerlab at ATÖLYE has always been a place of great interest to us, with very...

In Conversation with Falling Notes’ Karina Morera

Falling Notes is one of Istanbul's newest up-and-coming bands. The five-piece features Alican Tokdemir on drums, Umutcan Karamahmutoğlu on guitar, Sinan Çalışkan on bass, Yusuf Karaoğlu on both guitar...

Discussing the Dönme with Artist and Researcher C.M. Kösemen (Part 2)

Dayla Rogers continues her conversation with artist and researcher C.M. Kösemen about the Dönme and their history.  You are a person of Dönme background. A...

ATÖLYE Spotlight: In Conversation with Çiçek Kahraman, Co-Founder of UKA Film

UKA Film is the multifaceted collaborative effort of co-founders Çiçek Kahraman and Can Kılcıoğlu. With a scope that compliments their skill sets and covers various...

In Conversation: Musician Hande Başaran

Hande Başaran is a Renaissance woman: musician, singer, mother, kindergarten teacher and all-round creator. When I first heard Hande perform, I was struck by the...

In Conversation with Kerem Siral of Minimal Group

Meet Kerem Siral, the founder of Minimal Group, a start-up that is currently active in the e-commerce sector. We spoke about his company’s projects,...

In Conversation with Omar Berakdar of Arthere

Arthere is a gallery and artists’ workspace in the Yeldeğirmeni neighborhood of Kadıköy. After nine months of preparation, it opened in December of last...

In Conversation With Che Sudaka

Che Sudaka, a band with a pure South American soul, will be playing at KadıköySahne on Thursday, 6 March. One of our writers, Mustafa Çankaya, was able...

In Conversation with the Editors of Sofra: A Gathering of Foreign...

Having been one of the contributors to the Tales from the Expat Harem anthology over a decade ago, I was excited to see a...

In Conversation with Luke Frostick and Thomas Parker, Editors of the...

Thomas Parker and Luke Frostick are the founders and editors of the Bosphorus Review of Books, the first English language online literary journal in...

In Conversation with The Away Days

I was introduced to The Away Days by their song “Galaxies” -- the sound was so unique. Probably because my friend who recommended the song...

In Conversation with Ata Dizdar of Turkish Football Weekly

It's no secret that football banter is frequently relied on to help expats and locals bridge the gap. The real struggle lies in creating the...

In Conversation with Sinem and Murat of The Hobbit House

I think as often as we get caught up in the never-ending hustle and bustle of Istanbul that we sometimes forget to break outside...

In Conversation with Mountaineer Nasuh Mahruki

By Gökay Ürk Nasuh Mahruki is a prominent figure in Turkey - an accomplished mountaineer, he has also served as a instructor, organizing personal development,...

In Conversation with Kinesis

Hear ye, hear ye, lovers of budding alternative bands: this Thursday the twenty-second of May in the year of our lord 2014 you should...

Q & A: Oscar and the Wolf

Babylon Bomonti must have heard that we're super excited about the upcoming performances from Oscar and the Wolf, as they were kind enough to help us arrange...

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