Q & A: Pelin Turgut – Co-Founder & Co-Director of !f

In anticipation of the 15th !f Independent Istanbul Film Festival we reached out to co-founder and co-director of !f, Pelin Turgut. She took the time...

In Conversation with Kate Clow of Trekking in Turkey

Kate Clow, a long-time resident of Turkey, is a renowned sage of hiking in the region. She is best known for heading efforts to build,...

In Conversation with Banu Uğural, Artist and Expert in Upcycling

Just behind Kadar Has University stands a dream house. A creative place where only positive energy is welcome and ideas about how to reuse...

In Conversation with Berna Kahraman of Onbironsekiz, Turkey’s Storytelling Podcast Community

Podcasts are often an excellent way to learn a language, offering insight into the culture and everyday lives of the people behind the stories...

Sveta Nekrasova’s Documentary on the Koç University Hockey Team

Hockey is a sport that thrives in northern countries like Canada, Sweden and Russia. As such, most people would never guess that ice hockey...

Taxim Sound: Reggae, Dancehall, Carribean and Urban Sounds in the Heart...

Announcing the newest force in reggae, dancehall and urban sounds! Get acquainted with Taxim Sound, a group of four music buffs with a love...

In Conversation with Phil Dexter of Kiron Open Higher Education Istanbul,...

Meet Phil Dexter from Kiron Open Higher Education Istanbul, an online education platform for refugees. As scenes of refugees in situations of despair and distress have...

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...

In Conversation with the Sonikraf Team (Part 1)

Searching for new music? Look no further! A group of independent musicians in Istanbul have launched Sonikraf.com, a site featuring reviews and links to...

In Conversation with Teymour Ashkan, Founder of Istanbul&I

I first met Teymour during last Ramazan, when some mutual friends were celebrating the holy month by feeding local children after sunset, a bit...

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 Cem Kaya, Director of “Remake, Remix, Rip-off”

If you went to university in the US, you may recall a movie night with friends laughing your head off at Cüneyt Arkın practicing...

Hip Hop Jam Artist Profile: Fate Fat

Fans of dubstep and gangsta rap are sure to get a kick out of Fate Fat (real name: Fatih Ucum), one of the rising...

In Conversation with Istanbul Improv Community — The Clap

Improv! Improv is an underappreciated art form where performers create a dialogue or scenes on stage without any pre-writing or scripting. This is an...

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 Ray Cullom, Executive Director of the Zorlu Center...

I am a concert nerd. And the Zorlu Center Performing Arts Center has been a new paradise found. It has only had one season...

In Conversation with Gökhan Bahtışen and Amylin Loglisci, Seyahan Jewelry

I first came to Seyahan Jewelry because my longtime friend, Amylin Loglisci, was exhibiting her exquisite paintings there last year. Each watercolor painting illustrated...

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 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: 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 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...

ATÖLYE Spotlight: In Conversation with Tolga Dizmen, Head of Culture and...

In a collaborative community such as ATÖLYE, there are plenty of ambitious projects from members at different stages in their evolution. While there's plenty...

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