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 Itır Erhart on Running and the Adım Adım...

Itır Erhart, an Assistant Professor at the Media School, a part of Istanbul Bilgi University’s Faculty of Communication, studies a wide range of topics,...

In Conversation with 3D Animator Paulius Masteika

“I see myself as world citizen. The whole world is my home but I have to say, Istanbul is the place where I see...

5000 Kankalar in a Day: In Conversation with Joel Moriasi

The expat scene in Istanbul, as it is in many places, is one rather preoccupied with the preservation of the cultural habits of home,...

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...

In Conversation with Ray Cullom, Executive Director of the Zorlu Center...

For the second part of our interview, I asked Ray about his work at Zorlu Center PSM and how the project has developed over the...

In Conversation with Senem Tüzen, Director of Ana Yurdu (Motherland)

Senem Tüzen is an up and coming Ankara-born director who has been creating compelling short films since the early 2000s. Now, having just made...

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 Duygu Etikan, Founder of the Istanbul Street Dance...

One of our contributors, Mustafa Çankaya, recently sat down to chat with Duygu Etikan, the founder and creative director of the International Istanbul Street Dance...

ATÖLYE Spotlight: In Conversation with Emre Erbirer, Communications Coordinator

In their influential role as one of the city’s foremost creative hubs, ATÖLYE has launched a number of ambitious projects focused on guiding the local community...

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 123

One of our contributors, Mustafa Çankaya, recently sat down with a few members of the Turkish band 123 to talk about music, life in...

In Conversation with Food Blogger Jolita Koruklu

An enthusiastic food blogger, writer, cook, mother and wife... is she a super woman? You might call her that, or you can simply call her...

John Freely: A Tribute – The Imaginary Interview

Disclaimer: This interview is a work of fiction. Several months ago I had the idea to try and contact the legendary John Freely, about...

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 Artist Doug Russell (Part 2)

For the second half of our interview, I asked Doug about his "Summer in Turkey" class.  Not only did this course have a tremendous influence...

In Conversation with Anne Solhaug Tutar, founder of Natura by Anne

Maintaining a healthy lifestyle in Istanbul isn't actually all that easy. While you might stay active trekking about the city or visiting the gym, there...

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...

In Conversation with Filmmaker Mehdi Shabani (Part 2)

Anyone who has visited a kahvehane in Turkey has heard the sound of plastic dice dance across a wooden backgammon board. Though the game...

ATÖLYE Spotlight: In Conversation with Carla Lemgruber, Design Consultant & Freelancer

Carla Lemgruber traveled quite a distance from Rio de Janeiro in pursuit of love so that she could set roots here in Istanbul. A...

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...

Ask An Expat: Christopher Vena

Christopher Vena is a former art teacher turned full-time artist. He and his wife, Jeannie, are a genuinely fantastic duo and resident veterans on expat life...

In Conversation with Vahid Evazzadeh, Theater Director and Filmmaker

This October, Istanbul will host A Corner in the World, a new international performing arts festival. A Corner in the World is a unique...

In Conversation with Talha Kaya, Co-Founder of Indie Game Studio Kayabros

Istanbul is not only a city of expats, but a city of expats to be. For many, Istanbul is a gateway to a wider...

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