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 Gece’s Gökçe Balaban

Istanbul-based band Gece released their third album Iyi Niyetti Bir Gün on 6 May. To mark the occasion, I sat down with bassist Gökçe...

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 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 Rubber Walrus and The Medical Phalanx of Space

On Thursday, 17 April, three bands will take to the stage at Roxy in Cihangir. Amongst them are two yabangee-populated groups, Rubber Walrus and...

In Conversation with Swedish Cultural Attaché Suzi Erşahin

As a dweller of Nişantaşı, I am lucky enough to be located in one of the centers of the Istanbul arts and cultural scene....

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...

Ask an Expat: Lisa Morrow

Meet Lisa Morrow, a writer who is consistently surprised by the city. Learn more about her book and her favorite places in Istanbul below!  Why...

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...

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 Cynthia Paulauskas, Founder of Mediterranean Delights Fitness Voyage...

This post is sponsored by MDFV. When you think of a blue cruise, fitness is not usually the first thing that comes to mind. But...

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 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,...

A Man, a Motorcycle, and Istanbul: In Conversation with Tim Carden

Turkey and Istanbul attract people from all around the world. It’s an exciting time and it’s just great to see the city in the...

In Conversation with Leeann Murphy of Moon Istanbul & the Turkish...

The recently released Moon Istanbul & the Turkish Coast is a not-so-ordinary guidebook. At 480 pages in full-color, it's the perfect companion for any trip...

Istanbul Stories: Nuran Terzioğlu, Gallery Owner

Nuran Terzioğlu is the owner and soul of Galeri Apel, a well established contemporary art gallery in the heart of Çukurcuma. Born in Bebek to the...

Interview: Nasuh Mahruki on AKUT (Search and Rescue Assocation)

By Gökay Ürk In the second part of my interview with Nasuh Mahruki (read the first part here), we talk about AKUT (Search and Rescue...

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,...

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 Sami Hamid, Director of VR First Bahçeşehir

Sami Hamid is a true international, born in Belgium and raised in Spain by an English mother and Iraqi father. After spending most of...

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...

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...

In Conversation with Maximiliane Wittek of “A.C.A.B. – All Cats Are...

A.C.A.B. - All Cats Are Beautiful is the much-loved brainchild of Erasmus exchange student Maximiliane Wittek. The full project, currently still in progress, features over 300...

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...

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