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 Şebnem Erçelik of Shibu Design

Attention jewelry lovers! Meet Şebnem Erçelik of Shibu Design. Şebnem designs creative pieces that capture the vitality, culture and spirit of Istanbul. To see...

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...

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...

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 the Sonikraf Team (Part 2)

In a continuation of my conversation with Matt Loftin, Utku Öğüt, Alper Erkut, Gabriel Clark and Paul Osterlund of Sonikraf, we discuss the history of the independent music scene in...

In Conversation with Hilary Sable, Founder of “Cihangir…Cool for Cats”

As soon as I sit down at an outside table of a café in uber-trendy Cihangir, I am spied by a rather dusty looking...

ATÖLYE Spotlight: In Conversation with Zeynep Şen, Writer, Translator and Literary...

Juggling an excess of professional responsibility while still finding the time for your own creative pursuits can be especially daunting. By any measure, Zeynep Şen has taken...

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 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 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...

ATÖLYE Spotlight: In Conversation with İpek Yeğinsü, Contemporary Art Professional

Istanbul's art scene is rich with possibility, but can also be as daunting as it is impressive. For more than a decade, İpek Yeğinsü...

Backstage with the Producers of Beauty and the Beast

The Zorlu Center PSM has done it again. Building on last season's Cats and Notre Dame de Paris, they have kicked off the 2014-2015 season...

Ask an Expat: Agata Blaszkowska

Meet Agata Blaszkowska, a woman who has worked on rural development programs in eastern Turkey and more recently collaborated with her friends on a...

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...

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,...

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...

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 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: Ali Halabi

Meet Ali Halabi, a transplant from Beirut who came to Istanbul in 2012. Although currently preoccupied with his start-up Volt, a ride-sharing app, Ali...

In Conversation with Improv Comedy Duo ‘Ephemerata’

Last week finally gave me an opportunity to visit the Zorlu PSM, a relatively new entertainment complex in the Zincirlikuyu district of Istanbul. Performing in...

ATÖLYE Spotlight: In Conversation with Jak Akdemir, Remote Engineer for Tumblr

Long after the lights have dimmed and the hustle and bustle of a regular ATÖLYE workday have died down, it's not unusual to find Jak...

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...

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