Music with Kids - Workshop at Zorlu Center, is designed to strengthen the bond between children and music and to inject children with a culture of music. The program will be in Turkish on December 6 and 13, in English on December 20. It will be hosted by Dr. Erman Türkili, a violinist and an academician trained in the United States in the field of Western Classical Music. Artists will be introducing basic instruments such as "the piano," "the violin," "the guitar," "the harp," "the flute," and "the cello" to children. There will also be interactive activities. For more information please visit the facebook page and the website.
The Istanbul International A Cappella Choir - IIACC will perform Christmas concerts at Circolo Roma - Casa d'Italia, Tepebaşı on December 17 and at Saint Antoine Church, Galatasaray on December 18. Doors open at 20:00 for both concerts. For more information please visit the official facebook page and also the events pages (17 & 18)
Cam Ocağı (Glass Furnace) is organizing the 3rd New Year's Festival on Sunday, December 21 between 11:00 and 16:00. The festival offers bead making workshop for kids, all-day-long glass shows, special discounts, special gifts for the lotter. There will also be Bazaar with handmade glass, ceramics,metal, seweets and textile items with 40 tables. The event is organized with the support of Municipality of Beykoz and to promote students in need. The Entrance fee: 7 TL. Shuttle from Kavacık, Kadıköy and Levent is available. Please call for shuttle reservation (216) 433 36 93. For more information please visit the official website.
World-famous composer/pianist Fazıl Say will perform his "Mesopotamia Symphony" at Zorlu PSM on December 20 at 20:30. In addition to modern European instruments, Say also makes frequent and articulate use of Anatolian instruments, such as the kudüm and darbuka drums and the ney reed flute, in his compositions. Filarmonia Istanbul Orchestra conducted by Ibrahim Yazıcı, Carolina Eyck (theremin), Bülent Evcil (flute), Çağatay Akyol (bass block flute) and Aykut Köselerli (percussion) will accompany Say. For more information and online tickets please click.
St. Petersburg Ballet Theater will perform Swan Lake and La Bayadere ballets at Maslak TIM Show Center on December 19-21, 2014. Show times:
Swan Lake (Kuğu Gölü) - December 19 at 21:00 and December 21 at 15:00
La Bayadere - December 20 at 21:00.
Tickets can be purchased through Biletix.
Istanbul is hosting FIS Snowboard World Cup for the first time. The competitions will take place at ITÜ Maslak Campus on Saturday, December 20 at 11:00. The competitions will be colored by live concerts of Bubituzak and Athena. Tickets can be purchased through Biletix.
The Max Planck Science Tunnel Exhibition at The Mall of Istanbul, will take the visitors on a journey through the major issues of basic research, from the origins of space, the idiosyncrasies of the wonder that is the brain, to the vision of sustainable energy supplies. Objects, illustrations, interviews, films and experiential media spaces of augmented reality provide an introduction to the topics, offer insights and create a network interlinking future technologies. The exhibition will remain open until February 15, 2015. Visiting hours: weekdays 10:00-19:00, weekends 10:00-22:00. Tickets can be purchased through Biletix.
Ortaköy Cultural Center is hosting "Ruptures", the painting and clay sculpture exhibition of Ankara based Swiss artist Joëlle Chassot between December 12 and 17. She says "With this exhibition, I question the ruptures we experienced." Joëlle Chassot chooses to illustrate this theme through women facing tragic, happy or even therapeutic situations. Opening: December 12 at19:00. Visiting hours: 12:00-19:00. Closed on Sunday.
Şeb-i Arus (Night of Union) is the Commemorative Ceremony for Mevlana, and is one of the world´s greatest shows. Every year, mystical ceremonial Whirling Dervishes perform in honor of the great teacher and thinker Mevlana at his Mausoleum in Konya, between December 10 and 17. İstanbul will also witness Şeb-i Arus. The ceremony will take place at Sinan Erdem Dome on December 13 at 20:00. Tickets can be purchased through Biletix.
Municipality of Kadıköy Social Support Center has founded an Open Wardrobe (Açık Gardırop) for those who wish to donate their gently used second-hand clothing.
The requirements are:
- Clothes are undamaged, laundered, ironed and folded
- Bagged by clothing type and labeled
- Shoes, boats and handbags are welcomed.
- Underwear and socks are not accepted.
For any questions and more information please call (216) 545 7228 or visit the website
Fikirtepe Eğitim ve Sosyal Destek Merkezi
Özbey Caddesi No: 111
Gayrettepe Metro Station is hosting “Dialogue in the Dark Istanbul”, which offers you an incredible experience to understand daily life of blind people. The concept of Dialogue in the Dark is simple: visitors are lead by blind guides in groups through specially constructed dark rooms in which scent, sound, wind, temperature and texture convey the characteristics of daily environments – for example a park, a city, a boat cruise or a bar. The daily routines become a new experience. Over the last twenty years Dialogue in the Dark has been presented in more than 30 countries and 130 cities throughout the world since its opening in 1988.
Weekdays: 14:00 and 18.30
Saturday 10:00 and 18.30
Sunday 12:00 and 16.30
Şişhane – Yenikapı section of Istanbul metro is now in service. The line M2 connects Sarıyer to Yenikapı through the Metro Bridge over the Golden Horn. Those who ride the subway at Hacıosman can directly go to Yenikapı (stopping at Darüşşafaka-Atatürk Oto Sanayi- İTÜ Ayazağa-Sanayi-4.Levent-Levent-Gayrettepe-Şişli/Mecidiyeköy-Osmanbey-Taksim-Şişhane- Haliç (The Golden Horn)-Vezneciler and Yenikapı). The passengers can continue their journey to the Anatolian side by using Marmaray and/or Sea busses at Yenikapı. For detailed information please click.
A reputable film production establishment is making a documentary about foreigners who are planning to give or have already given birth in Turkey. They are looking for expats to have interview with. Those who are interested please e-mail to bahadir(at)karincalaryapim.com . Please also state your nationality and marital status in the mail.
Sociologist Deniz Bağrıaçık is writing a book about foreigners who live in Istanbul. She has been interviewing with three different categories of people:
- After 2000's
The book is about how these people belonging to the above given categories see Turks and Istanbul and their observations about the city. The interviews do not contain personal questions. Deniz Bağrıaçık speaks fluent French and English. If you are interested please e-mail to deniz.bagriacik(at)gmail.com
Lovers of Turkey - Ar Medya Production calls for expats to participate a TV program titled "Türkiye Sevdalıları – Lovers of Turkey" to be broadcast on TRT Avaz channel. Each 35-minute-long episode will host a different "Lover of Turkey". It is a guest-focused program and covers the guest’s Turkey adventure e.g. reasons for coming to Turkey, places and food he/she prefers, his/her approach in learning Turkish language. Self-confident, cheerful expats with at least speaking some Turkish are expected. The topics and issues to be covered during the program will be submitted to the guest in advance. Any expats willing to be part of this exciting program should contact Aybike Üregil (aybike-uregil(at)hotmail.com) with a photograph, information about his/her work, age, the place you live and the reasons of your love for Turkey.
The Istanbul Expat & Public Services Survey is conducted by the Marmara University and the Union of Municipalities of Marmara conducts The Istanbul Expat & Public Services Survey. The survey intends to elaborate concrete recommendations to public decision-makers in Istanbul in the light of expectations of Expats. Please click for the online survey.
As of January 31, 2013 HGS (Fast Pass System) completely replaced the Card Pass System (KGS) on highways nationwide and the Bosphorus Bridges. HGS offers 20% discount on toll crossing rate and is expected to reduce traffic congestion on highways and at the entrance Istanbul bridges. HGS stickers can be purchased at all PTTs, İş Bank, and Garanti Bank Branches.
Jurassic Land at Forum İstanbul Shopping Mall attracts the attention of all age groups with its museum, 4-D theater, laboratory where visitors both learn and have fun, show garden and shop that is selling special dinosaur concept objects. Visiting hours: weekdays- 10:00 – 20:00, weekends 10:00 – 22:00.
Serdar-ı Ekrem Sokak 16D, Galata-Beyoğlu
Tel: (212) 252 5 61
Istanbul “The Ultimate Guide”: Saffet Emre Tonguç and Pat Yale decided to write the most comprehensive and most up-to-date Istanbul Guide in 2007 and the adventure took 3 years to be completed. Tonguç and Yale toured 15.600 kilometers in Istanbul. 60 photographers contributed to the photos Tonguç and Yale took. The book is composed of 650 pages and 3000 photos, illustrations, maps, engravings, miniatures and historical photos. In addition to historical and tourist areas the duo visited nearly 2000 places including restaurant, cafes, bar, shop, hotel, hostel, night club and hamam and share their views with the readers. The book is written both in English and Turkish and can be purchased in selected bookstores.
The largest ceramic panel in the world displays Istanbul’s most famous landmarks at Kabataş Cultural Center. The panel, embellishing a wall in front of the Kabataş Cultural Center on Çırağan Street is 85 meters long and 5 meters high. The panel was completed in five months and displays drawings of 13 architectural masterpieces of İstanbul, including the Maiden's Tower, the Galata Tower, Topkapı Palace, and the Blue Mosque.
Tünel (Tunnel) is the easiest way to get from Karaköy to Beyoğlu, instead of climbing the steep streets. The timetable for Tünel (Tunnel) has changed. It is open everyday on 07:00-22:45 (Sundays 07:30-22:45)
Şişli Municipality Science Center continues to attract the attention of children to science with the recently established Yeşil Istasyon (Green Station).
Istanbul’s first public stationary planetarium “Discovery Sphere” has been opened at the Rahmi M. Koç Museum on the grounds of Lengerhane.
Do you enjoy singing? Do you like classical music? Then you can join Istanbul European Choir it is open to everyone and the season begins in September. Singers in the choir are from different nationalities and professions.
The use of tobacco products in public places was partially banned in May 2008, based on the changes made to the law that regulates tobacco and the consumption of tobacco products. As of July 19, 2009 smoking ban was widened including restaurants, bars, cafes, village coffeehouses and nargile (water pipe) cafes. Smoking is also prohibited under umbrellas installed in gardens, it is allowed only when four sides of an area are open and the sky is visible. Smoking is not banned in prisons, nursing and rehabilitation centers for seniors, mental hospitals, hotels, and on the decks of ships sailing overseas as long as specific areas are assigned for smoking. In addition smoking at open-air sports centers such as stadiums and open-air theaters is not banned if there are “smoking rooms” reserved for smokers. The establishments that violate the law will pay a fine between 560 and 5600 TL. Smokers violating the law will be fined 69 TL.
Readings for Expats
Birdsong and Flame: a book of poetry about Istanbul and Turkey. This has been written by James Andrew who has taught at Darussafaka Lisesi and Uskudar American Academy in Istanbul. It deals with a period of about four years when he was living and working in Istanbul. The poems he wrote at that time have been grouped loosely into a sort of diary in poetry. The themes are the city of Istanbul and his reaction to it; teaching in Istanbul; visits to Antalya, Cappadocia, and Ephesus; the last big earthquake in Istanbul; partings and meetings; various cats he has known in Turkey; and his reactions on his return to his home in Scotland: Balnakeil in the far north west of the country. Various bookshops in Istanbul have information on how to acquire the book if you wish to order it from them: Robinson Crusoe, Homer Kitabevi, and Pandora’s Box on the Istiklal Caddesi in Taksim; the Greenhouse Cafe in Kadikoy; Remzi Kitabevi in Akmerkez.
Tales from the Expat Harem: Foreign Women in Modern Turkey, a nonfiction anthology edited by Anastasia M. Ashman and Jennifer Eaton Gökmen, was #1 bestselling English language book at Remzi Kitap after its debut and remained on the bestseller list for 22 consecutive months. It also hit bestseller lists for its category on a number of different bookstores in UK and US. The English version of Expat Harem, published by Seal Press, is available online. This anthology shares true stories of life in Turkey by expats from many different nationalities in many different life circumstances.
“Osman's Dream. The Story of the Ottoman Empire, 1300-1923” is the latest book of Caroline Finkel. It is a narrative history of the Ottoman Empire from its earliest beginnings to its final destruction on the battlefields of the First World War. “Osman's Dream” is aimed at the general reader, and is now available from reputable bookstores in Turkey.
Hughette Eyüboğlu who is among the first foreign brides in Turkey, published her memories in Turkish last year and attracted attention. The English and French versions of the said book “Living Under the Shadow of Two Cultures” and “Du Clocher au Minaret” respectively are at the bookstores as of June.
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