CorISTAnbul Chamber Choir will commemorate the centenary of British composer Benjamin Britten’s birth with a program entitled “Stanford to Britten: A Musical Lineage” under the choral and artistic direction of Arda Ardaşes Agoşyan. The lecture-concert will take place at Beyoğlu Holy Trinity Armenian Church (Balıkpazarı) on December 11 at 20:00. The program includes selections from the compositions of Charles Villiers Stangord, Gustav Holst, Ralph Vaughan Williams and Frank Bridge in addition to Britten’s choral set “Five Flower Songs”. Soprano solo: Natali Boğosyan, Piano: Arda Ardaşes Agoşyan/Eren Aydoğan. Admission free.
Portobello Christmas Charity Bazar organized by Circolo Roma will take place at Italian Cultural Center (Casa d’Italia) in Tepebaşı on Thursday, December 12 between 10:30 and 16:00. Italian food specialties such as Parmigiano, Salami, Wines, Grappa, Limoncello, Panettone, andoro, Pasta, Sauces and Homemade Jams together with products of well-known brands and lots of homemade treats will be on sale.
Circolo Roma – Casa d’Italia
Meşrutiyet Caddesi 75, Tepebaşı-Beyoğlu
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 Ülker Sports Arena on December 13 at 20:00. Tickets can be purchased through Biletix.
Speech Bubbles will stage Robin Hood & the Babes in the Wood, a traditional family Christmas pantomime, at Terakki Vakfı Okulları in Levent on December 14 and 15. This English pantomime show is a unique form of theatre that incorporates farce, slapstick, music, dance and audience participation. It is fun for all the family. Please note all proceeds will donated to charity. Show times:
Saturday December 14 at 14:30 and 19:00
Sunday, December 15 at 14:30.
Tickets can be purchased at:
Greenhouse Books, Hilmi Paşa Cad No 21/B Kozyatağı, Kadıköy
Balon Evi, Istinye Park Shopping Centre (Bazaar Level)
Barca Bar, Istiklal Cad. Zambak sok. No:15, Taksim
For online tickets please visit
World-famous composer/pianist Tuluyhan Uğurlu will perform a special “Şeb-i Arus” (Night of Union) concert at Sirkeci Terminal on Sunday, December 15 at 17:00. Tuluyhan Uğurlu, accompanied by visual shows and whirling dervishes will tell “Love”. Tickets can be purchased through Biletix.
The IBS Mother & Baby show will take place at Istanbul Congress Center (ICC), Harbiye on December 13-15, 2013. The show brings families, couples, babies and children together with the leading companies of the industry, creating a family festival. Visiting hours: 11:00-18:00. For more information please click.
The 3rd EU Human Rights Film Days is organized in 8 different cities all around Turkey on December 6-15, 2013 with the support of the European Union Delegation to Turkey, the EU Member States and their cultural centers on the occasion of 10 December, Human Rights Day. The films will screened free of sharge at theaters in Ankara, İstanbul, İzmir, Bursa, Eskişehir, Trabzon, Sinop and Diyarbakır. During the festival that will last 10 days, more than 20 films from Europe and Turkey will be shown free of charge. Through the event, producers, actors, actresses, and directors of some films will come together with the audience. For the films, cinemas and screening program please check.
Dave Allen Trio will take stage at Nardis Jazz Club on Monday, December 9 at 21:30.Famous contemporary jazz guitar player, composer and educator Dave Allen was born in Philadelphia. He moved to New York in 1988 to study at the Manhattan School of Music and since then played with many important jazz artists including David Liemban (Miles Davis), Mark Turner, Muguel Zenon, Ravil Coltrane, Dave Binner, Jaff Balard and many more. He recorded two albums, “Untold Story” and “Real and Imagined”, for which he gained much critical acclaim. He has been a faculty member of the New York Jazz Academy, among other New York schools, specializing in advanced improvisation and modern rhythmic concepts. During the performance at Nardis Kağan Yıldız (bass) and Cem Aksel (drums) will accompany Allen.
Mimar Sinan Fine Arts University Tophane-i Amire Culture and Arts Center is hosting 60 works from two collections by Joan Miró, considered one of the 20th century’s most inspirational painters. Throughout his long career, Joan Miró’s go-to material had been paper. He held a certain fascination for all its variations. His creative output using paper continually emerged as productive works manifesting bold ideas. Paper, in short, became the first material for Miró’s unique personal style. The exhibition is open everyday from 10:00 to 19:00. Tickets can be purchased through Biletix. For more information please visit the website.
Sainte Pulchérie French High School is presenting the works of French photographer Tristan Zilberman and Turkish photographer Emine Akbucak until December 12. “Bridge to Bridge” exhibition focuses on the significance of bridges. It can be visited Monday-Saturday except Wednesday from 09:00 to 18:00. 20 percent of profits from sales will be donated to the Fransız Lape Hastanesi in Şişli. For more information, visit the school’s website.
Milano Circus will be at Küçükçekmece Arena Park between October 15 and December 15, 2013. One of the famous circus in the world, Milano Circus, continues to keep the spectators alive with the exciting entertainments. You can find pretty dogs, trampoline show, juggler, wild Bengal tigers, carpet show, danger circle, and much more in Milano Circus. For the show times and tickets please visit Biletix website
The winter schedules for IDO Sea Buses and City-line Ferries, which provide 85% of sea transportation in Istanbul, are in effect as of September 16, 2013.
The July/August 2013 issue of The Guide Istanbul is available at major newsstands, and selected bookstores throughout Turkey. To read the Publisher’s note please click.
The exhibition Erol Akyavaş – Retrospective, organized by Istanbul Modern presents a comprehensive inventory of the artist’s oeuvre that extends over half a century from the 1950s to the late 1990s. This selection of around 290 works, underlines the creative and pioneering identity Akyavaş assumed between modern and contemporary art. Akyavaş’s world of images, assembled both from Eastern and Western art with a unique interpretation is considered an original synthesis. Curator: Levent Çalıkoğlu. For more information about the exhibition please click.
Due to the railway construction suitable to high-speed trains there are no suburban trains running between Haydarpaşa and Pendik as of June 19, 2013. The construction is planned to end in two years. The number buses running at existing IETT lines will be increased.
Sociologist Deniz Bağrıaçık is writing a book about foreigners who live in Istanbul. She has been interviewing with three different categories of people:- Foreigners who has lived in Istanbul more than 15-20 years.
- 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.
Modernity? Perspectives from France and Turkey” exhibition supported by Comité Colbert will run at Istanbul Modern between January 16 and May 16, 2013.
Here Comes the Sun is in interactive exhibition is mutually organized by the Goethe-Institut Istanbul and Rahmi M. Koç Museum. The exhibition aims to teach the importance of sun – the source of all life on earth, as an endless renewable energy to kids aged seven to 14 years old. However computer animations, interactive installations and experiments, scientific games and fun quizzes are also targeted at adults. Following a brief introduction in Turkish and German the visitors can enjoy the exhibit on their own and the supervisors at each stop can answer their questions. The exhibition will remain open until July 14, 2013. Visiting hours: Tuesday-Friday 10:00-17:00, Saturday and Sunday 10:00-18:00. The museum is closed on Mondays.
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.
The winter schedules of IDO Sea Busses and Şehir Hatları (Citylines) Ferries, which provide 85% of sea transportation in Istanbul are effective as of September 10, 2012. Please check the new timetable of IDO and Citylines.
The bus drivers of IETT accustomed to use their AKBİLs for passengers who do not have one. This implementation was now cancelled and passengers should purchase Akbil, electronic card or electronic ticket with limited usage beforehand. The mentioned tickets can be purchased at IETT Electronic Ticket dealers or automatic sales machines throughout the city.
The Blind Photographers Project is inviting you to live an unforgettable experience on Saturdays: Dinner in Pitch Black. – Total Darkness. A special meal by Sardunya catering will be served by blind waiters, and blind musicians will take stage. And dancing in the dark. For more information please check the website. For the English video of Blind Photographers Project please click.
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.
Depom - Turgut Özal Caddesi 110, İkitelli
Tel: (212) 549 00 84e-mail: info(at)depom.org
Mrs. Claudia Turgut has been writing a cooking blog based on all the fresh produce that you can get in the markets in Turkey. You can follow her blog for delicious recipes with a Turkish touch.
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.
Istanbul Şehir Hatları (Citylines) launched two new ferry routes running parallel to the coasts of both sides of the Bosphorus. The residents are expected to choose these routes in order to avoid traffic jams and for a more comfortable trip. The ferries will run on weekdays. Please check the summer timetable of Şehir Hatları (Citylines) for the scheduled routes of Kabataş-Sarıyer and Üsküdar-Anadoluhisarı-Kanlıca-Paşabahçe-Beykoz.
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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