The matches of TEB BNP Paribas Istanbul Cup 2017 will be played at Garanti Koza Arena on April 24-30. 24 World-famous tennis players will compete for the cup. The semi-final and final matches will be played on Saturday and Sunday. Daily and combined tickets can be purchased through Biletix. For the program please check the official website.
Historic Haydarpaşa Railway Station is hosting the 1st International Istanbul Tea Festival on April 29-30, 2017. It is a not to miss event for tea lovers. Istanbulites will have the opportunity to taste tea from all over the world, latest technologies on tea, recipes with tea, and experience various tea ceremonies and rituals. Workshops, panel sessions, live performances, DJ sets and various entertaining activities are among the facilities of the two-day long festival. Visiting hours: 10:00-19:00. Tickets can be purchased through Biletix. For the festival program and details please visit the website and Facebook event.
Vodafone Istanbul Half Marathon , organized by Istanbul Metropolitan Municipality, will take place on Sunday, April 30, 2017. In addition to 21K race there will be 10K race. The races start at 09:00. Age limit is 18. Registrations are online only. For more information please click.
The 4th annual 101 Tastes of Istanbul Festival will take place The Marmara Esma Sultan Yalısı, in Ortaköy on Sunday, April 30 at 13:00. From well-loved street food staples to dishes prepared by the city's most distinguished restaurants, the festival will reflect Istanbul’s culinary panorama. Tasting corners, concept bars, culinary workshops and sessions with leading names from the food industry, after- party and many more are among the facilities of the festival. Tickets can be purchased through Biletix.
Özgün & Dilek, two yoga instructors, offer Yoga class for all levels, in English, at Central Şişli. The
classes take place every Thursday at 19:30. Özgün & Dilek have decided to share their experiences on the disciplines that are essential parts of our lives such as yoga, dance, meditation, reiki, shiatsu massage, kundalini yoga together with different combinations every week. For more information please visit Facebook event.
Gayrettepe Metro Station is hosting “Turkcell Football in the Dark”, an exhibition and workshop to explore the unseen. Football in the Dark offers the players an incredible experience to understand the daily life of blind people. The participants will also support Blind Football. Tickets can be purchased through Biletix. Time: at 11:00 and 19:00.
Gayrettepe Metro Station is hosting "Dialogue in Silence Istanbul"
. Dialogue in Silence is an experience in total silence where
participants discover a repertoire of non-verbal expression with the
help of deaf and hearing impaired guides and trainers. Participants
enter an area of complete silence wearing noise-cancelling headsets, and
experience an environment that helps them discover openness, empathy
and an enhanced power of concentration. ”. Dialogue in Silence enables a
dialogue between hearing and non-hearing people while re-defining
disability as ability. Visiting hours: 11:00-19:30. Duration 60 minutes.
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.
Everyday: 12:00 and 19.00
"Pet Guests" is a newly formed platform. You can host pets in your home or you can easily find a loving care for your pet. For detailed information and questions please e-mail info(at)evcilmisafir.com and visit the facebook page.
Winter timetable for Istanbul City-Line Ferries which is valid between September 28, 2015 and May 29, 2016 is available online. Winter schedule for IDO Sea Buses is also in effect.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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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