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The 8th Beyoğlu Sahaf (Second-Hand Book) Festival, organized by the Municipality of Beyoğlu, will take place at Tepebaşı, next to the TRT Building between September 17 and October 7, 2014. This year around 70 second-hand/antiquarian booksellers (Sahaf) have stands in the festival, where you can have the chance to find old books, magazines, letters, movie/play posters, post-cards, photo albums, precious collections etc. Free admission. Visiting hours: everyday 11:00-22:00.

The Pera Museum is hosting  "Young Wednesday Concerts" by Polish musicians on September 17 and 25. Concerts are presented on the occasion of the 600th anniversary of Poland-Turkey diplomatic relations:
Wednesday, September 17 at 20:00
Wednesday, September 25 at 20:00
Mikrokolektyw,  Kuba Suchar (drum) & Arthur Majewsk (trumpet) Duo

Famous pianist/composer Fazıl Say will perform at Zorlu Center PSM Main Theatre on Sunday, September 21 at 19:30. Program: W.A. Mozart. For online tickets please click.

“Aimless Boy” is Murat Yıldız’s first solo exhibition. The works included can be divided in three stages. A book he had written called “Aimless Boy”, couple of previous paintings of his, which had given birth to the book and at last some latest works he had done inspired by the book. The exhibition does not have a unity concern; on the contrary it has a variety of techniques and materials such as embroidery, oil painting, drawing, woodworking and mix media.   “Aimless Boy” exhibition can be visited, Monday to Saturday (11.00-19.00) at Galeri Artist Çukurcuma (Kuloğlu Mahallesi, Ağa Külhanı Sokak  Sokak.No 10/A, Beyoğlu. Tel: 212 251 9163).
Opening cocktail:  Saturday, September 6 at 18:00-20:00. For more information about the artists please check the website.

Nike Run Istanbul , a 7km race, will be held at Caddebostan coastal road on September 28 at 13:00. The route of the run is Caddebostan – Coastal Road- Bağdat Caddesi – Bostancı-Caddebostan.  Istanbul Run is open to public. Deadline for registration is September 22. After pre-registrations the runners can take their “Run Istanbul” kits from any one of the Nike stores. To complete the final registration, the participation fee of 40TL for adults, and of 20TL for minors/students should paid in the Nike store determined during the registration. Deadline for registration is September 21. Istanbul Run cannot guarantee registration on the day of the race.  For online registrations and  more information please visit.

The 36th Vodafone Istanbul Marathon, also featuring numerous runs of shorter lengths, will take place on Sunday  November 16, 2014. There are few better ways to explore the beautiful city of Istanbul than by running through it, and the Istanbul Marathon features races of 8km, 10km, 15km, and the full marathon length of 42.195km. All of the races begin on the Asian side in Üsküdar, with free transportation for participants from Taksim. All of the distances include runs across the Boğaziçi Bridge and, depending on the length, stop by a number of important historical and cultural sites on the way to the finish. To sign up for the marathon or to find more information, please click. (http://www.istanbulmarathon.org/en).

Jazz at Sea series of concerts will take place at The Primetime Cruise with the participation of famous Turkish jazz musicians.
August 22, 2014: Ayşe Gencer Quartet feat. İmer Demirer
September 5, 2014: Randy Esen Quartet featt. Şenova Ülker
September 19, 2014: Sibel Köse Trio feat. Neşet Ruacan
The boat takes off Cemil Topuzlu Park, Kuruçeşme.
19:00: Cruise door opens
21:00: Departure from the port
21:15: Concert (First part)
22:10: Break
22:25: Concert (Second part)
23:20: JoyJazz radio broadcast
00:00: Returning to the port

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.

The winter schedules for IDO Sea Buses and City-line Ferries, which provide 85% of sea transportation in Istanbul, are in effect.

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
- Expats
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.

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.

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.

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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Borusan Quartet
Magic Ice Museum
Akbank Chamber Orchestra
Iş Sanat -2013/2014
Sea Taxis
Albert Long Hall Concerts - Fall 2013
Borusan Philharmonic Orchestra 2013-2014
Istanbul State Opera and Ballet - May
Istanbul Symphony Orchestra
Toastmasters of Istanbul
Istanbul European Choir
The Glass Furnace-2012
The Memoirs of a Canadian Bride in Turkey
Speech Bubbles
Alternative Party Venues
Double-decker Buses

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