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Istanbul Live

The 3rd edition of  ArtInternational, Istanbul's leading contemporary art fair,  will take place at Haliç Congress Center on September 5-6, 2015. The fair brings together 87 of the leading modern and contemporary art  galleries from 27 countries with 13 galleries from Turkey. Art International's art terrace "By the Waterside" will be open to visitors on the banks of the Golden Horn. There will also be talks, screenings, performance, installations, and a section for alternative art spaces. For more information please visit.

Harvest trip to Thrace vineyards with the company of Alain Würsching, French Wine Consultant and Chef Sommelier will take place on September 6, 20 and October 4. The tour includes a visit to 3 vineyards, wine tasting and during the trip Alain will answer any questions you have about wine, preparing and serving. There will also be opportunities to purchase wine at the vineyards. For details and reservation please click.

Cihangir Cool for Cats invites Istanbulites to another special Night Quiz for Cats on Saturday, September 5. The event kicks off at 20:30. Great food and drink, and prizes. All proceeds go to help the street animals. You can go alone or with friends, maximum of five people per table, donation 10TL/person. Café Nove - The Cafe Bar is at the bottom of the Rainbow Stairs in Sali Pazarıi, easy to reach from Cihangir or Findikli. Meclis-i Mebusan Caddesi 31/A. Fındıklı. For the facebook page please click.

The 35th  International Istanbul Boat Show will take place at Marinturk City Port, Pendik on October 6-11, 2015.  More than 650 brands and 380 boats from 300 companies are going to be exhibited at an area of 150000 sq.mt. Visitors will have the opportunity to see them performing first-hand in the water and potential buyers can even test boats on the water .  Visiting hours, every day at 11:00-20:00. For more details please visit the website.

Color Sky 5K Run
will take place at Olympic Stadium  on Sunday, September 13 at14:00. It is a very unique and exciting run where the runners don't get timed, but get color 'bombed' at every kilometer. It is not a competitive race, but rather a fun family event, where most people walk or jog. Tickets can be purchased through Biletix. For more information please visit the website  and check the facebook page.

Jazz at Sea
series of concerts will take place at The Primetime Cruise with the participation of famous Turkish jazz musicians.

July 24, 2015: Ece Göksu Quintet
August 8, 2015: İlhan Erşahin's (İstanbul Sessions)
August 22, 2015: Elif Çağlar Quartet
September 4, 2015: Sibel Köse Quartet
September 19, 2015: Ülkü Aybala Sunat, Nilüfer Verdi, Apostolos Sideris
The boat takes off Cemil Topuzlu Park, Kuruçeşme.
19:00 Welcome on Board with JoyJazz Radio
21:00 Departure for Bosphorus
21:15 Concert (1st part)
22:10 Break
22:25 Concert (2nd part)
23:20 JoyJazz Radio
00:00 Back to shore
for more information please click

Mehtaplı Geceler – Moonlit Night Cruise  of  Istanbul Şehir Hatları (City Lines) is on Saturday. The ferry takes off Bostancı jetty at 17:30 and after stopping off, Kadıköy,Eminönü , Üsküdar, Beşiktaş and Rumelikavağı reaches Anadolukavağı.

World's biggest paint party is coming to KüçükÇiftlik Park, İstanbul once again on August 1 to paint  the town in color! Since the first launch in 2006 in Florida, Life In Color has amazed millions and is continuing to become bigger and better! After last year's hit show, Life in Color will now be revealing Big Bang, a whole new concept! This year will feature a smashing lineup, as well as a bigger production along with tons of paint!  Line up: W&W, DJ BL3ND,  DubVision, Firebeatz, Headhunterz, Ummet Ozcan. Please note the paints that will be used in the event are water soluble and won’t cause any health hazards in case of accidental swallowing, eye contact or skin contact. They can be easily washed off with water. This crazy color party will begin at 15:00. The minimum age limit is 16.. Tickets can be purchased through Biletix. For more information please visit the website.

Galeri Zilberman is hosting promising artist Begüm Yamanlar's video Island until August 1, 2015. In Island, Yamanlar focuses on the multi-layered manner in which nature is perceived by nestling up the notions of time and space. Island aims to understand the traces humankind leaves on Earth and the information that it reaches through its existence on this piece of land by breaking the consistency of time and space. For more information please check Galeri Zilberman page.
Istiklal Caddesi 163, Mısır Apartmanı, Beyoğlu
Visiting hours:  Tuesday - Friday 11:00-19:30, Saturday 12:00-19:00

The garden of Sakıp Sabancı Museum, Emirgan will be hosting free yoga classes given by Cihangir Yoga instructors every Wednesday morning at 08:30. Duration: One hour and 15 minutes. The classes will continue until August 26, 2015.

"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.

UNESCO Chair at Kadir Has University aims to offer summer courses to international and Turkish students with a focus on World Heritage both as an academic field of study and as an applied area of study to discuss various contemporary issues and themes, regarding management of World Heritage and community involvement through use of new media. The field studies will be made at World Heritage Sites in Istanbul or at one of the World heritage Sites in Turkey. TCF   is a partner of the UNESCO Chair and supports its work in the area of research and international educational exchanges. For more information and to apply, please visit here. Eligible students may receive support to attend the summer school under the TCA Scholarship Program.

The 2015 summer timetable for Istanbul Ferry Lines which  is  valid between June 1 and September 13, 2015,  is available online.

Speech Bubbles organizes intensive summer school program for ages 8-14 at TEDTorch Tarabya. The workshops will include singing, dance, acting, prop making a swimming. A perfect opportunity to develop or expand new and existing talents in a fun, exciting and fully supervised environment.
Dates: June 22, 29 and July 6.
Monday to Friday 09:00-15:00
For reservation and more information please visit the official website  or e-mail to tom(at)speechbubbles.org.
Phone: (212) 283 6466, (212) 283 6426

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: weekdays and Saturday  10:00-19:00, Sundays 12:00-19:00 (with 30-minute intervals).

Pera PalaceHotel, Jumeriah is hosting  Battle of Gallipoli photography exhibition  until June 30, 2015. The exhibition includes a selection of photographs from the private collection of the Australian Embassy in Turkey. For Australians, the battle was the country's first experience of devastating war, and many Australians still visit the battleground every year.

For the 20th Anniversary of  Rahmi M. Koç Museum, Istanbul a new doll houses collection is on display until June 16, 2015. The exhibition includes Doll Houses produced in Britain, France, Germany and the United States  that have been procuded since the 19th century. These minitaure houses have been created by hobbyists and toymakers and decorated with miniatury furnitures and even people. The doll houses reflects various lifestyles.

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
Açık Gardırop
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.

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.

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.

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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