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Istanbul Live

Hollywood's famous action star Steven Seagal will perform for the first time in Turkey at Harbiye Cemil Topuzlu Open-air theater on Wednesday, July 16 at 21:30. Seagal released his first album, Songs from the Crystal Cave, featuring  pop, world, country and blues music and now he presents the Blues Band project in Istanbul. Tickets can be purchased through Biletix.

Borusan Quartet and pianist Anjelika Akbar are the special guests of Mercan Dede Ramadan Special Project concert on Wednesday, July 16 at 21:30. This special concert uniting the enchanting music of Mercan Dede with the stars of classical music offers a magical time to the audience. For online tickets please click.

TEB BNP Paribas İstanbul Cup 2014 will be held at Koza World of Sports Arena in Esenyurt between July 13 and 20. It is an outdoor hardcourt tournament since 2009 and starting this year, it will be held at Koza World of Sports complex.  32 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.

Akbank Sanat and the Mexican Film Institute offer "A Recent Period in Mexican Cinema" to movie lovers until July 17. A selection of recent Mexican films will be shown in Spanish with Turkish subtitles at Akbank Sanat. Free screening. For the program and show times please visit.
Pink Martini and The Von Trapps
will be sharing the same stage at Harbiye Cemil Topuzlu Open-air Theater on July 14, 2014.  “Sympathique”, “Hang on Little Tomato”, “Hey Eugene!”, “Splendor in the Grass“, “Joy to the World“, “1969“ and “A Retrospective“ albums sold out in Turkey and Pink Martini gained a huge mass of fan.  Featuring 10-12 musicians, Pink Martini performs its multilingual repertoire on concert stages and with symphony orchestras throughout the world. Tickets can be purchased through Biletix.

Istanbul Metropolitan Municipality is organizing a series of events throughout Ramadan. Before and after Iftar, concerts, poetry readings, traditional performing arts (Ortaoyunu), Jannissary Band, Whirling Dervishes Sema shows, shows for children and many more are among the activities taking place in several  venues in Istanbul . Maltepe Park, Yenikapı City Park, Eyüp Feshane and Beyazıt. For more information (in Turkish) please visit the website
Electronic music festival Isle Of Dreams will be holding on August 5-6-7, 2014 with the participation of worldwide famous DJ's at İstanbul  Life Park. Avicii, Ingrosso, Afrojack, Axwell, Steve Aoki, Alesso, Paul Oakenfold and many more will be playing  during the festival.  Daily or combined tickets can be purchased through Biletix.

Rock Off Festival will take place at KüçükÇiftlik Park  on August 2-4, 2014, featuring a variety of international and local heavy rock bands including Megadeth, HIM, Amon Amarth, W.A.S.P., Gojira, Stratovarius,Haggard, Turisas, Ayşe Saran, Murat Ilkin, Murder King and Knight Errant.  Tickets are already on  sale through Biletix.

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 27, 2014.

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

Lokomotif Grup presents Iç Güç-Inner Power  painting exhibition at St. Joseph High School between April 10 and 30. The exhibition consists of works by nine artists including Ayşenur Artar, Esra Kizir Gökçen, Evren Gül, Justin Eccles, Kerem Ağaralı, Laurel Eccles, Serhat Koçak, Taylan Akdağ and Zafer Erkan.

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.

Istanbul Aquarium in Florya is hosting “The Human Body" exhibition until June 29, 2014.  With the motto “A stunning journey to the human body”, it a travelling exhibition visited by more 20 million visitors around the world. Under our skins, a series of intricate systems and their related organs cooperate, second by second, to keep us alive and well. The Human Body Exhibition provides a three dimensional look deep inside those systems—skin to bones, head to toe—all with a focus on helping us make more informed decisions about healthcare and lifestyle. The exhibition is on display in nine galleries and  features about 200 human bodies and parts of human bodies that have been preserved with plastination technic. Visiting hourms: everyday 10:00-21:00.

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.

Istanbul Music Festival
Free Wi-Fi Spots in Istanbul
Jazz in Ramadan
Istanbul Jazz Festival
Istanbul Recitals 2013-14
Expat Choirs in Istanbul
Museum Pass Istanbul
While a Country is Changing
Salon IKSV - 2013
Borusan Music House
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
Istanbul Beaches

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