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Istanbul Live

Alternative band  Oi Va Voi will perform four concerts in Istanbul. Parents of Oi Va Voi members are Jewish immigrants, that why their name is ‘Oi Va Voi’. Oi Va Voi means Oh My God in Yiddish. Their music travels in the realms of soul, ska, trip hop, drum’n bass and Balkan. The band is composed of  Nik Ammar, Bridgette Amofah,  Josh Breslaw, Stephen Levi, Preetha Narayanan, and David Orchant and will take stage at Babylon on February 10-11, 2016.. Tickets are available at Biletix.

Istanbul Bach Days continue the  concert of  famous Estonian ensemble Hortus Musicus at Naval Museum (Deniz Müzesi) on February 14 at  19:00. Hortus Musicus is the oldest baroque music ensemble in Europe. Tickets can be purchased through Biletix. Bach Days are supported by French Cultural Center and the Embassy of Estonia.

CNR Eurasia Boat Show - 9th International Boat, Marine Equipment & Accessories Show can be visited at CNR Expo, Yeşilköy on February 13-21. Visiting hours: 11:00-20:00.

CreAtolye in Cihangir is hosting a night of nostalgia with swing and blues dancing accompanied by "Miss Alena  and her Canan Street Ramblers" on February 12 at 20:30. If you don't know how to dance, you can join a class in swing dancing which will take place earlier in the evening. Tickets can be purchased through Biletix.  Creatolye's vintage shop also offers you a unique mix of vintage furniture and second hand clothes.
CreAtolye, Oba Sokak 2A, Oba Apartmanı, Cihangir

Tülay Uyar, soloist of Istanbul State opera and Ballet, celebrates Valentine's Day with "Musicals & Love" - Müzikaller ve Aşk concert at Leyla Gencer Opera and Art Center, Bakırköy on February 13 at 20:00. The repertoire consists of songs from classical musicals such as West Side Story, Cats, Phantom of the Oprea, My Fair Lady and Evita as well as modern hit musicals including Dreamgirls and Mamma Mia. Dance shows will also accompany the concert. Tickets can be purchased through Biletix.

The 27th Istanbul International Short Film Festival will take place on February 3-10, 2016. This year 80  films from countries over the world will be screened at French Cultural Center (Institut Français), Goethe Institute and Italian Institute for Culture. The films will shown in their original language with Turkish subtitles  and are free.  The festival also organizes parallel activities such as workshops and meetings with filmmakers. For more information and program please click.

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: 10:00-19:00. Duration 60 minutes.

Gaming Istanbul, Digital Entertainment and Video Games Expo, meet with its audience between 4-7 February at Istanbul Congress Center! It is an international gaming exhibition by gamers, for gamers. No game will be left behind! For more information please check the website. Tickets can be purchased through Biletix.

The Sound of Colors - Renklerin Sesi, workshop for children ages 7-12 will take place at UNIQ, Maslak on February 6, 2016. The amazing colour theory of Goethe is born out of the organic nature system. Children who learn to express themselves through art on an early stage, will become good listeners, hearing the sound of colors, balancing their own strength, reaching out for more awareness and happiness. Sessions: 10:00 and 15:00. Tickets can be purchased through Biletix.

Mall of Istanbul is hosting Toy Exhibition until April 24, 2016. The exhibition includes toys from Istanbul Toy Museum, which was founded by poet/author Sunay Akın. The exhibition offers tour stations, game and tale workshops, and interactive applications in addition to favorite examples of toy history, spanning from 1700’s to today. Tickets can be purchased through Biletix.

Based on the award-winning animation film, Shrek the Musical will bring all the much-loved characters to life at Zorlu PSM stage between January 22 and February 7, 2016. The show is for all the family . For more information and tickets please click.

British-Irish singer-songwriter Chris de Burgh will perform a concert at Ülker Sports Arena on February 28, 2016. The concert will begin at 20:30. A Spaceman Came Travelling, The Traveller, Sailor, Don't Pay the Ferryman, Lady In Red, Missing You, Sailing Away are a few of his most famous songs.  Tickets are already on sale via Biletix channels.

"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.

Known as one of the most important musicians of the century, Andre Rieu & His Johann Strauss Orchestra will perform at  Ülker Sports Hall on March 12, 2016 at 21:00. Tickets are already on sale through Biletix.

Turkey's distinguished and amusing  multi-cultural choir Istanbul European Choir (IEC) is looking for new choir singers, especially tenors and basses, for its Mozart Requiem Concert planned for March 2016. Please click to apply.

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.

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).

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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The Glass Furnace-2015
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Istanbul Live
Alternative Istanbul
Pearls, Jewels from the Sea
Contemporary Istanbul
The Art of Banksy
Semester Break Activities - Istanbul
Guitar Days in Istanbul
1001 Documentary Festival
Istanbul Biennial
Filmekimi 2015
Akbank Jazz Festival
Istanbul Marathon
Istanbul Recitals 2015-16
Free Wi-Fi Spots in Istanbul
Expat Choirs in Istanbul
Salon IKSV - 2015
Museum Pass Istanbul
While a Country is Changing
Borusan Music House - 2015
Borusan Quartet - 2015
Akbank Chamber Orchestra
Magic Ice Museum
Iş Sanat -2015/2016
Sea Taxis
Albert Long Hall Concerts - Fall 2015
Borusan Philharmonic Orchestra 2015-2016
Istanbul State Opera and Ballet - October
Istanbul Symphony Orchestra
Toastmasters of Istanbul
Istanbul European Choir
The Memoirs of a Canadian Bride in Turkey
The Glass Furnace-2015
Speech Bubbles
Alternative Party Venues
Double-decker Buses

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