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Istanbul Live

The annual IWI-International Women of Istanbul Christmas Festival will take place at the Hilton Bosphorus Hotel Convention Center in Taksim on Sunday, November 29 between 10:30 and 18:00. It is also IWI's most important charity fundraising event All IWI members and their family & friends are invited to join the fun!  The range of stalls includes a balance of Christmassy items and Christmas gifts, most of which are handmade. Jewellery and accessories will also be on offer, as well as tasty international smallgoods from national groups. In the food court tastes and flavours will include India, Indonesia, Thailand, Turkey, Japan, Germany, Italy, Ukraine, China and Russia, as well as a bake stall and other sweet treats. This year, there are some new additions, aimed at enhancing the festive experience while also aiding in the fundraising effort. For the first time, a photographer will taking professional photographs in a festive setting which will be available for purchase in digital form. Another first will be the entertainment program, featuring theatre and dance performances and three international choirs. IWI has also created limited edition Christmas cards for the first time, which will be available to purchase in two unique designs.  Trampolines, toys and activities from Gymboree and Babalu will be available in the kids’ area – and Santa Claus himself is expected to pop in from the North Pole!  For more information, please visit the website  or  contact chairwoman(at)iwi-tr.org.

The Fashion Film Fest Istanbul is taking place at Zorlu PSM on November 28-29. During the festival a comprehensive program of fashion films will be presented. In addition to film screenings talks with famous names in fashion and film sectors,  art videos, fashion films and an unforgettable party are among the facilities of the festival. The festival is free andopen to public. For more information please click.

The Military Museum (Askeri Müze), Harbiye hosts the  Naturel – Physical and Mental Health Festival on November 26-29, 2015. The companies/brands participating the festival is offering more than ninety activities,  including workshops, seminars, music and dance performances. Visiting hours: 11:00 – 19:00.

The 7th Eurasia Plant Fair - Flower Show will take place at Istanbul Expo Center, Yeşilköy on November 26-29, 2015. About 350 exhibitors from 21 countries will meet with the  global visitors. The fair includes indoor and outdoor ornament plants, flower bulb and seed, packaging materials, garden accessories, plant care products, exotic and miniature trees,  greenhouses, decorative pools and many more.  For detailed information please click. Visiting hours: 10:30 - 18:30.

The 3rd  XXF - Very Very French Festival, organized by Istanbul French Cultural Center (Institute Français), brings together some of the best jazz, electro and pop  musicians  on November 20 - December 4, 2015. this year’s performers include Plaza Francia, Grant Lazlo, Pony Pony Run Run, Chinese Man, FKJ, Brigitte, College and more. Tickets can be purchased through Biletix. For detailed information please visit the website.

The 3rd Boğaziçi International Film Festival, organized by International Bosphorus Film Association will take place on November20-27, 2015.  The festival features competitions in categories Short Films and Feature Films. The screenings will take various in town including Beyoğlu Atlas, Cine Majestic movie theaters and Tarık Zafer Tunaya Culture Center in Beyoğlu. Cinemaximum in Tepe Nautilus Shopping Mall is the host of the films on the Asian side. For more information please visit.

The United Nations has declared 2015 as the International Year of Light, and the Zorlu Center is hosting the Istanbul Light Festival on November 13-29.  The festival includes light installations, interactive light shows, performances and workshops. Curated by UCLA Design Media Arts Department Head Rebeca Mendez, 23 high tech light art installations transform the Zorlu Center and environ temporarily into the world’s largest public art gallery. For more information please click.

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.

"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.

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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Borusan Music House - 2015
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Magic Ice Museum
Akbank Chamber Orchestra
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
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Double-decker Buses

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Istanbul Recitals 2015-16
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Iş Sanat -2015/2016
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Borusan Philharmonic Orchestra 2015-2016
Istanbul State Opera and Ballet - October
Istanbul Symphony Orchestra
Toastmasters of Istanbul
Istanbul European Choir
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The Glass Furnace-2015
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Double-decker Buses

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