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Istanbul Live

The annual IWI-International Women of Istanbul Christmas Charity Festival will take place at Istanbul Mariot Hotel at Şişli Taksim on Sunday,  December 4 between 10:00 and 17:00. It is also IWI's most important charity fundraising event All IWI members and their family & friends are invited to join the fun. The festival offers shopping, children's entertainment, international food court, raffles, and other activities. Special decorations, caroling, gifts for kids from Father Christmas, and a mistletoe together makes this festive must-visit event! All net proceeds go to the IWI Social Responsibility Fund.  For more information and tickets, please visit the website or  Facebook event.

Marla Antoinette Flea Market for Stray Animals will take place at Lostop & Rind, at Beşiktaş Abbasağa on December 3 and 4. The flea market offers a wide range of objects including records, bijouterie, bags, toys and dresses for kids, candles, vintage, dvd, books, as well as designers’ products among which you can find Christmas and New Year gifts for your beloved ones. If you wish to help stray animals and find treasures  Lostop & Rind welcome you. Opening hours: 11:00-20:00.For more information please check the facebook page.

Cihangir Cool for Cats  (CCfC)  invites Istanbulitesto another special  Quiz Night for Cats on Sunday, December 4. The event kicks off at 20:30. Great food and drink, a roaring log fire 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. New venue: Arsen Lupen, very easy to reach from Taksim.  MisSokak 15 4th Floor.. For the facebook page please click.

Speech Bubbles will stage Dick Whittington & His Cat, a traditional family Christmas pantomime, at Şişli Terakki School in Etiler on December 10 and 11. This English pantomime show is full of dancing and jokes and old-fashioned slapstick. It is fun for all the family. . It's a volunteer production with the proceeds all going to local charities including Mor Cati and Hayata Destek. Show times:
Saturday December 10 at  14:30 and 19:00
Sunday, December 11 at 14:30.
Location: Sisli Terakki Theatre, 12/A Ebulula Mardin Cad, Levent. (7 minutes' walk from Nispetiye metro and Akmerkez)
Price: 20 TL (children) and 40 TL (adults).
Tickets are available online, from cast members, at the door, at Greenhouse Books in Kozyatagi, or at Istanbul Training Institute in 4 Levent.
For online tickets and details please visit the official website.

Circuit  at Yeldeğirmeni, Kadıköy is hosting "Mascarade"  a 3-part mask-making workshop led by  Cécile Alexandre, starting on November 29. participants will learn how to design and create masks in papier mache with eco-friendly materials. Masks created during the workshop will exposed during a final dinner event in December. The workshop is in English and translation provided in Turkish when requested. For more information and registration please check out the official Facebook event.
Circuit - Rasimpaşa Mahallesi, Uzun Hafız Sokak 39, Kadıköy

Supported by  "Take Me Up the Bosphorus" team,  Canadian comedian Phil Nichol  will perform in Istanbul  on November 28-30.  An award winning comedian, acclaimed actor, producer, presenter, writer and musician, there is no end to his talent. This year Phil performed his 20th solo show at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival. It is his first ever gig in Istanbul. Please note the entire show is in English.
Show times and venues:
November 28 at 21:30 - Hard Rock Cafe Istanbul, Meşrutiyet Caddesi 3, Galatasaray-Beyoğlu (free entry)
November 29 at 20:30 - Demir Demirgil Theater on Boğaziçi University South Campus (doors open at 20:00)
November 30 at 21:00 - kargART - Bahariye, Kadife Sokak 16, Kadıköy
For more information, check out the Take Me Up the Bosphorus page.

Istanbul's Zorlu PSM will be hosting world-famous Puerto Rican singer, songwriter and guitar virtuoso José Feliciano and His Band on November 29 at 21:00. In his long and successful career, Feliciano recored albums both in English and Spanish and also shared the same stage with legends such as Bob Dylan and Joan Baez. He performed several duets with Frank Sinatra, Johnny Cash, Bing Crosby, Glen Campbell, Andy Williams, Minnie Ripperton and Diana Ross. For more information and tickets please check out the official event page

The 4th  XXF - Very Very French Festival, organized by Istanbul French Cultural Center (Institute Français), brings together some of the best jazz, electro and pop  musicians in Istanbul on November 17 - December 8 and in Ankara on December 6-16, 2016. Babylon Bomonti is the venue of the Festival's Istanbul leg.  This year’s performers include Alpha Blondy, Aaron, Brodinski, Fanfaraİ, Guts, Jean Tonique and La Caravane Passe. This year, the festival will travel to Ankara for the first time and will host Aaron, Club Cheval and Nouvelle Vague.  Tickets can be purchased through Biletix. For detailed information please visit the website.

Akbank Sanat at Beyoğlu is hosting IFSAK 24th Istanbul Photograph Days (Istanbul Fotoğraf Günleri) in November. The one-month event will include speeches, forums, photography education, workshops and more. The theme for the  24th IFSAK Istanbul Photography Days  is Thanatos "My Only Enemy is Myself". Please note all events are free. For more information please visit.

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:   at 11:00 and 19:00.

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: 11:00-19:30. Duration 60 minutes.

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, Old Kadıköy – Adalar jetty (18:05), Eminönü (18:25), Üsküdar (18:40), Beşiktaş (18:50), and Rumelikavağı (19:55) reaches Anadolukavağı  at 20:05 where it stays for two and a half hour. The ship follows the same route on the return trip and arrives to Bostancı jetty at 01:00.

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.
Everyday: 12:00 and 19.00

"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.

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.

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

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.

Istanbul Design Biennial
Akbank Jazz Festival
Istanbul Puppet Festival
Istanbul Recitals 2016-17
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Expat Choirs in Istanbul
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Classical Guitar Festival in Istanbul
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Museum Pass Istanbul
While a Country is Changing
Borusan Music House - 2015
Borusan Quartet - 2015/2016
Akbank Chamber Orchestra
Magic Ice Museum
Iş Sanat -2015/2016
Sea Taxis
Albert Long Hall Concerts - Spring 2016
Borusan Philharmonic Orchestra 2016-17
Istanbul State Opera and Ballet - March
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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