International KısaKes Short Film Festival which is created by the students , for the students will take place in Istanbul on September 27-30, 2016. The festival brings together film lovers, international film professionals and young film makers. The films were chosen among young directors of 101 countriesand 1470 films. In addition to screenings, masterclasses, workshops by local and international names of the world wide film industry are among the facilities of the festival. Please note all events will take place at Ortaköy Orphanage and Saint Benoit French High School at Karaköy. For more information and program please visit.
KüçükÇiftlik Park, Dolmabahçe is hosting Garden Sale on October 1 and 2 between 11:00 and midnight. The sale is consisting of fashion and ornament designers’ products, vintage and industrial design objects, records, discounts and many more. You can also enjoy the live music and food while resting on the grass and evening film screenings and lots of surprises. Tickets can be purchased through Biletix.
The 6th International Crime & Punishment (Suç & Ceza) Film Festival, organized by Istanbul University Faculty of Law will be held between September 30 and October 6, 2016. This year's theme is "Poverty". During the Festival, approximately 100 films , including feature films, documentaries and short-films from both Turkish and World Cinema will be screened. The films will be shown at Beyoğlu Atlas and Ortaköy Feriye movie theaters. In addition to film screenings, panel discussions on cinema and justice, exhibitions, workshops are among the facilities of the Festival. Tickets can be purchased through Biletix. For more information and program please click.
The 9th International Istanbul Poetry and Literature Festival will take place on September 28-October 2 at various venues from libraries to hotels and to ferries. In addition to famous Turkish writers/poets international artists including Jason Goodwin, Drago Jacal, PhilpHammial and Eric Sadin will be giving talks and readings. For more information , program and venues please visit the festival website.
Incirli Şaraphane in Istanbul is hosting Vintage Istanbul Festival on October 2 at 14:00. Around 500 different tastes from 30 establishments will meet with wine lovers. The selection of wine covers a wide range: The vineyards from Thrace to Elazığ, Nevşehir to Denizli. Gourmet tastes including various kinds of bread, olive oil, local cheese and delicatessen will accompany the wine tasting. DJ performance and live performance of Jehan Barbur will color the day. Tickets can be purchased through Biletix.
Muallim Naci Caddesi Oksuz No:107 Kurucesme, Bebek Arnavutköy Cd, 34345 Beşiktaş/İstanbul
Telefon: (0212) 257 1129
Cirque du Soleil’s, daring, enchanting, creative acrobatic show Varekai, will be performed at Ülker Sports Arena between October 1 and 9. Established in 1984 by a group of 20 street performers, Cirque du Soleil is the major globally renowned Quebec based performing arts troupe providing high-quality artistic entertainment. Deep within a forest atop a volcano, exists an extraordinary world, where anything is possible: Varekai... From the sky falls a solitary young man, and the story begins. On this day at the edge of time, in this place of all possibilities, begins an inspired incantation to life rediscovered. Tickets are already on sale through Tixbox.
Mix Festival, an experience between sounds that will initiate the wonders of the new season, will welcome you in Zorlu Center PSM on September 30 and October 1. MIX FESTIVAL will bring foreign artists and the talented musicians of Turkey together within the concept of a festival for two days. The program, which will expand to Main Stage, Drama Stage, Studio, Meydan Fuaye, VIP Lounge, Sky Lounge and PSM Amfi, will feature musicians including the English band Oi Va Voi, Ceza, Büyük Ev Ablukada, Baba Zula, Mode XL and many more. Sky Lounge will host various workshops including odor, coffee, print , fanzine, flower arrangement and design workshops. Tickets can be purchased through Biletix. For more information please click.
The 3rd International Workshop on Geometric Patterns in Islamic Art will take place at Istanbul Design Center on September 24 - October 2, 2016. The event is free of charge, however requires registration for workshops. This year's theme is Patterns Applied on Stone, Wood and Ceramics". Speakers from around the world, including France, Iran, Turkey, Azerbaijan, the UAE, and Poland will be giving talks on aspects of Islamic design. Workshops will focus on subjects such as window patterns, tiles, free-hand drawing, Central Asian designs, and Fibonacci patterns. An exhibition running from September 26 to October 9 will accompany the workshops. For more information please visit the official website.
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
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
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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.
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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