Susan Fowler: “An Ancient Angel Is Revealed in Istanbul

The newly revealed mosaic angel at the Hagia Sophia in  Istanbul.

An Ancient Angel Is Revealed in Istanbul
New York Times (blog)
By SUSANNE FOWLER After what seems like ages, a portion of scaffolding has been removed from the interior of the Hagia Sophia

‘Municipality’s plans will harm Istanbul’

from Hurriyet Dailynews
City planners and academics say the 2009 environmental plan for Istanbul will have a negative effect on the city by opening up many previously protected areas to development. Contradictions in the municipality’s plans are also exemplified by the decision to build a third bridge over the Bosphorus, the experts say at an Istanbul symposium

Da Vinci’s bridge dream comes true in Istanbul

from Hurriyet Dailynews
Italian artistic genius Leonardo Da Vinci’s dream of building a bridge over the Golden Horn is coming true 500 years later. An architecture firm planning a version of the bridge over the Istanbul waterway is set to begin construction this year, while a US composer’s opera based on the idea premieres in Turkey during the 2010-11 season

Istanbul to host music legends this summer

from Hurriyet Dailynews
Performances by internationally acclaimed artists and bands will enliven Istanbul stages this summer. Grammy Award-winning folk musician Cesaria Evora, legendary guitarist Eric Clapton, Italian singer Eros Ramazzotti, Irish rock band The Cranberries and R&B artist Rihanna are just some of the names that will greet Turkish audiences before the end of the season

New Istanbul studio gives musicians place to record

from Hurriyet Dailynews
The recently opened Babajim Istanbul studios are welcoming all musicians, amateurs or professionals, to allow them to record with the best technical equipment.

İstanbul becomes hub of Mideast diplomacy
President Abdullah Gül and Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan had talks this weekend with a number of top leaders from Turkey’s Middle Eastern neighbors,

TURKEY: Istanbul muezzins struggling to hit the right note get voice lessons
Los Angeles Times (blog)
After residents filed a flood of complaints over lack of sleep and discomfort due to ill-sounding calls to prayers, Istanbul’s high-ranking Muslim cleric

Bollywood comes to Istanbul

from Hurriyet Dailynews
Dancentrum, located in Elmadağ close to Taksim, is offering classes to learn how to dance Bollywood style.

Istanbul : la petite Bosnie de Bayrampaşa

by acturca

RFI (France), lundi 10 mai 2010

Par Jean-Arnault Dérens

La population de l?immense métropole d?Istanbul est composite. Des millions de muhacir ? des musulmans chassés des anciennes provinces de l?Empire ottoman devenues indépendantes ? s?y sont installés au cours du dernier siècle et demi. En provenance des Balkans, ce flot d?immigration s?est poursuivi jusqu?à ces dernières années. Rencontres avec des Bosniaques d?Istanbul.

L?art contemporain s?expose à Istanbul

by acturca

L?Indépendant (France), 15 mai 2010

Zoé Cadiot

Ces dernières années, le nombre de galeries d?art a explosé à Istanbul. La ville en compte aujourd?hui plus de trois cents, principalement regroupées dans les quartiers de Galata, situé au nord de la Corne d?Or et de Cukurcuma et, un peu plus au sud, vers le Musée moderne.

Istanbul, l?indispensable

by acturca

Le Monde (France), 31 janvier 2010, p. 15

Nedim Gürsel, Ecrivain *

Que serait la vie dans l?Europe unie sans cette mégalopole si intimement liée à son histoire et qui est, en 2010, la capitale continentale de la culture ?

polis: Urban Transformations in Istanbul for Whom?
By Melissa Garcia Lamarca
Yet it seems these days that the transformations underway in Istanbul are moving at an exceptionally quick pace. Depicted by an extremely rich and long history, this city at the intersection of east and west is also finding itself at

Istiklal ? the heart and the pearl of Istanbul | Free Ezine Articles
By Jacqueline
Istanbul is the most visited city of Turkey, due to its richness in historical monuments. Sultanahmet is the most interesting district of the city. Taksim is popular for its liberty street, Istiklal.

An adventurous visit to Pera at night

from Hurriyet Dailynews
On May 15, during the ?Long Night of Museums,? Pera Museum will keep its doors open until 12 a.m. and will be free of charge after 7 p.m.

New space for contemporary art opens in Istanbul

from Hurriyet Dailynews
Arter, Istanbul?s newest contemporary art center, opened on May 8 in central Beyoğlu at a venue for artists to present their creative works. Arter?s opening exhibition, ‘Starter,’ is displaying pieces from the Vehbi Koç Foundation Contemporary Art Collection, including more than 160 works by 87 contemporary artists from Turkey and around the world

Third Bosphorus bridge splits clashing sides

from Hurriyet Dailynews
The debate over the third Bosphorus bridge project triggers divided reactions among academics, politicians and communities throughout Istanbul. Urban development experts insist the project could push the metropolis over the edge and send it sprawling into forested areas that house the city’s water supply and lead to irreversible social and environmental consequences

French artist brings 3-D steal works to Istanbul

from Hurriyet Dailynews
The garden of the Istanbul French Culture Center displays sculptures by Alain Valtat, a colorful exhibition through June 30.

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