Istanbul’s 10-day independent film marathon has already started:)

The festival will run from Feb. 17 to 27 in Istanbul and from March 2 to 6 in Ankara.

!f Istanbul celebrates decade of independent film

by ISTANBUL – Hürriyet Daily News
The 10th !f istanbul AFM International Independent Film Festival starts Thursday in Istanbul. The festival will continue through Feb. 27 in the city and move to Ankara on March 2. Under various sections, the festival will screen some of the year?s most talked-about films and Oscar contenders as well as award-winning films by legendary directors. It will also offer workshops and post-screening discussions

Check these at !f Istanbul on Thursday

from Hurriyet Dailynews
Turkey?s leading independent film festival will kick off Thursdsay when the !f Istanbul AFM International Independent Films Festival begins screening a diverse selection of cutting-edge cinema and hosting directors and writers from around the world.

an Istanbul news roundup

Residents Oppose Beyoglu ?Protection? Plan

from Kamil Pasha by Jenny White

The plan to make Beyoglu ? Istanbul?s nightlife district ? which is also one of its venerable old multi-cultural neighborhoods into what appears to be a theme park for tourism has led to protests and a lawsuit by residents trying to stop it. (click here)

Istanbul nightlife, or why the new alcohol law makes sense

from İstanbul Altı by Asher

Katherine Ammirati currently works as a legal intern in Istanbul. Her interests include the art of conversation, urban culture, and city life. She will be back.

The other day, as the conversation neared the limits of my Turkish, a new acquaintance asked me whether I went out on the weekends. I told him yes, and he made a face. ?The Istanbul nightlife is terrible,? he told me. ?I?m so sick of it?there?s nowhere to go.?

Istanbul trembles at pace of change

from World news: Turkey |

New developments and renovation in the ancient city have displaced traditional communities

Istanbul’s year as European capital of culture ended last December much as it had started, disregarded by a city too huge to really come to grips with the event. The 600 exhibitions, concerts and attractions certainly stimulated artistic creation, speeding up the launch of museums and galleries, and positioning the city on the global arts scene. “Istanbul has been revitalised. And we welcomed 8 million tourists,” boasts Kadir Topbas, the leader of the urban area council.

Global tourism fair opens doors in Istanbul
Hurriyet Daily News
The East Mediterranean International Travel and Tourism Exhibition, or EMITT 2011, the world’s sixth biggest tourism expo, opens its doors in Istanbul on

Massacre of Stray dogs in Istanbul – CNN iReport
Undercover footage recorded at the Kadir Topbas Hasdal Municipal shelter in Istanbul. Since Let’s Adopt! uncovered the scandal these images have travelled

Microloan facility launched in Istanbul’s Bağcılar : Microfinance
By Microfinance Africa
Emine Çiçek, one of the first women entrepreneurs in Istanbul to use microloans, also attended the ceremony. Çiçek said she took a loan of 1000 liras, which was used in the textile sector. ?I am producing and selling underwear and

Museums in İstanbul earn near TL 90 mln last year
Today’s Zaman
İstanbul’s museums and historical areas attracted a total of 11.66 million visitors in 2010 with a total turnover of TL 90 million

From Santralİstanbul to the Rahmi M. Koç Industrial Museum

by Terry Richardson
According to one set of official statistics, İstanbul hosted nearly 7.5 million tourists in 2010, the year the city was a European Capital of Culture.

Audio story: Istanbul. The place to be
Southeast European Times
By Justin Vela for Southeast European Times in Istanbul — 11/02/11 There are many reasons for people in their 20s to move to Istanbul

Istanbul’s Inci sweetshop faces a bitter ending
The National
Inci Pastanesi, the famous sweetshop in Istanbul’s Beyoglu shopping and entertainment district, may be forced to close. ISTANBUL // One of Istanbul’s mos

Class, our topic for today is İstanbul
Today’s Zaman
Class, our topic for today is İstanbul. You can take notes if you wish. But if you ask me, I prefer that you make a good note of this lesson in your minds

A little bit of Sundance comes to Istanbul for !f
Hurriyet Daily News
Turkey’s one and only independent international film festival, !f Istanbul, kicks off next Thursday. To mark its 10th year, the festival is collaborating

New Wave of Jazz Musicians Seeks Niche in Istanbul

from NYT > Turkey by By SUSANNE FOWLER
Entrepreneurs are setting up venues that offer a fresh generation of Turkish players a chance to perform original compositions, as more established artists wonder where the audience has gone.

Istanbul In Numbers

from Istanbul-pedia by Ali
Demography Population 12.915.158 (2010) Density 2.444 person/km2 (26 times of Turkey, which is 94 person per square km) Population growth rate 3.3 % yearly 35 % lives on the Asian side (Anatolia), 65 % on the European side (Thrace) 51 % of the population is men (in Turkey the rate is 50%) 62.24 % are […]

Istanbul | At the crossroads
And tonight I take a walk down this street of dreams: Istanbul’s iconic Istiklal Caddesi, or Independence Avenue. ?Tesekkürler canim, thanks my dear,? I smile at the young gypsy girl who sells second-hand books near the Ataturk statue at Taksim Square

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