by the way, Istanbul Biennial received 110,000 visitors… an Istanbul news roundup…

Istanbul Biennial ends with 110000 visitors

Hurriyet Daily News

The 12th Istanbul Biennial, which provided a depiction of the universality of the human condition, ended on Nov. 13, having attracted 110000 visitors over two months. While university students visited the biennial for free, the everyday guided tours

Artists take on Istanbul’s urbanization

Hurriyet Daily News

Istanbul experiences a period of massive urbanization. While the goal of new development is to ameliorate the quality of life, urbanization brings hardships. The subject is now the focus of many artists in their works The urbanization and its effects

Istanbul, where continents merge

The National

Since the days of Byzantium through to the Ottoman Empire and now modern-day secular Turkey,Istanbul’s fusion of cultures has left it with a rich heritage of palaces, mosques, museums and even a Roman Basilica. Whether you appreciate this by sipping

Turkey/Culture: TÜYAP Book Fair kicks off with Egypt

International Islamic News Agency

By IINA ISTANBUL, 16 Dhul Hijja/12 nov (IINA)-The book fair is organized by TÜYAP Fair and Exhibition Organization, and will be held at the TÜYAP Fair and Convention Center, Büyükçekmece with the participation of more than 600 publishers and NGOs.

An activist researches Istanbul construction

Hurriyet Daily News

Istanbul is already a divided city. The rich live in the gated communities and the poor live in slum neighborhoods and TOKİ blocks. And the city is losing its relatively class-free neighborhoods, says Adanalı. Yaşar Adanalı, a scholar and activist,

Istanbul to host a global confrence

from Hurriyet Dailynews by ANKARA – Anatolia News Agency
The intergovernmental Group on Earth Observation (GEO), one of the world?s largest and most important organizations in the field of earth observation, will organize its eighth committee conference in Istanbul on Nov. 16 and 17.

Atatürk photos on display in Istanbul

Student in love with Istanbul


The real change was the possibility of a new love: Istanbul, Turkey. I have never been on a blind date, but I am sure the feelings of anxiety, insecurity and even fright are very similar. What if they don’t like me? Should I have worn something else?

Istanbul TÜYAP book fair kicks off

Hurriyet Daily News

The Arab Republic of Egypt will be the country guest of honor in the 30th session of theIstanbul International Book Fair, which will run Nov. 12 to Nov. 15 The book fair is organized by TÜYAP Fair and Exhibition Organization and will be held at the

Turkish Roma make way for property developers in historic Istanbul district

from World news: Turkey | by Constanze Letsch
Sulukule ‘urban regeneration’ programme sees new townhouses advertised at 10 times the price paid to evictees
As property deals go, it leaves a lot to be desired. But then the hundreds of Roma families living in the heart of Istanbul don’t have a lot of choice in the matter.
An “urban regeneration” scheme that turfed thousands of Roma out of their historic settlement in Sulukule is now advertising new townhouses in the district at almost 10 times the price paid to the evictees. The Turkish authorities are being accused of deliberately driving out the Roma in the name of town planning.

Festival presents ‘next ecology’

from Hurriyet Dailynews by ISTANBUL- Hürriyet Daily News
Istanbul is hosting Turkey?s largest event in the field of arts and technology: the International Amber Art and Technology Festival. The event, organized this year around the theme of ?next ecology,? is exhibiting interactive artistic works created by artists who use new technologies as a means of expression

Cruise Industry Heavyweights to speak in Istanbul

Focus on Travel News

More cruise industry heavyweights sign up to speak at niche event in Istanbul, as Turkey focuses on growing its share of the global cruise market. Graeme Adams, VP – Voyage Planning, Port & Land Programmes, SeaDream Yacht Club, Captain Vassilios

WISE Muslim women shatter stereotypes at İstanbul conference

Today’s Zaman

More than 180 Muslim women from 45 countries attended panels and seminars inİstanbul last week focusing on educating and empowering Muslim women and promoting their rights from an Islamic perspective. ?There are 750 million Muslim women in the world,

Turkish SALT, London’s Tate Modern collaborate

from Hurriyet Dailynews by ISTANBUL- Hürriyet Daily News
Turkish Istanbul?s cultural institution SALT Beyoğlu and London?s Tate Modern are collaborating on a new series of exhibitions for a program initiated by Tate Modern. The first part of the exhibition opened Nov. 4 at Tate Modern, and the second part will open at SALT next year in March

The recycling familes of Tarlabaşı

from Tarlabaşı Istanbul by Jonathan

[We are honoured to host below a guest blog post by international photographer and multimedia journalist Sebastian Meyer, a British-American photographer based in Suleymaniye, Northern Iraq.   Sebastian and Kamaran Najm Ibrahim, his colleague at their Metrography photo agency, worked in Tarlabasi during the summer of 2010 documenting the lives of the recycling crews.  In the intervening 18 months since they photographed there, the recycling workers and their familes have all been moved out of that street as part of the eviction process; the once busy street is now mostly empty of people.

İstanbul’s kaleidoscope of music: enchanting, pleasing, challenging

Today’s Zaman

On the final evening of iDANS 05, İstanbul’s fifth annual International Contemporary Dance & Performance Festival, Jérôme Bel staged his ?The Show Must Go On? at the Fulya Art Center. It is a remarkable piece of experimental theater that challenges the

Istanbul – an enchanting blend of Eastern and Western Culture

Istanbul is truly a world city, a city which everyone should visit at least once in their lifetime. It is an enchanting blend of Eastern and Western culture, a vibrant, modern city, with a unique identity, its rich past coexisting alongside its

Istanbul Adventures III: Street Kids

Daily Sundial

Photo Credit: Kat Russell / Daily Sundial One of the most valuable lessons I learned while in Istanbul about being a journalist was that I have to be flexible. Journalism isn’t something I can plan and doesn’t always cooperate

Julie in Istanbul | Travel Blog

My friend Julie was my first visitor here in Istanbul. It was so wonderful to see her and to have somebody from home come visit. I had three days of v

Istanbul Museum of Modern Art


With the exhibition Dream and Reality – Modern and Contemporary Women Artists from Turkey, which will last until January 22, 2012, İstanbul Modern aims to put on the agenda Turkey’s social and cultural transformation via the work of women artists.

Voice of Russia starts broadcasting in İstanbul

Sunday’s Zaman

Russia’s radio station, Voice of Russia, which airs in important capital cities and centers around the world has begun broadcasting from its newly opened office in İstanbul. The station, formerly named Moscow Radio during the Soviet Union

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