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Hookah operation hit Istanbul cafes

A series of inspections over the weekend caused Istanbul cafes to put away their hookah (nargile) in line with recent regulation changes


Istanbul Biennal abandons plans for public exhibition

Organizers of the upcoming 13th Istanbul Biennial have been forced by circumstances to abandon their plans to stage art exhibitions in public areas like Gezi Park

Istanbul to turn into city of jazz

The program of the 23rd Akbank Jazz Festival, which will be organized between Sept 25 and Oct 12, includes colors of jazz from the rising talents of the European scene to the masters

Council of State Rejects Objection on Sulukule Project

Turkey?s Council of State rejected a motion submitted by Fatih District Municipality on the cancellation of a suspension order for Sulukule urban renewal project. The municipality?s new project also became subjected to prosecution.

Conflicting projects in Yedikule Gardens raise controversy

There are several conflicting plans for Istanbul?s historical Yedikule Gardens, one of which sees the area as earmarked for construction, while according to another it will remain a green space


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