Midnight Return poster

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A stroke of bad luck turns life along a radically different path, leading to years of imprisonment in a foreign land, teaching the hero courage and endurance, and ending in a bold escape whose story brings fame and fortune… it sounds too dramatic to be true. And yet these are the facts of life for...

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Kedi, documentary

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Creeping along the rooftops, slinking between café chairs, lounging on vines, curling up in metro stations, leaping through fish stalls, meditating in mosques – the cats of Istanbul are so familiar to locals that they are part of the urban fabric, indispensably entwined with its mercurial moods....

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Hagia Sophia

Find over 2,000 years of Roman, Byzantine, Ottoman, and modern history in the city’s museums. From Sufism to photography, Istanbul is full of cultural marvels.

Before skyscrapers began to spring up in the modern districts of Istanbul, the defining feature of the skyline was the mosques with their domes and minarets. Most tourists know the classic image of the muezzin giving the call to prayer on the balcony of the minaret, and the effect of several...

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Rakı, meyhane

Find over 2,000 years of Roman, Byzantine, Ottoman, and modern history in the city’s museums. From Sufism to photography, Istanbul is full of cultural marvels.

If there is one social space that epitomizes the true Istanbul experience in this city, it is meyhane . Most commonly referred to as just a Turkish version of a tavern, for many decades, the meyhane has been representing more than just a mere place to eat and drink. It is a place where the...

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ballenesque-room

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Roger Ballen is undoubtedly one of the most influential photographers of the 21 st century, making the Istanbul Modern exhibition “Roger Ballen: Retrospective” mandatory viewing for all art appreciators in the city. Publishing his first book, Boyhood , in 1979, over the following decades Ballen...

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Find over 2,000 years of Roman, Byzantine, Ottoman, and modern history in the city’s museums. From Sufism to photography, Istanbul is full of cultural marvels.

Archeology Museum Founded in 1881 by the eminent painter, architect, and Renaissance man Osman Hamdi Bey, this often overlooked site is actually a group of three museums: the Archaeological Museum, the Ancient Orient Museum, and the Tiled Kiosk Museum. The Museum’s holdings constitute the best...

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Turkey, and indeed the world, is mourning the loss of Yaşar Kemal, who died on February 28 at the age of 92. Kemal was long the leading force in Turkish literature both at home and abroad, earning him the French Legion d'Honneur and a nomination for the Nobel prize. His story is as engaging and...

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Discover Istanbul’s arts & culture scene with exhibition reviews, museums, concerts, interviews with artists, and contemporary art news.

The gallery ARTER, located on the busy avenue of İstiklal Caddesi, is dedicated to contemporary art locally and internationally. The gallery is known for its innovative and conceptually challenging exhibitions, featuring installation, video, painting, and sculpture. Directions ARTER is on İstiklal...

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Discover Istanbul’s gourmet boutiques, speciality shops, and Turkish designers. Learn about Grand Bazaar & Spice Bazaar, and the city’s largest shopping malls.

Foreigners unable to read Turkish should not feel limited when it comes to browsing through Istanbul’s many miles of store bookshelves. There’s so much Anglophone reading material out there, you are really spoilt for choice if you know where to look. Luckily, we do. But don’t feel restricted by...

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Mersad Berber, Pera Museum

Positioned between the art worlds of Europe and Asia, Istanbul is home to art galleries and museums serve to contemporary art, and traditional artists as well.

Istanbul is a city of many layers, drawing together seemingly disparate eras, cultures, languages, and ways of living into a richly patterned whole. The art scene reflects this variety, with traditional and contemporary rubbing shoulders in the city’s galleries. ARTER The Chapman brothers made...

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The Museum of Broken Relationships, Istanbul

Positioned between the art worlds of Europe and Asia, Istanbul is home to art galleries and museums serve to contemporary art, and traditional artists as well.

Everyone with an interest in literary Istanbul knows Orhan Pamuk’s Museum of Innocence , which exhibits the remains of character Kemal’s kleptomaniac relationship with the young Füsun. Thankfully, these displays of labeled cigarette butts, clothes, edibles, and photos are the document of a...

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Turkish words with no English

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From the Central Asian steppe to southeastern Europe, Turkish is a language that has absorbed many influences while retaining its own character. Most of the vocabulary comes from Turkic, Arabic, and Persian roots that have evolved over the centuries. By looking at the words that cannot be simply...

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Africa Express Presents... The Orchestra of Syrian Musicians & Guests

Istanbul’s local talent is making new blends of jazz, rock, classical, electronic, and traditional music. The city also attracts big international stars.

One of the highlights of last year’s Istanbul Jazz Festival was Damon Albarn’s concert with the Orchestra of Syrian Musicians, alongside special guests including Paul Weller, Rachid Taha, and Eslam Jawaad. Now Africa Express Presents… The Orchestra of Syrian Musicians & Guests , a new album...

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The gallery ARTER, located on the busy avenue of İstiklal Caddesi, is dedicated to contemporary art locally and internationally. The gallery is known for its innovative and conceptually challenging exhibitions, featuring installation, video, painting, and sculpture. Directions ARTER is on İstiklal...

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Sahne Pulchérie is the performance venue of Sainte Pulchérie Lycee Français, a French high school in the Beyoğlu area with a history going back to 1846. The school's performance space opened in 2013 with the aim of showcasing Turkish theater in Istanbul, with a diverse program of contemporary dance...

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UNIQ Istanbul

Situated on a vast area of 150 thousand square meter and surrounded by green, UNIQ Istanbul is a special arts&culture, convention, entertainment, and business center. UNIQ Istanbul, holds the Volkswagen Arena , UNIQ Open-Air Stage , UNIQ Hall, and UNIQ Müze, hosting concerts, festivals,...

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The Women's Library and Information Center

The Kadın Eserleri Kütüphanesi ve Bilgi Merkezi Vakfı (Women's Library and Information Center Foundation) houses a library of over 10,000 volumes and hundreds of periodicals in a Byzantine-era buildingin Balat. Founded in 1990 to record the lives and work of women, the library's collection covers...

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Sahaf is a hidden museum/library filled with ancient books on Turkish history, gathered from all over the world. Directions: The library is located inside the Point Hotel Barbaros, a short footwalk from Zincirlikuyu bus station and the Gayrettepe metro stop.

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Open since January 2010, Borusan Music House is the performance center of Borusan Center for Culture and Arts (BKS). As of 2011, the house will be in operation from October through May. Wednesdays will be dedicated to music lessons; Thursdays, Fridays, and Saturdays will be showcasing arts events....

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Doku Art Gallery first opened a venue in Ankara in 1984 and by 1989 it had expanded to two new galleries. To share their passion for art with art-lovers in Istanbul, Doku Art opened a gallery in Istanbul in 1997. Since then, the gallery has been serving painting enthusiasts with selective and...

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Founded in 2010 by Sabiha Kurtulmus, Merkur stages exhibitions of mostly paintings, photography, sculptures, and video with the aim of supporting modern art. Merkur works with established Turkish artists as well as up-and-coming Turkish artists in order to introduce new talent to the Turkish...

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Open since November 2005, Tim Show Center presents performing arts events, movie premiers, concerts, exhibitions, and much more. This high-tech venue provides wireless internet connection, 8 simultaneous translation cabinets, a Grand Hall that has 1,810 seating capacity, and three cafés at the main...

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One of the most important supporters of the arts in Istanbul, the Istanbul Foundation for Culture and Arts (IKSV) is an independent, non-profit organization founded in 1973 by 17 businessmen and art appreciators under the leadership of Dr. Nejat F. Eczacıbaşı. The initial goal of the organization...

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The Topkapı Palace Library was established in 1928 when the the Ağalar Mosque in the third courtyard of the palace was transformed into a library. The books were gathered from numerous sections of the palace and new collections have been either purchased or donated. The library features a...

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Since its foundation in 2000, the Iş Sanat Cultural Center has been host to numerous musical and stage performances including such renowned names as Yo-Yo Ma, Charlie Haden, Gidon Kremer, Dianne Reeves, Vladimir Ashkenazy, Dave Brubeck, and many more. Apart from showcasing classical music, jazz,...

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Dorock XL is a live music venue focusing on rock on the Asian side in Kadıköy. This is one of the largest indoor live music venues in Istanbul, and its roster shows many important local acts, such as mor ve ötesi, four in the pocket, Peyk, and Yükset Sadakat. The venue has a capacity for up to 1,...

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A small independent and alternative theater located close to Tunel and Galata, that hosts a wide range of mainly Turkish language plays.

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X-ist gallery is an innovative contemporary art gallery founded by collector Daryo Beskinazi and art director Kerimcan Güleryüz. X-ist aims to provide an alternative space for young artists who are not yet established but have the talent to make their mark on the art scene and the future. With a...

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Founded in 1998, Pi Artworks is a contemporary art gallery that represents both Turkish and international artists. Directed by Yeşim Turanlı, who is also the co-founder of the Istanbul Art Museum Foundation, the gallery is located in Istanbul's historical Mısır Apartmanı, with another branch in...

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Founded in 2009 by seven artists as an art initiative, Sanatorium made its way to a solid art gallery persona hosting contemporary artists both local and international as well as emerging and established. The gallery not only works to establish itself in the art world by hosting the works of...

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Caddebostan Cultural Center is an artistic hub for the Asian side of Istanbul, hosting theatre, music, and ballet events as well as conferences and art, photography, and literary exhibitions. The center's boutique art library, open since 2007, has a collection of 2,000 local and foreign books that...

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An outgrowth of the Pera Museum , the Istanbul Research Institute is an academic organization supporting historical and cultural inquiry into the city’s Byzantine, Ottoman, and Republican periods. As Istanbul negotiates its emergence as a megalopolis, the institute seeks to better understand its...

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Founded by Demet Müftüoğlu-Eseli and Alphan Eseli, Istanbul'74 is a gallery in the Karaköy neighborhood that not only displays exhibitions and artistic collaborations of leading personalities from all over the world, but also hosts cultural events, festivals workshops, and talks. One of the most...

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