Hamdi Akatay

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

The Aegean port of İzmir is one of the most prosperous and developed cities in Turkey. But İzmir’s Tepecik neighborhood has a different story – this mainly Roma district is better known for poverty and crime. Hamdi Akatay, a Roma percussionist from Tepecik, is trying to offer something more hopeful...

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

Issues of identity and belonging are never far from the surface in Turkey, and have become one of the main themes for many contemporary artists. Serra Behar’s first solo show, To Remember , engages with society, personal history, and religion through 17 years of her work. Due to Behar’s training in...

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

For many of us, the sound of the harp recalls images of cherubs in heavenly clouds, or classical concert halls. But Turkey’s foremost harpist Şirin Pancaroğlu takes the sound both forward and backward in time, using an Ottoman harp in her album Çengnağme and also collaborating with electronic...

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Alican Akdemir, Turkey's first water sommelier - photo by Merve Göral

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To introduce yourself as a water sommelier is to constantly have to explain your job. The relatively nascent profession is just beginning to take root around the world and, as Turkey’s first, Alican Akdemir often has to deal with people’s incredulity. He says the first thing people usually ask him...

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Judith Liberman, photo by Fethi Karaduman

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The traditional storytellers of Turkey, called meddah, have a long history of entrancing audiences, weaving oral tales using epic narrative, humor and improvisation. Interestingly, one of the most famous meddah today is French. Over the course of her decade in Turkey, Judith Liberman has trained...

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Midnight Return poster

Find reviews and recommendations for Turkish literature and cinema - gaining fame around the world, so browse our selection of top titles.

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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Jason Goodwin

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From Flaubert to Hemingway, Twain to Christie, the writers who have visited and written about Istanbul bear witness to its unending allure. It was the Yeats poem “Sailing to Byzantium” that first whispered an idea of Istanbul to the young Jason Goodwin. But it was several decades before he dreamed...

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Ahmet Güneştekin

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.

Coming from Turkey’s southeastern Batman province, a self-taught artist finds success on the international art scene – this isn’t a story we hear every day. Ahmet Güneştekin is the protagonist of this tale, which begins with the legends and mythology of the Near East, wanders through the melting...

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Balkan Ateşi

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

Clarinetist Serkan Çağrı is taking the stage on January 27 with Yarkın Rhythm Group and Macedonian Roma band Kocani Orkestar in a concert called “ Balkan Fire ”. Though you might think there is only one Balkan group among them, geographically they are all from the Balkans: Çağrı is from Turkish...

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Zorlu PSM, Yeni Yıl Yeni Umutlar

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Although it may just be a date on the calendar, many of us see the New Year as a chance for better things in the months ahead. The saying is “start as you mean to go on,” and for that reason Zorlu PSM is starting with an unforgettable display of opera: “ New Year, New Hopes ”. With world-class...

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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.

The complex geography of Southeastern Europe, the Middle East, and the Caucasus has been united and separated under many empires over the centuries. Current politics divides these regions on the basis of nation and religion, but that was not always the case. In his exhibition ArTriangle “City...

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Seyhan Arman, photo by Merve Göral

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Actress Seyhan Arman has found acclaim for her lead role in Merve Gezen’s short film Nerdesin Aşkım? (Where are you my love?), which won the Canada International Film Festival’s 2016 Perfection Award and the Human Rights Prize at the 2016 Atlas Awards. This is the brief, bitter story of two...

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Burak Delier - Free Society of Fools and Crooks. Photo by Rıdvan Bayrakoğlu

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In our time, movies such as Catch Me If You Can or Ocean’s 11 have shown that fictional con men can make more money in the cinema than the real ones do on the street. But public consciousness of con men goes back farther than we might think, in fact to a man named William Thompson in 1840s New York...

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Kemal Müderrisoğlu, Jean Cesar Reboul, Reboul Pharmacy

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Since its humble beginnings on İstiklal Street in 1895, the Rebul brand has been intangibly intertwined with Istanbul’s history, know for capturing the allure of the city and distilling it into a bottle. The original shop, called the Grande Pharmacie Parisienne, was one of Turkey’s first pharmacies...

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Begum Khan, photo by Merve Göral

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A small bundle of energy, Begüm Kıroğlu can regularly be seen hurtling through the winding halls of the Grand Bazaar, a stylish figure buzzing past the glittering jewels and centuries-old columns. Her atelier is located close outside these walls, and Kıroğlu knows the area intimately, at once an...

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