Pazartesi, 5 Aralık 2022
Pazartesi, Aralık 5, 2022
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Let's enjoy Istanbul in these last mild air days. Follow us for concerts, outdoor events, film screenings, a little tour around the 17th Istanbul Biennial venues, and more.
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Exhibition: The 90s Onstage Salt ’s recent exhibition The 90s Onstage , explores Turkey’s artistic and cultural environment in the 90s based on performance and presents a selection of solo and collaborative artworks from the period. Examining the practice of performance in relation to society, economy, the street and politics, The 90s Onstage presents a potpourri of cultural history while addressing the collective initiatives of artists and designers. You may visit this link for further information on the exhibition, and you may visit Salt Beyoğlu and Salt Galata between 15 September 2022 and 12 February 2023 to view the exhibition.

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Two nights ago, Salon İKSV opened its doors and said: #SalonAçık. Babylon is back in town too, it’s ready to #TurnsYouOn. The 21th Filmekimi is around the corner. Yesterday, while I was a bit chilly and needed a coat on the balcony, I opened my planner to face the facts. It’s officially autumn. 

For some, it’s time to go inside, and for others, it's time to enjoy these last couple of weeks of Indian summer. For me, it's time to enjoy fall and fall in love with Istanbul, again. Seeing a rainbow feels like a reward here this time of the year. It reminds me of the colours of the city, after seeing blue and yellow for a long time. Big tables full of loved ones who are back in the city say you’ll never be alone.

This week, we’ve met Bengü Gün, curator and co-founder of the Mixer gallery. It’s art month, so you know what we discussed. Then we’ve followed Kenan (Cruz Çilli). As the 17th Istanbul Biennial continues to attract visitors from far and wide, he has prepared a short list of sites that you can visit alongside key Biennial exhibitions. Later on, maybe we’ll meet at Suma Han to embrace new dance moves and create rainbows on the dance floor.

To rainbows,



In the 11th issue:

Hopping (What’s going on in Istanbul: Hand-picked and unmissable events): Outdoor concerts and yoga gatherings, queer screenings, and more.

Notice Board (News that you need to notice to live in Istanbul in a better way): A radio festival you would like to know about.

A Pocket Guide (Literally a pocket guide to discover the city): A walking tour around the 17th Istanbul Biennial venues with Kenan Cruz Çilli. Follow us.

Istanbulite (A talk with a creative inhabitant): We met Bengü (Gün) at Beşiktaş, in her neighbourhood to learn about Istanbul from her point of view.


One last time: Yoga in the Museum

What is it? Yoga class. The Yoga in the Museum event series which took place all summer long through the collaboration of Sakıp Sapancı Museum and Cihangir Yoga will say goodbye to the season with a final sun salutation.

Where? SSM - Fıstıklı Teras

When? 28 September, Wednesday, 07:00 a.m. - 08:00 a.m.

Why should you go? To get our bellies moving at the MSA Restaurant after getting our bodies moving at Fıstıklı Teras.

Duly noted: Registry opens Tuesday at 11:00 a.m. To register for the free event that is open to yoga enthusiasts of all levels, go here. We would like to remind you that you need to bring your own mat.

Save up your energy for: Sirän #2 Club Night

What is it? Party. Istanbul/Berlin based event collective Sirän invites us to the stage to embrace free dances.

Where? Suma Han

When? 29 September

Why should you go? Nene H, Bashkka, Sedef Adası, Jensen Interceptor, BasicDisarm, Dirty Projector, Melis Köke, and Y.UNAN will provide the music on the two stages of Suma Han simultaneously.

Duly noted: No guest list, no warm-up. Let's meet at the door at 22:00 p.m. for the tickets.

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Our princess is coming to town: Princess Chelsea

What is it? Concert. Princess Chelsea, who became an instant global phenomenon with the video of her song Cigarette Duet shot in a jacuzzi in 2011, is visiting Istanbul just before her latest album is released.

Where? Salon İKSV

When? 1 October

Why should you go? You will hear Chelsea's brand new songs from the album Everything Is Going to Be Alright.

Duly noted: Princess Chelsea will take the stage again, on 2 October at Salon İKSV. Go here for the tickets.

A retrospective amusement park of cinema: Stanley Kubrick exhibition 

What is it? Exhibition. It will provide a chronological perspective on one of the brightest minds of film history, Stanley Kubrick's classic filmography.

Where? Istanbul Cinema Museum

When? 1 October 2022 - 1 March 2023

Why should you go? Never-before-seen film artefacts, cameras, lenses, original cast costumes, and more. You'll get a realistic Kubrick experience spanning from Paths of Glory to Eyes Wide Shut.

Duly noted: You can get your tickets every morning at 11:00 a.m. until 1 March.

Kings of Convenience

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To autumn evenings: Kings of Convenience

What is it? Concert. Kings of Convenience will warm us up in the cool autumn nights of Istanbul with their folk ballads.

Where? Zorlu PSM

When? 30 September

Why should you go? The acoustic duo, who have been together for more than ten years since their 2009 album, will perform songs from their latest album Peace or Love on the night.

Duly noted: Kings of Convenience will take the stage at Zorlu PSM again on 1 October. Tickets are this way.

To pick and choose: The 17th Istanbul Biennial film screenings

What is it? Film screenings. The 17th Istanbul Biennial embarks on a 2-month adventure in world cinema with niche selections of films from around the world. 

Where? Pera Museum

When? 17 September - 19 November

Why should you go? The 22-part programme includes Abbas Kiarostami's Where's the Friend's House?

Duly noted: All screenings are free!

Hip-hop night at the Akbank Jazz Festival: Aga B

What is it? Concert. Aga B, one of Turkey's essential MC's, will bring a night where hip-hop will meet jazz at Babylon as part of the 32nd Akbank Jazz Festival.

Where? Babylon

When? 30 September

Why should you go? Aga B will be accompanied by Kamufle, Su Sonia, Burakbey, and Barış Demirel as Babylon stage will be a local centre across genres.

Duly noted: We will get to hear new songs from Aga B's latest album Muamma.

Out of town 

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Queer screenings: 11th Pembe Hayat KuirFest

What is it? Film Festival. Pembe Hayat KuirFest, which will be held for the 11th time this year, brings together spectacles of the reflections of queerness in cinema through various perspectives.

Where? Various venues in Ankara

When? 30 September - 2 October

Why should you go? Queer documentaries, queer TV series, shorts from Turkey, and more curations will introduce you to a diverse, queer world of film. 

Duly noted: In addition to film screenings, there will be various events and workshops at the festival.

Early bird

Stars at Noon (Öğle Güneşinde Yıldızlar), 2022

Stars at Noon

The apple of our eye: Filmekimi

What is it? Festival. The detailed programme has not been announced yet, but we all know that we are very close to the sweet rush of worrying about which film we will catch. We are looking forward to highly anticipated productions from Cannes, Berlin, and Venice film festivals.

Where? Different theaters in the city

When? 7-16 October

Why should you go? For now, we know that Claire Denis' Stars at Noon, which won the Grand Prix at Cannes, Michel Hazanavicius' comedy Coupez!, which opened the Cannes Film Festival, Holy Spider, which won the Best Actress Award at Cannes, and Cristian Mungiu's latest film R.M.N. will be included in the programme.

Duly noted: Tickets go on general sale on Monday, 4 October at 10:30 a.m., following the pre-sales for Istanbul, which will start on Wednesday, 29 September at 10:30 a.m., with discounts for Lale Kart holders.


23rd Battle of the Bands still accepting participants

The last day to sign up for the Battle of the Bands contest, which continues to make the voices of independent bands heard, is 2 October. You can apply here and avoid missing the opportunity to make your band's voice heard with Battle of the Bands.

What is it? Organised by Turkey's first university radio station radio boğaziçi, Battle of the Bands is held within the scope of Sınırsız Müzik Festival, the centre of attention of Boğaziçi music lovers for twenty-eight years. It invites all young musicians to the stage. The winning bands will be awarded at an event at Boğaziçi University South Campus on Saturday, 22 October.

6th Short Film Workshop calling young filmmakers

Istanbul Foundation for Culture and Arts is holding the 6th edition of the Short Film Workshop within the scope of Meetings on the Bridge between 30 October-10 November. You can apply to the workshop until 5 October.

What is it? The Short Film Workshop, which started with the support of the Istanbul Development Agency, has been held since 2017 to support young filmmakers who will make their first and second short films to develop their projects and films. You can visit here for detailed information and application.

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Exhibition: The 90s Onstage

Salt’s recent exhibition The 90s Onstage, explores Turkey’s artistic and cultural environment in the 90s based on performance and presents a selection of solo and collaborative artworks from the period. 

Examining the practice of performance in relation to society, economy, the street and politics, The 90s Onstage presents a potpourri of cultural history while addressing the collective initiatives of artists and designers.

You may visit this link for further information on the exhibition, and you may visit Salt Beyoğlu and Salt Galata between 15 September 2022 and 12 February 2023 to view the exhibition.


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For places to pair with your trip to the 17th Istanbul Biennal

An alternative trip for the 17th Istanbul Biennial. Some tips that you don't know about Sveti Stefan Bulgarian Church, Nusretiye Clock Tower, The Theodosian Walls, and Hemdat Israel Synagogue.

A guide by Kenan Cruz Çilli.

Hey Istanbulite! As the 17th annual Istanbul Biennial continues to attract visitors from far and wide, we’ve prepared a short list of sites that you can visit alongside key Biennial exhibitions. Check out the list below:

Sveti Stefan Bulgarian Church (Balat): Have you ever visited a church made entirely of iron? Well if you haven’t been to Balat, the chances are you haven’t! The Sveti Stefan Bulgarian Church in Balat is one of the only religious structures in the world to be built entirely of iron. Check out this unique structure and be mesmerised by the stunning stained-glass windows in its interior. The church will definitely take you on a trip to the past, showcasing the historic wealth and prosperity of Istanbul’s Bulgarian Orthodox community.

Nusretiye Clock Tower (Tophane): The Nusretiye Clock Tower was one of the very first clock towers to be built in the Ottoman Empire. Though it was abandoned for many decades, it was recently restored by a team of experts who uncovered several metres of the tower that had previously been covered in dirt and debris. The tower now stands at the heart of the newly opened water-front Galata Port.

The Theodosian Walls (Zeytinburnu): Istanbul’s mighty Theodosian Walls were built over 1500 years ago, safeguarding the city of Constantinople for just over a millennium. Nowadays, the walls remain standing as a true testament to the long and fascinating history of Istanbul. A small section of the walls was recently restored and can now be visited alongside the brand new Visitors’ Centre by Mevlanakapı.

Hemdat Israel Synagogue (Yeldeğirmeni): If you watched the hit Netflix series The Club, then you may have wondered where parts of the show were filmed. The Hemdat Israel Synagogue takes you on a journey to another Istanbul with breath-taking plastered walls and ceilings. The synagogue’s name also has a unique story: it was built with permission from the Sultan at the time, Abdulhamit II. The synagogue’s name, Hemdat Israel, roughly translates to “Compassion of the Israelites” – a word-play on the name of the sultan and a symbol of the Jewish community’s gratitude to the sultan.

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Bengü Gün

Meet Bengü Gün, traveller from Mersin who made Beşiktaş her home, an art consultant with a fondness for creativity and production. And of course, an Istanbulite.

Last Tuesday, we met Bengü (Gün) in Beşiktaş, one of her favourite places in Istanbul. We talked about the neighbourhood, being an Istanbulite and art spaces. We searched for an answer to the question "How can people who live here nourish themselves?" Are you curious about what we found? Then, come close and take a seat. Let us get you a Turkish coffee so we can start our conversation.


  • Your nickname: Coruja - my nick name from back when I played capoeira.
  • Last exhibition I visited in Istanbul: Salt Beyoğlu, The 90s Onstage, an exhibition that sheds light on the place of performance art in Turkey's past.
  • Last artist I discovered in Istanbul: Adelita Husni-Bey in the Also your wound, Rosa exhibition curated by Pelin Uran.
  • The place in Istanbul where you can get your fill of art without going to a museum or gallery: Urban in Beyoğlu, best place to meet friends from the art world. 
  • Non-Istanbulites wouldn't know: How endless a city can be.
  • I live in: Beşiktaş, still my favourite.
  • In my heart, I feel like I am from: Brazil. 


You were born in Mersin, you came to Istanbul for university. You lived in Dubai for a while and then you came back to Istanbul, and you're still here. How did Istanbul's place in your heart change over the years? What are the factors that make this place 'home'?

When I first arrived in Istanbul from Mersin, I was mesmerised by the city. The way the Bosphorus shaped the whole city, its never-ending energy, and its size, which was difficult to grasp at first, felt very good to me. I guess the city was not so crowded at that time, or I didn't realise it when I was a student. Of course, living on the campus of Boğaziçi University was very lucky, we were in the most beautiful corner of the most beautiful city in the world. 

As a result of work and the general rush of life, the relationship with the city changes. It is both my home, where I feel very comfortable, and an area of constant struggle. Nevertheless, Istanbul has not lost anything from its beauty for me. With a ferry journey, I can recapture the feeling I experienced on my first day here. There is still so much to discover.

Bengü is in her neighbourhood, Beşiktaş

You are the co-founder of Mixer, a gallery that creates a space for young artists to introduce and express themselves. At the same time, you have experience in managing a 'guest house' that provides artists with the opportunity to create. What does the presence of these institutions in Istanbul, which have different dynamics but serve the same purpose, add to the city? What is the impact of the city on these institutions? 

I have always nourished myself through such institutions. Although each institution you mentioned is quite different, they have a common goal; to create space for artistic creation and for the creation to meet audiences. In a multi-layered city like Istanbul, such initiatives carry special importance. It is not a one-sided relationship. The existence of these institutions cannot be considered separately from the audience living here. Institutions that nourish the audience, arouse curiosity and create a space for questioning and discussion, also strengthen and nourish the life here.

As a person who has been involved in the arts for years, how do you intellectually nourish yourself in Istanbul apart from visiting exhibitions and museums? 

We are lucky that there is a very vibrant art scene in Istanbul, and this period now is even more active with the biennial. I participate in talks and events as much as I can. I especially enjoy spending time in Salt Galata's library. The best thing that nourishes me in Istanbul traffic these days is breaks with audiobooks.

Do you find anything missing from the art scene in Istanbul, a place/platform that you think should exist in the city? If so, why do you think we need such a space?

I think most cultural institutions are still very closed off, and they target similar audiences. We need more spaces that bring people together for participatory works, that are more inclusive and inviting. This was also the reason why ICOM changed the definition of museums recently. We all need to figure out how to really realize the following statement in this new definition: “Open to the public, accessible and inclusive, museums foster diversity and sustainability.”

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