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Pazartesi, 5 Aralık 2022
Pazartesi, Aralık 5, 2022
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IN THE DOORWAY
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🌟 Shine bright like a "star", Istanbul!

Who knows? Is this the start of something wonderful and new? Maybe a glance, a touch, a dance. Or maybe it's just us, that makes this city shine.
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A hall of fame in Ankara: Başkent Culture Road Festival The Ankara edition of the Culture Road Festivals held by the Ministry of Culture and Tourism, the Başkent Culture Road Festival is breathing new life into Ankara’s cultural landscape. The festival’s extensive program full of splendid performances, inspirational workshops, and thought-provoking exhibitions will continue until 23 October. What to see? On 20 October, the superstar of Turkey, Ajda Pekkan will give an unforgettable concert at CSO Ada Ankara. One of the most prominent artists of Spain, Luz Casal will sing iconic love songs at CSO Ada Ankara on 22 October . Singer-songwriter Yusuf / Cat Stevens , also set to perform in Istanbul on 19 October , will be on stage at CSO Ada Ankara on 23 October for the closing concert of the festival. You may visit this link to view the rest of the festival’s program.

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I like strolling around Meşrutiyet Street after midnight. Especially when it’s a weekday and therefore wholly empty. I can imagine a crowd from any period of time. It’s a date with history. It’s the center of the world for a moment. I always stop by and stand in front of the Palazzo Corpi, the palazzo designed by Italian architect Giacomo Leoni, for Ignazio Corpi. This magnificent building carries traces of Carrara and Istanbul. Just next to it rises Pera Palas Hotel, built by French architect Alexandre Vallaury to serve travelers arriving on the famed Orient Express. I take a moment to look at it to feel like I am in the early 1900s. Under the moon, I see the former Hotel Bristol, now the Pera Museum, which was built by the Greek architect Manoussos. I know the Nusretiye Clock Tower is waiting by the sea with her good old friend Tophane-i Amire. I feel like I am undoubtedly in the center of the world. 

Every night is followed by the day. I miss the night feeling when morning comes and I'm in the middle of kitsch coffee shops and new hotels. The Galata Tower is the background of the photos and I feel like I am far away from the sea and the good old days. But I know, every dawn has it's night.

I didn’t write that wrong. Istanbul is a city that glows at night. You see the layers that you want to see. And when it’s dark, you find a way of turning on all the lights. 

A couple of days ago, MICHELIN Guide announced the restaurants they’ve selected in Istanbul for the first time. Even though the selection is controversial in many ways, I hope that it somehow helps to bring back the old glamorous days of the city and turn on the lights of the industry. And the city will become more vibrant where you feel like you're living in the heart of the world. Congratulations to every restaurant in the selection, especially Aheste and Mikla, the stars of Meşrutiyet Street, Neolokal, Pandeli, Giritli, Yeni Lokanta, Beyti, Sofyalı 9, and Araka. Check out the map that includes all the restaurants in the selection. 

This week we met with Neslişah Kaya at her studio in Balat. We talked about the neighbourhood and its stars. Then we had late-lunch at Smelt&Co.What’s next? Heading to Babylon is always a good idea, but now even better, Nilüfer Yanya is on stage. If we crave for Kürt Böreği, we know where to go. Follow us.

Let’s make Istanbul great again! 

Elif 

IN THE DOORWAY

In the 14th issue:

Hopping (What’s going on in Istanbul: Hand-picked and unmissable events): Movement workshops, concerts, basketball shows, exhibitions, and more. 

Water Cooler Talk (Local news that you need to know to survive or just to speak of): Alman Deresi hiking trail is restored.

Istanbulite (A talk with a creative inhabitant): We come to Balat, the place where we never get tired of sitting on the pavement and watching the neighbourhood from among the colourful apartment buildings. We meet Neslişah (Kaya) to talk about the sound of the neighbourhood, to see Istanbul through the eyes of a painter and ceramic artist.

What's cooking (Selected places to eat, drink, cafés, food markets): A Çemberlitaş guide for foodies.

HOPPING

Source: Zorlu PSM


A perfect October concert: Travis

What is it? Concert. Travis is back for their fans in Istanbul with their classic album The Invisible Band, which stayed at number one in the UK charts for four weeks, and their other hits.

Where? Zorlu PSM - Turkcell Stage

When? 19 October

Why should you go? If you missed their cover of Barış Manço's Dağlar Dağlar at their previous Istanbul concert, don't worry. Maybe you will have the opportunity to meet Dağlar Dağlar, or other covers.

Duly noted: This is the right address for the tickets.


Some movement: Movement Workshop with Mehmet Sander

What is it? Workshop. As part of the public programmes of the 90s Onstage exhibition, we will meet in a movement workshop led by choreographer and architect of action, Mehmet Sander.

Where? Salt Galata

When? 22-23 October

Why should you go? We will test ourselves physically, mentally and intellectually, focusing on the perception of body and space, and building trust between us in the process.

Duly noted: You don’t need dance training, just wear your comfortable clothes. For detailed information and registration form, just drop by here.


Source: Talie Eigeland


Back in Istanbul again: Nilüfer Yanya

What is it? Concert. Nilüfer Yanya, one of the rising indie rock stars from the UK, is back in Istanbul.

Where? Babylon

When? 19 October

Why should you go? Yanya will bring songs from her mesmerising album PAINLESS, released earlier this year, to Istanbul for the first time tonight.

Duly noted: Nilüfer Yanya will be in Ankara on the 20th of October. Tickets are right here.


Time for basketball: Harlem Globetrotters

What is it? Basketball show. Harlem Globetrotters, the legendary ‘acrobatic’ basketball team from the USA, will be visiting Istanbul with a dazzling new performance.

Where? Ülker Sports Arena. 

When? 22 October

Why should you go? Watch a basketball meet dance, magic and glamour.

Duly noted: Harlem Globetrotters will perform again the very next day at the Ülker Hall.


Source: Galerist


Beyond the senses: gözegöz

What is it? Exhibition. Serkan Özkaya's installation premiered at Postmasters Gallery, New York.

Where? Galerist

When? Until 22 October.

Why should you go? To create new realities alone with the all-seeing eye while sailing towards an out-of-body experience.

Duly noted: Asmalımescit Mahallesi, Meşrutiyet Caddesi, No:67/1, Passage Petits-Champs Tepebaşı, Beyoğlu/Istanbul.


Out of town

In its 10th year: Accessible Film Festival

What is it? Film festival. Bringing nearly 40 feature, short and documentary films to the audience every year, the Accessible Film Festival celebrates its 10th anniversary.

Where? Büyülü Fener Cinema, Kızılay, Ankara

When? 17 - 23 October

Why should you go? Included in the festival programme for the 10th anniversary of the festival, ‘They’ selection includes Until Tomorrow by Ali Asgari, Rabiye Kurnaz vs. George Bush by Andreas Dresen, and All that Remains to be Seen by Julie Bezerra Madsen.

Duly noted: You can view the entire programme here.

WATER COOLER TALK

Source: artfulliving


Alman Deresi hiking trail is restored

What is it? Fixers Club (Onaranlar Kulübü), which creates constructive relationship areas between public spaces, and opens channels of dialogue through space, renovated the basketball court and its surroundings on the Alman Deresi hiking trail. The project, which was realised with the help of Akkök Holding and Beşiktaş Municipality, was the second public space project of the Fixers Club.

What was done? The floor of the basketball court was laid with the design of illustrator Uğur Acil, while furniture created by Kemal Atlıoğlu was placed in the community areas around the court.

Today's sponsor

A hall of fame in Ankara: Başkent Culture Road Festival

The Ankara edition of the Culture Road Festivals held by the Ministry of Culture and Tourism, the Başkent Culture Road Festival is breathing new life into Ankara’s cultural landscape.

The festival’s extensive program full of splendid performances, inspirational workshops, and thought-provoking exhibitions will continue until 23 October.

What to see?

  • On 20 October, the superstar of Turkey, Ajda Pekkan will give an unforgettable concert at CSO Ada Ankara.
  • One of the most prominent artists of Spain, Luz Casal will sing iconic love songs at CSO Ada Ankara on 22 October.
  • Singer-songwriter Yusuf / Cat Stevens, also set to perform in Istanbul on 19 October, will be on stage at CSO Ada Ankara on 23 October for the closing concert of the festival. 

You may visit this link to view the rest of the festival’s program.

SEND NEWS

Send news: Dear Istanbulite, we would love to hear from you! Email us your questions or feedback at: [email protected] and DM us if you've heard a rumor about the next hip restaurant that’s worth checking out or anything else. 

And also, love only grows by sharing. So please share Aposto Istanbul with your loved ones.

ISTANBULITE

Neslişah Kaya- Zoks

Meet Neslişah (Kaya); a painter and ceramic master who lives, creates, discovers, recognises, and loves in Balat. And of course, she is an Istanbulite.

We walk on the cobblestone pavements that we have walked so many times before with the eagerness of finding a familiar face. We come to Balat, the place where we never get tired of sitting on the pavement and watching the neighbourhood from among the colourful apartment buildings. We meet Neslişah (Kaya).

We come to Zoks Studio to get covered in mud, to talk about the sound of the neighbourhood, and to see Istanbul through the eyes of a painter and ceramics expert. In front of us, mud, scraper, and work that has not yet decided whether it should be a vase or a glass, in our hands, warm coffees in cups hand-made by Neslişah. Come sit with us, we're starting. 

ID

My nickname: Çimenkuşu-Meadowbird

I recently discovered this ceramic artist: Şirin Ceramics

I am a regular at: Vanilla Balat

Those who don't live in Istanbul wouldn't know: The traffic

I live in: Balat

In my heart, I am from: Ayvalık

SHOOT THE BREEZE

You live in the same place you create. What effect does this dynamic, Balat and Istanbul have on your production?

Balat is a very diverse neighbourhood and this is of course reflected in my production. Since I produce industrial works in addition to my artistic works, a colour or a texture that I encounter on the streets, which I never get bored by, shapes my works, sometimes it can even turn into patterns on the products. The process can sometimes get even deeper when I hop on the ferry and cross to the Anatolian side, or when I take the metro bus to change neighbourhoods. Istanbul is a city that nourishes people in general, and the culture of each neighbourhood tells us something based on our perspective. Because we are in a constant marathon, we have to struggle. If we have to produce and make a living simultaneously, if we are artists or craftspeople, we need to recognise the finest details wherever we look.

I was always sure that one day I would live in Balat. Even after settling here in 2018, we have visibly developed and we are still growing every day. Of course, there are disadvantages to this. As good and nourishing as it is to share the same environment with people from different cultures and live all together, it is also a situation that we are not used to and can sometimes lead to chaos. For me, what makes Balat Balat is its artists, workshops, and the transformation of the neighbourhood into a destination for the arts.

Zoks Studio


Have you produced collective works with different craftspeople and artists before? Do you benefit from each other in this structure?

I make architectural panels, decorative works, and wall paintings. I can experience every aspect of the pleasure of producing together thanks to this structure of multiplicity. Not everyone can see the same detail. Producing together ensures that the end product is holistically strong and complete. None of us are perfect and we never will be, but at the end of the day, sharing adds layers to that which is produced. 

I usually prefer to produce alone. I shared my first exhibition experience with my teacher Kenan Özgür, who had a great influence on me before university, it was very special. Afterward, I took part in many group exhibitions. In the coming days, we are planning to open an exhibition as the ceramicists of the neighbourhood. I hope we will meet again in the neighbourhood on this occasion.

How is the transformation of the neighbourhood reflected in their works? What do you think awaits Balat in this sense?

This popularisation was a bit unsettling for me at first, I was never concerned about making money while producing, I find myself under terrible stress of fulfilling orders from time to time, and I increase my production speed in order to keep up. The consciousness of consuming fast was tiring me, I felt that it was jeopardising the sustainability of my process, so I stopped myself. Each piece that emerges is a simple expression of how we see the world, and how we want to see it, and it is unique, so it must be produced with patience. 

Most of my visitors are foreign tourists. In fact, we all know that 'making and producing art in Turkey' is definitely very difficult. I face this, again and again, every day with people's reactions to me. It can sometimes feel guilty to put a price on the work we do, sometimes it is even hard to get past it. Of course, it is a good thing that the art/work we do is increasing. There is no end to this, just like there is no end to learning. As we grow, we share more, and we enrich ourselves by feeding each other. 

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WHAT'S COOKING

Eat walk repeat at Çemberlitaş

A guide for foodies.

A month ago the 17th Istanbul Biennial officially opened and it will run until 20 November. This year’s biennial takes its inspiration from compost, a natural fertilisation method in which many different organic wastes are brought together and decomposed. Also, its venues spread over the city and invite Istanbulites to discover. 

So we did. If you are planning to visit Barın Han and worry about what to eat, check the following tips. And bon appetit!

Take-away

Çemberlitaş Börekçisi: Kürt Böreği is our favourite. You can have it when you go to work, or you’re on your way back home, or you’re on your lunch break. It’s always warm and tasty.

Çemberlitaş Börekçisi


Gedik Paşa Pilavcısı: Pilaf is served from the glass cart in front of the shop. You can either order chickpea-pilaf, chicken-pilaf, or all three, and a glass of ayran goes well with them.

Let’s sit and order

Dehliz: On the ground floor of the 450-year-old Vezir Han. Sevan salad and döner, which are their own recipes, are the most preferred ones. For vegetarians, a plate of zeytinyağlı with rice in the middle is the best choice. We could swear that the view you see when you descend the stairs makes you hungry, but we can't prove it.

Aslan Lokantası: An artisan restaurant serving those working in the Grand Bazaar, Sultanahmet, and Çemberlitaş since 1986. Spinach soup and stuffed leaves are among the favourites.

Çemberlitaş map


Check this out! Weekly travel and culture journal Soli (aka sis) prepared special neighbourhood guides including essentials of the hood for the 17th of Istanbul Biennial visitors. A few weeks ago, Soli saluted you from Çemberlitaş. Read the full guide.

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