A SYMBOLIC JOURNEY FROM HIEROGLYPHS TO EMOJIS

WE LOVE EMOJIS. THE SMILING FACE, THE HEART EYES... WE ALL USE THEM, ASSIGNING AN INDIVIDUAL MEANING TO EACH. IN A WAY, WE HAVE RETURNED TO THE AGE OF HIEROGLYPHS! BUT DO YOU KNOW THE CON-NECTIN BETWEEN EMOJIS AND HIEROGLYPHS? WELL, HERE YOU ARE...

BILL GATES’ FULFILLED PROPHECIES

BILL GATES IS NOT ONLY THE WEALTHIEST PERSON IN THE WORLD, BUT ALSO THE MOST INFLUENTIAL NAME OF THE 21ST CENTURY IN TERMS OF ENTREPRENEURSHIP AND CREATIVITY. IT HAS BEEN 18 YEARS SINCE HE HAS WRITTEN THE NON-FICTION “BUSINESS @ THE SPEED OF THOUGHT” CONTAINING ALL HIS EXPERIENCES. EVERYONE WHO ONCE REGARDED HIM AS A STARGAZER IS NOW FACED WITH ALL HIS FULFILLED PROPHECIES.

MYTHS ON WATER

WATER IS THE SOURCE OF LIFE, THE BEGINNING AND THE INDISPENSABLE… EVER SINCE THE ANCIENT DAYS HUMANS LEARNED TO LIVE TOGETHER AND PRODUCE, WATER HAS BEEN THE PRIMARY ELIXIR OF LIFE, ON WHICH BOTH MYTHS AND RELIGIONS LAID PARTICULAR EMPHASIS.

MUSEUMS ELIMINATE THEIR BORDERS!

OUR FAT OLD WORLD HAS BEEN GIVEN YET ANOTHER NAME: “DIGITAL”. WE NOW SOCIALIZE, SHOP AND ACCULTURE ONLINE. AND WE ARE ONLY A CLICK AWAY FROM MUSEUMS, JUST LIKE MUSIC, CINEMA OR BOOKS. MILLIONS OF BITS OF KNOWLEDGE ARE NO LONGER CAPTURED WITHIN THE WALLS, BUT ARE WAITING TO BE DISCOVERED THROUGH OUR FINGERTIPS.

Seasonal fish calendar: When to eat which fish?

IF YOU’RE IN SEARCH OF AN AMBROSIAL FISH FARE , PAY ATTENTION TO THE CALENDAR ! HERE IS A BRIEF SUMMARY OF THE SEASONAL FISH CALENDAR TO PICK THE ZESTIEST FISH IN THEIR HIGH SEASON…

JANISSARIES AND SAMURAI

THE SIMILARITIES BETWEEN THE TURKISH AND THE JAPANESE CULTURE ARE FREQUENTLY CITED. THEIR FAMILY NOTION AND STRUCTURE, ETHICAL VALUES, GRAMMATIC SIMILARITIES ARE STATED AS EXAMPLES. TO SUPPORT THE CASE EVEN FURTHER, IT IS TOLD THAT THE JAPANESE WERE ONCE HORSE-RIDING NOMADES OF THE CENTRAL ASIA JUST LIKE US TURKS, WHICH PROVES THAT THESE SIMILARITIES BEAR TRACES OF AN EVEN CLOSER BOND.

TRAVELLING THE WORLD THROUGH CHESS

ONE OF THE WORLD’S BIGGEST CHESS MUSEUMS WAS OPENED IN ANKARA HAMAMÖNÜ. THE 540 CHESS SETS IN EXHIBIT SYMBOLIZES A JOURNEY AROUND THE WORLD. ALL THESE SETS WERE BROUGHT TOGETHER FROM 103 COUNTRIES OUT OF SIX CONTINENTS, AND ENTERED THE GUINNESS BOOK OF RECORDS AS “THE WORLD’S LARGEST CHESS COLLECTION” IN 2012, CONSISTING OF ONLY 412 SETS AT THE TIME.

NOT WITHOUT BREAD...

THE HISTORY OF BREAD IS AS OLD AS HUMANITY… PROBABLY EIGHT, EVEN TEN THOUSAND YEARS OLD… THE STORY DATES BACK TO THE NEOLITHIC AGE. EVEN BEFORE CULTIVATION BEGAN, MANKIND MADE DOUGHS OF CHESTNUT AND ACORN, BAKED THEM ON HOT STONE AND ATE.

THE GROUNDBREAKING MASTER OF ARCHITECTURE Le Corbusier

JUST LIKE ANY CREATIVE GENIUS, HE WAS EXTENSIVELY CRITICISED IN THE GOLDEN AGE OF HIS CAREER. STILL, LE CORBUSIER TRAILED A NEW BLAZE WITH HIS DEEPLY IMPACTFUL MASTERPIECES THAT WOULD RADICALLY CHANGE THE ARCHITECTURAL AND URBANISTIC APPROACH. NOT MANY KNOWS THAT LE CORBUSIER WAS THE INVENTOR OF CHAISE LONGUE, UNDERGROUND GARAGES, AND THE FIRST ARCHITECT TO INTENTIONALLY USE NAKED CONCRETE IN BUILDINGS…

Personal tales on cultural entities

The spring sessions for Istanbul Modern’s workshops attract great interest of art aficionados. Starting on April 19, the seminar ‘Understanding the World of Artists’ will last for five weeks and is going to take place between 7:30-9:30 pm. The seminar invites participants to acknowledge the modern times through the lives of artists who have witnessed the formation of the Turkish contemporary art scene.

ISH China 2016 Fair in Beijing

Dominating the global economy with her growth rates, China is hosting a heating, air conditioning and ventilation fair. The fair will welcome major sector representatives in Beijing through 30 May and 1 June with a wide range of products from plumbing to walves, air conditioners to accessories, solar energy systems to water treatment systems, cooling equipments to heat pump systems…

An exhibition on nature and sustainability

Istanbul Modern welcomed 2016 with an exhibition which pays tribute to nature and raises environmental awareness: “Till It’s Gone”. The exhibit presents a selection of artists who undertake conceptual research on nature and focus on ecological issues in their artistic practices. Reflecting artists’ perspective of nature and their intricate relationships with the concept of sustainability, the works bring to bear diverse interpretations and insights pertaining to the interaction between human beings and the ecosystem. The exhibition can be visited until 5 June.

Should we laugh while we should lament?

Two-act dark satire “Insufficient Balance” is waiting for theater lovers at Istanbul KKM Gönül Ülkü and Gazanfer Özcan Stage, on 2 May 2016 at 8:30 pm. The story of the modern day people who are mad about consumption and their deviation from the principal values is a good example of dark humour.

A great fair in Kiev

The 18th Aqua-Therm 2016 International Heating and Cooling Fair will take place on 17-20 May in Ukraine. The fair will bring together companies from the heating, air conditioning, ventilation, water supply, environmental technologies, sanitary systems, renewable energy, swimming pool industries.

Don’t miss the Young Days Festival!

İBB City Theaters opens their stages for the new generation actors and actresses in the 32nd Young Days Festival which will take place through 9-19 May 2016. Celebrating its 32nd anniversary, ‘Young Days’ features performances on a wide range from traditional theater to contemporary. All performances are free of charge and are accompanied by workshops, interviews and outdoor events.

Automobile, motorcycle and bicycle fans, unite!

The automotive industry is counting down for the big Bursa union in May. Attracting attention of the sector professionals and automobile aficionados, Bursa Autoshow 9th Automobile, Commercial Vehicles, Motorcycle, Bicycle and Accessories Fair will take place on 10-15 May at Bursa Osmangazi Tüyap Fair and Congress Center.

Oscar is past, it’s time for the Golden Tulip!

The 35th International Istanbul Film Festival will be taking place between 7-17 April in Istanbul. Pablo Trapero and Müjde Ar will be the respective foremen of the Golden Tulip International Contest and the Golden Tulip National Contest in the festival. Alongside ‘the Golden Tulip’, veterans of the cinema will be awarded with honorary prizes. Having made a name in the history of Turkish cinema as ‘the most popular evil woman’, Suzan Avcı will be honoured in respect.

The fair of recycling

REW Istanbul 12th International Recycling, Environmental Technologies and Waste Management Fair will take place between 28-30 April 2016 at Beylikdüzü Tüyap Istanbul Fair and Congress Center. The sector professionals will have the chance to examine the solutions offered by dozens of companies to deal with solid waste, water and waste water, gas and green energy. In the fair, major companies from the Balkans, the CAC Nations, Africa and the Middle East will be present alongside Turkey.

The pioneer of Eurasia

The projections of the heating, cooling and air conditioning sector are determined with respect to the international market as well as the rapidly expanding local market. Eurasia’s biggest heating, cooling and air conditioning convention ISK-SODEX 2016 that will be realized at Istanbul Congress Center has a significant place for the global market.

Music for love

The 44th Istanbul Music Festival will take place between the 1st and the 24th of June. The festival’s theme takes inspiration from the Shakespeare sonnet “If music be the food of love, play on”. The festival will meet the audience at seventeen different locations this year. In addition to weekend concerts, the festival will be boasting a new line of events entitled ‘the Musical Route’ with the concerts that will take place in the historical buildings of Beyoğlu.

Celebrating the 19th year!

The Flying Broom International Women’s Film Festival of Ankara celebrates its 19th year. Welcoming only the films directed or codirected by a woman, the festival will start on May 5th and continue until May 12th.

Certified organics unite

Turkey’s one and only certified organic products fair ‘Ecology İzmir’ is ready to represent the country in the national and the international arena for the seventh time. Realized by İZFAŞ, the fair will be held on 27-30 April 2016 at İzmir Expo to bring organic producers, exporters, importers and consumers together.

JERUSALEM… THE LAND OF GREETINGS… AL-QUDS…

THE HISTORY OF JERUSALEM DATES BACK TO ANCIENT TIMES. MAYBE THAT IS THE REASON FOR THE STORY OF EVERY SINGLE STONE THERE IS… THE SINE QUA NON FOR THREE RELIGIONS, JERUSALEM IS ASSOCIATED WITH THE JUJUBE TREE. THE SHARP THORNS OF THE JUJUBE TREE KEEP ITS ZESTY FRUITS FROM REACH. JERUSALEM IS BEAUTIFUL, AND HOLY. TO SAVOUR AND APPRECIATE JERUSALEM, ONE HAS TO KNOW HER BLESSINGS…

COMMON TRACES SHARED BY TWO GREAT EMPIRES

FOR CENTURIES, OTTOMAN AND JAPANESE EMPIRES HAVE DOMINATED EXTENSIVE TERRITORIES AND WITNESSED VARIOUS ERAS CHARACTERIZED BY UPS AND DOWNS. THESE SIMILARITIES IN ART, LIFESTYLE AND CULTURE MAY SEEM PECULIAR AT FIRST SIGHT, HOWEVER, THESE CAN ONLY BE EXPECTED CONSIDERING THEIR IMPERIAL GLORY AND THE CONSEQUENTIAL PERSPECTIVES.

A CENTENNIAL ADVENTURE: SINAN THE ARCHITECT

THE MERITS OF SINAN THE ARCHITECT, WHO FILLED HIS 99 YEARS OF LIFE WITH OVER 350 MASTERPIECES, WAS NOT LIMITED TO HIS RESPECT FOR HIS WORK, HIS METICULOUSNESS, OR HIS TALENTS. HE CASTED ON THE ENTIRE ANATOLIA AND ROUMELIE WITH HIS PATIENCE… YOU NEED NOT BE A PROFESSIONAL ART HISTORIAN TO APPRECIATE SINAN AND HIS MASTERWORKS. ALL YOU NEED IS TO OPEN YOUR HEART AND LEAVE YOURSELF TO BE CARRIED AWAY WITH SINAN’S ADVENTURE...

Gülben’s Istanbul concert

The popular singer Gülben Ergen is ready to meet her fans with her new album “Kalbimi Koydum”. The concert will take place on 19 March 2016 at Istanbul Bostancı Show Center at 9 pm.

The new heroes of the dream world

“The stories of Sezuş: Efe and Bulut vs. Osman Bey”, a musical screenplay for kids is waiting for the children of Ankara. With songs adapted from Sezen Aksu and its enchanting tale, the play opens the doors of a loving world. The play is directed and coreographed by Emre Çelik. And the venue is Ankara MEB Şura Hall.

Magic tales from the kitty cat

Garfield Live Magic Tale Book, which will be staged on 28 January 2016 at Caddebostan Culture Center promises fun for everyone; for everyone loves Garfield! The show offers a great opportunity to enjoy a quality time with your child, yet it has something for all ages. Keep in mind that the show starts at noon.

Women, men and spiritualism

The rising trend of present times is contemplating the unseen intentions behind what is visible... Tuna Tüner has a very assertive presentation about women and men: “A brand new perspective that focuses on the unconscious alchemy, not the apparent chemistry of relationships. The concepts of women and men according to esoterism, mysticism and spiritualism…” If you are intrigued, the event takes place at Bo Sahne on 14 January 2016 at 8.30 pm.

Water and energy

Essen, Germany is ready to host a sectoral union. The E-World Energy and Water will take place between 16-18 February 2016. Do not miss it if you are interested in the new energy, heating and air conditioning technologies!

Children are the future…

It is always said that a test-oriented education system lacks sufficiency during the self-discovery stage of the children. A group of educators, artists, philosophers, psychologists, pedagogues and scientists came together to develop a project of child development entitled “The Child Philosophers Programme”. Founded on Matthew Lipman’s “Alternative Education” model, the programme has the mission of raising happy and self-conscious children who have discovered their fields of interests, learned to develop different perspectives, and attained a certain intellectural level. The programme consists of seven modules which comprise lifelong referable knowhow. For more information, visit www.cocukfilozoflar.com

40th anniversary in Milano

Energy, heating and air conditioning sectors have been meeting in Milano, Italy for the last forty years. MCE Mostra Convegno Expocomfort 40th Heating, Cooling, Air Conditioning, Ventilation, Insulation and Water Treatment Fair will once again bring the leading brands of the sector together. The sector agents will be in Milano through 15-18 March for the fair.

Expo marathon in Ankara

In January, a marathon will be awaiting the energy, heating and air conditioning sector agents in Ankara. All five fairs of the Power Next Energy exhibitions will be opened in Congresium Ankara ATO. The fairs bring everything together from geothermal energy to biomass and wind power, solar and hydro-energy technologies, dam and hydroelectric power plant construction and automation, safety and maintenance networks of energy pipelines… The fairs will welcome visitors between 21-23 January, 2016.

OTTOMAN WEDDINGS

Back in the Ottomans, weddings were probably the most zestful of the social events. Whom the sultans and their sons would marry, whom should they give their daughters’ hands, the wedding gifts and dowries, circumcision feasts of the princes and the gifts were the most attractive curiosities of the common people.

OTTOMAN-JAPANESE RESEMBLANCE

JAPANESE AND OTTOMAN CULTURES HAVE CURIOUS RESEMBLANCES IN TERMS OF THEIR PHILOSOPHIES, CUISINES, ARTS AND CRAFTS… THE VALUES, MAGNIFICIENT COURT LIVES AND RELATED CUSTOMS IN BOTH CULTURES HAVE INEVITABLY AFFECTED THE DAILY LIVES OF ORDINARY PEOPLE. PREPARE TO BE ASTONISHED!

WORLD’S 10 MUST-SEE ARCHITECTURAL WORKS

SOME WERE BUILT FOR A LONG LOST LOVE, SOME FOR THE SAKE OF IMPERIAL GLORY… HERE IS A BRIEF SELECTION OF THE MAJOR MAN MADE WONDERS WHICH EVOKE ADMIRATION…

The ›llustrated h›story of postcards

Who would have thought that postcards, which were about to become history with the invention of the internet, would put their finger on the pulse of the varying traveling habits in time as well as the popular culture? Holding a small yet remarkable place in the history of mankind with its fifteen decades of past, postcards may have left their glory days behind, but still do survive despite the unstoppable rise of digital technology. Although post offices and stamps have long become “nostalgic”, they still act as an indispensable detail of the travel jargon.

CELEBRATING EID IN THE OTTOMAN EMPIRE

THE EIDS OF RAMADAN AND THE HOLY SACRIFICE HAVE BEEN THE LEADING CAUSE OF OFFICIAL CEREMONIES AND CELEBRATIONS IN THE OTTOMAN IMPERIAL AND SOCIAL CULTURES. REGARDLESS OF FAITH, SECT OR RACE, EVERY NATION WITHIN THE BODY OF THE OTTOMAN EMPIRE JOINED IN THE CELEBRATIONS IN ENTHUSIASM. ASIDE THE RELIGIOUS RITUALS, ALL THE SEGMENTS OF SOCIETY SHARED A COMMON JOY. EID CELEBRATIONS CONSTITUTED ONE OF THE MAJOR DYNAMICS OF COALESCENCE OF THE STATE AND THE SOCIETY.

Festival changes name

The 52nd International Antalya Golden Orange Film Festival will take place between November 29 – December 6 under a different name. Apparently, we will be talking much about it with its new name, jury, red carpet, festival cortege and the prizes. Enjoy!

New album, new concert

Famous for his dazzling stage performance and hit songs, BaBa ZuLa returns with a new album. “34 Oto Sanayi” contains 13 tracks. To promote his album, BaBa ZuLa meets the audience with a new concert in Kadıköy Stage on November 13, which is sure to attract huge attention.

Film marathon at full blast

Making every October the sweetheart of movie freaks, Filmekimi will be continued in many other Turkish cities following a nine day marathon in Istanbul on 3-12 October. Organized for the 14th time by Istanbul Foundation of Culture and Arts (IKSV), Filmekimi is realized with the sponsorship of Vodafone FreeZone. Like every year, Filmekimi will bring a new colour to the month with a rich program boasting international festival screenings, awardwinners and much anticipated productions.

Counting down to zero!

The 34th Istanbul International Book Fair will meet book lovers on Novermber 7-15 at Istanbul TUYAP. With the annual theme “Humour: Smiling to Life”, the fair welcomes Tan Oral as the honorary illustrator. And Hungary will be this year’s honorary country. Appealing to a wide audience in Turkey as in the rest of the world, Sarah Jio, the author of many bestsellers also listed by the New York Times, is among the guests of the fair. The fair will commemorate Aziz Nesin on his 100th anniversary by the exhibition “The Man Who is Larger than Life”.

Journey to coffee

Istanbul Haydarpaşa Terminal is hosting a rather interesting event. Istanbul Coffee Festival will start on October 22. Through the four days of the festival, you can meet the gifted baristas from Istanbul’s best coffee and roasting companies, learn the tricks to brew a delicious coffee, and enjoy good music in the company of many zesty coffee sorts in the historic ambiance of the Haydarpaşa Terminal.

'Counting Down for the Future' has started

Sakıp Sabancı Museum (SSM) in Istanbul Emirgan is hosting a must-see exhibition. With the collaboration of Akbank Art, the museum welcomes the innovative and dynamic spirit of ZERO, the biggest art network of the 20th century, in their galleries. The exhibition “ZERO. Counting Down fort he Future” focuses on the ZERO movement, which was born as a reaction to the stagnant and negative atmosphere that has dominated the world in the post World War II era, and named after the countdown for a spacecraft. The exhibition can be visited until January 10, 2016.

Quarter-century of jazz

Once again, Istanbul welcomes autumn with jazz tunes. The 25th Akbank Jazz Festival, one of the longest-running jazz festivals in Turkey, is ready to welcome many important musicians. The festival will start on October 21 and end on November 1. For more information on the festival, you can visit the Aksanat web site.

Climatization fair in Mersin
Grand meeting of constructors in the Aegean

Recognized among the major construction unions of Turkey, Turkeybuild Izmir will be opening doors for the 21st year. Bringing all subsectors in the field of construction, Turkeybuild Izmir 21st Construction Fair will welcome visitors as well as sector agents on November 5-8, 2015 in İzmir.

Sectoral innovations meet in Antalya

Antalya Glass Pyramid is counting down for the natural gas and climatization technologies fair which will be taking place on October 15-18, 2015 with the participation of a large number of companies from the energy, heating and air conditioning sector. Producers of natural gas equipments, combi boilers, air conditioners, radiators, boilers, natural gas valves will meet in Antalya for the fair.

Different sectors, same targets

Considering all sectors are interrelated, it is impossible to develop rightful and efficient policies for the globe by isolating sectoral divisions. This is why different sectors are coming together for a fair to connect each other. ‘AET 2015’ energy, finance, investment, consultancy, efficiency fair brings all these sectors and local governments on Octover 14-15, 2015 at Istanbul Lütfi Kırdar Convention Center.

Can urban transformation create smart cities?

This is a fair which will attract interest of everyone. The Urban Transformation and Smart Cities Fair will take place at Istanbul Haliç Congress Center on December 15-17, 2015. The fair will be participated by a large number of companies working on urban transformation, energy and water solution technologies, building installment products and equipments, urban safety and security solutions, innovative technologies and softwares.

These boats set fire in hearts and wallets!

The 35th International Istanbul Boat Show will take place on October 6-11 in Marinturk Istanbul City Port. The event is standing out as it will be taking place on the sea. More than 300 products will be on exhibit and marine lovers will have the chance to see the boats’ performance through a test sail.

Smurfs are coming!

Papa Smurf, Smurfette, Brainy Smurf, Grouchy Smurf, Hefty Smurf and others… Beloved by adults as well as kids… World-famous Smurfs Live on Stage musical will be in Istanbul on October 23-25 as part of the world tour with six shows which will take place in Zorlu Performance Arts Center Turkcell Stage.

Online affair transfers to the theater

Directed by Levent Özdilek, ‘The Last Couple Who Met Online’ is an entertaining stage piece. While making you laugh, it gently criticizes the online world and its affairs. Featuring Akasya Aslıtürkmen and Ozan Akbaba, the play can be seen at Izmir Bostanlı Suat Taşer Stage on 11 August at 9 pm.

From Paris with love

‘Starry Nights’, one of the longest-running summer concerts starts at Harbiye Cemil Topuzlu Amphitheater. The first concert will be given by the popular French star Zaz on 28 July, at 9 pm.

Are you ready for fun?

Mamma Mia, one of the most popular and long-lasting musicals of the world, will meet the musical lovers on 29 September in Istanbul. The curtains will be opened at Zorlu Performance Arts Center Turkcell Stage at 9pm. The musical has been watched by 54 million people within 20 years.

Fairy tale symbols and creative communication

Istanbul Sakıp Sabancı Museum organizes a series of workshops for children. ‘The Art of Fairy Tales’ is one of the most enchanting. The summer course takes place on 27-31 July and accepts children who were born from 2003 to 2009. Kids will create artworks for an imaginary land beyond the Mount Kaf. The workshops will be monitored by pedagog Sibel Şengül and academician Suzan Tokgöz.

A nostalgic journey

Istanbul Rahmi M. Koç Museum enriched its valuable collection with the coach of the late Nizam of Haydarabad Osman Ali Han, who was one of the wealthiest people of all times. The coach was used as a transport inside the Chowmalla Palace (Haydarabad, India). Osman Ali Han, the Nizam of Haydarabad, who lived between 1886-1967 made a name in history as the wealthiest person in the world.

Shanghai union

ISH Shanghai Cihe 2015 Heaters, Ventilators, Measuring Systems and Chimney Construction Fair comprises a vast context. The fair on 23-25 September 2015 will bring all elements of the sector. The major companies, the bests and the newest members of the sector will be here.

Good news for modifiers!

Istanbul houses a big fair bringing automotive and side industry companies together. Everything here seems to be designed to make modifiers happy. The fair opens on 13 August 2015 at Yeşilköy IFM to introduce modified vehicles, accessories and side industry equipments. The fair can be visited until 16 August.

Enka culture and arts union

Enka Culture and Art Meetings, which have already become a classic, will take place on 1-31 July 2015. The artistic event will bring theater, cinema and music together. The detailed program of the 27th of Enka Culture and Art Meetings can be reached at www.enkasanat.org.

Fair at the Mişmiş Park

The 4th Construction and Decoration Fair will take place in the apricot land Malatya. The fair organized by the Malatya Metropolitan Municipality will be realized at the Mişmiş Park. A vast number of companies operating in wooden construction elements, construction materials and technologies, heating-cooling, installment and isolation, furniture, decoration, natural gas technologies will be participating the fair from 29 July to 2 August 2015.

Aspendos charms again!
The fresh fair keeps growing!

The International Contemporary Art Fair ArtInternational is taking place for the 3rd time this year. The fair will take place in Haliç Congress Center on 4-6 September with the participation of leading galleries and artists of the world. Despite its young age, the fair has already become one of the most anticipated art events, entertaining 20 thousand guests in the previous year.

Movie time in Adana

The 22nd International Golden Coccoon Film Festival will take place between 14- 20 September. Traditionally, the festival is composed of a national feature-length film competition, national student films competition, and the Mediterranean countries short-film competition. In addition, this year’s festival comprises a screenplay competition about Adana for the first time.

Istanbul Bienal starts in September

The 14th Istanbul Bienal by Istanbul Foundation of Culture and Arts is counting down. Curated by Carolyn Christov- Bakargiev and a number of collaborations under the title “Salt Water: A Theory of Thought Forms”, the 14th Istanbul Bienal will take place through 5 September – 1 November 2015. The Bienal can be viewed free of charge.

500 YEAR OLD MUSICAL TREATMENT CENTER

THE SOCIAL COMPLEX OF SULTAN BAYEZID II IS AN ALLURING EXAMPLE OF MINIMAL ARCHITECTURE, FINE MASONRY AND SERENITY. ONE HUNDRED PLUS DOMES OF VARIOUS SIZES ADD UP TO ITS MYSTIC CHARM. AS YOU ENTER THE DARÜŞŞİFA (HOSPITAL) SECTION, THE DISTANT SOUND OF MUSIC AND WATER IS A LITERAL INVITATION TO PEACE… HAVING SERVED FOR 400 YEARS AS A FACULTY OF MEDICINE, THE COMPLEX IS NOW AN AWARD-WINNING MUSEUM WORTHY OF VISITING.

THE OTTOMAN RAMADAN

IN THE OTTOMAN SOCIETY, EVERYONE WAS CAPTURED BY A SWEET RUSH AND THE PREPARATIONS BEGAN BEFORE RAMADAN. NEIGHBOURS AND KINS CAME TOGETHER TO PREPARE HOME MADE NOODLES, PICKLES, PRESERVES AND JAMS. IFTAR (BREAKING OF THE RAMADAN FAST) AND SAHUR (MEAL BEFORE DAWN DURING RAMADAN) TABLES WERE SWARMED WITH REGIONAL DELICACIES. THE ‘BURDEN’ OF THE RAMADAN WEIGHED UPON THE GRAND VIZIER.

Make your own cheese

Nutritionists call us to kitchen for the sake of healthy nutrition and the pleasure of creating. If you too would like to make your own cheese and yoghurt, you can take part in the dairy making workshop at Istanbul Kitchen Creates on 29 August, from 11 am to 2 pm

The labyrinth seminar

Would you like to discover the pure, powerful, joyous and peaceful ‘you’ and your ‘vision’ as well? If your answer is yes, the four day long labyrinth seminar is just for you! The group work which will reform your life starts on May 28 at 9am in Elite World Istanbul Hotel. The labyrinth journey will last four days down to the depths of your inner self.

Itzhak Perlman at Zorlu Center

The biggest violin virtuoso of the century, Itzhak Perlman will once again come together music lovers of Istanbul on May 28. The concert starts at 9pm at Zorlu Performance Arts Center. Five times Grammy winner Perlman is welcomed with huge interest anywhere he visits. Do not miss this chance to meet the maestro!

Sezen will rock Manisa

The concerts calendar gathered speed with the spring’s arrival. Sezen Aksu Acoustic Band will be on Manisa Akhisar Amphitheater on 9 May at 9am for a memorable performance. Sezen Aksu’s new concert project “Sezen Aksu Acoustic Band” performs both local and international concerts with Fahir Atakoğlu as the music director and world-famous musicians.

What is professional stance?

This is a training seminar which is a must for every professional. The subject is ‘Professional Stance in the Business Life’. The seminar will be held in Istanbul Institute Beşiktaş, with the maximum number of participants limited to 30. Participants will be given certificates after the end of the six hour seminar. The seminar takes place on 25 April 2015 between 9.30am-2.30pm.

City’s eyes on the festival

The 34th Istanbul International Film Festival will start on April 4 and continue until April 19. The festival, which has a well earned reputation for the number and the quality of the films displayed, is once again up with a rich program. The program is comprised of 20 plus sections and will display 204 films by 222 directors from 62 countries, as well as interviews, workshops, film courses and special events with the participation of film masters which will take place free of charge. Enjoy the show!

Lykia Kaş Fest

The International Lykia Kaş Culture and Arts Festival has been organized by the Municipality of Kaş for 18 years. This year’s festival will take place on 13-15 June 2015, with a 7,5 km swim race which is expected to attract great interest between Kaş and Meis Island. The festival program includes contests, concerts and exhibitions with the participation of Greek troups.

The gates of the tropics

Continuing his career in Berlin, scultptor Iskender Yediler holds his first solo show in Turkey at art ON Istanbul with his recent works which crack the doors of the tropical world open. The exhibition is named Suibriğigiller/ Nepenthes after insect-eating tropical plants. In addition to his bronze works, the artist’s wall pannels designed by Nicaean pottery technique and paper works will be displayed in the show, which will be open from 14 April to 23 May.

Turning 18

Flying Broom International Women’s Film Festival celebrates its 18th anniversary this year, with the festival theme “Turning 18”. The festival will start on May 8 and continue until May 18. Huge attention is expected to the festival which will take place in several Ankara venues. The festival opening will be held on May 8 at Ankara State Opera and Ballet Hall, and this year’s honorary prize will be presented to celebrated artist Hümeyra.

Constructors meet in Belgrad

The Serbian capital Belgrad hosts the annual construction and construction technologies fair to welcome European and other international companies from around the world. The 41st SEEBBE Construction Fair will be open for visit through 15-19 April. The Ministry of Economics have incentives to support the participants of the fair.

Izmir book union

April will be a hot month for bookworms of Izmir. The 20th Izmir Book Fair will take place on 18- 26 April in Izmir TUYAP. The weeklong fair will house interviews, autograph sessions, pannels with the participation of many writers, artists and book lovers. Enjoy your reading!

The heart of construction sector will beat in Konya!

The 12th Construction, Construction Materials, Heavy Equipments and Construction Machines, Heating, Cooling, Air Conditioning, Installment and Natural Gas Technologies Fair will take place on 21-24 May 2015 in TUYAP Konya. This year, the fair has a special section dedicated to Fittings and Hardware. The fair will be held simultaneously with KONYA URBAN, KONYA DECOR and KONYA IDEAL HOME Fairs.

Tiflis construction fair ‘Caucasus Build’

The Georgian capital Tblisi will be hosting a significant fair for the region. The 20th International Construction and Construction Technologies Fair will welcome visitors on 20-23 May 2015. The fair is particularly important considering the fact that Turkey is currently holding a 70 per cent share of the domestic market which is experiencing a boom in infrastructure and superstructure.

Istanbul Autoshow 2015

Istanbul’s popular Autoshow expo is ready for countdown. The fair will take place from 22 to 31 May 2015 in Istanbul TUYAP, and will be a trending topic with the automobiles, their features, the booths, the newest, eco-friendly and the priciest models… Car-lovers, mark your calendars!

Amusing workshops

Akbank Art presents ‘children’s workshops’ for April 23. The workshops are designed in a wide range including sculpture, watercolour painting, drama, mosaic assembly and are open for kids from 7 to 14. For more information on the workshops that will take place on 24-25 April, visit www.akbanksanat.com.

Middle East Construction Expo in Diyarbakır

Attracting local and regional interest by bringing sectors together, the Middle East Construction Expo celebrates its 7th anniversary. The fair will take place between 7-10 May 2015 in Diyarbakır TUYAP and act as a platform where brands and technologies of construction materials, construction technologies, building and construction machines, electrical systems equipments, lifts, natural gas, heating, cooling, air conditioning, plumbing equipments will come together.

FAMILY AND NEIGHBOURHOOD IN THE OTTOMANS

REMOULDING THEIR HISTORICAL HERITAGE OF CUSTOMS AND TRADITIONS WITH ISLAM, TURKS INTRODUCE A BRAND NEW CONCEPT TO THE HISTORY OF CIVILIZATION THROUGH THE SELJUKS AND THE OTTOMANS: THE OTTOMAN CIVILIZATION. EVENTUALLY, HUMANITARIAN CONCEPTS ARE ADDED ONTO SOCIAL LAWS AND ORDERS. THE OTTOMAN STATE INSTITUTED LEGISLATIONS TO MAINTAIN SOCIAL ORDER AND ENCOURAGE HEALTHY RELATIONSHIPS AMONG ITS CITIZENS. THESE SOCIAL LAWS BASED ON THE PROTECTION OF FAMILY SYSTEM REGARDLESS OF ANY FAITH OR VIEW FOUNDED THE BASIS OF THE OTTOMAN CIVILIZATION.

Flamenco fever

World renowned flamenco guitarist Paco Pena will ve at İş Sanat on 12 February with his new project “Flamencura”. Pena will take stage at 9 pm in his second visit to Turkey after 2008. The Cordoba-born guitarist has been playing guitar since he was 6 years old and gave his first concert when he was 12. Pena still lives in London. Do not miss the chance to see the 72 year old musician on stage!

“Independent Girl” in Bostancı

The independent girl of the commercials, Nil Karaibrahimgil meets her fans at Bostancı Show Center. The concert starts at 9 pm on 28 February 2015.

“Science Tunnel”

For students with an interest in technology and science, ‘Science Tunnel’ can be a great school report gift. The event, which brings together global science, new generation in interactive science and multimedia sections, will continue until 12 February 2015 at Mall-Off Istanbul. Taking science out of the lab, the exhibition has attracted huge interest of over 10 millions of audience from 18 countries and 30 cities during 13 years.

Indie film marathon starts

The 14th !f Istanbul International Indie Film Festival will take place on 12-22 February 2015. Festival events and films will be repeated through 26 February-1 March 2015 in Ankara and İzmir. The festival deserves attention by bringing together original films, contemprary themes, workshops and various events.

Adana IHS 2015

Adana TÜYAP opens its doors for three fairs to be visited. Adana City 2015, Adana Construction 2015 and Adana IHS 2015 complement each other sectorwise. Offering an opportunity to witness innovations and improvements in heating, cooling, air conditioning and natural gas technologies at once, Adana IHS will once again draw attention to renewable energy resources as a prominent fair of the region and the industry. The fair can be visited between 19-22 February 2015.

Luxury boats await sea lovers

CNR Eurasia Boat Show 2015 Marine Vessels, Equipments and Accessories Fair debarked luxury boats once again for the sea enthusiasts. On the 8th year of the fair, 400 companies participate with 1000 brands. The fair will be opened on 14 February to welcome sector representants and marine fans at Istanbul Yeşilköy CNR Expo Center until 23 February.

Countdown for the Short Film Festival!

Akbank Short Film Festival will be held on 16-26 March 2015 for the 11th time. The festival is categorized under headlines as “Festival’s Shorts”, “Shorts from the World”, “Non- Competitive Selection”, “From Short to Long”, “Preview” and “Experiences”, in addition to workshops and interviews. For detailed information: http://www. akbanksanat.com

Elegance on the feet…

“The Shoe, from Sadberk Hanım Collection” exhibition, which compiles shoes, slippers, boots, and traditional Ottoman clogs from the 18th century until the early 20th century, is opened at Vehbi Koç Sadberk Hanım Museum. The exhibition of 127 items begins from the 18th century and continues until the 1930’s. The exhibition can be visited at Sarıyer Sadberk Hanım Museum until 31 May 2015.

AN 'INSIDER'S' VIEW TO HISTORY

HISTORICAL EVENTS, BATTLES, MOMENTS, BEGINNINGS AND ENDINGS WHICH DETERMINE THE WORLD’S DESTINY… FROM THE SELJUKS TO THE OTTOMANS, THE WAR OF SALVATION TO THE WORLD WARS… ALL CAN BE WITNESSED AT HISART MUSEUM OF LIVE HISTORY AND DIORAMA IN THREE DIMENSION.

SOCIAL STRUCTURE IN THE OTTOMANS

ARRIVING FROM THE ASIAN STEPPES TO DOMINATE THREE CONTINENTS, THE OTTOMANS SURVIVED FOR SIX CENTURIES. THE OTTOMAN STATE FOUNDED ITS ENERGY AND STRENGTH ON THREE PRINCIPLES: MORAL MANNERS, MILITARY DISCIPLINE AND SCIENCE. BLENDING WITH OTHER SOCIAL ELEMENTS, THESE PRINCIPLES GAVE WAY TO A GLORIOUS STRUCTURE…

THE HISTORY OF TURKISH CINEMA IN FAST MOTION

LET US START WITH THE BASIC QUESTION: IS TURKISH CINEMA 100 YEARS OLD? ACCORDING TO GENERAL CONSENT, THE HISTORICAL DOCUMENT ‘THE DEMOLITION OF THE RUSSIAN MONUMENT IN AYASTEFANOS’ WHICH IS SAILD TO BE FILMED BY FUAT UZKINAY DURING THE DEMOLITION OF THE RUSSIAN MONUMENT IN AYASTEFANOS (YEŞİLKÖY) IN 1914 IS CONSIDERED AS THE FIRST TURKISH MOVIE.ON THE OTHER HAND, OUR HISTORY OF CINEMA HAS ALSO A PRIOR HISTORY…

THE BEST WEDDING OF ALL: THE NIGHT OF UNION

THE SOURCE OF LOVE AND WISDOM, MEVLANA CELALEDDIN-I RUMI, WAS BORN TO THE REALM OF INFINITY LIKE A SUN ON A SUNDAY NIGHT. ALL THROUGH HIS LIFE, HE PRESENTED THE WORLD SEEDS OF LOVE. ‘MEVLEVI’S ACKNOWLEDGED THE DECEASE OF ‘THE PROPHET OF LOVE’ AS HIS UNION WITH HIS BELOVED, CALLING THIS DATE (17 DECEMBER) “ŞEB-İ ARUZ”, THE NIGHT OF THE UNION, OR THE WEDDING NIGHT.

Energy and air conditioner sectors are invited to Moscow!

The energy and air conditioner sectors are invited for a warm welcome despite the harsh cold of Moscow. The Russian capiatal will be hosting Aqua-Therm Moscow, a major union for the energy, heat and air conditioning sector. The fair will take place through 3-6 February 2015 with the participation of heating, water, sanitary technologies, air conditioning and pools, saunas and spa equipment companies. For detailed information, you may visit www.aquatherm-moscow.ru/en.

Stage dust

Combining theatre and music, ‘The Magic Box Called the Stage’ children’s play makes its premier at İş Sanat on 25 January 2015. Brimming with songs, dances, acts and surprises, the play is also a good mid-term holiday event. The children are invited for a trip to backstage, witness the preparations of a play and discover the invisible heroes behind the curtains.

For corporate communication and pr enthusiasts

Corporate Communication and Brand Management Seminar starts at Galatasaray University Ortaköy Campus on 7 February 2015. The seminar will accept 25 graduates, who are working or aim to work in corporate communication and public relation sectors. The seminar will continue for six weekends from 9.30 to 16.30 for a total of 72 hours. To be granted the official certificate by Galatasaray University, 80 per cent attendance and passing the final exam are compulsory.

 Have you seen Joan Miró?

“Joan Miró. Women, Birds, Stars” exhibition continues at SÜ Sakıp Sabancı Museum (SSM). The exhibition consists of an extensive compliation of the maturity works of the Barcelona-born Catalan artist and sculptor Joan Miró. In case you have not seen it yet, you still have time until 1 February 2015.

Are you actually alive?

Aret Vartanyan will search the answer to the question “Are you actually alive?” with the participants at his workshop that will take place on 24 January 2015 at İzmir Anemon Hotel. Starting at 1pm, the workshop aims to bring a different perspective to a number of issues including time management, limitations, responsibility awareness, and managing fears and worries.

In search of energy efficiency

Energy efficiency is gaining more and more importance every day. As part of the 34th Energy Efficiency Week, public, private and non-governmental organizations will come together fort he 6th Energy Efficiency Forum and Fair (EVF). The event, which is considered among Turkey’s major happenings in the energy efficiency field, will take place on 14-17 January 2015 at Istanbul Yeşilköy WOW.

“The Artist and the Art”

Making himself a special place in the Turkish art scene with his critical and expressionist style, the artist Mehmet Güleryüz’s exhibition “The Artist and the Art: Mehmet Güleryüz Retrospective” will be opened at Istanbul Modern on 8 January 2015. The exhibition is an inventory of the artist’s career from the 1960’s to the 2010’s. The exhibition will be open for visit until 28 June 2015.

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