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1001 Faces of Istanbul

... one of those places difficult to define. Some would call it 'capital of the World' or 'capital of the Empire', others 'cradle of cultures' and others 'the worst place to live'; ' hell on earth'.

I've spent more than 1001 days in this city and I still find it difficult to reply to a simple question: 'What is Istanbul like?' Maybe it's because I have been here too long and I've come to realise that there is no simple answer to this question. Istanbul has many faces, many nuances if you will. It is difficult to explain them to a total stranger or a person who has never visited the city. Even though you have visited the city once, you have probably lifted only one veil from its face. If you were born here, this doesn't make you an Istanbul expert neither.

You have to get to know Istanbul slowly, day by day, page by page, neighbourhood by neighbourhood. This is actually very difficult because neighbourhoods are…


Turkish name for autumn is sonbahar, or 'last spring'.  Even though the trees and flowers won't blossom, Istanbul's art scene definitely will. After lazy summer nap, the art scene in Istanbul woke up. October (actually already the last day of September) will kick off with Istanbul Gallery Weekend, followed with Days of opened Studios and will finish with Istanbul Design Biennale... and this are only the main events, since most of the galleries are opening new exhibitions these days. So enjoy the October full of art.

  • ISTANBUL GALLERY WEEKEND (IGW), 30th September - 2nd October
The description of the event on the official page of the Istanbul Gallery Weekend: 
Map of the galleries, participating in the IGW

''The 14 member galleries of the Contemporary Art Galleries Solidarity (ÇSGD) have come together to form "Istanbul Gallery Weekend" (IGW). The inaugural edition of Istanbul Gallery Weekend" will take place from the 30th of September to 2nd of October 2016.

Istanbul Gallery Weekend will feature other select galleries from Istanbul as well as the members of the Contemporary Art Galleries Solidarity. This 3 day event looks to highlight the new 2016/2017 exhibition season opening shows during which the galleries will have extended opening times allowing art lovers ample opportunity to see the shows on offer. All galleries participating in IGW will be open between 11:00 - 21.00 on Friday September 30th and Saturday October 1st and between 12:00-19:00 on Sunday October 2nd.

This annual event synchronizing local galleries in opening the season aims to celebrate the wealth of what Istanbul has on offer with artists, art enthusiasts, and galleries and to act as a platform for future events and projects.''

Come and enjoy! 
(P.S.: there is no entrance fee!)

  •   OPEN STUDIO DAYS / Açık Stüdyo Günleri (7th - 9th of October)

Have you ever wondered how artists' studios look like? Well, here is your opportunity to visit artists' studios and even meet the artists. Artists, which have their studios or live in Taksim, Cihangir, Galata, Karaköy, Tophane, Teşvikiye, Princes Islands and Kadıköy will open their houses or studios to visitors on the following days:
- 7th October 2016, 17:00-21:00 (Friday)
- 8 October 2016, 14:00-20:00 (Saturday)
- 9 October 2016, 14:00-20:00 (Sunday)
You can find the complete list of artists and all other information on the official page of the event.

  • ARE WE HUMAN? (3rd ISTANBUL DESIGN BIENNALE), 22nd October - 20th November
October will finish with 3rd Istanbul Design Biennale, which will take place in different venues around the city, main venues being Galata Rum Ilkokulu (personally my favourite exhibition venue), Istanbul Archeology Museum, Studio-X, Depo and Alt (Bomonti). Besides usual expositions, there will also open so-called Creative Districts, where designers will be able to present their own brand within their own neighborhoods.

An interesting article about the biennale was published at Archdaily , you can get all other useful information at the official page of the biennale.

  • FOTOISTANBUL, 1st - 30th October 
Photograps will decorate streets of Beşiktaş and Ortaköy. Apart from photographic exhibition, you can also attend lectures. You can get more information about the events at the official page. For the exact location of the exhibition venues, check the map below.

 FİLMEKİMİ (OCTOBERFILM), 7th - 16th October

After film festivals in February, March and April, here comes another short film festival to the city - Filmekimi. The festival will take place in 3 cinemas in the european side of Istanbul (Atlas Sineması, Beyoğlu Sinemasi, Cinemaximum City's Nişantaşi) and in one cinema in the asian part (Rexx Sineması in Kadıköy).

Enjoy October full of art! 


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