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Gaziantep Food Festival
Things to do

Gaziantep Food Festival

Gaziantep flavors are only a few of the items you’ll find on the menu of Shangri-La Bosphorus’ restaurant IST TOO during this month’s Gaziantep Food Festival.

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From Crafts to Design at Istanbul Modern
Things to do

From Crafts to Design at Istanbul Modern

The first project by the Istanbul Modern Platform for Crafts, Art and Design, 'From Crafts to Design' focuses on five materials: bone, copper, wood, glass and mother of pearl. This new initiative highlights nearly forgotten handicraft customs by bringing together craftspeople with artists and designers to put a modern spin on materials that have been shaped using traditional methods thus far. What makes the project even more fascinating is that the artists used materials they hadn’t worked with before. In theory, furniture designer Adnan Serbest teaming up with master woodcarver Sezgin Yalçın makes sense, but the result of their collaboration is far from predictable: the wooden bowl designed by the duo, 'Fraxinus', is an impressive piece for a designer with no prior experience creating decorative objects. Perhaps the most notable member of 'From Crafts to Design' is Fatma Ayran, the only female mother of pearl crafter in Turkey. Despite her young age, Ayran has already mastered the art of working with both mother of pearl and bone. Her contributions to the project include the mother of pearl cufflinks created with painter Ekrem Yalçındağ as well as the bone shaving brush named 'Blackcrow' created with fashion designer Hatice Gökçe. Other must-see works include the glass napkin rings created by Camekan Glassworks cofounder Gamze Araz Eskinazi and sculptor Seyhun Topuz as well as the copper tray crafted by designer Atilla Kuzu and coppersmith Battal Yakut. These items will rem

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Layer by Layer Excavating the Anatolian Side of Istanbul
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Layer by Layer Excavating the Anatolian Side of Istanbul

If your knowledge of historic Istanbul is limited to the Topkapı Palace and the Hagia Sophia, you won’t want to miss this exhibition, which highlights the cultural wealth and diversity of Istanbul’s suburbs in the Late Antiquity, Late Byzantine and Early Ottoman eras.

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The best of Istanbul

Istanbul’s best outdoor cinemas
Film

Istanbul’s best outdoor cinemas

We usually associate outdoor cinemas with summer and even though there aren’t that many in the city we have listed the best ones. Here’s to hoping more open up… 

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Istanbul’s best tattoo parlors
Shopping

Istanbul’s best tattoo parlors

The dozens of tattoo artists in Istanbul, each with their own style, create portable works of art that last a lifetime. Perhaps it’s time to finally get that tattoo you’ve been thinking about for years.

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Istanbul's best places for kids activities
Kids

Istanbul's best places for kids activities

The best activities for kids to spend their holiday break in the city; in fact there are dozens of activities you can enjoy together.  

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Istanbul’s best venues to watch a game!
Restaurants

Istanbul’s best venues to watch a game!

We wanted to partake in the excitement that surrounds game days so we prepared this list of venues to enjoy the game with friends! 

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