• Attracting crowds with firework displays, art events, concerts and parties, Hogmanay, the traditional Scottish New Year celebration, is a popular annual event! December 30 – January 1
  • The International Marrakech Film Festival is held for the 16th time with Hungarian director Béla Tarr as head jury. Focusing on a different region every year, the festival honors Russian cinema,...

DESTINATION

  • Hello Havana!

    Hello Havana!

    The moment I felt like I’d arrived in Havana wasn’t when I stepped off my plane at José Martí International and felt the humid evening air on my skin. It wasn’t when I when I woke up in my small hotel and ate fresh fruit for breakfast while a palm tree kept the sun off my head. And it wasn’t when I first smelt the stale smoke of burnt...

CULTURE

  • The Best of Contemporary Art

    The Best of Contemporary Art

    Filling the city with art, the 11th Contemporary Istanbul brings together dozens of local and international galleries and collectors.
  • Cluj: Aiming to Please

    Cluj: Aiming to Please

      I was very excited to see the Capitoline Wolf statue that depicts the sculpture of a she-wolf suckling Romulus and Remus in Erolior Boulevard. I was obvious; Cluj had many surprises in store for me. If you're a city-dweller like me, the two-story buildings lining both sides of the boulevard and the open sky offers a view from the...

PEOPLE

  • Mel Gibson at the Top of His Career

    Mel Gibson at the Top of His Career

    It’s been 20 years since the legendary Braveheart. Now you’re back with another war movie, Hacksaw Ridge, after all these years. What aspect of war movies attracts you? I love real stories. Actually, I’d been offered this story three times; during the first two, I was working on other projects. The third time it was brought to me, I read...
  • On Cinema with Ben Affleck

    On Cinema with Ben Affleck

    I loved your latest film, The Accountant. It’s a great story and a powerful cast. Could you talk about it a little? It’s an intricately and maddeningly schizophrenic action/drama. Though it may look like an ordinary action movie, it defies the definition. I play an unfulfilled mathematical genius. I’m an articulate person but my character...
  • Playing the Champion

    Playing the Champion

      You lived in many countries and you speak several languages. You must enjoy different cultures. Do you have an unforgettable travel experience? Sure. I went on a tour around Europe by train when I was 15 or 16; it'll always be a special travel experience for me. Back then, it was really hard and expensive to buy a plane ticket or to fly...

CUISINE

  • A Bowl of Hot Soup for a Cold Day

    A Bowl of Hot Soup for a Cold Day

    Many foreign authors and bureaucrats wrote in their journals about the variety and deliciousness of soup, which held a dear place in the Ottoman cuisine, both in the palace and among the people. There were more than 40 kinds of soups in the Ottoman royal kitchen in the 15th century. Soup had a symbolic value for the army and its expenses were...
  • Istanbul as Sweet as Candy

    Istanbul as Sweet as Candy

    “If the world was one country, Istanbul would be its capital,” Napoleon said. This ever-dynamic city is one of the few where its ancient history is intertwined with mesmerizing delicacies. Permeated with an idiosyncratic spirit and scent, the multi-layered Istanbul also has its own flavor. It’s hard to describe an image and a smell. You...

FROM THE MAGAZINE

  • New Year’s Cheer in Edinburgh

    Attracting crowds with firework displays, art events, concerts and parties, Hogmanay, the traditional Scottish New Year celebration, is a popular annual event! December 30 – January 1
  • Film Days in Morocco

    The International Marrakech Film Festival is held for the 16th time with Hungarian director Béla Tarr as head jury. Focusing on a different region every year, the festival honors Russian cinema, one of the film industry’s best.  December 2-10
  • A Gift from Your Heart!

    A Gift from Your Heart!

    Initiated and run by the Ministry of Youth and Sports under the slogan "A gift from your heart!" to create a volunteering culture, the Young Volunteers' Portal (gencgonulluler.gov.tr) brings together for the last year who'd like to volunteer at various organizations. gencgonulluler.gov.tr