2013 October

Message of CEO

Welcome Aboard

Date: Tuesday, 01 October 2013

Dear Guests, 
The starting point of East and West, Istanbul has been a center of attraction throughout history with its unique location bridging Europe and Asia. Connecting not only geographies but also civilizations and cultures in a meaningful way for millennia, Istanbul has always preserved  its central location on the historic Silk Road.
Gateway to Europe and Asia, Istanbul today is on its way to becoming the world’s aviation hub. Asia’s star is rising again as the bulk of that air traffic will shift eastward by the year 2020. In the period ahead, cities like Istanbul, Doha, Abu Dhabi and Dubai are going to play a leading role as the new centers of attraction in airline travel. And Istanbul, due to its short travel time from points all over the world, is emerging as one of the cities of choice for international conventions, fairs and cultural events.

Cityscope

  • 12 Radiant Nights

    KNOWN AS A CITY OF MUSEUMS, BERLIN THIS TIME IS TAKING ART INTO PUBLIC SPACES.

  • A Century Old Dream: Bridging The Bosphorus

    ONE OF THE WORLD’S BIGGEST-EVER TRANSPORTATION INFRASTRUCTURE PROJECTS, THE ISTANBUL “MARMARAY”, IS OPENING ON REPUBLIC DAY, OCTOBER 29. ALTHOUGH THE MARMARAY AND THE THIRD BOSPHORUS BRIDGE ARE CURRENT PROJECTS, THE DREAM OF BRIDGING THE BOSPHORUS IS NOT NEW AT ALL.

  • A Fairytale Landscape

    A UNESCO NATURAL AND CULTURAL HERITAGE, GÖREME NATIONAL PARK AND THE CAPPADOCIA ROCK FORMATIONS PROMISE VISITORS A MAGICAL EXPERIENCE.

  • Africa’s Golden Horn

    CAPITAL OF THE REPUBLIC OF DJIBOUTI, DJIBOUTI CITY IS ONE OF EAST AFRICA’S AREAS MOST WORTH EXPLORING FOR ITS NATURAL BEAUTY, WILDLIFE AND BEACHES.

  • Alec Empire in Istanbul

    THE BRAIN BEHIND ATARI TEENAGE RIOT, ALEC EMPIRE IS TAKING THE STAGE AT INDIGO ON OCTOBER 11.

  • Bibliophiles’ Communications Network

    EAGERLY AWAITED BY BIBLIOPHILES AND MEMBERS OF THE PUBLISHING INDUSTRY, THE FRANKFURT BOOK FAIR IS IN ITS 32ND YEAR.

  • Cinema Month October

    THE LONG-AWAITED MONTH IS HERE AT LAST! IN ITS 12TH YEAR, FILMEKIMI, ORGANIZED BY THE ISTANBUL FOUNDATION FOR ARTS AND CULTURE, WILL BE BRINGING FILM PLEASURE TO AUDIENCES AROUND THE COUNTRY THROUGHOUT OCTOBER.

  • City Of Dreams

    WITH ITS RICH MUSICAL HISTORY, ARCHITECTURAL-WONDER CASTLES AND LUSH GARDENS, VIENNA IS A VIRTUAL FAIRYTALE CITY FOR CHILDREN.

  • Convention City Istanbul

    VOTED THE WORLD’S TOP MEETING AND CONVENTION CITY IN 2011 AND 2012 FOR CONVENTIONS OF 500 DELEGATES AND UP, ISTANBUL IS EXPANDING ITS TARGET.

  • East Meets West

    THE 4TH INTERNATIONAL ŞEFIKA KUTLUER FESTIVAL IS BRINGING EAST AND WEST TOGETHER IN ANKARA.

  • Erzincan Under Their Wing

    FAMOUS FOR ITS HISTORY AND NATURAL BEAUTY, ERZINCAN IS ANATOLIA’S NEW ADVENTURE SPORTS CAPITAL. THE CITY RECENTLY HOSTED THE WORLD PARAGLIDING CUP FINAL, WHICH WAS NOTHING LESS THAN A FESTIVAL.

  • From Paris to Kayseri

    THE PARIS-BASED TURKISH ARTIST AHMET ALBAYRAK IS SHOWING HIS WORKS AT HIS ATELIER IN KAYSERI.

  • Get Your Fill Of Contemporary Art

    BORUSAN CONTEMPORARY IS COMING SEPTEMBER 14 TO FEBRUARY 16 WITH TWO EXHIBITIONS IN PARALLEL WITH THE 13TH ISTANBUL BIENNIAL.

  • Haydar Ergülen’s Eski̇şehiri

    WRITER AND POET HAYDAR ERGÜLEN LIKENS HIS HOMETOWN OF ESKIŞEHIR TO AUTUMN’S CENTRAL STATION. WE ASKED HIM ABOUT THE CITY IN WHICH HE WAS BORN AND GREW UP.

  • India In 5 Questions

    THE SEASON IS GETTING UNDERWAY IN INDIA, WHICH BOWLS VISITORS OVER WITH ITS OPULENT PALACES AND VIBRANT STREETS. SO HOW WELL DO YOU KNOW THIS STUNNING COUNTRY?

  • Kathmandu

  • New York City Is Unlocking Its Doors!

    CITY OF ARCHITECTURE AND DESIGN, NEW YORK IS OPENING ALL ITS DOORS TO CURIOUS EYES IN AN EVENT CALLED OPENHOUSENEWYORK (OHNY).

  • Shopping On All Sides

    WITH ITS HISTORIC TEXTURE AND BEAUTIFUL SAND BEACHES, MALTA IS THE PEARL OF THE MEDITERRANEAN. AT THE SAME TIME IT OFFERS VISITORS AN ARRAY OF SHOPPING ALTERNATIVES. A FEW CLUES TO SHOPPING IN MALTA…

  • The Islamic Economy In Europe

    THE FORUM AT WHICH THE IMPORTANCE AND FUTURE OF THE ISLAMIC ECONOMY IN THE GLOBAL MARKET ARE DISCUSSED IS TAKING PLACE THIS YEAR FOR THE 9TH TIME.

  • The Turk Who Will Train Italy

    A HIGHLY SUCCESSFUL ATHLETE AND COACH, ALP ALPAGUT WAS APPOINTED TRAINER OF ITALY’S NATIONAL SAILING CLUB A FEW MONTHS AGO. WE TALKED WITH HIM ABOUT HIS NEW POST AND THE NEXT OLYMPICS.

  • Turkish Art in Europe

    REFLECTIONS OF OTTOMAN CULTURE IN EUROPE BETWEEN 1453 AND 1699 ARE THE SUBJECT OF A COMPREHENSIVE BOOK, “IMPRESSIONS OF OTTOMAN CULTURE IN EUROPE”, BY NURHAN ATASOY AND LÂLE ULUÇ.

  • Turkish Cinema iIn Europe

    THE 13TH FRANKFURT TURKISH FILM FESTIVAL IS COMING TO FILM BUFFS OCTOBER 25 TO NOVEMBER 3.

  • Articles

    10 Reasons To Go To Constanta

    CONSTANTA IS ROMANIA’S LARGEST PORT. THIS ANCIENT PORT CITY IN THE DOBROGEA BETWEEN THE DANUBE AND THE BLACK SEA IS PERMEATED BY SEA END 2,600 YEARS OF HISTORY. THERE ARE INNUMERABLE OTTOMAN MONUMENTS IN CONSTANTA, WHICH IS HOME TO A LARGE NUMBER OF TURKMENS.

    Fun In Istanbul!

    THE FAMED IRISH PLAYWRIGHT GEORGE BERNARD SHAW ONCE SAID: “WE DON'T STOP PLAYING BECAUSE WE GROW OLD; WE GROW OLD BECAUSE WE STOP PLAYING.” NOW, AN ENJOYABLE, ENTERTAINING AND SOPHISTICATED JOURNEY BACK TO THE HALCYON DAYS OF CHILDHOOD AWAITS YOU AT ISTANBUL’S NEWLY OPENED VIALAND THEME PARK.

    Immigrant Cuisine

    THE SOCIOCULTURAL MOBILITY TRIGGERED BY THE POPULATION EXCHANGE INFLUENCED CULINARY CULTURE AS WELL. WE TAKE A CLOSER LOOK HERE AT SOME OF THE NEW TASTES THAT CAME TO ANATOLIA.

    Record Dive At Lake Van

    WORLD FREE-DIVING RECORD HOLDER ŞAHIKA ERCÜMEN BROKE HER MOST RECENT RECORD AT TURKEY’S LAKE VAN IN THE EAST OF THE COUNTRY. ERCÜMEN, WHO WAS INSPIRED BY THE INCREDIBLE STRUGGLE AGAINST THE CURRENT OF THE LAKE’S ENDEMIC PEARL FISH, TELLS US ABOUT THE CHALLENGE SHE FACED.

    Safari Gateway: Nairobi

    FIRST A VISIT TO THE KENYAN CAPITAL, NAIROBI. THEN COMMUNING WITH NATURE AND SEEING SCORES OF DIFFERENT ANIMALS FROM ELEPHANTS AND GIRAFFES TO LEOPARDS AND RHINOS ON THE SAVANNAH. THIS IS THE STORY OF AN UNFORGETTABLE EXPERIENCE IN AFRICA.

    The Final Shot

    THE THIRD LEG OF THE PGA EUROPEAN TOUR’S FINAL SERIES, THE TURKISH AIRLINES OPEN IS TAKING PLACE IN TURKEY FOR THE FIRST TIME, NOVEMBER 7 TO 10.