Istanbul is unique. It is the only city in the world where two continents meet. Enjoy old and new in the cultural capital of Turkey with Istanbul expert Marc Guillet

Dutch Queen’s Day celebration @ The Hall

Posted on 20 April 2012

The annual celebration of the “Queen’s Day” in Istanbul once again will be held with the organization of the unique performance venue in the heart of Beyoğlu: The Hall under the auspices of The Consulate General of The Kingdom of the Netherlands. On 30th of April Monday, the celebration will begin with the parade on… Read more »

Kirmizi: Turkish all-female heavy metal band

Posted on 4 February 2012

I discovered Kirmizi, a Turkish all-female heavy metal band, when they were playing in DoRock bar in Taksim on a Sunday evening. DoRock is the favorite place for heavy metal fans in Istanbul. Kirmizi was founded by Idil Çağatay and Aslı Polat in 2005 and consist of 4 women: Idil Çağatay (Voclas), Aslı Polat (Drums),… Read more »

Planeur rock band releases debut album

Posted on 10 January 2012

  Planeur, the rock band formed by musician Onur Ataman and vocalist Serkan Modalı, released their debut studio album, Gelecek (Future), on the music label Avrupa Music. Ataman is one of the finest jazz guitarists in Turkey. He was the first-ever Turkish student to enroll in the Netherlands’ Royal Conservatory of The Hague, where he earned his… Read more »

Pink Amsterdam @ Ghetto Istanbul

Posted on 4 December 2011

 17 December: Pink Amsterdam in Ghetto Pink Istanbul is an Art & Dance event linking the scenes of Istanbul and Amsterdam, for Turks and non-Turks, gays, lesbians and straights, while combining and celebrating art, music, dance, fashion, the old and the new. The event takes place on 17 December in GHETTO Genuine Music Lounge, Istanbul. There… Read more »

World-renowned jazz artists @ festival

Posted on 30 September 2011

  The 21st edition of the Akbank Jazz Festival in Istanbul kicks off on Thursday October 13. World-renowned jazz artists will be in town for concerts. Plus there will be workshops, panel discussions, competitions, jazz brunches and “Jazz at Campus” concerts.     Some of my favorite musicians for this year’s festival: 80-year old Serbian… Read more »