Music for Peace with El Sistema

The Istanbul Music Festival hosts the Teresa Carreño Youth Orchestra of Venezuela on June 10, while Music for Peace Foundation will perform on the same date One of the important events of the ongoing 42nd Istanbul Music Festival will be held on June 10 with a concert by Teresa Carreño Youth Orchestra of Venezuela with 240 performers.

Women caught on camera while stealing aid money for families of Soma victims

A security camera has caught two women in Istanbul stealing a donation box that was placed to raise aid money for the families of mine workers who died in the Soma disaster last month.

The women stole the box from an invoice payment center in Istanbul’s district of Ataşehir, after distracting the person on duty.

‘Chaotic Turkey’ one year after Gezi

There were 25 dead and 203 detentions. The excessive use of force by the police, dragging demonstrators on the ground and the detaining of the CNN International reporter on live broadcast; all contributing to Turkey’s international image falling from grace.

This is the shortest summary of the first anniversary of Gezi.

My childhood was spent at Taksim and Gezi Park. 

‘The Song of Nature’ comes to city

The 42nd Istanbul Music Festival, organized by the Istanbul Foundation for Culture and Arts (İKSV), opened June 1 with a ceremony at the Lütfi Kırdar Congress and Exhibition Hall. For the opening, the Borusan Children’s Choir, under the baton of Gürsen Yavuzkal, performed a short concert. İKSV President Bülent Eczacıbaşı presented the contributors to the festival with plaques.

Istanbul Opera Festival starts

Opening with Verdi’s classic opera ‘Attila’ by the Ankara State Opera and Ballet, the 5th Istanbul Opera Festival will
enliven opera stages across the city until June 17
The 5th International Istanbul Opera festival starts today, presenting the Istanbul audience with a rich program including local and foreign artists until June 17.

Man found dead in Istanbul’s Gezi Park two days after eventful anniversary

A 27-year-old man was found dead in Istanbul’s Gezi Park on June 2, sparking speculation on Turkish social media two days after the eventful anniversary of the Gezi Park protests.

Passersby called the police when they noticed the man, identified as Tuğrul Tunalı, lying on the grass.