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Rainbow steps return after Beyoğlu mayor vows ‘colorful era’ in Istanbul’s bohemian neighborhood


Istanbul’s Beyoğlu municipality repainted the rainbow steps in the Fıkdıklı-Cihangir neighborhood in the early morning of Aug. 31, only a day after they had painted over them in grey, triggering an outcry from locals.The Beyoğlu mayor had personally expressed his regret over the controversial “graying” of the previously rainbow Fıkdıklı-Cihangir neighborhood steps on Aug. 30, vowing to “color up” all the steps in the area linking the shore to the hillside.

“We have finished our works on the colorful steps. We will gather together the residents and organize a small plebiscite. My vote is ‘yes.’ I hope the votes of the residents will be the same,” Ahmet Misbah Demircan said via Twitter on Aug. 30.

“I can say that an era of colorful steps will start in Beyoğlu,” he added.

Locals had reacted strongly after municipality workers painted grey the famous “rainbow” steps, which had been orginally colored by a retired local “to put a smile on people’s faces.”

The mayor praised the project but defended the municipal workers, saying they had acted following a complaint.

The stairs have been repainted

in the early hours of Aug. 31.
DHA photo

“One of our citizens took a decision and offered Beyoğlu such a beautiful project. However, he made a methodological mistake. Not only did he not apply to the municipality, but he did not inform the other residents in the neighborhood,” Misbah Demircan said, adding that this had led to complaints.

“Our friends [the municipal workers] who considered these complaints were obliged to paint over those colors,” he said.

Local resident Hüseyin Çetinel had taken it upon himself to paint the nearly 200 stairs with an assistant, Volkan Tecimeroğlu.

Çelikel painted only three of the steps at first, but said he decided to paint them all after hearing very positive comments from passers-by. Joined by three of his friends, he spent around 1,500 Turkish Liras, nearly $725, with the painting taking one week and 40 kilos of paint.In response to the graying, social media users had already organized an event to repaint the steps, which was set to take place on Aug. 31 at 5 p.m. The event called on everyone to gather at the stairs to create the rainbow again.

“Take your brush and come,” became a call on social media websites, while thousands used the #resiststeps hashtag on Twitter and Facebook, becoming Twitter’s most trending topic.



fonte: hurriyetdailynews

Rock’n Coke 2013 Istanbul


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Coca-Cola’s annual open air music festival, Rock’n Coke, will be celebrating its 10 year anniversary on 6, 7 and 8 of September at Hezarfen Airport. The festival has established itself over the years as the largest open air festival in the country.

This year’s line-up boasts a fresh set of bands visiting from around the world. Headliners, Arctic Monkeys, will be the main attraction, but several additional big names have been scheduled to perform.

Organizers have increased the number of stages for this year’s festival, aiming to provide a wide variety of artists from different genres. As a result, the event should have a little something for everyone.


The following artists will be making appearances:

Rock’n Coke Stage
Arctic Monkeys
The Prodigy
Aylin Aslım
Büyük Ev Ablukada
Rebel Moves

Alternative Stage
Ellie Goulding
La Roux
Can Bonomo
Selah Sue
Maximo Park
Melis Danişmend
Palma Violets
Yasemin Mori
Oi Va Voi
The Ringo Jets

Party Arena
Netsky (Live)
The Cribs
Everything Everything
Kaan Düzarat
Babylon Circus
Little Boots
Gecko Chamber (live)
Childplay (DJ Set)

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Early bird tickets have already sold out, but advance tickets can still be bought online via Biletix. Purchasing tickets at the door is also possible, but prices will be substantially higher.


Angelo Bucarelli. Alla Biennale di Istanbul….




A ridar vita all’hammam più antico e grande della capitale turca, nella zona di Cibali, è un artista italiano, Angelo Bucarelli. Dopo un anno passato fra Milano ed Istanbul, Bucarelli è quasi pronto a mostrare la sua istallazione, parte della 13° edizione dellaBiennale di Istanbul, che mira a rappresentare la millenaria città turca in una goccia.

L’opea, “Water. Like Tears of Love“, prende il proprio nome da un verso del poeta ottomano Tursun Bey, che accompagnò il Sultano Mehmet II alla conquista di Costantinopoli. Ma, soprattutto, esprime la centralità dell’acqua, elemento portante dell’hammam, simbolo di rinascita e – secondo l’artista che vi si reca fin dal 1972- essenza dell’identità di Istanbul.

“Osservando il Bosforo e il Corno D’Oro da un terrazzo di Galata ho pensato a Tursun Bey il quale, entrando per la prima volta a Costantinopoli, era rimasto egualmente esterrefatto dall’abbondanza di acqua nella città”, dice Bucarelli.

Il Kucuk Mustafa Pasha Hammam, eretto 500 anni fa (nel 1477) e chiuso negli anni ’90 per lavori di restaurazione, gli è subito parso il luogo ideale per l’installazione che verrà esibita al pubblico dal 15 settembre al 13 ottobre di quest’anno. L’organizzazione è dell’istituto italiano di cultura ad Istanbul e la curatrice è Laura Barreca.

Bucarelli si è servito di metallo, vetro e tessuti- alcuni ricamati- integrandoli con la sua vera passione, la fotografia. Il soffitto forato del bagno turco ricrea una struttura a forma di globo, con meridiani di ferro che ricreano l’emisfero Sud, ai quali sono fissai preziosi pendenti di vetro di Murano che rappresentano la calligrafia ottomana. Ai muri, i tradizionali pestamals (gli asciugamani usati nell’hammam), raffigurano undici parole (anche queste con calligrafia ottomana) scelte dall’artista per descrivere l’acqua: “sete, orizzonte, oscurità e luce, profondità, rispetto, specchio, fonte, sudore, clima e veleno”. Queste ultime sono concepite da Bucarelli per esser lette nelle 6 lingue parlate, nei secoli, nella capitale: turco, curdo, latino, greco, armeno ed ebraico.

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Amidst the Gezi protests Istanbul is hosting a world renowned Italian artist,Angelo Bucarelli, for his site-specific installation at Istanbul’s oldest and biggest hammam. Bucarelli aims to convey the city’s rich culture and history in a single water drop.

These days, Istanbul is notorious for its protests and protesters after Gezi Park hit the headlines of international media. Many cancelled their vacations, some called off their concerts or shows and a few decided to postpone their business travels. But one artist decided to go ahead with his prearranged plans. World-renowned Italian artist, sculptor and photographer Angelo Bucarelli chose an Ottoman bath in Cibali, a historical neighborhood along the Golden Horn, to showcase his contemporary artwork. And this is where I found him.


Bucarelli has been shuttling between Milano and Istanbul for the past year to assemble his site-specific installation at Istanbul’s oldest and largest hammam. The installation is part of the 13th Istanbul Biennial and the artist’s aim is to take up the challenge of expressing the unique city in a single water drop. The name of the piece, “Water. Like Tears of Love”, was taken from a verse written by Tursun Bey, an Ottoman poet who accompanied Mehmet the Conqueror as the sultan was earning his sobriquet by taking Constantinople.

As curator Laura Barreca says, the exhibition of Angelo Bucarelli, in all its complexity, is a journey through the history, poetry, memory and love, in the temple where the water, the purest of the elements, becomes an expression and a metaphor of renewal.

“Since I first came to Istanbul in 1972” said Bucarelli, “I’ve understood that the key to the Istanbul’s identity is water.”

“Looking at the Bosporus and the Golden Horn from a terrace of Galata,” he continued, “I have thought of Tursun Bey, who was also struck by the abundance of water in the city when he first entered Constantinople and ‘like tears of lovers’, he wrote.”

Taking the advise made by Alessandra Ricci, an Italian historian from the Koç University’s Archeology and History of Art Department, to heart, Bucarelli immediately knew that the 500 year-old hammam was the best venue for his installation. After being shown the deserted hammam, Bucarelli felt like an invisible hand had protected it for 500 years just for the sake of his site-specific installation, which will be held between September 15 and October 13 this year.

The invisible hand

Yavuz Mermerci, current owner of the hammam, is probably the last ring in this chain of invisible hands protecting the hammam. “Mermerci Holding purchased the hammam in 1995 and started an 18 years long restoration work since then so as to prevent a collapse,” Mermerci said. He is glad his hammam will be hosting this event.

Actually it was Leyla Alaton, a highly respected businesswoman, philanthropist and member of board of Alarko Holding, who convinced Mermerci to let the event be held at the hammam. Speaking at Palazzo Venezia, an allegiant historical Venetian palace in Istanbul used as the residence of Italian ambassador, Alaton told me about why she supported the installation. She said she got excited when an Italian artist discovered one of the long abandoned jewels of Istanbul and wanted to present it to the world.

Pınar Akalin, the executive director of the exhibit, said the cost of the site-specific installation is around 230.000 euros, most of which is covered by sponsors. Akalin said the installation organized by the Italian Institute of Culture in Istanbul and curated by Laura Barreca will be ready for the opening on Sept. 15, and those interested will have an opportunity to see both the art and the building until Oct. 13.

Italian Ambassador Gianpaolo Scarante, renowned for his efforts to demonstrate the common values shared by Turkish and Italian cultures, worked tirelessly to promote the installation. Scarante said he is working on two more projects, both of which will be permanent artworks that would enrich the city.

Water is the identity of Istanbul

Continuing his research on concepts of identity, Bucarelli discovered in water the essence of Byzantium/Constantinople/Istanbul’s identity and choose it as the mode to reflect his art. “My work inquires about the complex world of identity and primordial human instinct of communication,” said Bucarelli. “Isolating words, I try to enter the difficult space of meanings and experience. In this new challenge, I would like to stimulate the observer to open his mind to a personal simple and deep perception of encountering a different culture and make it his own.”

As location, Bucarelli chose Cibali, one of the oldest neighborhoods in Istanbul and an old hammam, the epicenter and the symbol of social civilization, where water is protagonist. The Kucuk Mustafa Pasha Hammam is a beautiful complex — closed in the 1990s and subject of a meticulous restoration project — built in 1477 during the reign of Mehmet the Conqueror, 24 years after the Ottoman conquest of Istanbul.

“The ancient bath known as Kucuk Mustafa Pasha Hammam is near the shore of the Golden Horn below the Fourth Hill. This is one of the oldest and grandest hammams in the city, founded before 1512 by Koca Mustafa Pasha, grand vizier under Beyazit II” the American historian John Freely tells of the hammam in his famous book, A History of Ottoman Architecture. But in fact the hammam is founded by Kara Mustafa Pasha, nicknamed as “Kucuk or little” so as to prevent confusion with Koca Mustafa, who also lived in the same era.

Bucarelli involved the local community and handicrafts to expand the role of his art. As is usual for him, the work utilizes different materials such as iron, glass, as well as fabrics and embroidery, integrating them all with photography, which is his passion. The light that penetrates the hammam from the circled openings of the dome gives rise to bright lively colors.

Rain of glass words

A part of the installation, named “Rain of Glass Words,” recreates the form of a large globe with the dome as northern hemisphere and iron meridians forming the southern hemisphere, from which hang, like drops of water, precious Murano glass sculptures that duplicate Ottoman calligraphy.

On the walls, the traditional horizontally striped Turkish towels, or pestamals, become woven tapestries that bring eleven words again in Ottoman calligraphy in gold, chosen by the artist to describe water: Thirst, horizon, dark and light, depth, respect, mirror, spring, sweat, weather and poison. Bucarelli uses the written text in its dual symbolic and evocative essence, with the aim to give back the semiotic sense of poetry and the visual purity. Those pestamals will remind one of the usual hammam items but at the same time the calligraphy will recall mosque decorations.

In the quest to reflect the city’s identity, Bucarelli wanted those eleven words to be read in six languages spoken in this city throughout the history, among which were Turkish, Kurdish, Latin, Greek, Armenian and Hebrew. This is to indicate one should refer to more than one nationality, language or culture so as to understand Istanbul’s rich and complex identity.


Arriva il Ramazan!!



Il mese sacro delRamadan,  (chiamato Ramazan  in Turchia) è un momento speciale. Il mese sacro, e la vacanza di 3 giorni   che lo segue, può influenzare i piani dei viaggiatori a volte.

Ricordati di prenotare i ristoranti per la sera!!

Essendo una festa islamica, il Ramazan  inizia 11 giorni prima dell’anno precedente. Ecco le date del Ramazan per i prossimi anni:


Ramazan Bayram
2013: 9 luglio  – 7 agosto 
2014: 28  giugno – 27 luglio 
 17 giugno – 16 luglio 
8-10 agosto
28-30 luglio
17-19 luglio

 Ramazan (Şeker Bayrami)

il Ramazan è seguito immediatamente di una festa nazionale di tre giorni,il Ramazan Bayrami(chiamato anche Şeker Bayramı,La festa dello Zucchero; (Eid es-Seghir o Eid al-Fitr , in arabo), che cade in queste date:

2013: mezza giornata “preparazione” (Arife) vacanza il Mercoledì, 7 agosto , vacanze di un giorno l’8, 9 e 10agosto (Giovedi-Venerdì-Sabato).

E questo è lo spirito:



Si mangia tutti insieme!!!! 😉

ma quanti siete????

Gli italiani giunti in Turchia nel primo quadrimestre 2013 sono stati 153.336, con un incremento del 30,77% rispetto al periodo gennaio-aprile 2012. Il solo mese di aprile 2013 ne ha visti 67.162 con un incremento del 32,95% rispetto ad aprile 2012. Questo ha portato l’Italia ad inserirsi nella “top ten” dei Paesi che hanno prediletto la Turchia il mese scorso.

Turchia ufficio cultura e informazioni

Istanbul Puppet Festival


The 16th International Istanbul Puppet Festival (16. Uluslararası Istanbul Kukla Festivali) will be held between May 8 and 19, 2013.

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