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Our monthly events are for IWI members, and their guests. Come Join the Fun.

Reservation Policy: If you make a reservation and do not show up IWI is obliged to pay the vendor for you regardless. Therefore, please cancel within the cancellation period noted in the description of the activity. Reservations that are not appropriately cancelled, including guests, must be paid for by the member.

Upcoming events

    • 22 Nov 2018
    • 10:30 - 13:30
    • Tomtom Mahallesi, Bogazkesen Caddesi, Atlier 78, Tophane
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    Do you love the sparkle and shine of jewelry? Are you interested in personalized, artisanal products? How would you like to add a unique, bauble to your collection, crafted with your own hands?! 

     You are invited to a jewelry making workshop at Atelier 78, where jewelry designers  Pegah Moshfeghi (Pegah) and Candan Demirdik (Nida Taki Sanat) design and show their collections.  

     The workshop will last three hours, and Pegah and Candan will guide you step-by-step to transform a bronze plate into your own colorful, hand-made pendant to take home with you.


    • 26 Nov 2018
    • 11:00 - 14:30
    • Sariyer -details to be provided to registrants

    Continuing our popular series of member-led exploratory tours of our city, we will visit the Sadberk Hanım Museum, then continue with a leisure walk along the Bosphorus followed by an optional lunch together with our member,  Olga Onur .

    Vehbi Koç Foundation's Sadberk Hanım Museum is Turkey's first private museum intended to exhibit the private collection of Sadberk Koç, the wife of Vehbi Koç. The museum was opened on 14 October 1980 at the Azaryan Mansion in Sariyer-Büyükdere. 

    Sadberk Hanım Museum, a "must-visit" jewel of Istanbul's ethnological, cultural and archaeological past.  This is an old wooden summer-villa along the shores of the Bosphorus, of which are few left in Istanbul.  The old atmosphere of splendour in the entrance rooms recall the opulence of bygone days. The upper floors show a wonderful collection of porcelain and ceramics from China, İznik and Europe, together with costumes and even displays of what a lady of fashion wears at the hamam.  Hugely interesting and fun! The annex is an archaeological treasure trove. From prehistory pottery to exquisite Roman jewellery, there is something for everyone.

    For more information on the upcoming exhibition, see

    We welcome partners and friends as guest.  The museum is easily accessible by bus, dolmuş (shared taxi) and metro.

    The event price does not include the museum entrance (10TL) and optional lunch at a restaurant serving dishes of the Black Sea region.

    • 27 Nov 2018
    • 10:00 - 13:30
    • Starting from Çemberlitaş tram stop
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    Join us at the Grand Bazaar Christmas Shopping Spree.  

    One of the largest and oldest market dating back to 1461, the Grand Bazaar is still a world of its own with many traditions that have remained unchanged over the centuriesThere are approximately 4000 shops, arranged in sections that resemble villages, many antique fountains, mosques, police station, a small stock market, restaurants, craftsmen’s workshops and many splendid Caravansaries. Over its lifetime, the Grand Bazaar has survived several fires and earthquakes, despite many parts being constructed in wood and the precarious web of electrical cables strung up all round! 

    In the main streets you can find gold, fabrics, carpets, leather and knock-off bags, whilst the back streets are a maze of sellers of antiques, jewellery, silks, lamps, scarves, ethnic and artistic items, copper, handmade silver and much more. 

    Our guide, IWI Partner Monica Fritz, has been exploring the alleys of the Bazaar for 20 years and, despite knowing it like the back of her hand, she is constantly discovering new secrets. Join her to experience a different kind of Christmas shopping – from original Orientalist antique paintings, to colourful trinkets, the Bazaar has something for every budget and most tastes.  

    The art of bargaining starts with a tea, and is delicate at times, based on intuition and charm. It can also bring laughter and a happy ending. In a group we need patience, we can learn from each other, discover some interesting places and have fun bargaining. 

    There will be an optional lunch at the end.  

    Do wear comfy shoes and don't forget to bring your lists.

    • 02 Dec 2018
    • 10:00 - 17:00
    • Istanbul Marriott Hotel Şişli

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    • 04 Dec 2018
    • 09:45 - 14:30
    • Pick-up and Drop-off from Kanyon Mall in Levent
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    A very popular program with our members, at the perfect time of year, be sure to grab your seat!

    Have you ever admired the intricate copper pots (sahan) that your Sunday menemen" is served in or the gorgeously delicate tea and coffee sets found in many Turkish homes? Then dont miss this chance to visit Hak Art, a family run company that has been hand crafting copper and brass decorative items in Istanbul since 1965. Nowadays, they supply to some of the most famous top-end brand names in kitchenware and household goods.

    We will be given a fascinating tour of the production area, allowing us to watch the coppersmiths in action and see how they hammer out their beautiful copper and brass pieces. They produce many different items, including traditional tea and coffee sets, brass lanterns, hand lined heavy-duty copper pots and pans, bowls and trays, as well as decorative items such as delicate pomegranate-shaped miniature boxes.

    The atelier also specialises in restoring antique copper, wooden and clay items sourced from across Anatolia.

    After the tour we will have the opportunity to purchase products from the huge Hakart shop - at very affordable wholesale prices. With over 2500 beautiful items on offer, you are sure to find the perfect holiday gifts! (Please note that Hakart does not accept credit cards).

    We will depart on our minibus from Kanyon, returning there in the afternoon around 15:15. The price of the event is for round trip transport only. Lunch is extra (there is a cafe restaurant by the factory).

    • 11 Dec 2018
    • 11:00 - 13:30
    • Zamane Kahvesi, Bağdat Caddesi, Suadiye

    Open to all those who are interested in becoming members of the IWI, as well as to all the existing members.  Do come and join us! 

    We hold coffee meetings every second Tuesday of the month at 11:00 - 13:30 at Zamane Kahvesi, Bağdat Cad. No. 403, Suadiye (behind Derishow and opposite Turkcell).  No need to reserve, just come along and grab a coffee. For  more information, contact Ayse Slevogt (0533.326 6495)

    • 20 Dec 2018
    • 10:30 - 12:30
    • Istinye Park

    Open to all those who are interested in becoming members of the IWI, as well as to all the existing members.  Do come and join us! 

    We hold coffee meetings every third Thursday of the month at 10:30 - 12:30 at İstinye Park AVM (shopping mall) in Cafe Nero.  No need to reserve, just come along and grab a coffee. For  more information, contact Ayse Yücel (0532.356 3843)

Programme Events Pricing Policy: Our policy in charging for event participation is to meet all of the event running costs, and to share these equally amongst attendees; however, attendance prices for Basic or Honorary members will in addition include a small surcharge (compared with Classic members) to contribute to the running costs of the IWI.

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