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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

    • 28 Sep 2018
    • 10:00 - 13:00
    • Istanbul Marriott Hotel Sisli

    "Meet the New IWI Board" on Friday, 28th September at the Istanbul Marriott Hotel, Abide-I Hurriyet Cad. No. 142, 34381, Sisli in the Asia Conference Room between 10:00 am - 13:00 pm.

    Dear friends, if you decide to come with your own car, there will be inside parking available at a special rate for IWI members, 20TL (inc.VAT) and you might want to stay for a lunch in the Dish Room restaurant, inside the hotel and enjoy 20% discount. 

    • 04 Oct 2018
    • 18:30 - 20:00
    • Istanbul Modern Art Museum, Beyoğlu
    • 15

    Join us for an evening of viewing the exhibition of the most original and innovative sculptor,  British artist Anthony Cragg, at the Istanbul Modern Arts Museum (Temporary Space). The exhibition reveals each period of the artıst's forty-year career as a sculptor and his reinterpretation and how he transformed aspects of sculpture such as content, mass, negative space, material, color and scale.  Our IWI partner Banu Küçüksubaşı, a professional Art Historian and Tour Guide, will provide an informative guided tour of both the Anthony Cragg exhibition and the Turkish Collections.

    Istanbul Modern was founded in 2004 as Turkey's first museum of modern and contemporary art.  Istanbul Modern embraces a global vision to collect, preserve, document and exhibit works of modern and contemporary art and make them accessıble to the public at large.  It is currently in a temporary space  which is a historical building, and will be there for the next three years until the construction of its new building is completed. 

    We welcome partners and friends as guests, and will ask upon registration whether you will join for supper afterwards nearby within the vicinity. 

    The event price is for the guided tour only, supper will be paid separately (optional).  Museum entrance is free at this time. A kind reminder to your guests (if any) to bring their residence permit card for free admission,  otherwise a charge of 40TL will be collected at the museum entrance.

    • 07 Oct 2018
    • 11:00 - 12:00
    • Kemankes Mah Mumcu Cad Galata Sarap Iskelesi Sok Mumcu Han no 3

    Sunday, October 7th, 2018, from 11:00 – 12:00 pm Rachel Smith Bahadir will lead a FAMILY Yoga Class at HİÇ (Yoga Studio & Art Gallery) in Karakoy. (Kemankes Mah Mumcu Cad Galata Sarap Iskelesi Sok Mumcu Han no 3.)

    This is an interactive class for children and their family members (or care givers), we will learn yoga poses, breathing, meditation techniques and take time to relax. Games and original Kidding Around Yoga music will be incorporated. Please bring a yoga mat for each participant & dress comfortably.  Please plan to participate barefoot or wear socks with grippies. 

    This is NOT a drop off class. At least one adult is required to stay & participate with their kid(s).

    ALL AGES are welcome. Come ready to let your inner child shine, have fun & let go!

    Class starts at 11:00, Please plan to arrive by 10:45 sign in & prepare.  (the studio has some extra mats but a limited amount, so if you have your own please bring it)

    To learn more about KAY with Rachel, visit website: or follow one of her on  facebook page  or    

    Our location host: ;Google map location:  +ArtHic's location is easy to access via taxi, public transportation (ferry, tram or bus) and private car [there is a parking deck 2 blocks away (parking deck google location )].

     Admission fee is 50 TL for one family including one or both parent(s) or care giver with their kid(s). 

    • 10 Oct 2018
    • 10:30 - 12:30
    • Marriott Hotel, Sisli, Idea Room

    We all have dreams we wish to be realized. Things we really want in life but don’t have. What is keeping you from being you? Being in that creative, powerful, blissful, serene place? A place where you are minimally distracted by anything someone says or does? A place where you are not held back by your limiting beliefs? Those beliefs that keeps you from feeling or doing or being like you essentially are. Those voices of NO that we all have.

     Are you ready to push the button to start a self-honoring process? Learn how to appreciate yourself? Give yourself a break?

    Semiha Unal is a successful and accomplished businesswoman. Raised in Netherlands, she came to Turkey and juggled multiple responsibilities as daughter, wife and mother, all the while earning her MBA and climbing the cooperate ladder. She established her own consulting business as one way to bring herself some happiness. Using her expertise developing and delivering corporate training, she has created several modules that can be customized for corporate training, groups and individuals. One of them is Self- Love and listening to yourself.  

     You are all invited to self-Love workshop leading by Semiha on Wednesday 10th October, in Marriott Hotel Sisli, Idea Room from 10:30 to 12:30 a.m. Join this event, Let this workshop be a beginning of a journey where you’ll discover self- actualization.

     During this workshop we will learn how we can recognize, catch and change those beliefs. We will also understand how those beliefs are affecting our emotions. And how our emotions affect our motions and thus our entire life, our reality and personality. You will understand why taking care of yourself is crucial. Why loving yourself is the main pillar of a fulfilling life.

     Only through loving yourself fully, you have the ability to offer yourself, your whole self, your full expression of who you are to the rest of the world.

    • 12 Oct 2018
    • 11:00 - 14:00
    • Yeniköy - details to be provided to registrants
    • 14

    Welcoming our newcomers to Istanbul, we would like to offer you the chance to learn about the rather special Turkish breakfast in the comfort of the beautiful home of one of our longest-standing members, Ayşe Yücel, also the Newcomers Coordinator (European side)

    Start to understand the culture, traditions and cuisine of your new home country, make friends and ask some of the 'locals' about how they have adjusted to living in this wonderful city.

    Food is the universal language that not only give the pleasure to the soul but also brings people together with laughter and warmth.  Our long time board member Ayşe Yücel is famed for her interest and expertise in Turkish food, as well as for her warm hospitality.  Enjoy a privileged taste of Turkish hospitality with a traditional Turkish breakfast/brunch in her home in Yeniköy.

    Turkish Breakfast, open-buffet style ("Açik Büfe")

    Various Turkish cheeses and olives

    Homemade jams and clotted cream with honey

    Tomatoes and cucumbers

    Spinach Börek (delicious savoury spinach) 

    Tel Kadayif Börek (Thinly shredded dough with cheese and jambon)

    Menemen (Turkish scrambled eggs in a tomato sauce)

    Sucuk (spicy Turkish sausage)

    Acuka (a tomato and walnut paste)

    Kısır (Turkish tabbouleh)

    Smoked eggplant salad

    Beets with garlic and yoghurt

    Roasted red peppers in garlic and olive oil

    Assorted breads, simit, and bazlama


    Pumpkin dessert with clotted cream and walnuts

    Turkish tea / Turkish coffee

    Cost:   All members 65TL Guests: 75TL

    • 16 Oct 2018
    • 10:00 - 15:00
    • Cihangir, Beyoğlu - details to be provided to registrants
    • 19

    Anatolia’s colourful history has left a windfall of riches—ancient ruins, ornate Byzantine churches, supremely elegant mosques, and splendid Ottoman palaces.

    In this illustrated seminar, Serif Yenen, one of Turkey’s foremost cultural experts and an author, highlights the heritage and splendor of ancient Turkey through an examination of some of its cultural gems.

    Serif Yenen runs his own company, Cultural Interaction Points, to promote understanding of the Turkish culture;  we are delighted that he has agreed to host this event for our members in his beautiful old apartment building. Şerif has given the same seminar at the Smithsonian in Washington D.C. a few times.

    Session 1 - Neolithic and Bronze Ages: Göbeklitepe, Çatalhöyük, Kültepe and Hattusha

    Session 2 - Iron-Age, Hellenistic and Roman Periods: Urartu, Phrygian, and Lydian Civilizations

    Lunch break

    Session 3 - Christianity in Anatolia: Paul of Tarsus, Seven Churches of Asia, and Cappadocia

    Session 4 - The Turkish Period’s Capitals: Bursa, Edirne, and Istanbul

    Notes: Turkish kahve (coffee) and çay (tea) will be served, as well as a delicious typical light lunch. Also included in the price, participants will receive wonderfully illustrated maps of both Istanbul and Turkey showing the cultural highlights.

    This day will delight those interested in understanding more about Istanbul, Turkey and the Turkish people, whether you are a new arrival here or you are interested in getting deeper insights from an expert.

    • 23 Oct 2018
    • 10:00 - 14:30
    • Meet in Taksim Square, details to be advised to registrants
    • 14

    Designed for newcomers to Istanbul, this is an opportunity to quickly learn the layout of the city and how to navigate around it – explore the central trendy districts, understand the public transport network, and pick up some important first words of Turkish!

    Our guide, Monica Fritz, is a New Yorker who has lived here for 20+ years. Well known to expats for her in-depth walking and photography tours, she is providing this tour tailored just for us.

    We will start in Çihangır, a pretty, bohemian neighbourhood with lively nightlife and a large expat community. Next up is Çukurcuma, a ‘must’ for antique and curiosity shop lovers. We will stop for a typical Turkish breakfast, so come hungry! - please pay for your own selections. If possible, we’ll visit a small mosque and stroll the back streets opening onto the main pedestrian street of İstiklal to Tünel.

    We will discover some hidden restaurants and pass the iconic Galata tower and down the hill to SALT, the former Ottoman Bank, beautifully renovated into a cultural center with a large public library, an English bookshop and several interesting art spaces. We will stop to buy the essential travel pass “İstanbulkart” , top it up for new users  and take a ferry ride to the Asian side and the Kadıköy fish and spice market which will provide the perfect setting to sample Turkish coffee traditionally cooked in ashes and taste Turkish delight from the original producers. We finish by exploring the bustling spice market of Kadıköy to ‘shop like a local’.

    Monica is passionate about Istanbul, speaks fluent Turkish and can answer almost any question about living in this remarkable city. On this tour, we think you will find out why living here is a joy.

    • 26 Oct 2018
    • 10:30 - 14:30
    • Ayşe's Home in Yeniköy (details to be provided to registrants)
    • 12

    While in Istanbul, why not take the time to learn some delicious Turkish recipes which you can share with your friends and family whilst you are living here, and when you return home?

    Turkish cuisine is a reflection of a rich cultural and historical heritage. With an emphasis on seasonal freshness and delicately flavoring with spices, healthy Turkish food is a feast for all the senses.

    IWI’s very own gourmet guru, Ayşe Yücel, will once again be giving a Turkish Cooking demonstration in her inviting kitchen for those who would like to learn more about traditional Turkish cuisine and how to produce some of the unique, healthy and flavorsome dishes. Recipes will be provided for you to keep.

    • Pinto beans in olive oil (Zeytinyağlı babunya)
    • Stuffed baby eggplants in olive oil (İmam bayıldı)
    • Stuffed white cabbage with rice and chestnuts (Lahana dolması)
    • Smoked eggplant salad 2 ways w/ garlic yogurt and with tomatoes, onions, peppers, parsley (Közlenmiş patlıcan salatası ve yoğurtlu patlıcan)
    • Filo dough baklava with walnuts (Baklava)
    • Soft drinks, tea and coffee

    We will share the dishes together over lunch and enjoy discussing our morning's discoveries.

    • 31 Oct 2018
    • 10:00 - 15:00
    • Starting from Sultanahmet - details will be provided to registrants
    • 19

    Following excellent feedback from this year's tour, we are very pleased to be able to offer this event for those who couldn’t make it last time, plus it's an excellent opportunity for our newcomers to discover Istanbul and what lies beneath. 

    Istanbul, as the capital of three great empires - the Roman, Byzantine and the Ottoman - has a very diverse and rich history. One of the most unique cities in the world, we are privileged to live here and have much to discover.

    But over the centuries, sometimes out of ignorance or lack of appreciation, sometimes in haste or to meet urgent needs, newer buildings have been built over older ones. Today, as we go back and investigate more, and in the course of recent construction projects, new discoveries are being made constantly, and long-lost traces of previous occupants of the city are being uncovered. History is being re-written.

    This walking tour will surprise even long-time residents of İstanbul with many unknown and unexpected ruins beneath the city. In the company of Şerif Yenen, from IWI partner CIP Events, we can experience the feeling of discovery and privilege of seeing many artefacts, which millions of people living here ‘above ground’ are unfamiliar with.

    The program will include visits to several cisterns, palace ruins, some sub-structures, storage rooms and vaulted rooms.

    We will make a lunch stop (not included in the price) at a restaurant with good local food.

    Entrance fees, a coffee, CIP Events informative pamphlets and maps, and a tour guide audio system are all included in the price.

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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