Modern Istanbul and Ancient Constantinople

By Saeeda Hugiale Constantinople was the former name of the present city of Istanbul. A city in the European and Asian part of Turkey and the capital of the Ottoman Empire. Before that she was under the name of Constantinople, capital of the Byzantine Empire. During most of its existence, the empire was the most…

The dark side of Taksim

A man who offered us drinks. After avoiding him he made this gesture.   By Bahar Yilmaz and Noelle Benhija Taksim is the most bubbly and touristic part of Istanbul where tourists do not have time to be bored. Around every corner there’s a nice bar or store and the salesmen are always ready to…

Six months in Istanbul

  By Puck Guldemond Studying abroad for six months sounds like a dream to many students. You get to see a different country and meet new friends while you’re studying. IMPRESS spoke to an Erasmus student at Bilgi University. Leon Farrenkopf, a 22 year old German student, is currently studying visual communications design in Istanbul.…

The forgotten of SAINT PAUL ISLAND remembered

The lobster factory on Saint Paul Island in the 30’s. PHOTO: Ouest France By Caroline Burel All of us have heard stories from when you where little. In Concarneau, a small town in the North West of France, there is one that is told to every child. This story is called “Les Oubliés de l’Île…

“If we act like it is a crime, people will think it is”

Text: Tanja Wieser & Tammy van Nerum Photography: Tanja Wieser & Tammy van Nerum There are approximately 15000 to 20000 Jews living in Istanbul. Cenk Bonfil is one of them. The 19 year old student shows us the Neve Shalom synagogue in the Beyoğlu district in Istanbul. When we arrive at the synagogue Bonfil says…

Turkish Hollywood catching up with Bollywood

By Noelle Benhija and Bahar Yilmaz Turkish television, Yeşilçam, is more popular internationally than locally. The TV industry plays an important role in increasing Turkey’s popularity in the Middle East, Pakistan, the Balkans and Central Asia. The best exported series are Kıvanç Tatlıtuğ, Beren Saat, Songül Öden and Murat Yıldırım mostly because of the romance…

Lighting up the city

‘Run Beyond’ at Amsterdam light festival Photo By Louise Zandstra Thinking about winter days, certain things surely come to mind. Probably first Christmas, new year’s eve, dark days, cold days and perhaps slightly more negativity because of the cold and the darkness. To treat the inhabitants and visitors of Amsterdam with more positivity during these…