29 May 2024 - Wednesday

We Call It Home: Istanbul Dialogues - Exploring Istanbul

İstanbul, Şişli
We Call It Home: Istanbul Dialogues - Exploring Istanbul

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We Call It Home: Istanbul Dialogues is a monthly series from Yabangee showcasing the inspiring contributions being made by Istanbul’s diverse international community to the city’s cultural, humanitarian, business, and sporting spheres. An opportunity to share moving stories, reflect on personal experiences, and participate in resourceful dialogue. We invite foreigners and locals alike to come listen, learn, and embolden others.

Always a pleasure to confirm esteemed journalist Jennifer Hattam will moderate the occasion. Admission is free, and the discussion will be conducted entirely in English. Wednesday 29 May, doors open at 19:00, with the panel discussion starting at 19:30. The venue is ATÖLYE, located inside the bomontiada complex. 
Note: This month's session is on Wednesday. We just want to clarify this point, as it's a change from our normal scheduling. 

For May, we're delving into the theme of "Exploring Istanbul," perfectly timed to embrace the splendid weather. Through the captivating narratives and personal experiences shared by our panelists, we're excited to embark on a journey uncovering the myriad facets of this enchanting city we proudly call home.


Jennifer Hattam is a freelance journalist who has been living in Istanbul since 2008. She writes about environmental, social, and urban issues, as well as arts and culture, food, and travel for publications including Bloomberg, Culinary Backstreets, Hyperallergic, Lonely Planet, National Geographic, Thomson Reuters Foundation, Travel + Leisure, and The Washington Post.


Bery Romo is a dedicated, responsible, and friendly content creator born in Mexico. In 2019, she began her career as a full-time content creator specifically focusing on traveling to Türkiye, a country where she has been residing for almost a decade. Her overall goal is to promote Türkiye in a unique way and from her own perspective as a long-term resident as well as to guide her audience who has Türkiye as their next travel destination with essential tips that she shares through her YouTube channel and Instagram ‘Bery Istanbul Tips’.

Lisa Morrow is a sociologist, author and travel writer from Sydney, Australia. She’s lived in Istanbul and other parts of Turkey for almost 15 years and friends call her a yerli yabancı. She started the website Inside Out In Istanbul to share personal experiences and sociological observations of Turkey, focussing on lesser known sights and traditions. Lisa has written five books on Istanbul and Turkey, the latest a guide to Istanbul. Her byline has appeared in The New York Times, BBC Travel, Hyperallergic, CNN Travel, The Smart Set and elsewhere. (Twitter & Instagram)

Vidar Bergum is a Norwegian author and food writer based in Istanbul since 2015. His interest is as much in the food culture and culinary history of the region as it is recipes. His three cookbooks on Turkish and Middle Eastern food has introduced a wide audience in Norway to the region’s food and food culture, and he regularly welcomes groups of culinary travellers to Istanbul. Vidar also runs an English language newsletter (Meze on Substack) and a more recipe focused website at A kitchen in Istanbul. (Instagram)
While this series does largely follow in the footsteps of our previous panel series ‘Expat Spotlight’, these sessions will have more of an emphasis on networking. We encourage attendees to be punctual. 
ATÖLYE is located in the complex of Yapı Kredi bomontiada: Silahşör Caddesi, Birahane Sk. No:1, 34381 Şişli

29 May 2024 Wednesday 19:00

29 May 2024 Wednesday 22:00

ATÖLYE, Merkez, Birahane Sk. no 1, 34381 Şişli/İstanbul, Türkiye, Şişli, İstanbul

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Yabangee is an English resource and community platform for Turkey’s diverse array of internationals, as well as for globally-minded locals. Having been active in the country since 2012, the project has continued to grow over the years, expanding in new and meaningful directions along the way. The project has numerous components that work together to provide the whole Yabangee experience. Our website is an online English destination that offers readers regularly updated content in regards to: Advice & Information – This covers various content related to local culture and customs, comprehensive guides to bureaucratic processes, useful lists, and more. Some of our most popular articles include: Getting Married in Turkey – Frequently Asked Questions Getting Your Residence Permit Having a Baby in Turkey Turkish Wedding Dress Guide Essential Turkish Films Recycling in Istanbul Opening a Bank Account 10 Forgotten Historical Sites in Istanbul How to Make Friends as a Foreigner A Guide to Earthquake Preparedness 10 Must-Have Apps for Istanbul City Life – This covers essential, timely content related to what’s happening in the city, reviews of restaurants and other establishments, job listings, columns, hidden gems, and more. Yabangee is proud to have strong relationships with organizations around the city including Salon, Babylon, ATÖLYE, Zorlu Center PSM, SALT, Pera Museum, and many, many others which helpus to stay up to date on the latest happenings. Commentary – Offering much needed perspective from foreigners who now call Turkey home is one of the cornerstones of our content. These first-hand accounts offer a unique view at life here. Photography – For the more visually in-tune among us, our photo pieces offer some aesthetic insight into the country at large. Interviews – These personal accounts provide new insight from distinct individuals in our greater community, with a scope that includes arts and culture, start-ups, NGOs, humanitarian workers, and more. Travel – As a community of people living in Turkey, rather than just passing through, our travel content provides a more nuanced understanding of weekend getaways, adventures abroad, hiking, and other means of the occasional escape from city life. Our volunteer team of contributors share wide-ranging perspectives and experiences that proves invaluable to our readership. With over 70 writers and 20 photographers, our team represents a number of nationalities and backgrounds. Within Turkey as well, our team’s scope has them involved in a number of sectors. Our team is the most important element of Yabangee, the fabric on which we depend and continue to grow. Our community events are one way in which we really set ourselves apart and interact with our readership. With the aim of building a welcoming, open-minded community, we continue to host events that include social gatherings, picnics, trivia nights, art tours, lectures, holiday celebrations (like Halloween), networking events, pub crawls, and so much more.