Last Minute Invite for a Picnic-brunch and 1st Curious Souls Cafe-Philo :-)

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Hello Dear Curious Souls 🙂

I know that many already left Istanbul for a sea vacation and it is almost unbearable to think of participating in an event indoors during the week-end, during the day, for at least three or four hours; like we usually do at Curious Souls’. So rather than organising an event, I would like to invite you to a last minute, spontaneous and relaxed picnic-brunch at a friend’s garden in Etiler.
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Leilani, who is a very loyal participant of Curious Souls’s events and who has a company with a beautiful garden, opens her garden to us for this event and I would like to thank her very much for this invitation.

So if you are free this week-end on Sunday August 2,2015, please do join us for a relaxed brunch. The venue is only 7minutes to the Levent metro station by foot. So I am sure you can find it very easily.

Those of you who can come, could you please bring some food along with you; something that would be suffient for 3 persons at least. So we would have a nice variety and also if anybody forgets, we will have food for them too. Tea, coffee and drinks will be provided there by Leilani.

I also have to say that this will not be a regular Curious Souls event so we will not be watching TED talks but of course, this cannot prevent us from exchanging views on subjects that we may enjoy talking about. Who knows; maybe we can even create the first “Curious Souls’ Cafe-Philo” on this occasion 🙂 (For more info on  Cafe Philos, take look at wikipedia. )

So hope to see you there on Sunday 🙂

With my kindest regards

Isil the Curious Soul 🙂

STARTS                  : August 2, 2015, 11:00 am
ENDS                      : August 2, 2015, 15:00
LOCATION             : Garden of the company Global Ideations
ADDRESS              : Nisbetiye Mah. Başlık Sok. No: 10/2 Etiler, Istanbul
TEL:  +90 212 257 11 29
                                 Please see map.
MEETING POINT   : At the venue
ENTRANCE FEE   : 10 TL (to contribute for drinks, paper plates, cleaning etc.)
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Change of Venue for “Curious Souls Get Together” 14th meeting !

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Dear Friends,

Unfortunately, Istanbul Municipality just announced that it will close Taksim area to transportation so we are unable to hold our 14th “Curious Souls Get Together” meeting on May 31,2015, Sunday (tomorrow) at Gama Art Gallery in Beyoglu. Now, our new meeting venue will be  Incirli Şaraphane in Kuruçeşme. It is again a  beautiful venue and I am sure you will enjoy having our meeting at this winery very much.  I would like to thank Incirli Saraphane for accepting to host our meeting at the last minute and also  Emek Gizem Meral for assisting me in the arrangement.

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As usual, we will meet at the venue at around  1:30 pm and after some free time to catch up, at  2:00 pm, we will  start watching 3-4  interesting, enjoyable, informative and mind stretching TED Talks together. After each talk, we will have a chance to express ourselves and have an exchange of views.

So, be ready to expand our horisons and grow together!

I am impatiently looking forward to seeing you all tomorrow.

With my kindest regards.

Isil the Curious Soul 🙂

 

STARTS                : May 31, 2015, 1:30 pm
ENDS                     : May 31, 2015, 5:30 pm
LOCATION            : Incirli Saraphane (www.incirlisaraphane.com)
ADDRESS              : Kuruçeşme Mh. Muallim Naci Caddesi No:107, 34345
Istanbul, ISTANBUL +90 212 257 11 29
MEETING POINT   : At the venue
ENTRANCE FEE   : 15 TL (to be payed to Incirli Saraphane)

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Curious Souls Get Together – 14th meeting !

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Dear Friends,

Despite with very short notice, I would like to  invite you all, to our  14th “Curious Souls Get Together” meeting on May 31,2015, Sunday. Our meeting will be held at the beautiful Gama Art Gallery in Beyoglu. As you may remember, we held another meeting at the same gallery last year and  I would like to thank Ms.Şule Altıntaş,  the owner, for hosting us again at her gallery.

As usual, we will meet at the venue at around  1:30 pm and after some free time to catch up, at  2:00 pm, we will  start watching 3-4  interesting, enjoyable, informative and mind stretching TED Talks together. After each talk, we will have a chance to express ourselves and have an exchange of views.

At the Gallery, there is also a very interesting exhibition by artist Yiğit Dündar with the title “Mysterious Solitude.”  We will have a chance to see his hyperrealist oil paintings.

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The artist explains his style, with the following words:

“My paintings are a visual reflection of the effect of human feelings such as sorrow, enthusiasm, pain, excitement and love on the human body,…Inspired by the limitless nature and expressiveness of body language…I try to explain people’s problems, their inner struggles, their contradictions but also their own passions and stories through human body….”

Isn’t that interesting?

So, I  think, we will have a very pleasant day together and I hope to see you all once again.

…and in the meantime, I wish you a fantastic  new week!

With my kindest regards.

Isil the Curious Soul 🙂

 

STARTS                : May 31, 2015, 1:30 pm
ENDS                     : May 31, 2015, 5:30 pm
LOCATION            : Gama Art Gallery
ADDRESS              : Turnacıbaşı sok. No: 21 Beyoglu, ISTANBUL
MEETING POINT   : At the venue
ENTRANCE FEE   : 10 TL (to be payed to Gama Art Gallery)

 

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Report of 13th “Curious Souls Get Together” meeting and our visit to TURVAK museum:

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Dear Friends,

On March 1,2015, Sunday, we met at TURVAK Cinema and Theatre Museum for our 13th meeting.  As you know, TURVAK is the first and only cinema and theatre museum in Turkey and it has a very rich collection of cinema and television devices, films, posters and stage photos. (Please check their website for more information: www.turvak.com.tr)  There was also an exhibition at the museum, with the title: “100 years of Turkish Cinema through 100 illustrations” – so we were even more lucky!s20150227_180356

Our group again had an interesting variety of nationalities, ages, backgrounds and interests. But we all were Curious Souls after all 🙂

sIMG_1667At first, we had a guided tour of the museum through the assistance of Ms.Aslı Canan Yılmazsoy – the events coordinator of the museum.  I would like to thank her very much for enlightening us. After this tour,  I was so happy to learn from many that they were simply fastinated with the museum.sMuseum

We then proceeded with our 13th meeting on the terrace floor. s20150301_155034 The first video we watched was  the TED talk of filmmaker Andrew Stanton who wrote the classic “Toy Story” movies and who won two Oscars for “Finding Nemo” and “WALL-E.” In this fastinating talk Stanton shares what he knows about  stories and storytelling.

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Tuba consumed with the story that she was telling 🙂

My friend Tuba Erayman facilitated our  discussions on this talk. She also talked about her own stories. I would like to thank her very much for her work.

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Karen sharing her views with us!

 

There were so many quotable  sentences in his talk that I would like to remember always. Yet it seems that this one is my favorite:  “Frankly, there isn’t anyone you couldn’t learn to love once you’ve heard their story.”

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Me listening to the comments of Rasih!

The second talk  we watched was the talk of Kristin Rivas on“The life-changing power of words.”  In this talk Rivas tells us her story on how two sentences completely changed her life -one making her crippled with mental illness and the other completely healing and liberating her. She tells how hypnosis worked on her and points out that ideas have power to transform. She asks “What idea can transform your world?” Interesting question, isn’t it? Do you know the answer?

On this talk we had quite a challing discussion  as some of our participants  thought that she was too emotional and  not completely recovered. Yet others thought that it was completely normal that she was emotional. What about you? What do you  think?

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Arlene on the left, talking to Carol before she started the moderation 🙂

The third talk that we watched was that of Keith Chen, a behavioural economist who drew interesting parallels between  the structure of a language and the tendency of saving money. Interestingly he found out that if a language has “future-less”  structures then savings increase.

Now, we can understand why Turkey, having a “futured” language, has such  low saving records 🙂

My friend Arlene Crilly moderated our discussions on this talk. It was very interesting and very lively. I would like to thank her both for modeating and for picking up this fantastic talk.

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At around 5:30 pm. we ended our meeting. It was a very pleasant and enjoyable afternoon for me. I hope all participants felt the same. While I was leaving the museum, I realised that I had a lingering warm feeling left out of enjoying, sharing and learning together. It was very nice to be among such open-minded and global spirited group. I would like to thank you all, dear Curious Souls, for your contributions and for making this event possible!

So until we meet again, I wish you all, my kindest regards.

Isil the Curious Soul 🙂

 


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