The International Women's Day March down Istiklal in Taksim on March 8, 2015. There was a huge amount of energy and it was really cool to see women who are often a minority on the streets taking on an awesome force. There was a big football match between Galatasaray and Fenerbahce on the same evening in stark contrast - a largely male, pretty aggressive energy. I suspect that it was not by accident that they were put on the same day. Most interesting was the reaction of people not expecting the parade as they took over. Women of all backgrounds came out. Like most gatherings of people in Istanbul, there are some political chants at the point that I was able to record. Buskers on the street also joined in with lots of sounds as the march proceeded - unfortunately missed by the recorder. At the point which I began recording, several women were standing on top of a bus with a microphone, shouting slogans, and later playing music. Women chanted, danced, yelled, hit drums, blew whistles. Super rad.
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