Author: Ceren Günel

Art
From artistic ancestors to clueless descendants: Ottoman-obsessed hallucinations in New Turkey

Two weeks ago, an angry mob attacked an art exhibition at Istanbul’s Abdülmecid Efendi Pavilion. The building used to belong to the last Ottoman Caliph Abdülmecid. The exhibition, called Doors Open to Those Who Knock, showcased artwork owned by Turkish businessperson Ömer Koç. It opened to public at the Pavilion during the 15th Istanbul Biennial, […]

HP Culture
Singer-songwriter Djanan Turan in battle to reach SALUTE Music’s Top 6

Turkish musical chanteuse Djanan Turan has found herself in the Top 100 of SALUTE – the UK’s new cutting edge music competition being pioneered by Feargal Sharkey, the former lead singer of pop punk band The Undertones. Having beaten over 2,500 musicians to get this far, Djanan now needs public support via SALUTE Music’s innovative […]

HP Wellbeing
Central London music classes: learn how to play the ney

  Since opening its doors in the capital in 2010, the Yunus Emre Institute (YEI) has become the place to learn about Turkish language, arts and culture. Based in Maple Street, Fitzrovia, a stone’s throw from Warren Street tube, the YEI has been building cultural bridges between Britain and Turkey by hosting exhibitions, talks and […]

Music
Jazz pianist Arman Ratip to perform at East London’s Luna Lounge

Acclaimed Turkish Cypriot pianist-composer Arman Ratip is coming back to the capital for a live performance at the end of this month.  On a double-bill with Gypsy Dynamite, the concert will take place at eclectic live music venue Luna Lounge in Leytonstone. Considered one of the leading names in Turkish Jazz and Avant-Garde improvisational music, […]

Hers
Bora Aksu’s London fashion show sparkles with Anatolian fire as he pays homage to Mihri Müşfik

  Fashionistas have again descended on the capital for London Fashion Week, which opened on Friday, 15 Sep. Over 100 designers from around the world are showcasing their new collections on the catwalk, among them acclaimed London-based Turkish designer Bora Aksu. His Spring/Summer 2018 (SS18) collection debuted with a stunning catwalk at the British Fashion […]

Festivals
Shacklewell Lane Ramadan Mosque to host the first Golden Egg Love Fest

Later this month, the UK’s first Turkish-owned mosque will be busy turning Britons’ perceptions of mosques on its head. Shacklewell Lane Ramadan Mosque in Dalston, East London, has teamed up with PranaMotion to deliver an interactive multi-faith festival of music, dance, eclectic prayer and storytelling to celebrate diversity and unity. The Golden Egg Love Fest […]

Music
Pop star Işın Karaca returns to her roots with a concert in London

  A Turkish pop diva is set to return to the city where her musical dreams started. Işın Karaca, who is celebrating two decades in show business this year, will make her debut appearance in London when she sings at Indigo at The O2 in May. Blessed with a powerful, soulful voice, Işın’s repertoire spans […]