Author: İpek Özerim

HP Features
Historic partial re-opening of Varosha attracts hundreds, but ramifications go beyond collapse of TRNC coalition government

Hundreds of people queued to enter Maraş, or Varosha in English, in the Turkish Republic of North Cyprus (TRNC) on Thursday, 8 October, to see part of the deserted seaside resort. The historic moment came after the Turkish Cypriot Prime Minister Ersin Tatar, backed by Turkey, decided on Tuesday to partially open the ghost town […]

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The incredible tale of Frederick Bruce Thomas, aka ‘The Black Russian’, who brought Jazz and music hall culture to Turkey

Any visitor to Turkey will know how important music is to the local culture. From Turkish pop to Ottoman-inspired classical music (Türk Sanat Müziği), folk (Halk Müziği) and the blues (Türkü), live renditions can be seen and heard everywhere. One of the country’s biggest modern entertainment traditions has been the gazino – a high-end cabaret […]

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Turkish Cypriots’ first UK ambassador Ahmet Gazioğlu dies

Ahmet Cemal Gazioğlu, who represented Turkish Cypriots in Britain after the collapse of the power-sharing Republic of Cyprus, has died aged 89. The researcher, journalist and author passed away on Friday, 4 September, and was laid to rest in Lefkoşa Municipal Cemetery this morning. The one-time advisor to Rauf Raif Denktaş, the founding President of […]

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Mehmet Veli ‘Kirlapo’: the original Cyprus rapper

The Mid Summer Ball (MSB) is one of the most famous club nights in modern Turkish Cypriot history, helping to bring a slice of the London underground to North Cyprus since 2004. Every summer, this mega event, attended by thousands of people, flies in dozens of leading House and Garage DJs and MCs to perform […]

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Turkish Cypriot newspaper ‘Afrika’ changes its name and logo after being accused of racism

A left-wing newspaper in North Cyprus has reverted to its former name ‘Avrupa’ [‘Europe’] after African students accused the paper of “encouraging racism and stereotyping” for calling itself ‘Afrika’ and using a monkey in its logo. On Thursday, 25 June, the paper’s front page bore the new Avrupa masthead, complete with a new animal icon, […]