Category: Culture

Film
On Windrush Day, a Turkish Cypriot experience of moving to Britain

In 2018, the United Kingdom held its first Windrush Day to recognise the contribution of migrants to British society. The date – 22 June – now celebrated annually, marks the day in 1948 when the Empire Windrush, a passenger liner docked at Tilbury, East London, bringing the first big group of post-war migrants from the […]

Talks
Diriliş Ertuğrul actor Engin Altan Düzyatan to do live UK talk on Wednesday

If you love Turkish drama, make sure you tune into the Yunus Emre Institute UK’s YouTube TV channel on Wednesday, 10 June, where actor Engin Altan Düzyatan, famed for his role as Ertuğrul Gazi, the father of the Ottomans, will be this week’s guest. Izmir-born Düzyatan, 40, made his screen debut in television series Ruhsar back […]

HP News
Coronavirus: live music in crisis – help Save The Jazz Cafe

One of London’s most iconic live music venues has launched a crowdfunding appeal to try and survive the coronavirus pandemic. The Jazz Cafe has been an important platform for a diverse range of artists, including those of Turkish origin. Like other venues up and down the country, it was forced to shut its doors in […]

Soul
Sunday viewing: Imam Muhittin Aydın a special guest on the London Mevlit programme

This week’s London Mevlit programme features a special guest appearance from Imam Muhittin Aydın. The muezzin at Stoke Newington’s Aziziye Mosque will be reciting Koranic prayers alongside programme host Husayn Hashim El Bakayi, the UK’s most prominent Turkish Cypriot hoca (pastor) on Sunday, 17 May. The London Mevlit programme will start straight after Kanal T’s iftar […]

HP News
France’s Believe buys majority stake in Turkey’s biggest record label DMC

DMC, the record label behind Turkey’s biggest pop stars Tarkan, Sezen Aksu and Ajda Pekkan, is being taken over by French digital music platform Believe Digital. An agreement worth $23.4 million, signed on 17 April by Doğan Holding, Doğan Müzik Yapım’s (DMC) parent company, and Believe Digital, will see the French company take a 60% […]

Film
Inspired by Baz Luhrmann, London filmmaker dedicates “Class of 2020” coronavirus clip to “frontline professionals”

A 5-minute video by Dowan Ahmet warning about the dangers of coronavirus and offering tips for “these uncertain times” has gone viral. Addressed to “the Class of 2020”, Ahmet’s clip has been watched by over ten thousand people. His tribute to “healthcare professionals and other frontline staff” who “risk their lives so you don’t have […]