Category: Culture

Film
Turks pay tribute to iconic Yeşilçam actress and ex-mayor Fatma Girik

Turkey is mourning one of its greatest screen actresses, Fatma Girik. She died at a hospital in Istanbul aged 79. A statement issued by Liv Hospital, where the iconic actress was being treated for COVID-19-related pneumonia, said her death was due to multiple organ failure. Alongside Hülya Koçyiğit, Filiz Akın and Türkan Şoray, Girik was […]

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Jazz Café: Turkish rock band Gripin to celebrate their 20th anniversary with gig in London

Gripin have confirmed the revised date for their “20thanniversary” London concert. Originally scheduled for 10 February 2021, but delayed due to the coronavirus pandemic, the concert at the Jazz Café is now set for Wednesday, 9 February 2022. All 2021 tickets remain valid. One of Turkey’s biggest alternative rock bands of the past two decades, […]

Film
Review: Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban: a cinematic masterpiece and the golden egg of the franchise

Binge watching the Harry Potter series during the Christmas season has become a yearly tradition for many regardless of age. If we’re being honest, television networks and streaming services take advantage of almost every public holiday where there’s a family gathering to air Harry Potter marathons, but Christmas takes the cake! It’s simply a comfort […]

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Rumi: The Musical – stunning new theatre in London for two nights only

The life and thoughts of Melvana Rumi, a 13th century Sufi philosopher and poet, has touched millions around the world. The universal and utilitarian nature of his timeless words have been passed down the generations for eight centuries, continuing to inspire people of all nationalities, ages, faiths and backgrounds. Next week is the world premiere of […]

Festivals
EFG London Jazz Festival: See Aynur Doğan live at the Barbican this Sunday

One of the best known contemporary Kurdish singers, Aynur Doğan takes to the stage at London’s Barbican this weekend as part of the EFG London Jazz Festival. Originally from Turkey, Aynur’s impressive voice and extraordinary musical narration represent the music heritage of her cultural roots to the world. The Amsterdam-based singer has collaborated with a […]

Festivals
Yeşilçam and Cyprus on film: a trip down memory lane at the Beyoğlu Cultural Festival

Cyprus is featuring on the programme of a major cultural festival in Istanbul. Four films set in Cyprus and produced by legendary Turkish studios Yeşilçam are being screened as part of the Beyoğlu Kültür Yolu Festivali. The Beyoğlu Kültür Yolu Festival started on Saturday, 30 October, and runs for two weeks. The multi-cultural festival encompasses […]

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Erdal Redjep’s ‘Cards and Coffee’ image shortlisted for Everyday Muslim photography competition

A photograph by a British Turkish Cypriot has been shortlisted in the Everyday Muslim photography competition, which aims to document the lives of Britain’s diverse Muslim communities. Titled “Cards and Coffee”, the photograph by Erdal Redjep shows an elderly group of Turkish Cypriot men gathered around a table at a local community centre in London […]