Category: Culture

Features
Love Island: Kem’s mum Figen Cetinay on her “sensitive boy”

  Reality TV shows are like marmite: you either love them or hate them. Those featuring semi-naked participants that jump into bed at every available opportunity generate even stronger opinions, with opponents claiming such programmes objectify contestants, while others label them as “sneak porn” due to their overtly sexual nature. So when Figen Cetinay found out […]

Art
Yeasting the canvas: art exhibition posing the fundamental questions of life

  In his latest exhibition Yeasting the Canvas,  explores the links between the ‘basic’ need and the ’divine’ pursuit, between the ‘fundamental’ and the ‘sophisticated’, leaving the question of ‘which is which’ to his audience. As a conceptual artist, Sümer regularly uses everyday items to challenge established viewpoints. Here, it is food that takes centre […]

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President Erdoğan tells BBC it will be “comforting” if the EU formally rejects Turkish accession

Recep Tayyip Erdoğan has again accused the European Union of being “insincere” over Turkish accession, claiming they were just “wasting” Turkey’s time. The Turkish President’s remarks came during an interview with HARDtalk’s Zeinab Badawi, who asked whether Turkey is better in or outside of the EU. Pointing to the country’s $11,000 per capita income, Mr […]

Comedy
Edinburgh Fringe comedy: The Naz Show

  Already an Edinburgh Fringe veteran with ten festivals under his belt, the loudest third of acclaimed comedy trio WitTank, Naz Osmanoglu charges back up to Scotland for his latest comedy invention and debut solo sketch performance: The Naz Show. Featuring on this year’s Just The Tonic Edinburgh comedy bill, the award-winning stand-up will be […]

Film
Istanbul cat documentary Kedi now screening at the Barbican

  Londoners, if you missed the recent screening of Kedi at the BFI, you have another chance! This must-see film for cat and Istanbul lovers offers an intimate and fascinating tour of the streets, alleys and enclaves of Turkey’s biggest metropolis from a cat’s-eye-view. Roaming the streets of Istanbul, director Ceyda Torun follows seven felines […]

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Selin Kiazim’s muhallebi dessert at Wimbledon Championships banquet after winning Great British Menu

  Tonight, BBC 2 will televise Selin Kiazim as she serves her spectacular dessert at a dinner celebrating 140 years of the iconic Wimbledon Championships. Her Turkish-inspired dish Honouring Venus Rosewater Champions, described by former British tennis champion Annabel Croft as “one of the most beautiful puddings I have ever had”, beat seven other desserts […]

Music
Hura Nights is back at The Library club

  After a short hiatus, eclectic live music night Hura Nights is back for July at the glamorous Library Club in Covent Garden. Curated by musical chanteuse Djanan Turan, this monthly party is perfect for those after a night of good-time global beats: everything from disco to reggae, and trancey Anatolian tracks. Originally from Turkey […]

Dance
Big in Japan: Turkish Cypriot dancer Ozgen prepares to stage new show in Osaka

Originally from Güzelyurt, North Cyprus, and now based in London, Ozgen has experienced a phenomenal rise in his career as a professional dancer. With a global fan base, he regularly travels around the world to give performances and classes. Currently Ozgen is in Osaka to perform his new dance theatre production Tales of a Sleeping […]