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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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Christmas Gift Ideas

If you’re in need of inspiration for those last minute Christmas and New Year gifts for friends and family, look no further than our fine selection below: there’s something for everyone, from books and music, to confectionary and clothes.     CONFECTIONARYMarrons Glacés: vegan, natural, gluten free, Truede: 90g at £12.99, 180g at £24.99 Mixed chocolate […]

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Psychologist Yeşim Guner on panel to discuss ‘Employment Issues Impacting Young People in London’

A chartered occupational psychologist will be using her extensive experience working with young people to generate greater understanding of the issues and solutions they need with employment in the capital. Of Turkish Cypriot heritage, Yeşim Guner sits on the panel of a seminar titled ‘Youth Employment Issues: What’s it Got To Do with Occupational Psychology?’ […]

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See Elif Shafak and First Minister of Scotland Nicola Sturgeon discuss the need for more women to be heard in public life

A co-production with Fane Productions sees First Minister of Scotland Nicola Sturgeon meet Elif Shafak, Turkey’s most widely read female author and recently placed under investigation in her own country, in this timely and riveting discussion of democracy and human rights today. Shafak’s universally praised latest novel, has been described as a “piercing, unflinching look at the […]

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Book launch: Erdoğan Rising – The Times’ Istanbul correspondent Hannah Lucinda Smith in conversation with Anthony Loyd

In conversation with Anthony Loyd, Hannah Lucinda Smith analyses Turkey’s ailing democracy – and what Erdoğan’s continuing hold on power means for the rest of us. More than fifteen years before Donald Trump ascended to the American presidency, Turkey was the crucible for the new, authoritarian populism now shaking the world. Its President, Recep Tayyip […]

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A talk on ‘Martial Law in the Late Ottoman Empire and Modern Turkey’

Turkey is no stranger to martial law. Its roots are steeped in the late Ottoman Empire, when İdare-i örfiyye first appeared as a neologism in the 1876 Ottoman constitution. While the term referred to the sultan’s authority in the Ottoman-Islamic legal tradition, its definition was inspired from the French “état de siège” in the 19th century. […]

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Writers in new book reimagine “Nicosia Beyond Barriers”

Independent London publishers Saqi Books will release a new book focusing on the Cyprus city of Nicosia, the “world’s last divided capital”, in June. Nicosia Beyond Barriers: Voices from a Divided City brings together “writers from all sides of the divide” to “reimagine the past, present and future of their city”. The city has been […]