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‘19 Mayıs Youth and Sports Bayramı’ 2017 celebrations in the UK

Today Turkey commemorated Mustafa Kemal’s landing at Samsun, on the Black Sea, on May 19, 1919, which marked the start of the Turkish War of Independence. The war lasted four years, during which time the Turks managed to expel numerous foreign powers that had invaded their territory, among them Britain, France, Italy, Greece, and Armenia. […]

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Anatolia and London welcomes spring with Nevruz/Newroz celebrations

  On this day, March 21st, each year Turks, Kurds, Iranians, and many other people across central Asia celebrate their traditional New Year. This centuries-old festival centres around the northern hemisphere’s Spring Equinox, marking the start of a new calendar year when spring breathes new life into nature, and the region enjoys far more sunlight. […]

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Save the date for first ‘Turkish Cypriot Cultural Festival’ in June

  The Council of Turkish Cypriot Associations UK (CTCA UK), or KONSEY as it is more commonly known, is gearing up to one of its biggest ever events this summer. On Sunday 25 June, they will be hosting the Turkish Cypriot Cultural Festival at the Chingford Rugby Club in East London. This all-day event promises […]

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A small contribution to peace
 

My last wish When I die Is that you bury me in Cyprus Let my body be merged With the soil of my native land My head to my guts in the South My loins to my feet in the North Let me have two graves In the North and in the South For I […]

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Playing for peace: Umut Albayrak and Koulis Theodorou live in Palmers Green

Two of Cyprus’ best known contemporary artists, Umut Albayrak and Koulis Albayrak, will be performing in North London next week. The concert will feature popular folk songs in Greek and Turkish, celebrating the shared culture of the small Eastern Mediterranean island. Both Albayrak and Albayrak are committed peace activists, who recently sang together in support […]