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Central London music classes: learn how to play the ney

  Since opening its doors in the capital in 2010, the Yunus Emre Institute (YEI) has become the place to learn about Turkish language, arts and culture. Based in Maple Street, Fitzrovia, a stone’s throw from Warren Street tube, the YEI has been building cultural bridges between Britain and Turkey by hosting exhibitions, talks and […]

News - Global
Celebrating Kurban Bayramı / the Feast of Sacrifice
 

  Today, Muslims around the world celebrate Eid al-Adha, or Kurban Bayramı as we say in Turkish. It is an important religious holiday, which in Muslim-majority states such as Turkey will mean a public holiday that runs until 4 September. Eid al-Adha is a time when many will undertake a holy pilgrimage (hajj or ‘hac’ […]

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Backlash against TRT’s ‘X Factor’ style Kur’an TV show

  A new game show for Ramazan on Turkey’s flagship state broadcaster channel has incensed many conservative religious groups across the country. The show, Kur’an-ı Kerim’i Güzel Okuma Yarışması [Kuran: Beautiful Recital Competition], televised each night, shows men competing by reciting passages from the Kuran. A panel of three judges give feedback to the competitors, […]

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Holy month of Ramazan starts today
 

  This morning many British Turkish Muslims welcomed the holy month of Ramazan by starting their month-long fast. Ramazan is the holiest month in the Islamic calendar and for 30 days Muslims around the world will not consume any food or drink from sunrise to sunset. Fasting ends on the evening of Saturday 24 June. […]

Art
Final week for Islamic art exhibition ‘Love for the Prophet’

  If you missed this exhibition last year, when it was on at the South Bank, make sure you visit this time round. The occasion is the Prophet Muhammed’s 1446th birthday, celebrated through the incredible works of prominent Turkish calligraphers past and present. It’s perfect viewing for those interested in calligraphy, Islamic art, design and […]

Festivals
Shacklewell Lane Ramadan Mosque to host the first Golden Egg Love Fest

Later this month, the UK’s first Turkish-owned mosque will be busy turning Britons’ perceptions of mosques on its head. Shacklewell Lane Ramadan Mosque in Dalston, East London, has teamed up with PranaMotion to deliver an interactive multi-faith festival of music, dance, eclectic prayer and storytelling to celebrate diversity and unity. The Golden Egg Love Fest […]