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Books
Celebrating the “unequalled” legacy of Azerbaijan’s great writer Nizami Ganjavi and his ‘Encyclopaedia of Literature of the East and the West’

Nizami Ganjavi is one of Azerbaijan’s greatest poets and thinkers. Following a decree by the President of the Republic of Azerbaijan, Ilham Aliyev, in Janury, 2021 was declared the “Year of Nizami Ganjavi”. The aim is to promote Nizami throughout the world and to further explore his legacy. It should be noted that although there […]

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Calling Turkish cinema lovers: 38 great movies to watch for free this week with Taste of Anatolia – Films from Turkey

On Thursday, 2 September, the third edition of Taste of Anatolia – Films from Turkey gets underway. This year, the festival is screening 38 movies, the vast majority of them making their UK premiere. As Britain’s only independent Turkish film festival, this four day event offers Turkish cinema lovers the chance to see a highly […]

Community
Record submissions for this year’s Taste of Anatolia – Films from Turkey film festival

Balık Arts has been inundated with film submissions for its four-day Turkish film festival in September. The Cambridge-based film charity received an astonishing 1,469 submissions from filmmakers hopeful of being included in the official selection for this year’s Taste of Anatolia – Films from Turkey. Festival Director Yeşim Güzelpınar said the application process had been […]

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Çiğdem Aslan leads She’Koyokh in a live celebration of klezmer and Sephardic songs

If you’ve missed live music, then check out She’Koyokh’s upcoming performance at JW3 in Hampstead for an evening of beautifully crafted music combining the high energy of klezmer with ancient Sephardic songs. Istanbul-born singer Çiğdem Aslan forms part of this brilliant London-based international seven-piece klezmer & Balkan band, whose music reflects the diversity of Jewish […]

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B Young confirms release date for debut album Differences

It’s been a long time in coming, but fans of B Young don’t have much longer to wait before they can get their hands on a copy of his debut album. Titled ‘Differences’, the 16-track LP goes on sale on 30 July. A black and white side portrait photo of the melodic rapper graces the […]

Features
Asia Minor: a progressive rock band from France with a Turkish touch

It was the end of 70s and early 80s, when punk became mainstream, and Franco-Turkish combo progressive rock band Asia Minor hit their stride, releasing two albums back to back. Suddenly the band was attracting the attention of all prog lovers and prominent musicians of the era, including Alan Parsons, who was recording an album […]

Film
BaBa ZuLa: 7 days left for filmmaker to raise funds for documentary about  Turkey’s leading psychedelic band

A Spanish filmmaker is seeking to raise nearly £11,000 for a new documentary, Constantly Flying, which tells the incredible story of BaBa ZuLa. Formed in Istanbul in 1996, BaBa ZuLa brings the popular Turkish psychedelic music of the 1970s,  known as Anatolian Rock, into the 21st century, fusing Eastern influences with electronica and dub, to create […]

Art
‘The Four Elements’: new exhibition from Tezhip artist Nagihan Seymour

Artist Nagihan Seymour returns to The Lightbox with a new solo exhibition ‘The Four Elements’, which runs for a fortnight from Monday, 25 May. Through artworks that include paintings and ceramics, Seymour explores the classical elements of Earth, Water, Air and Fire, which were believed by the ancient Greeks to explain the nature and complexities […]