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HP News
Welcome Spring! Happy nevruz! Newroz piroz be!

Every 21stMarch, people living in Anatolia, Central and South East Asia celebrate the arrival of Spring, called “Nevruz” by the Turks and “Newroz” by the Kurds. The word Nevruz is derived from the Farsi word for “new day”. It transcends faiths and ethnicities, as people from Iran to India greet the Spring Equinox. “Nevruz” is […]

Music
Nefes to perform ‘Songs of Love from Balkans & Anatolia’ at SOAS

  Next Friday, London based Nefes will be taking guests on a musical journey across Anatolia and the Balkans, playing a selection of contemporary and centuries-old folk songs from the region. The music is inspired by both Sufi and secular cultures of love. ‘Nefes’ in Turkish means breath. It is the essence of the self […]

Community
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. […]

News - Turkey
Diyarbakır co-mayors Gültan Kışanak and Fırat Anlı charged with terror offences

A promise by the ruling AKP (Justice and Development Party) to clamp down on those suspected of supporting terrorism has extended to members of HDP (People’s Democratic Party) – Turkey’s third largest political party, known for its pro-Kurdish views. HDP’s Gültan Kışanak and Fırat Anlı (pictured above), the co-mayors of Diyarbakır were arrested late on […]

Music
Olcay Bayir live at Amal / Hope
 

What’s the best way to dispel the doom and gloom in the news? Take a selection of leading artists from the Balkans, Turkey and the Middle East. Throw in a feel-good film about peace, and an award-winning storyteller. That is the essence of Amal – a celebratory evening to stimulate all the senses.  Singer-songwriter Olcay […]

News - Turkey
Bomb attack at Gaziantep wedding leaves 50 dead, scores injured

The death toll has risen to 50 following a suicide bombing of a wedding party in central Gaziantep, southeast Turkey. President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan named Daesh as the prime suspect behind Saturday night’s terror attack, which also left 100 people wounded. Gaziantep Governor Ali Yerlikaya called the bombing an “abhorrent terror attack.” He told media that […]

Features
Çiğdem Aslan: making her mark in the world of music

It’s been an incredible 12 months for Çiğdem Aslan. Described by the Guardian as, “one of the best British-based discoveries of the year”, she released her debut album Mortissa last October to critical acclaim in both the UK and in her native Turkey. Among her many achievements this past year was to be nominated in […]