Author: Boulent Mustafa

The West London Turkish Festival 2024 – a great day out for all the family!

West London Turkish Festival is one of the UK’s largest Turkish festivals, attracting a 10,000 strong crowd from diverse ethnic backgrounds, who are all keen to experience authentic Turkish culture and hospitality. Organised by the West London Turkish Volunteers, a UK charity based in southwest London, this family-friendly festival has been running since 2016 and […]

Cem Adrian adds Manchester date to his upcoming UK tour

North of England fans of Cem Adrian won’t have as far to travel as the Turkish indie pop star has added an extra date to his UK tour later this month, performing in Manchester on Sunday 28 April. The acclaimed singer-songwriter will take to the stage at The Stoller Hall, a contemporary purpose-built music venue […]

Pianist Ruya Taner and Saxophonist Kürşat Başar will be giving a free concert at St James’s Church

Two Turkish classical music virtuous, pianist Rüya Taner and saxophonist Kürşat Başar, will be giving a free recital at St James’s Church in Piccadilly, central London, later this month. Regarded as one of the finest pianists of her generation, 53-year-old Turkish Cypriot Rüya made her debut at The Wigmore Hall in London, and went on […]

Elixir Festival 2024: enjoy an uplifting evening of Anatolian music from singer-songwriter Olcay Bayır

Singer-songwriter Olcay Bayır is one of the UK’s foremost artists of Alevi and Kurdish origin. Her the Anatolian songbook is inspired with the rich musical tapestry that spans Turkish, Kurdish, Armenian and Greek, fused with the sounds of the Mediterranean and Balkans, including flamenco and rebetiko. Live at Paddington’s Grand Junction at St Mary Magdalene’s […]

New York ‘civilizations’ lecture to explore Dersim in the Ottoman Empire and modern Turkish State

New York University will be presenting a talk that will explore the historical journey of Dersim (now called Tunceli), a mountainous region in eastern Anatolia with a predominantly Kizilbash Kurdish population, as it transitioned from the Ottoman Empire to the modern Turkish state. The talk will be by historian Cevat Dargin of Columbia University, who […]

Turkish women’s group appeals for knitters to help produce patchwork quilt for charity auction

Earlier this year, the Turkish Women’s Philanthropic Association of England (TWPA) launched a patchwork bedspread project. The TWPA ladies intend to auction their handiwork to raise money to support those in the care of children’s charity SOS Children’s Village in North Cyprus. TWPA say that “Patchwork quilts symbolise strength, resilience, security and family” which is […]

Exclusive opportunity for Dubliners to learn about Turkish vegetarian flavours from top cook Özlem Warren

Özlem Warren is an award-winning food author and cook who has helped bring Turkish cuisine to the forefront of the international culinary world through her talks, recipes and workshops. In mid-March, she teams up with the Yunus Emre Institute Dublin for the second instalment of the Institute’s ‘Culinary Crossroads: A Journey Through Turkish Flavours Series’. […]

Turkish artists showcase artworks that ‘vibrate with colour’ in Miart Gallery London’s latest exhibition Chroma

Chroma – from Greek khrōma – measures the intensity of colour, meaning that the most chromatically intense colours are completely free from white and grey. Colours, in their pure form, have a potential to communicate extremes of thought and emotion. From Renaissance to Abstract Expressionism, artists have been obsessed with the mysteries of colour for […]