Category: Culture

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Rumi: The Musical – stunning new theatre in London for two nights only

The life and thoughts of Melvana Rumi, a 13th century Sufi philosopher and poet, has touched millions around the world. The universal and utilitarian nature of his timeless words have been passed down the generations for eight centuries, continuing to inspire people of all nationalities, ages, faiths and backgrounds. Next week is the world premiere of […]

Festivals
EFG London Jazz Festival: See Aynur Doğan live at the Barbican this Sunday

One of the best known contemporary Kurdish singers, Aynur Doğan takes to the stage at London’s Barbican this weekend as part of the EFG London Jazz Festival. Originally from Turkey, Aynur’s impressive voice and extraordinary musical narration represent the music heritage of her cultural roots to the world. The Amsterdam-based singer has collaborated with a […]

Festivals
Yeşilçam and Cyprus on film: a trip down memory lane at the Beyoğlu Cultural Festival

Cyprus is featuring on the programme of a major cultural festival in Istanbul. Four films set in Cyprus and produced by legendary Turkish studios Yeşilçam are being screened as part of the Beyoğlu Kültür Yolu Festivali. The Beyoğlu Kültür Yolu Festival started on Saturday, 30 October, and runs for two weeks. The multi-cultural festival encompasses […]

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Erdal Redjep’s ‘Cards and Coffee’ image shortlisted for Everyday Muslim photography competition

A photograph by a British Turkish Cypriot has been shortlisted in the Everyday Muslim photography competition, which aims to document the lives of Britain’s diverse Muslim communities. Titled “Cards and Coffee”, the photograph by Erdal Redjep shows an elderly group of Turkish Cypriot men gathered around a table at a local community centre in London […]

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Pakistan-Turkey co-production to create new TV series on Sultan Selahaddin Eyyubi

Developments are under way between filmmakers in Turkey and Pakistan to create a joint television drama on the incredible life of medieval ruler Selahaddin Eyyubi. Eyyubi, also known as Salahaddin Ayyubid, Salahuddin al Ayyubi or Saladin for short, was born in Tikrit, Iraq, in 1138. A twelfth century warrior-turned-Sultan, Saladin founded the Ayyubid dynasty and […]

Art
Saatchi Gallery to host TA London – the UK’s first-ever major Turkish art exhibition

London is set to get its first major contemporary Turkish art exhibition, TA London, which opens at the prestigious Saatchi Gallery with a VIP preview evening on Tuesday 26 October. The week-long exhibition features 19 internationally acclaimed Turkish artists from Turkey, Cyprus, Azerbaijan and around the world, and 2 international guest artists. Organised by Renko […]

Community
London concert in aid of wildfire victims in Greece and Turkey

This summer’s heatwaves across Europe created difficulties for many countries, but in Greece and Turkey it led to some of the worst wildfires in living memory. Countless people lost their homes, and dozens were killed or injured, whilst wildlife and swathes of forest were destroyed as the fires ravaged everything in their path. News reports […]