Category: Culture

Community
Sweet, fun things in London this Bayram

Today marks the end of the annual 30-day fast, which is celebrated with a 3-day public holiday in Turkey, North Cyprus and across the rest of the Muslim world. Those here in London can join in the festivities too. Traditionally known as Şeker Bayramı (Sweet Eid), the festival is a time to thank God for […]

Features
“Islam isn’t the enemy… Islam is here to stay in the UK” says actor and former gangster-turned-Muslim Martin Askew

Perceptions about Islam, the gentrification of inner London, and ‘how do you tell your gangster family that you’ve converted to Islam’ were among the questions put to film director Andrew Hulme and actor Martin Askew at a special screening of Snow in Paradise,  a film which they wrote together. Inspired by Martin’s life and shot […]

Entrepreneurs
Turkish Cypriot entrepreneur Touker Suleyman joins BBC TV show Dragons’ Den

A successful Turkish Cypriot businessman is among three new Dragons entering the Den for series 13, the BBC announced on Tuesday. Retail king Touker Suleyman, whose business portfolio includes fashion brands Hawes & Curtis and Ghost, joins Moonpig.com founder Nick Jenkins and Sarah Willingham, creator of restaurant chain The Bombay Bicycle Club and existing Dragons […]

Community
Dr Teoman Sırrı elected as a regional vice-chair of the British Medical Association

A highly respected British Turkish Cypriot doctor has been selected by his peers as the vice-chair of the British Medical Association (BMA) for North London. Dr. Teoman Sırrı MBE, originally from Gazimağusa in Cyprus, will oversee the BMA’s work in the Enfield and Haringey region. A graduate of Imperial College London and a member of the organisation for the […]

Theatre & Dance
Balıkçıoğlu Cabaret Theatre to stage a Turkish Cypriot variety show for cancer charity

A London-based Turkish Cypriot theatre group created by renowned actor Osman Balıkçıoğlu is putting on a special variety show to raise money for a cancer charity in North Cyprus. Taking place at St Monica’s Hall in Palmers Green, Balıkçıoğlu Cabaret Theatre has teamed up with stand-up comedian Ümit Dandul for two back-to-back variety shows on […]

Music
See Sarı Gelin – folk songs from Turkey and their meaning, performed live in London this Friday

The Yunus Emre Institute is staging a free folk music concert at its central London venue this Friday. The special event includes narrator Aydın Mehmet Ali, who will explain the story behind each song, which will be performed by Zöhre Ülker (vocals, bağlama / long-necked lute), Ayşe Akgül (bender / frame drum) and Cahit Baylav (violin).  Sarı Gelin […]

Comedy
Turkish stand-up Şaban Kâzım wins London Comedy Store’s King Gong award

Şaban Kazim emerged the winner from last month’s competition for amateur stand-up comedians at the world famous Comedy Store in Leicester Square. The 31-year-old competed against 25 other acts to make it through to the final, where he beat five others to take the King Gong award. The southeast Londoner wasn’t on the original line-up […]

Music
Three masters of Turkish strings: Bülent Ortaçgil, Erkan Oğur & I.H. Demircioğlu live at Union Chapel this Saturday

Three Turkish folk music legends take to the stage in London this Saturday to perform popular new and classic Turkish folk and Anatolian rock songs.   Bülent Ortaçgil is a guitarist, composer and singer who first stared recording music in 1971. His career has led him to work with some of Turkey’s leading musical lights including […]