Category: Features

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Osman Türkay: An interview with the Millennium poet who gave a Cyprus village its name

“Life is the absoluteness of truth which exists in its own essence.”                                                                                        -Osman Türkay- I cannot describe my joy when I stumbled across a cassette, which I had been looking for many years and finally found during some building works at home. It was the tape with a recording of an interview with Osman […]

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Legendary Turkish sports broadcaster Halit Kıvanç, the first foreign journalist to interview Pelé, has died

One of Turkiye’s finest sports presenters and journalists, Halit Kıvanç, who was behind many broadcasting ‘firsts’, has been laid to rest. He passed away on Tuesday, 25 October, aged 97. Kıvanç’s funeral, at Istanbul’s Zincirlikuyu Mosque and Cemetery, was attended by hundreds of people, including notable faces from the worlds of media, sport, entertainment, and […]

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Colour, culture and wellbeing: interview with Turkish Cypriot artist Ayten Nightingale ahead of her new solo exhibition

If you’re looking to discover and support Turkish creative talent outside of London, then head to theUrban Arts Studio in Lytham St Annes, Lancashire, where works by painter and tapestry weaver Ayten Nightingale are currently on display as a group exhibition. From September, even more of Nightingale’s art works will be on show at the […]

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Turkish cinema’s action legend Cüneyt Arkın laid to rest

The Turkish nation is grieving the loss of acting legend Cüneyt Arkın. Thousands attended his funeral in Istanbul on Thursday, 30 June. Arkın emerged in the golden age of Turkish cinema, in a period known as ‘Yeşilçam’, playing in around 300 films and television series, including Babaların Babası (1975) and historic drama series Kara Murat that […]

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LGBT+ History Month: Five Turkish icons to celebrate

February is LGBT+ History Month in Britain. During this annual month-long observance, the UK puts the historic experiences of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex people (LGBTI+) and their fight for equal rights in the spotlight. The aim of the month is simple: to raise awareness of, and combat prejudice against, LGBTI+ people, and to […]