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“Migration is the big topic in every corner of the world” – director Serkan Nihat on his powerful debut feature film Exodus

Serkan Nihat’s directorial debut film Exodus has won the Best Drama Feature 2024 award at this year’s London Independent Film Festival (LIFF). Set in Turkiye, the hard hitting migration drama received a standing ovation when it premiered at the festival earlier this month. Inspired by the global refugee crisis, Exodus homes in on two Turkish […]

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Suat Sancar’s musical tribute to Kemal Atatürk with concerts in Birmingham, London and Manchester

One of the UK’s most highly regarded Turkish classical music artists, Suat Sancar, is to present a series of concerts as a musical tribute to Kemal Atatürk, the founder of Republic of Turkiye, as part of Turkish celebrations worldwide during the country’s centenary year. Sancar will be leading members of three distinctive Turkish classical music […]

Community
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 […]

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Çiğdem Aslan, Tahir Palalı and special guests to present ‘Anatolia Echoes’ at Camden’s Green Note

Musical storytelling is central to the Alevi faith, with mystical poems and musical ballads (deyisler, nefesler) being orally passed down from generation to generation over many centuries. These traditional folk songs, which can be heard all across Anatolia (modern Turkiye), pay homage to the core philosophy of Alevism, which is based on love, tolerance and […]

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Review: Altın Gün at the Troxy – an unmissable date that hit all the required spots deliciously

This week, Altın Gün packed out East London’s art déco gem Troxy for an exhilarating evening of infectious music and vibrant energy as 3,000 fans danced with wild abandon to the sounds of these Amsterdam-based masters of Anatolian pysch-folk. Thursday’s concert was likely the last London performance with front lady Merve Daşdemir. Her vocal talents […]

Film
Serkan Nihat’s debut feature film Exodus to open the London Independent Film Festival

Exodus, the debut feature film of a British Turkish Cypriot director Serkan Nihat, will open this year’s London Independent Film Festival (LIFF). The festival specialises in promoting “first- and second-time filmmakers telling amazing stories with limited budgets”. The festival opening gala and screening will take place at the multi award-winning Genesis Cinema in East London […]

Festivals
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 […]

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Turkish Cypriot pop star Buray adds London leg to his 2024 European Tour

Lefkoşa born singer-songwriter Buray has rarely been out of the Turkish charts since releasing his critically acclaimed debut album 1 Şişe Aşk [1 Bottle of Love] in 2015, which scored him two number hits “İstersen” and “Sen Sevda Mısın”, and won him multiple awards and a legion of fans. Buray has gone on to release […]