Culture & Arts

The World Of Ottoman Entertainment

Date: Tuesday, 05 August 2014

As its title indicates, “Celebration, Entertainment and Theater in the Ottoman World” takes up the subject of entertainment and celebrations in the Ottoman Empire. This book, which tells the story of the “fun times” that were had in Ottoman public space through rich visual content, is an excellent reference.

Istanbul For Kids

Date: Tuesday, 05 August 2014

“Istanbul for Kids” is a book that tells children about the history, culture, architecture and legends of Istanbul. The book, which Burçak Gürün Muraben decided to write with the idea of introducing Istanbul to his own children, is a guide all those keen to know the city will enjoy reading.

The Mantle Of The Prophet

Date: Tuesday, 05 August 2014

Topkapı Palace has been home to some of the most prized relics of the Islamic world ever since Sultan Selim I.  Now Sevgi Ağca, who is responsible for the Palace’s Department of Sacred Relics, has written a book entitled “The Department of the Mantle of the Prophet and its Organization, Ceremonies and Sacred Relics”.

Travel Buff And Bibliophile

Article: Gamze Kantarcıoğlu Date: Monday, 04 August 2014

ONE OF THE FIRST NAMES THAT POPS TO MIND AT THE MENTION OF CHILDREN’S LITERATURE IN TURKEY, GÜLTEN DAYIOĞLU IS CROWNING HER 50-YEAR CAREER WITH A NOVEL, “DISAPPEARING INTO THIN AIR”.

You have a lot of travel books. Where does this passion for travel come from?
I was born in the town of Emet in Kütahya province. Our region is very fond of traveling. People would start getting ready to go to the spas the minute spring was in the air. Evliya Çelebi was originally from Kütahya, too. Travel is probably in our blood.

The World Of Seljuk Figural Motifs

Article: Doç. Dr. Sevinç Gök Date: Monday, 04 August 2014

LAYING THE FOUNDATIONS OF TURKISH-ISLAMIC CULTURE THAT HAVE SURVIVED TO OUR DAY, THE SELJUKS PRODUCED MONUMENTS IN ANATOLIA THAT HAVE STOOD FOR CENTURIES AND ADORNED EACH ONE OF THEM WITH STUNNING MOTIFS. THE SELJUK MASTERS WHO ENRICHED THEIR FLORAL, GEOMETRIC AND CALLIGRAPHIC DECORATIONS WITH FIGURES OFFER US A VISUAL FEAST OF THE PERIOD.

Contrary to popular belief, figural decoration is quite common in the architecture and handicrafts of Seljuk art. Due however to the Islamic ban on figures and statuary, Selcuk figures are depicted more abstractly and are far from realistic in appearance. Frequently used to decorate palaces and pavilions, figures were used less often on mosques, madrasas, mausoleums, hospitals and other such buildings. We can attribute this to the fact that human figures were not in demand in places of worship in accordance with the strictures of the Islamic religion.

Festivals For Everyone

Date: Monday, 04 August 2014

THE DUTCH CAPITAL AMSTERDAM IS HOSTING TWO MAJOR FESTIVALS IN AUGUST.

Holland’s biggest cultural festival, Uitmarkt has something for everyone from dance and theater to classical music for kids. Some 450,000 people are expected to attend the festival, which is taking place in upwards of 30 venues and features performances by 2,000 artists. What’s more, all the events in the festival, August 29 to 31, are free!

Electronic Dreaming

Date: Monday, 04 August 2014

INSPIRED BY THE MUSIC AND CULTURE OF THE ISLAND OF IBIZA, ISLE OF DREAMS IS COMING TO AUDIENCES IN THREE DIFFERENT EVENTS IN THREE DIFFERENT COUNTRIES.

Isle of Dreams, which will take place at Life Park in a forest near Bahçeköy-Istanbul August 5 to 7, is welcoming some of the most popular and most followed DJ’s of electronic music such as Avicii, Above & Beyond, Axwell, Ingrosso, Fedde le Grand, Steve Aoki, Alesso, and Paul Oakenfold. Aiming to bring music lovers all the genres of electronic dance music rather than focusing on a specific one, the festival also offers an opportunity to camp in the forest.

Urban Festival

Date: Monday, 04 August 2014

THE BRITISH BAND PORTISHEAD IS MEETING ITS ISTANBUL FANS FOR THE FIRST TIME AT THE MIDTOWN FEST.

One of the originators of Trip-hop and creators of a brand of music all their own, Portishead is performing at a festival venue in the center of Istanbul on August 20. Audiences at the Midtown Fest will also hear other bands from Britain like Savages and Thought Forms as well as Turkish bands like The Ringo Jets, The Away Days and Telepotik.

A Digital Mosaic

Date: Monday, 04 August 2014

A WORK TITLED “SAKIP SABANCI”, CREATED BY ARTIST KUTLUĞ ATAMAN ON THE 10TH ANNIVERSARY OF SABANCI’S DEATH, IS OPEN TO VISITORS THROUGH AUGUST 10.

On exhibition at Sabancı University’s Sabancı Museum since April 29, “Sakıp Sabancı” consists of portrait photographs flashing on a giant screen of the thousands of people who crossed paths with the Turkish industrialist over the years.

Vacation At A Music Point

Date: Monday, 04 August 2014

THE MUSIC NEVER STOPS AT BABYLON ÇEŞME IN AUGUST.

Located at Aya Yorgi, one of Çeşme’s loveliest coves, Babylon Çeşme is holding a series of musical events on the beach amidst orange and lemon trees. The events kick off with a performance on August 1 by David Vendetta, one of the world’s top DJ’s, and continue with Milk & Sugar on August 8, Lust on August 9 and 23, Wooden Wisdom on August 16 and Oldies But Goldies on August 29. The month closes with the Babylon Soundgarden Çeşme Festival at Babylon Çeşme on August 30.

Myths Come To Life

Date: Monday, 04 August 2014

The Gate to Hell, an exhibition on which the Karma Design Studio has been working for a long time, was mounted with inspiration from Greek mythology. The ancient city of Hierapolis in the foothills of Mt. Çökelez in Denizli province overlooks the Lycos valley through which the Menderes (Meander) River flows. And Hierapolis Ancient Theater where the show is being staged is in that city.

Miff Does It Again

Date: Monday, 04 August 2014

MELBOURNE INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL (MIFF) IS AWAITING FILM LOVERS JULY 21 TO AUGUST 17.

The 63rd Melbourne International Film Festival is here with an extensive program of films by directors ranging from Hong Kong master Wong Kar-wai to young Canadian genius Xavier Dolan. The festival, which, in addition to new films like Listen Up Philip, Tom at Farm and Boyhood, also features cult films like Stray Dogs, is coming to audiences from July 31 to August 17.

Exploring Outer Space Through Art

Date: Monday, 04 August 2014

THE MUSEUM OF CONTEMPORARY ART TOKYO IS HOSTING THE “MISSION [SPACEXART]—BEYOND COSMOLOGIES” EXHIBITION.

One of the most compelling concepts of our age, outer space is the subject this time of an exhibition, “mission [SPACExART]—beyond Cosmologies”. The show, which opened at the Museum of Contemporary Art Tokyo on June 7 with works by artists like Takayuki Ohira and Keiko Kimoto, runs through August 31.

Filling Up On Music

Date: Monday, 04 August 2014

EUROPE’S WORLD-FAMOUS MUSIC FESTIVALS GO FULL STEAM AHEAD IN AUGUST AS SUMMER WINDS DOWN.

SZIGET
The countdown has begun for Sziget, one of Europe’s biggest music festivals. The festival, August 11 to 18, is bringing together some of the best-loved bands of multiple genres from pop and rock to hip hop and electronic. Queens of the Stone Age, Skrillex and Calvin Harris, to name just a few.

New Markets, New Collaborations

Date: Monday, 04 August 2014

ONE OF THE WORLD’S LONGEST STANDING GENERAL TRADE FAIRS, IZMIR INTERNATIONAL FAIR IS OPENING ITS DOORS FOR THE 83RD TIME.

New Markets, New Collaborations

The 83rd Izmir International Fair is taking place August 29 to September 7. Based on the theme “Logistics”, the IEF aims to draw attention to the fair’s art and culture dimension as well as its trade and economics side. The event, which hosts upwards of 60 countries every year in Izmir, provides opportunities for doing business by bringing industrialists and businessmen from numerous countries face to face.

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