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Turkey Through The Eyes Of The Instagram Phenomenon

Article: Gamze Kantarcıoğlu Date: Tuesday, 05 August 2014

TWENTY WORLD-RENOWNED INSTAGRAM PHOTOGRAPHERS WHO HAVE SCOURED TURKEY INCH BY INCH AND SHARED THEIR EXPERIENCES IN THE #COMESEETURKEY PROJECT ARE SHOWCASING OUR COUNTRY’S CULTURAL HERITAGE FROM DIFFERENT PERSPECTIVES.

If you’ve got a smart phone and you like to follow what’s going on in the world in the social media, then you must have heard of the “Instagram Phenomenon”. #ComeSeeTurkey is a cultural project in which the 20 best-known “Instagrammers” showcase the history, culture, nature and people of our country using the universal language of photography.

A Course In Urban Literacy

Article: Yunus Uğur Photo: Ahmet Bilal Arslan Date: Tuesday, 05 August 2014

A UNIVERSITY COURSE CALLED URBAN LITERACY AND VISUAL LITERACY ENABLES YOU TO DISCOVER THE DISTINCTIVE ASPECTS, BOTH UNIQUE AND SHARED, OF EVERY CITY YOU VISIT, TO MAKE COMPARISONS BETWEEN CITIES, AND TO APPRECIATE EACH CITY’S CONTRIBUTION TO WORLD CULTURE.

Understanding cities, in other words, urban literacy, has two aspects: the theoretical and the practical. Discussed at the theoretical level are the development and history of cities and the characteristics that make them cities, as well as the reasons for migration to cities and the story of modern urbanization.

Asno 2014 In Istanbul

Date: Monday, 04 August 2014

THE NEURO-ONCOLOGY COMMUNITY IS IN ISTANBUL FOR AN INTERNATIONAL MEETING.

Every year scientists and professionals in the general field of neuro-oncology in Asia come together at the ASNO meeting. Featuring prominent speakers and participants from around the world, this conference acts as a platform that provides an opportunity for researchers, clinicians and professionals not only to share information but also to establish a network for future collaborations. In its 11th year, ASNO 2014 is being held at the Hilton Convention Center, September 11 to 14.

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.

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.

The Eastern Mediterranean Legacy

Article: Abdullah Said Zeybek Photo: Engin Güneysu, Yusuf Darıyerli Date: Monday, 04 August 2014

HOME TO NUMEROUS CIVILIZATIONS THROUGHOUT ITS HISTORY, HATAY REGALES ITS VISITORS WITH THE WORLD’S LARGEST MOSAIC MUSEUM AND A RICH CULINARY CULTURE.

The first great cultural confrontation between East and West, the Battle of Issus between Alexander the Great and Darius of Persia was fought in what is now Hatay. And Hatay, which has seen the rise of art, culture and civilization ever since that day, has survived to the present by preserving and merging those differences. Cultural richness and diversity live on in Hatay as a prime example of friendship. Embracing its ethnic richness, Hatay offers visitors new worlds to explore.

 

Strains Of Classical Music At Ayvalik

Date: Monday, 04 August 2014

THE SUMMER CONCERT DATES HAVE BEEN ANNOUNCED FOR THE 2014 AYVALIK INTERNATIONAL MUSIC ACADEMY, WHICH BRINGS YOUNG PEOPLE INTERESTED IN CLASSICAL MUSIC TOGETHER WITH INTERNATIONAL NAMES IN THE FIELD.

Strains Of Classical Music At Ayvalik

The festival, through September 9, of the Ayvalık International Music Academy (AIMA) is bringing young musicians together at Ayvalık with musical figures like Elena Papandreou, Andrej Bielow, Julian Milkis and İdil Biret. Violin Masterclasses directed by Lukas David, Andrej Bielow, Vladimir Mykytka, Çiğdem İyicil and Pelin Halkacı will be held during the festival’s first week.

Istanbul Beautiful Istanbul

Photo: Ahmet Bilal Arslan Date: Thursday, 03 July 2014

Istanbul… Orhan Veli begins his famous poem, saying, “I am listening to Istanbul, my eyes closed.” Ferhan Özpetek, in his Istanbul Red, says, “Istanbul is red and blue, a red and blue that melt into each other only in sunsets on the Bosphorus.” After Mümtaz and Nuran, Istanbul is the main protagonist of Ahmet Hamdi Tanpınar’s novel, A Mind at Peace. We read about the conquest, captivity and liberation of the city in Kemal Tahir’s Istanbul trilogy, while Refik Halid in Istanbul’s Inside Story portrays the city’s people struggling to keep pace with change in the early twentieth century. Nedim Gürsel depicts the conquest his book, The Conqueror, and Orhan Pamuk transforms Istanbul into a museum of love in The Museum of Innocence… We, too, wanted to create a panorama of our Istanbul today, so we asked each writer to describe the neighborhood he or she loves and knows best.   Ah, beautiful Istanbul...

Istanbul With Kids In Ramadan

Article: Gamze Kantarcıoğlu Date: Thursday, 03 July 2014

PERMEATING ISTANBUL WITH PLEASANT EXCITEMENT, RAMADAN THIS YEAR IS AGAIN BRINGING KIDS FUN-FILLED AND COLORFUL DAYS THEY WON’T FORGET.

Ramadan has always been one of the year’s most enjoyable times for children. These days, when efforts are under way to revive the open air shows, shadow puppet plays and traditional entertainments of Ramadans of old, families can spend a delightful month with their kids. Come. Set aside more time for your kids this Ramadan, which is also a month of unity and togetherness, and take part with them in activities that will transport you back to your own childhood.

Kahramanmaraş Afşin Seven Sleepers Mosque Complex

Article: Prof. Dr. Mehmet Özkarcı Date: Thursday, 03 July 2014

FLEEING PERSECUTION BY THE PAGAN EMPEROR DECIUS FOR HAVING CONVERTED TO CHRISTIANITY DURING THE ROMAN PERIOD, SEVEN YOUNG MEN - YEMLIHA, MISLINA, MEKSELINA, MERNÛŞ, TEBERNÛŞ, ŞAZENÛŞ AND KAFESTATYÛŞ - TAKE REFUGE IN A CAFE WITH THEIR DOG, KITMIR.

But soldiers erect a wall at the mouth of the cave to trap them inside, and the seven youths end up sleeping here for centuries. Thinking they have slept just one night, they are unaware when they wake up that a very long time has passed. Only when one of the youths leaves the cave to go in search of food, does he realize that everything has changed.
Legends are rife regarding the location of the cave of the seven sleepers, a story common to both Christian and Islamic belief. Scores of caves in Europe, Asia and Africa are known as Ashab al-Kahf (Companions of the Cave), four of them in Turkey in the towns of Selçuk, Tarsus and Afşin. Although each one of these towns claims the cave, the actual finds point to Afşin, aka Efsus.

Karaman The Capital Of The Turkish Language

Article: Melih Uslu Photo: Yunus Emre Çaylak Date: Thursday, 03 July 2014

THE FIRST ANATOLIAN CAPITAL TO ADOPT TURKISH AS ITS OFFICIAL LANGUAGE EXACTLY 737 YEARS AGO, KARAMAN COMBINES A RICH POTENTIAL FOR FAITH, NATURE AND CULTURE TOURISM WITH MODERN URBAN LIVING.

Karaman gleams like a pearl at the point where the Central Anatolian steppe meets the rugged slopes of the Taurus Mountains. A sign greets visitors, saying, “Welcome to the land of pure Turkish,” calling to mind the words of Karamanoğlu Mehmet Bey, who fought to establish Turkish unity in 13th century Anatolia. Issuing a linguistic declaration in 1277, Mehmet Bey said, “From now on, let no one speak any language other than Turkish in the palace, in the assembly and on the street.” Language day is enthusiastically celebrated at Karaman every year on May 13, the anniversary of the declaration.

 

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