Artists from Mersin University and local children are painting a local Roma neighborhood together. While the project aims to reflect the community's vibrant culture, the university team envisions to turn the neighborhood into a monument of Roma people.
Turkish musicians have launched a campaign on social media with the hashtag of #MüziğeSesVer (which translates as “Give voice to music”) to raise awareness on the devastating impact of the COVID-19 on the whole music chain. “It is impossible for the sector to recover from the current financial damage through its own efforts," said a statement issued by the campaign organizers.
A landmark of the Aegean province, the Hilton Izmir will be closing on Oct. 16, the company said. A local paper reported that shareholders of the hotel, one of which is the Izmir Municipality, had been experiencing disagreements.
Residents of the Aegean vacation town of Bodrum urged the municipality to transform the house of famous author "Fisherman of Halicarnassus" into a museum, instead of its current use as a meatball restaurant. One of Bodrum's best-known residents, author Cevat Şakir Kabaağaçlı was best known for his travel chronicles about boat trips along the Aegean riviera.
Almost 100 musicians have committed suicide since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic in Turkey, data from an industry union revealed. A main opposition deputy noted that most musicians work without insurance, making them ineligible for any aid or benefits.
The 12th International Hrant Dink Award has been granted to Turkish businessman and philanthropist Osman Kavala and Egyptian feminist and human rights defender Mozn Hassan. The award ceremony was held online this year due to the coronavirus pandemic. Each year, the Award is given to two individuals or organizations: one from Turkey and one from abroad.
The 48th Istanbul Music Festival will be held online, streaming pre-recorded performances in historical venues. Starting on Sept. 18, the Istanbul Foundation for Culture and Arts (İKSV) will make available the performances that honor composer Ludwig van Beethoven.
Turkish scientists have uncovered animal footprints imprinted in the ground as far back as 22-33 million years ago. The footprints likely belong to a member of the double-hoofed horse family, an expert said. The imprints are said to be unique in that no remains have been so far found from this family of animals in Turkey.
Diyarbakır architects are worried that a government-led restoration of the city's ancient basalt walls could be a disaster. Meanwhile, HDP Diyarbakır deputy Remziye Tosun has filed a parliamentary question asking why the government has not been transparent with the details of the project and has not shared any information about the bidding process with the public.
The left-wing İzmir ’78 Association was forced to postpone their exhibition “Sept. 12 Museum of Shame” after the governor's office did not give green light to its format. The exhibition commemorates the victims of the September 12, 1980 Turkish coup d'etat.
A few pieces were noted missing in Mediterranean Antalya's Archaeology and History Museum, prompting an investigation, daily Hürriyet reported. Awarded "European Council's Museum of the Year" in 1988, the 30,000 square-meter space houses 14 galleries, gardens and an open-air display.
Turkish actor Birol Ünel, best known for his part in "Head On," died at the age of 59, losing a battle against cancer. Born in southern Turkey in 1961, the actor had migrated to Germany with his family at the age of seven, and received his acting education in Hannover.
An ancient Greek Orthodox church was demolished after its ownership was taken over by the state's Foundations Directorate General, which left the structure unattended for seven years. Saint Georgios Greek Orthodox Church, dating back to 1896, was rehabilitated by the municipality before its ownership was taken away.
An ancient Hittite village in southeastern Turkey faces the risk of being submerged underwater because of a nearby lagoon construction. The 13th-century settlement is considered to be the world's "oldest sculpture studio."
Veteran sculptor Akram Saffan was captured by ISIS during the Syrian war, and took refuge in Turkey when he turned an attack into an opportunity to escape from ISIS. Saffan said that living in Turkey as an artist is a hard way to make a living, but he has no choice.