In a written response, Minister of Culture and Tourism Mehmet Nuri Ersoy addressed criticism from the opposition Republican People's Party (CHP) regarding the botched restorations of a number of Turkey's important historic monuments. Some of the monuments in question are the Hagia Sophia Mosque in the İznik district of Bursa, the Mamure Castle in the Anamur district of Mersin, and the Palace of the Porphyrogenitus in Istanbul. In his response, Minister Ersoy blamed the botched restorations on renters and municipalities.
For the purpose of recording, keeping alive, and sharing the cultural and historical legacy of the southeastern, predominantly-Kurdish city of Diyarbakır throughout the ages, a number of civil society organizations have established the Diyarbakır's Memory website, which features a number of exhibitions related to the city and its history.
Renowned Turkish actor Haluk Bilginer received an International Emmy Award for Best Performance by an Actor for his role in Şahsiyet, in which he plays Agah Beyoğlu - a serial killer diagnosed with Alzheimer's who will eventually lose all his memories. "Be sure that the society we're living in doesn't experience memory loss," Bilginer said in the ceremony.
The Anatolian rock bank Altın Gün, led by Jasper Verhulst and lead singer Merve Daşdemir, has been nominated for the "best world music album" in the upcoming Grammy awards.
Legendary Turkish actress Kenter performed in over 100 plays throughout her 60-year long career and won the "Golden Orange," the most prestigious award for cinema in Turkey, three times. She was awarded the "Adalaide Ristori" by the Italian Culture Association in 1984.
Ayvalık now hosts an international film festival. The Ayvalık Film Festival, organized for the second time this October, differs from ordinary film festivals as it does not have a film competition but emphasizes discussions and workshops bringing together students from 6 universities and 4 cities.
Selda Bağcan, who in recent years has achieved international acclaim and is among Turkey's most beloved and renowned singers, will be performing in concert alongside the Istanbul Symphony Orchestra on Dec. 11 at the city's expansive Bostancı Gösteri Merkezi venue.
Belgian daily newspaper Le Soir published a correction and apology after a translation mistake was made in an earlier interview given by Turkish author Aslı Erdoğan to an Italian newspaper.
Renowned singer and songwriter Yusuf Islam has praised President Erdoğan and Turkish people for hosting four million refugees, while also inviting Erdoğan to the opening ceremony of Cambridge Mosque.
A group of academics from two universities in Istanbul are trying to map the antiquity period of Gulf of Edremit between Kaz Mountains and Madra Mountain.
Acclaimed Turkish film director Ferzan Özpetek received the Italian Order of Merit, the country’s highest honor in Rome on Monday. Özpetek, born in Istanbul but a longtime resident of Italy, enjoys a large audience in Italy, Turkey, and worldwide.
In an extraordinary email, Contemporary Istanbul chairman Ali Güreli defended Turkey's military offensive in northern Syria, while also asking fairgoers to refrain from believing in "black propaganda."
A painting by Turkish painter Osman Hamdi Bey entitled 'The Lady of Istanbul' was sold for 1,770,300 euros at an auction in Vienna. Another work of his called 'Girl Reading the Qur'an' from 1880 was sold for 6.3 million pounds in the last week of September at London's Bonhams Auction House.
The number of visitors to the iconic structure topped 30 million over the past 12 years -- more than the population of many countries.
The "Inspired by the east, how the Islamic world influenced western art" exhibition to be hosted by the British Museum between October 10 and January 26, aims to offer a contemporary perspective on Orientalism and how the East influenced the West.