Some 13 actors who were laid off from their jobs at the Istanbul Municipality City Theater were reinstated after three years and seven months. The actors were laid off during the state of emergency declared after the botched coup attempt of July 15, 2016 in an attempt to cleanse state institutions of supporters of U.S-based Islamic cleric Fethullah Gülen, Ankara's top suspect for the failed takeover.
Turkey wishes to increase the number of its Russian tourists, Turkey's Ambassador to Russia, Mehmet Samsar, said on Feb. 27, noting the importance of tourism in Ankara and Moscow's diplomatic ties. In 2019, 7 million Russian tourists visited Turkey, mostly the Mediterranean resort city of Antalya.
An American couple hunted two mountain goats in the southeastern province of Adıyaman. The mountain goats in the southeast of Turkey are sacred in the Alevi faith, adhered to by a majority of the local population. While the illegal hunting of mountain goats is fined with 26,000 Turkish Lira (about $4,500), some 19 goats were hunted down in December 2019.
President Erdoğan inaugurated Turkish Presidential Library last week, a lavish, ambitious effort that spans 125,000 square meters and features more than four million printed materials in 134 languages. The majority of schools in Turkey lack libraries, and the number of people using libraries in major cities has declined substantially during the tenure of Erdoğan's AKP. 188 libraries have closed down between 2003 and the present.
Turkey is among the top 10 countries to use social media networks Facebook, Twitter and Instagram, a survey by London-based social media company We Are Social revealed.
The South Korean production "Parasite" has broken a record in Turkey after dominating the awards season, reaching 225,692 views to become the most-watched Oscars movie in Turkey in the past 12 years. The $11 million production's box office revenue surpassed $170 million after the movie won its awards.
Popular online streaming service Netflix will now offer direct access to Turkish TV shows and movies for its 167 million users in 190 different countries. While the web navigation menu now offers the option "Turkish TV Shows & Movies," users can also access the collection at netflix.com/MadeinTurkey.
Supermodel Alessandra Ambrosio will be walking a special runway transformed into the ancient site of Göbekli Tepe at the Dosso Dossi Fashion Show in Istanbul. "We will create a fresh angle by combining the mystery of Göbekli Tepe with fashion," said Hikmet Eraslan the Board Chairman of Dosso Dossi Holding.
The Turkish Youtube music giant Netd declined to upload the video for a politically-charged song by the popular band Grup Gündoğarken to its account. The song “Nereden Nereye” (From Where to Where) features a number of iconic Turkish actors and politicians from the past, and explores the country's recent history in its lyrics.
Kurdish archaeologist Ahmet Kınay says that Kurdish society has overlooked its own history in favor of ideological in-fighting, and that its misconception that historical research is nationalism has pushed it away from looking into its heritage.
The Ottoman Empire's first radio telegraph station, located in the Mediterranean ancient city of Patara, will be transformed into a museum. Built in 1906 to communicate with African commonwealth, the station was able to communicate the longest distance with radio telegraphs at the time.
Just two days after the installation of an exhibit in the central Taksim Square, a regional conservation board has ruled that the temporary “Meeting Point” structure erected by the main opposition Istanbul Municipality must be removed. The same cultural conservation board has ruled in favor of the construction of a mosque on the square, the demolition of the Atatürk Cultural Center, which is a cultural heritage site, and the opening up of parts of the central neighborhood to construction.
Archaeologist Çiğdem Köksal Schmidt, wife of the late Klaus Schmidt, the German archaeologist who oversaw the excavation of Göbekli Tepe from the mid-90s until his death in 2014, has criticized authorities for failing to establish a good protection system that shields the historical site against climatic conditions. Schmidt's comments came after photos showed the historical site having being covered by snow.
Nobel Prize-winning author Orhan Pamuk described love as a car crash, while speaking about his 2008 book The Museum of Innocence. "In my book, I described love as if it were a crash, something terrible that has happened to us, something dark, incomprehensible, and out of our hands,” Pamuk said.
President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan said 2020 will be the "year of Patara" on Feb. 12. Patara is an ancient city located in located in Turkey’s Mediterranean resort city of Antalya which served as the Lycian civilization's main port city.