The Turkish drama producer Ay Yapım has refuted the claims that their new TV series 'Babil' – which centers around a sacked university professor – was being investigated for allegedly “making propaganda” on behalf of the Gülen movement. Following its first episode on Jan. 17, the new series became a hot topic on social media, with several users suggesting that the hardships that the main character faces are parallel to those experienced by Turkey's sacked civil servants.
Turkish mezzo-soprano Lori Şen has been cast as Princess Diana at an American musical which tells the story of the beloved Princess of Wales. To prepare for her role, Şen is mastering Princess Diana's gestures, facial expressions and her style of talking.
Journalist Sevim Kahraman and area resident Özkan Ulucan of the northeastern, mountainous province of Dersim have filmed a short documentary about the area's mountain goats, which are considered holy by locals, the vast majority of whom adhere to the Alevi faith.
A five-century old pitcher was stolen from the house of Koç Holding Board Chairman Ömer Koç. The theft was immediately reported to the police and an official report was written. The pitcher was determined to be of 5,000 Turkish Liras worth and to date back to the 16th century.
Four actors left the production of a play adaptation of a book by Selahattin Demirtaş, pro-Kurdish People's Democratic Party (HDP) former co-chair, after mounting reactions over the play.
Japanese author İkumi Nonaka and a friend will introduce the local point lace technique from Kastamonu in their home country. Following a seven-day training on the art, the duo have learned to make unique lace figures like cloves and violets.
Iranians have been sharing photos of their country's cultural and historical sites as a response to US President Donald Trump's implication that the US would target 52 previously-determined sites that are "at a very high level & important to Iran & the Iranian culture" if the latter were to retaliate for the killing of Revolutionary Guard commander Qasem Soleimani by the US. Shared with the tag #IranianCulturalSites, some of the places & monuments being shared on social media are also on the UNESCO World Heritage List.
A 700-year-old dagger was recovered form a vehicle Turkey's Gendarmerie stopped on the highway in Diyarbakır. An expert from the Diyarbakır Museums' Directorate noted that the 54 cm-long dagger dated back to the 14th century.
In 2019, the most popular show on Netflix Turkey has been "Atiye" (The Gift) which was produced in Turkey and released only 4 days before the end of the year. Netflix, which entered the domestic Turkish market with two productions last year, will be producing three new shows in Turkey in 2020.
The Gaziantep Synagogue in Southeastern Turkey reopened for a Hanukkah celebration after remaining closed for 40 years due to the congregation shrinking. The house of worship hosted a celebration with 200 members of the Gaziantep Jewish congregation, traveling into town from Europe, Israel and the United States. Gaziantep's Jewish congregation was formed as a result of migration from Aleppo, and practically vanished in the 80s as a result of out-migration.
A symposium about the methodology of giving fatwas on medical issues and its challenges will be held in Istanbul over the weekend. The symposium will delve into topics like bio-medicine, genetic engineering and bioethics.
Some artifacts that belong to the Archeology Museum will be moved out of the Topkapı Palace mine building due to renovations, Vice President Fuat Oktay said. Oktay added that the destination for the ancient artifacts is not yet determined, but it will be a "suitable location." Topkapı Palace was under the jurisdiction of the Ministry of Culture and Tourism, but was transferred to the presidency in September.
The founder and head chef of Anatolian restaurant Çiya won the highest cookbook award with his book Turkish Cookbook. Musa Dağdeviren won the Gourmand award, which is considered the equivalent of a Nobel for cookbooks. The book was published by world-renowned publishing house Phaidon.
Sarp Palaur, known by the stage name Şanışer, on Dec. 4 took part as a panelist in a discussion organized by the Middle East Institute in Washington D.C. He said that his viral rap song named "Susamam" (I can't stay silent) is not only about the problems existing in Turkey, but all over the world.
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.