Turkish Interior Ministry’s decision to ban both live and recorded music after midnight has led to much head-scratching. Some wonder whether the government is under the mistaken impression that COVID-19 spreads through sound decibels.
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.
The political Islamist aspirations that Erdoğan supporters call “the cause” have been totally unleashed. The amplified noise of this cause no longer allows any voice of finesse to be heard, let alone be amplified, in the Hagia Sophia or elsewhere.
Zoomers in Turkey do not listen to a single genre of music. Indeed, the divisions between rap fans and rock fans, for example, may not be as stark as it was in the early 2000s, but there are K-pop aficionados, metal heads, devotees of trap, followers of arabesk rap, and other subcultures.
Turkey's media watchdog banned Turkish pop singer Sıla's music video as the lyrics of the song tell a former lover to "light up a cigarette," which the Radio and Television High Council said encourages smoking. The investigation into the video was prompted by a complaint to the Istanbul Chief Public Prosecutor's Office.
If anything, perhaps this continual updating of folk music in Turkey does prove its timelessness. This does not mean that these songs are without history, but that however much the world changes, we will always have need for songs that express the meaning of love, infatuation, mortality, and loneliness in the simplest terms possible.
Presidency refutes claims that concert series cost 30 mln liras, threatens legal action against criticism
The Turkish Presidential Communications Directorate refuted claims that 30 million Turkish Liras were spent on a series of concerts the presidency organized. The directorate also said that legal action would be taken against those who carry out perception management operations with unfounded allegations, lies and distortions regarding Istanbul Seven Hills Concerts."
The Ankara Governor's Office said that businesses were only allowed to play music "to be listened to," and not "to be danced to." Meanwhile, the governor's office extended the closure of entertainment venues.
It’s a spring day in Athens. Over 120 Greek musicians and performers gather on the steps of the southern slope of the Acropolis to sing in Turkish. They gathered to express their solidarity with the Turkish protest band Grup Yorum.
A group of academics from Istanbul's Maltepe University Conservatory performed a live concert on April 15 to mark World Art Day amid the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. “Let’s keep our distance but not get cut off from art! Because art unites, heals and strengthens,” Maltepe University tweeted.
“Desperate times call for desperate measures.” Recognizing that artists would also be hit hard financially by the coronavirus, countries like Germany and the UK have created emergency funds for creative workers. In Turkey, securing support for creative workers such as musicians has been an uphill battle.