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Cornucopia 50, Istanbul Unwrapped, will be followed by two further Istanbul guides
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In art news, London was the place to be this month, offering some magnificent Orientalist and Islamic sales. We have an overall review here, meanwhile Tim Cornwell covers the Sotheby’s Orientalist Sale and the Antique Rug and Textile Art Fair in detail. In Istanbul, Marc Quinn’s show and Hasan Deniz’s photographs impressed.
In film news, the Istanbul Film Festival brought the best in international and Turkish cinema to Istanbul audiences. Meanwhile, we cover an independent film festival in Scotland, which screened an interesting film about Istanbul’s street dogs.
We continue to shed tears over the relentless construction madness plaguing Istanbul. Victoria Khroundina zeroes in on the top ten construction horrors and we came across a wonderful short film which uses dance to explore the city’s destruction. You can’t watch it on YouTube (it has been banned, although Twitter is back in operation), but thankfully, we found another link.
Cornucopia’s editor and publisher spent nine days in October 2012 exploring the natural wonders and pondering the history of long-suffering Crimea – from the towers of Tatary to the tombs of Scythian kings, from clifftop citadels to an underground castle, from Balaklava to the beaches of the Tsarist Riviera. This is a diary of their travels
When David Wheeler set out to satisfy his craving to explore Turkish gardens, he was guided by a diverse cast of committed Istanbul citizens. What he discovered were myriad horticultural havens, from Byzantine market gardens to Ottoman cemeteries, from wooded Bosphorus yalıs to riotous urban parks — many of them under imminent threat
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