Published twice a year, Cornucopia is the magazine for connoisseurs of Turkey – gorgeous enough for the coffee table, serious enough to be found in academic libraries. This truly remarkable publication – beautiful, uncompromising and independent – is an ever-growing compendium of all things Turkish: history, culture, art, food, travel…
The arbiter of taste Tyler Brûlé has described Cornucopia in the Financial Times as ‘a cross between The World of Interiors and National Geographic, with a gentle Turkic twist’.
The New York Review of Magazines writes: ‘It’s a truism that the measure of a travel magazine’s success is whether it makes you yearn to visit the destinations it depicts. Cornucopia goes one better. It is a vacation in itself.’ And Oryx, Qatar Airways’ flight magazine describes Cornucopia as ‘the much coveted magazine for the modern Turkish aesthete’.
cornucopia.net is Cornucopia’s online companion, designed for connoisseur and traveller alike. Select from our hand-picked Cornucopia Hotel Collection, where you can book yourself into the best hotels at the best prices. Topping our list of favourite escapes is YundAntik Cunda Konakları on Cunda island near Ayvalık. Also popular in Istanbul’s old European quarter: the Adahan, Baylo Suites and Karaköy’s deliciously fun Sub Hotel, next to the newly restored Kılıç Ali Paşa Hamam.
In What’s On we navigate Istanbul’s phenomenal arts scene as well as Turkey-related happenings worldwide.
Our Travel pages explore the places and people behind the stories in Cornucopia, offering a veritable fountain of information.
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May is the month of theatre in Istanbul, with the 20th IKSV Theatre Festival running from May 3–28. The festival features a wide range of productions, staged by both local and foreign troupes. We’re particularly excited for The Complete Deaths, a sombre and sublimely funny performance of all 74 onstage deaths in Shakespeare’s works – it’s a fitting way to commemorate the 400th anniversary of the death of the Great Bard.
Over on the blog, Emma Harper highlights four extraordinary exhibitions in Beyoğlu that delve into Turkish homes, memorable scents and novel topographies, and Jennifer Hattam reports from the Slow Olive event in Ayvalık.
Finally, don’t forget that applications are still open for the 10th Ancient & Modern Prize.
The 18th-century Swiss portrait artist Jean-Étienne Liotard (1702–1789) is widely regarded as the first Orientalist. The four years he spent in Turkey from 1738, drawing and painting Western merchants and diplomats as well as Ottoman citizens, made him the first serious European artist to find his subject matter in the East.
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