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This year marks the anniversary of 600 years of diplomatic relations between Turkey and Poland and the Distant Neighbours, Close Memories exhibition is the most important event commemorating the occasion. Meanwhile, our weekly gallery walks continue bringing you the best of art in Istanbul, from the March Quinn retrospective to Barbara and Zafer Baran’s awe-inspiring works to an exhibition of historic excavation photographs taken in the city of mosaics, Antioch.
In London, we review the V&A Jameel Prize exhibition, which was awarded to the Turkish brand, Dice Kayek. Also in London, Victoria Khroundina attends a fascinating lecture by Dr Philip Mansel on Levant cities.
In other cultural news, Haluk Direskeneli reviews Ankara State Opera’s renditions of The Abduction from the Seraglio and Rigoletto.
And now for something on a much more sombre note: the Lycian city of Phaselis is to become yet another victim of the seemingly insatiable developer’s greed consuming Turkey’s heritage, Crimea is in peril and we pay tribute to Berkin Elvan, the 14-year old boy who was hit in the head with a gas canister during last year’s Gezi protests and sadly passed away.
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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