Deck the halls

Get in the festive spirit at one of Istanbul’s holiday markets

By Emma Harper | November 30, 2016


The holiday season is upon us, which in Istanbul means preparations for the New Year. Conveniently, Yılbaşı (New Year) celebrations in Turkey have all the trappings of Christmas, including decorated fir trees, turkey dinners and even gifts from Noel Baba (Father Noel, otherwise known as Santa Claus). Another Christmas tradition...
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Surprise finds in the Black Sea

Byzantine and Ottoman ships revealed in Bulgarian waters

By Roger Williams | November 26, 2016


This is a photogrammetric image (©EEF/Black Sea MAP) of The Flower of the Black Sea, an Ottoman ship that has been given her name because of the floral patterns found carved on her tiller. Nobody yet knows what she was carrying or where she was going when she sank off...
Posted in Archaeology, History, Nature, News

Weekend gallery guide: the rise and fall of Istanbul’s street dogs

Istanbul this weekend (November 26–27)

By Emma Harper | November 24, 2016


When the French writer Théophile Gautier first arrived in Istanbul in the mid-19th century he chose a large pit in the middle of the street as his reference point. What was so memorable about this pit? At the bottom of it, ‘a large, aggressive dog was suckling her pups in...
Posted in Exhibitions, History, Photography

Rewarding reads: October 2016

Guest workers, Turkish humorists and Byzantine acoustics

By Emma Harper | November 21, 2016


‘Rewarding reads’ is a new feature on the Cornucopia blog. In this series, we highlight some of our favourite Turkey-related articles and news titbits that we've read over the past month. Kornelia Binicewicz is at it again, filing more gaps in the history of the Turkish music industry (she previously...
Posted in Books, Contemporary Art, Design, Exhibitions, History, Literature, Music and Performing Arts, News

Aphrodisias: a pleasure garden unearthed

By Cornucopia | November 15, 2016


Andrew Wilson, Professor of the Archaeology of the Roman Empire at Oxford, will be speaking on Monday 28 November at Daunt Books in Marylebone High Street at 6.30 for 7 pm. His talk will focus on recent discoveries at the South Agora of Aphrodisias where he directs the archaeological work....
Posted in Archaeology, Fundraiser, Talks and Lectures

The snowman cometh

By Tony Barrell | November 15, 2016


An exciting new piece of music receives its world premiere this Thursday, November 17. A lucky audience in London will be the first to hear The Snowman Rhapsody, composed by Howard Blake. The rhapsody is a major elaboration on the composer’s much-loved music for The Snowman – now a widely...
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Designing humanity

The 3rd Istanbul Design Biennial aims high, but falls short

By Emma Harper | November 13, 2016


When the Transparent Man first visited Turkey in 1938, residents of Istanbul and Izmir flocked to see the life-sized model of a man whose transparent plastic skin reveals the secret interior of a human body: the spatial relationship between the organs and the skeleton, the snaking structures of the circulatory...
Posted in Archaeology, Design, Exhibitions

In memory of Bryer

By John Scott | November 11, 2016


It was with enormous sadness that we learned of the passing of the great Byzantine historian Anthony Bryer. The funeral service was held yesterday at St Peter's Church, Harborne, in Birmingham. Professor Emeritus of Byzantine Studies at the University of Birmingham, or simply Bryer, as he was known to all,...
Posted in History, Obituaries

Nesting woes

Charity runners raise funds to protect the habitat of the threatened Imperial Eagle

By Emma Harper | November 9, 2016


Imperial Eagle chicks hatch in hundreds of locations in Anatolia and Thrace every year. As the late Alice Carswell wrote in her article ‘Birds of Paradise’, Turkey is one of the few countries in Europe where the Imperial Eagle can still be spotted. Yet these majestic birds are far from...
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Art fair ahead!

How to have a howling time at Contemporary Istanbul 2016

By Emma Harper | November 1, 2016


Anticipation has been building for Contemporary Istanbul. After the cancellation of this year's edition of ArtInternational, the major international art fair in Istanbul, Contemporary Istanbul is once again the only show in town. In previous years the two fairs have vied for galleries, collectors and punters, as Tim Cornwell wrote...
Posted in Contemporary Art, Modern Art, Travel

Jazz on loop

Rhythmic loops, repetition, piano, drums… Mammal Hands at Salon IKSV on Thursday had Emma Harper experiencing déjà vu

By Emma Harper | October 31, 2016


Two years ago the Mancunian trio GoGo Penguin hypnotised the audience at Salon IKSV with a mix of jazz and trance. Replace the bass with a saxophone, and you’ve got another group from England, Mammal Hands. The comparisons go beyond sound. Both bands let the music do the talking, keeping...
Posted in Music and Performing Arts, Jazz

Weekend gallery guide: small is better

Istanbul this weekend (October 29–30)

By Emma Harper | October 27, 2016


This weekend the spotlight is on Art on a Card, an exhibition at CIRCUIT in Kadıköy. Thirteen Istanbul-based artists, Turkish and foreign, have been invited to created a set of five postcards. A limited number will be available to buy on Friday night and Saturday afternoon, when many of the...
Posted in Contemporary Art, Exhibitions, Photography

Deadlines for research grants fast approaching

Last chance to apply for the Ancient & Modern Prize and the Research Scholarship at the British Institute at Ankara

By Emma Harper | October 26, 2016


Researchers, take note. There’s only a week or so left to apply for two grants awarded to individuals undertaking Turkey-related research. First up is the Ancient & Modern Prize, which is sponsored by Cornucopia magazine, HALI magazine and the three major London auction houses: Bonhams, Christie’s and Sotheby’s. The aim...
Posted in History, Islamic Art, News, Textiles

Photography for the people, by the people

In conversation with Elie Gardner, the curator of The Everyday Projects exhibition at FotoIstanbul

By Emma Harper | October 25, 2016


FotoIstanbul, Istanbul’s only major photography festival, is all about bringing photography into the public sphere. Anyone passing through Beşiktaş or Ortaköy during the month of October will find themselves face-to-face with photography in all its forms, ranging from Sandro Miller’s tongue-in-cheek project ‘Malkovich, Malkovich, Malkovich’, where the artist recreates iconic...

Pandeli’s plight – mayday in the Mısır Çarşısı

An Istanbul legend has been forced to close its doors in the revamping of the Spice Bazaar. Perhaps forever…

By David Barchard | October 23, 2016


’The country needs Pandeli,’ Adnan Menderes, Turkey’s charismatic prime minister in the 1950s, is said to have remarked in 1955 when he heard that Pandeli Çobanoğlu, the ethnic Greek owner of the best-loved fish restaurant in Istanbul, then in the Balıkpazarı down by the Golden Horn, was thinking of giving...

Weekend gallery guide: voluptuous vessels and loss in all its forms

What’s on in Istanbul over the weekend of October 22–23

By Emma Harper | October 20, 2016


The big news in the Istanbul art world is the opening of the 3rd Istanbul Design Biennial this weekend. While there is certainly much to say about the large-scale, research-heavy biennial – be on the lookout for both a preview and a review on the blog – let’s not forget...
Posted in Contemporary Art, Exhibitions

Art in the flesh

Performistanbul kicks off the new season

By Emma Harper | October 19, 2016


Imagine leaning in close to a work of art, inspecting it intently, only to find it staring right back at you. This is the unnerving effect of performance art, where a relationship is formed between audience and performer. With the body as the artist’s medium, the resulting live actions emerge...
Posted in Contemporary Art, Music and Performing Arts

That poster!

By David Barchard | October 19, 2016


Last week was the 241st anniversary of the US navy – ‘Tough.’, Bold.’, and ’Ready.’ declared the poster, though it omitted to say that the navy was originally set up to fight Britain in the early months of the War of Independence. Instead in Turkey, eyes were suddenly glued to...
Posted in Fine Art, History

A flurry of jazz

Tickets are still available for the Akbank Jazz Festival

By Emma Harper | October 17, 2016


The 26th Akbank Jazz Festival is underway, with events ranging from concerts by big name jazz performers, like the Grammy award-winning bassist Ron Carter, to talks about jazz in all its forms, and even jazz-fuelled brunches. Jazz truly is all around. With only one week left to soak up all...
Posted in Music and Performing Arts, Jazz

Magic carpet ride

The inaugural Istanbul Carpet Conference took us on a trip from Anatolian ‘cult kilims’ to contemporary carpet design

By Emma Harper | October 9, 2016


‘Come on down!’ bellowed the exuberant MC at last week’s Istanbul Carpet Conference. It was at this moment, which came after the slick opening video and intervals of thumping music, but before any speakers had taken the stage, that I wondered whether I had mistakenly wandered onto a game show...
Posted in Design, History, Islamic Art, Talks and Lectures, Textiles
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