Young masters of the horn

The horn maestro Radovan Vlatković returns to Urla for the 2017 UMA masterclasses

By Berrin Torolsan and John Scott | September 14, 2017

The great Croatian horn-player Radovan Vlatković is giving the first of this year’s masterclasses at the Urla Music Academy (UMA). Four days of happy music-making culminate in a concert at 7pm on Saturday evening (September 17). Tickets are free (and donations towards a wonderful musical project most welcome). Okan Akbaş...
Posted in Music and Performing Arts, Classical Music

A sporting chance

Heading for the Golden Horn to catch the rowing races

By Emily Arauz | September 8, 2017

The Balkan Rowing Championship takes place in Haliç this year on September 9–10. This will be a ‘Junior’ championship (18 and below). Consequently, the Haliç will be closed to the ship traffic for this event. Rowing races are ideally followed by bicycles or at the finish area but unfortunately following...

Jewellery from Byzantine coins

Metal detectors strike gold in Norfolk

By Roger Williams | August 29, 2017

The fields of Britain are constantly roamed by metal detectorists, hoping that one day they might have the luck of Godfrey Pratt. When recently searching near his home in Attleborough, Norfolk, the amateur archaeologist saw what he thought was a bottle-top. “I was amazed how perfect it came out of...

On an Island

Crossing borders…

By Emily Arauz | August 22, 2017

…Waves roll Lift us in blue Drift us Seep right through And colour us blue… excerpt from ‘The Blue', written by David Gilmour/Polly Samson, on D Gilmour’s On an Island album (2006) David Gilmour’s album On an Island will forever be my summer soundtrack since I first laid eyes on...

Weekend gallery guide: Sprawling and free-wheeling

Istanbul this weekend (August 19–20)

By Katie Nadworny | August 18, 2017

Two very different shows are on view on Bankalar Caddesi, one a sprawling and free-wheeling exhibition of a collective, and the other a collection of various artists. Each, though, use their scope to great effect. Mouth to Mouth at SALT Galata, Karaköy Initially, Mouth to Mouth, the mid-career retrospective of Berlin-based collective...

Tulip art via Amsterdam

Gavin Turk's name inspires an exhibition

By Roger Williams | August 7, 2017

Inspired in part by his name, the British conceptual artist Gavin Turk has curated an exhibition based on tulips, currently on show at the Bowes Museum in Teesdale, UK. The idea was put forward by Turk’s friend and fellow artist from student days at the Chelsea School of Art, Philippa...

Weekend gallery guide: Echoes of war

Istanbul this weekend (July 29–30)

By Katie Nadworny | July 28, 2017

Looking for something to do this weekend? Here’s one exhibit you should be sure to catch. Echo of Homs at Depo, Tophane Depo’s show Echo of Homs isn’t about war, which somehow makes the specter of war more present. Featuring the work of Syrian artists from Homs and archival photographs...

Weekend gallery guide: At the Modern

Istanbul this weekend (July 22–23)

By Katie Nadworny | July 21, 2017

With the Istanbul Modern’s summer exhibitions closing soon, don’t miss the chance to see the excellent artists on display. Fahrelnissa Zeid: A Selection from the Istanbul Modern Collection at Istanbul Modern, Tophane Fahrelnissa Zeid's dramatic abstracts have always been a cornerstone of the Istanbul Modern's collection. Now, as a...

Weekend gallery guide: Chaos and calm

Istanbul this weekend (July 15–16)

By Katie Nadworny | July 14, 2017

Two shows are closing this weekend, one collaborative and chaotic, one calm and quiet. Both are worth catching before they slip away. In the Blink of a Bird at DEPO, Tophane This show is accompanied by a large sign that request visitors don’t take the prints, and it quickly becomes...

Aphrodisias added to Unesco list

Greco-Roman city joins 16 other Turkish World Heritage Sites

By Roger Williams | July 12, 2017

Aphrodisias, the cover story in *Cornucopia 11,  was a notable addition to this year’s list of Unesco World Heritage Sites. It is the 17th in Turkey to achieve this status, which includes a diversity of places from Çatalhöyük and Troy to parts of Bursa and Istanbul. The city of Aphrodite...

Turkish bath revival steams ahead

England's old bath houses are getting a new treatment

By Roger Williams | July 7, 2017

The refurbishment of Manchester’s Victoria Turkish Baths (above), recently opened to great national hurrahs, is part of a reawakening of the interest in Turkish baths that gripped Britain a century ago. Fusion Lifestyle, one of the country’s largest charitable leisure trusts, is now involved in plans to make the revived...

Weekend gallery guide: Two closings and an opening

Istanbul this weekend (July 1–2)

By Katie Nadworny | June 29, 2017

Start July right, with two closing exhibitions and one that’s just opening. We all need to get out of the sunshine every once in a while, why not explore Istanbul’s art scene? Bubbles in Istanbul Dirimart Dolapdere Czech artist Jiri Georg Dokoupil brings excepts from his series Soap Bubble Paintings...

Weekend Gallery Guide 6/24-6/25

By Katie Nadworny | June 22, 2017

With Ramadan ending, this weekend brings the beginning of the Bayram holiday and a mad rush out of the city. But don’t worry if you don’t have plans to flee to a beach. The quiet Istanbul streets and perfect for strolling, and you can catch some of the wonderful exhibitions...

Weekend gallery guide: Layers on layers

Istanbul this weekend (June 17–18)

By Katie Nadworny | June 16, 2017

The shows you should catch this weekend are all about textures, from layered collages to the layers of history. Don’t miss these exhibitions that are closing this week. The Pope and Galileo Had a Minor Disagreement Zilberman Gallery and Project Space The works play on processes of sensory perception, blurring...

Weekend gallery guide: Before they go

Istanbul this weekend (June 10–11)

By Katie Nadworny | June 9, 2017

Quite a few of Istanbul’s exciting exhibitions are closing in the next week, including some that close this week. If you’re trying to figure out what art to prioritize on your days off this weekend, make sure to check out these before they’re gone. The Uses Of Art: Final Exhibition...

‘Travellers and Treasures’ at the Nomads Tent

Symposium in Edinburgh, May 6

By Julie W | May 17, 2017

This year’s well-attended symposium opened with Ottoman historian Caroline Finkel’s introduction to the extraordinary 17th century Ottoman adventurer, Evliya Çelebi. That Evliya is relatively unknown compared with say Ibn Battuta or Marco Polo is something Dr Finkel hopes to rectify with talks such as this one and her ongoing work...

War and solace

A postcard from the Borders: the Nescio Ensemble, and a tribute to Barış Yazgı

By Christopher Ryan | April 29, 2017

In the increasingly dystopian political atmosphere of an emerging populist world order, older and more essential human values were aired on Thursday night when the Amsterdam-based string ensemble, Nescio, performed for a full house in Cornucopia’s new venue for the arts, Unit Four, in Hawick in the Scottish Borders, followed...

Rewarding reads: March and April 2017

A revealing relief, must-try Turkish dishes and the perfect day in Istanbul

By Emma Harper | April 26, 2017

In this blog series, we highlight some of our favourite Turkey-related articles and news titbits that we’ve read over the past month (or two, in this case). A relief uncovered by chance in eastern Anatolia has led archaeologists to revise the history of Harput, reports Hurriyet Daily News. Subsequent examinations...
Posted in Archaeology, Culinary Arts, Film, Music and Performing Arts, Obituaries

John Freely, 1926–2017

By Cornucopia | April 20, 2017

Very sad news. The great John Freely passed away early yesterday morning. We have lost a cherished friend of the Bosphorus, author of more than 50 books, with at least 50 more ready to roll, and one of Irish nature’s great raconteurs. John was the incomparable bard of old Stamboul....
Posted in Obituaries

Rich pickings: treasures from a courtly Bohemian castle and the cotton baron palaces of Alexandria

Highlights of London’s Spring 2017 Islamic Sales… including the lot that broke the record for an Ottoman textile at auction

By John Scott | April 20, 2017

The spring Islamic sales are being held in Bond Street and elsewhere in London this week. These graphic, almost sensuous silk velvets and brocades, rediscovered by the beau monde in the early 1900s, are tipped to break records at Sotheby’s on April 26 and are just some of the exceptional...
Posted in Islamic Art, Orientalism, Textiles
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