The 2016 Talât Sait Halman Translation Award

IKSV is accepting submissions until November 4

By The Cornucopia Blog | August 16, 2016

Great translation, despite being incredibly difficult, often goes underappreciated.So we were delighted to learn that the 2016 Talât Sait Halman Translation Award is now accepting submissions. For the second year the Istanbul Foundation for Culture and Arts (IKSV) will be giving out this award in an effort to support outstanding...
Posted in Books, Literature, News

Opportunities for artists in the second half of 2016

Applications are open for the Moon and Stars Project grants and the Turkey–Scandinavia Connections 2016 residency programme

By The Cornucopia Blog | July 8, 2016

Editor’s note: The application deadline for the winter instalment of the Moon and Stars Project grants has been extended to August 31. When making plans for the autumn, artists would do well to consider the following two funding opportunities. The first is the winter 2016 instalment of the Moon...
Posted in Books, Contemporary Art, Exhibitions, Music and Performing Arts, News, Photography

What could that word be?

Lexiqamus, a new online search tool, makes deciphering Ottoman words that much easier

By Emma Harper | June 22, 2016

Anyone who has tried their hand at learning Ottoman, the hybrid of Turkish, Arabic and Persian that served as the official and literary language of the Ottoman Empire, is like to have encountered James Redhouse’s Turkish and English Lexicon (1890). I picked up my copy in Istanbul the summer before...
Posted in History, News

‘Mustang’ gallops into UK theatres

By Emma Harper | May 11, 2016

Riding on the wave of its critical success, the Oscar-nominated Mustang will be screened in UK theatres (in cities such as London, Oxford and Edinburgh, among others) starting May 13. If you’re feeling a bit lazy, there are also options for watching the film at home beginning on the same...
Posted in Film, News

Turkish art in the city that never sleeps

Frieze New York, ‘Court and Cosmos’ and more

By Emma Harper | May 5, 2016

As one of the world’s art meccas, New York is always teeming with exhibitions, fairs and public art installations. This month a good number of the thousands of works on display are by artists from Turkey, both present and past. So lace up your trainers, because we’re traipsing around the...
Posted in Contemporary Art, Exhibitions, Islamic Art, News

Stirring sound installations

Cevdet Erek will represent Turkey at the 2017 Venice Biennale

By Emma Harper | May 1, 2016

Turn almost anywhere in the Turkish art world – whether biennials, group exhibitions at major art institutions or small collaborative projects – and you’ll find Cevdet Erek and his stirring experimentations with sound, space and rhythm. So it was no surprise when the Istanbul Foundation for Culture and Arts (İKSV)...
Posted in Contemporary Art, Exhibitions, News

All eyes on the humble olive

Inaugural Slow Food-organised event in Ayvalık takes a deep dive into the history, culture and ecology of the olive

By Jennifer Hattam | April 22, 2016

‘Turkey is not really an olive oil country.’ It seemed a strange thing to say at an event hosted in Turkey and dedicated to the world of olives. ‘So why are we meeting here?’ one international participant whispered after the Turkish academic Artun Ünsal made his declaration on the first...
Posted in Culinary Arts, Nature, News

Exotic exile in Antalya

Films with a Turkish connection screened at the 2016 Alchemy Film and Moving Image Festival

By Emma Harper | April 20, 2016

It may not look like Turkey, but the WOW Kremlin Palace in Antalya was the sole Turkish connection at this year’s Alchemy Film and Moving Image Festival, held from April 14–17 in Hawick, Scottish Borders. Sasha Litvintsev’s short film Exile Exotic is set at the hotel, which features a replica...
Posted in Film, News

The London Book Fair 2016

Istanbul printers travel the world

By Roger Williams | April 12, 2016

The sun shone through the great glass roofs of the London Book Fair on its opening day today, when publishers from around the world brought their books to market. Sometimes it seemed more like a travel fair, and trips could be planned around such tempting titles such as Medieval Georgian...
Posted in Books, Literature, News, Shopping

Queen Elizabeth and the Islamic World

A new book sheds light on a time of unexpected alliances

By Roger Williams | March 27, 2016

This unattributed portrait of Abd el-Ouahed ben Messaoud, Moroccan Ambassador to the Court of Elizabeth I in London, was painted in 1600. Excommunicated by the Pope and at war with Catholic Spain, the Tudor queen had made alliances with the Muslim world and was selling arms to Morocco. The story...
Posted in Books, History, Literature, News

Stiff competition

Tickets go on sale for the 35th Istanbul Film Festival, a massive cinematic event

By Emma Harper | March 26, 2016

The IKSV Film Festival is, in one word, immense. Over the course of 11 days, 221 films from 62 countries will be screened. Yet while the size of the event is noteworthy, what separates this film festival from the others organised in Istanbul is its focus on competitions. The seven...
Posted in Film, Music and Performing Arts, News

Earning accolades abroad

‘The Eye of Istanbul’, a documentary on Ara Güler, wins big at the DC Independent Film Festival

By Emma Harper | March 24, 2016

Ara Güler has found himself in the spotlight yet again. Last week it was announced that The Eye of Istanbul, a documentary film about the legendary Armenian-Turkish photographer and the culmination of his retrospective exhibition in Istanbul, won Best of Fest at the DC Independent Film Festival. The screening at...
Posted in Exhibitions, Film, News, Photography

All the world’s a stage

Tickets go on sale for the 20th Istanbul Theatre Festival

By Emma Harper | March 11, 2016

The clowns are coming to town, ready to shuffle off this mortal coil. Not that Istanbul is an especially dangerous place for clowns. But when the 20th Theatre Festival takes over the city in May, these particular clowns will have to die, over and over again. Four members of Spymonkey,...
Posted in Music and Performing Arts, News

The story behind the scaffolding

An architectural history of the Narmanlı Han, now under restoration

By Emma Harper | March 2, 2016

Keeping track of Istanbul’s ever-changing cityscape is a full-time job, especially as skyscrapers and mixed-use developments have mushroomed in the past decade. Accompanying the construction boom are questions of how the city’s past should factor into its future growth – what role does historical preservation play in a city obsessed...
Posted in Architecture, History, News

Stifling the subversive street art of Banksy

‘The Art of Banksy’ exhibition at Global Karaköy takes the artist’s work out of context and packages it for consumers

By Emma Harper | February 11, 2016

A tube train approaches a station, tracks rattling noisily, the blinking headlamps blinding and the heavy metal carriages sending tremors through surrounding structures and human bodies alike. The experience of standing in a station as a train pulls in, an elemental aspect of city living, is difficult to duplicate. Just...
Posted in Contemporary Art, Exhibitions, News, Gezi Protests

‘If music be the food of love, play on’

The 44th Istanbul Music Festival’s programme is announced

By Emma Harper | February 3, 2016

If you’re looking for inspiration, Shakespeare’s mellifluous verse is certainly a good place to start. Or at least that’s the philosophy of the Istanbul Arts and Culture Foundation (IKSV), which announced today that the theme for the 44th Istanbul Music Festival is inspired in part by a line in Shakespeare’s...
Posted in Music and Performing Arts, Classical Music, News

Theophania! Epiphany!

By Malika Browne | January 7, 2016

The Orthodox church certainly knows how to lighten what is otherwise the grimmest week of the year. I am standing on the freezing shore of the Golden Horn at Fener waiting to watch one of Great City’s most ancient rituals: the tossing of the crucifix into the Golden Horn on...
Posted in News, Travel

Byzantine boon

By Emma Harper | December 8, 2015

You could say that a Byzantine Studies Research Center at Boğaziçi University has been a long time in the making. Alexander Van Millingen (1814–195), one of the first professors at Robert College, was a renowned scholar of Byzantine Constantinople and well known for his 1899 book Byzantine Constantinople: The Walls...
Posted in Archaeology, History, News

The Talat Sait Halman Translation Award

This newly-established award is open for submissions

By Emma Harper | October 30, 2015

Translators, your day in the sun has come. The Istanbul Foundation for Culture and Arts (IKSV) has established the Talât Sait Halman Translation Award to be given out annually in support of outstanding translations of literary works into Turkish, including but not limited to poetry, short stories and novels. The...
Posted in Books, Literature, News

Turkey gets Aussie-fied

By Victoria Khroundina | August 31, 2015

From next month until December, events continue as part of the ‘Australia in Turkey 2015’ festival. The biggest celebration of Australian culture in Turkey to date, it aims to enhance social and cultural understanding between the two countries. That it’s being celebrated in the same year as the centenary of...
Posted in Contemporary Art, Culinary Arts, Design, Exhibitions, Film, History, Modern Art, Music and Performing Arts, News
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