Arts and Culture

Turkey bans foreign plays in state theaters

Nejat Birecik, director-general of the General Directorate of State Theaters, announced on Sunday that only national plays will be staged...

World intellectuals call on Turkish gov’t to end vendetta against freedom of expression

Fifty-four prominent international writers, academics, journalists and publishers have signed a statement calling on the Turkish government to end the...

Netflix removes ‘Designated Survivor’ episode due to demand from Turkey

Netflix has removed an episode of political thriller series "Designated Survivor" in Turkey following a demand from the country’s censor...

Erbakan Foundation members demand removal of philosopher Diogenes statue in Sinop

A group of people from the Erbakan Foundation, a conservative institution established in the memory of the late Turkish Prime...

Talk show host who mocked Erdoğan’s favorite soap opera fired

Talk show host Okan Bayülgen, who during an awards ceremony mocked a soap opera that was one of President Recep...

Hagia Sophia to investigate after photo of dancer doing the splits surfaces on social...

İstanbul’s Hagia Sophia museum administration has announced it launched an investigation after a photo of a ballerina doing the splits...

Previous holy site in Turkey’s Marmaris revealed to be tomb of Greek boxer

Archeologists have recently discovered that a mausoleum previously thought to be that of a Muslim saint is actually the final...

Turkish actor Bilginer wins for Best Performance at 47th Int’l Emmy Awards

Famous Turkish actor Haluk Bilginer on Monday won the award for Best Performance by an Actor at the 47th International Emmy Awards...

Smuggled out in 1964, ancient sculpture of mother-goddess Cybele returns to Anatolia

A 1,700-year-old sculpture of Cybele, an Anatolian goddess associated with abundance and fertility, returned to Turkey after being smuggled abroad...

Pro-gov’t media now accuses world-famous pop singer Tarkan of Gülen links

Ersin Ramoğlu, a columnist for the Sabah daily, on Monday accused world-famous Turkish pop star Tarkan Tevetoğlu, aka Tarkan, along...

State news agency runs story warning Turkish families of ‘dangers’ of K-Pop culture

Turkey’s state-owned Anadolu news agency on Friday ran a story warning parents about the “dangers” of South Korean-based K-Pop (Korean...

Minority newspapers in Turkey are struggling to survive

Alin Ozinian Turkey’s Press Advertising Agency (BİK), the state body responsible for regulating publicly funded advertisements in the media, during its...

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