The Turkish cultural scene and justice. In the so-called Gezi trial, Osman Kavala was sentenced to life imprisonment and with him seven other artists were sentenced to 18 years in prison. “Tracks” meets musicians like Fungistanbul and 2/5 BZ as well as the artist Zehra Doğan. arte, Tracks, July 2022
Ramadan in Europa – fast, pray, keep your distance. ARTE RE reportage from Istanbul, Paris and Karlsruhe during the Ramadan 2021 in times of COVID-19 by Thomas Büsch, Lorenz Findeisen, Sabine Küper-Büsch and Juliane Tutein. Watch it at ARTE, May 13th (French and German)
Istanbul’s landmark, the world-famous Hagia Sophia, has been a mosque again this summer. For years the Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has been gradually correcting the secular reforms of the state founder Mustafa Kemal Ataturk. Erdogan’s ideologically motivated reshaping of Istanbul calls critics on the scene. ORF – Kulturmontag, 9.11.2020
In Vakıflı, the last Armenian village in Turkey, there has been a special museum since early summer. It is carefully attempted to establish a culture of remembrance. At the same time, the people try to maintain their Armenian traditions and document them in the museum.
Hasankeyf, located in the Turkish border area with Iran, Iraq and Syria, is at least 12,000 years old and thus one of the oldest settlements of mankind. Turkey is building a gigantic dam here, the place will sink into the associated reservoir. And below the reservoir, the wetlands of the Tigris will dry up.
The island of Cyprus has been divided since 1974. Salpy Eskidjian Weiderud is the initiator of an interfaith dialogue that aims to overhaul the almost fifty-year political division of the Mediterranean island on a religious level.