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 for 45 years. Local musicians, however, are crossing the south-easternmost border of the EU. Monsieur Doumani is an internationally acclaimed Greek-Cypriot musician trio on the island of Cyprus. Thirty years after the dissolution of the Iron Curtain in Europe, the band musically defies the division of the island. […]