CULTURE AND ARTS

LITERATURE Tracing the children's books that raised “Armenia of Kurds”

Asia and Africa collection of British Library in London offers books that tell a story of Kurdish language and culture that is not widely known. More than hundred works in Kurdish, especially children's books, that were published in Soviet Armenia in Cyrillic, Armenian and Latin alphabets have come to light again thanks to cataloging efforts of Michael Erdman, library's curator of Turkish and Turkic languages.
MUSIC “Turkish song” censor to Collectif Medz Bazar

Collectif Medz Bazar was going to perform in the concert for commemorating Armenian Genocide in Arnouville city near Paris. However, they decided not to perform, after the organization requested not to perform their Turkish songs. The band reacted against this situation with a letter.
LITERATURE Love stories from Baron Seropyan: Aşiq û Maşûq

Showing that this land is not only a source of tensions and massacres, but also nurtures unforgettable love stories, “Aşiq û Maşûq – Kurdish-Armenian love stories from Armenian sources” brings three unforgettable tales which are part of oral history and handed down from generation to generation. The common ground of these tales is not only impossible loves; they also voice Anatolia, Mesopotamia and all unique Dersim and reveal the life of Armenian and Kurdish peoples.
PHOTOGRAPHY “Bringing people closer is the foundation of humanistic photography”

German Avagyan is a photographer who participated in joint Armenia-Turkey exhibitions before it was a trend and has always used his camera for documenting the difficult issues that became a wound for the society. In this regard, interviewing him is precious, not only in terms of photography but also in terms of understanding how photography can really change people's lives. We introduce this artist concerned with many issues like poverty, disability and war to our readers.
MUSIC Istanbul-based master of a 2500-year-old instrument

Today, musical instrument making is not a very popular occupation, but the number of people interested in this craft is increasing. Two weeks ago, we published an interview with Istanbul-born Vahank Nogigosian, one of the rare Stradivarius violin repairers in Turkey. This week, we introduce Iranian santur-maker Amir Homayunfard, who has been living in Turkey for 7 years.
CULTURE AND ARTS Ankara breaks off the cultural ties with Europe over genocide

Turkey, with a unilateral decision, left the “Creative Europe” program, which supports the culture and media sectors in Europe. The negotiation is started with the officials from European Commission in order to organize Turkey's withdrawal from the program starting from June 1, 2017. This decision is initiated by Turkish Ministry of Foreign Affairs.