CULTURE AND ARTS

LITERATURE Time for Saroyan Library in Bitlis

A new library in Bitlis will be named after William Saroyan. Journalist Ahmet Tulgar, who came up with the idea, reports that he met with Bitlis Co-Mayor Hüseyin Olan and discussed the idea for a library.
SERGİ Diaspora Artists at Venice Biennale Armenia Pavilion

Artists elected to the National Pavilion of the Republic of Armenia at the 2015 Venice Biennale have been announced. On the occasion of the 100th commemoration of the Genocide, the Ministry of Culture of Armenia has dedicated its pavilion to the artists of the Armenian Diaspora. Sarkis, from France and Turkey, and Hera Büyüktaşçıyan, from Turkey, are among the artists elected.
ARCHITECTURE Municipality disrespects memory of ‘competent master’

The lost gravestone of Garabet Balyan, the architect of the Dolmabahçe Palace, and a member of the Balyan family praised by President Erdoğan as ‘competent masters’ of their art, was discovered at a Istanbul Metropolitan Municipality construction site in Kartal.
CULTURE AND ARTS This game says ‘not everyone in war is a soldier’

Produced by 11 bit studios and released in November 2014, This War of Mine sent shockwaves through the games market. Inspired by the 1992-96 Siege of Sarajevo, the player in This War of Mine controls a group of civilians rather than a soldier in combat, and the goal is surviving the war.
MUSIC SOAD will say ‘Wake up the Souls’

The world-famous rock band System of a Down has announced that it will commemorate the 100th anniversary of the Armenian Genocide with a series of concerts. The tour titled ‘Wake up the Souls’ begins on April 10 with a concert at Wembley Arena in London.
FILM 'Turkey, of which I am a part of, is ready for this film

‘The Cut’, shot by Fatih Akın in four continents, with a large budget, will premiere at the Venice Film Festival held from 27 August to 6 September. Akın, as always, spoke frankly in this first interview about the film, and stated that his greatest wish was for the film to be screened in major theatres in Turkey.