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* The Turkish parliament is about to start a new legislative year.
According to the Turkish daily Milliyet, the Turkish prime minister says
the first thing he wants the parliament to do is the rewritimg of the
According to the daily Sabah, prime Minister Erdogan says he would even
talk to the Peace and Democracy MPs on the new constitution, if they stop
their boycott and return to the parliament.
In related news, the main Opposition Party slammed Prime Minister
Erdogan's timetable for making the new constitution. Making the
constitution in eight or nine months means that it will not be in favor of
liberties, a Republican People's Party leader said.
The country's second-largest opposition party, the Nationalist Movement
Party also rejected Erdogan's proposed deadline.
* Speaking of the Peace and Democracy party boycott, the Hurriyet Daily
News reports that the party leader Selahattin Demirtas and Gultan Kisanak
met with Turkey's president Mr. Gul on Thursday and announced that they
are ending their boycott.
MPs of the party rejected to take their oaths due to their arrested
party members whose demands to be released were rejected by the courts
even though they were elected to Parliament in the June 12 elections.
* Prime Minister Erdogan was in Skopje, Macedonia on Thursday. Yeni Safak
daily quoted Erdogan as saying "the Macedonians should not have any
concerns. Macedonia will enter the European Union before Turkey. We will
enter the European Union after Macedonia. As such, I hope that Macedonia's
membership in the European Union would be beneficial and fruitful".
The daily Hurriyet quoted Erdogan as saying "if Greece tries to block
Macedonia's membership in NATO. Turkey has extended support and will
continue to extend support to Macedonia's membership in NATO".
Macedonia officially became a candidate for European Union membership in
2005, but Greece has blocked it from joining either the European bloc or
NATO, saying the name "Macedonia" implies a claim on the northern Greek
region of the same name.
Almost two decades of U.N.-led negotiations over the name dispute have
thus far failed to bear fruit.
* We told you about the escalating violence caused by the Kurdish rebels
in Turkey in last week's news.
The latest victim of the violence was a one-day old newborn. The baby's
mother was killed by the rebels earlier while she was still pregnant, and
the baby was delivered with a c-section.
Prime Minister Erdogan commented on the death and also accused the
pro-rebel Peace and Democracy Party of being on side of the the murderers.
Mr Erdogan said that the rebel Kurdistan Workers Party militants fired
200 bullets on four young girls and then apologized in a sarcastic way.
"What are the goals of people who planned these murders and shed blood?
And then they release statements of apology...", he added.
Turkish dailies also reported that the rebels are now targeting
teachers. In the Diyarbakir and Elazig provinces they have kidnapped 12
In related news, Turkish officials ordered a mandatory evacuation of the
highlands on Mount Kato in preparation for a military operation against
the rebels there
* According to the Hurriyet Daily News , US Ambassador to Turkey Francis
Ricciardone said on Friday that the U.S will give three Super Cobra
helicopters to Turkey. Turkey had been asking for Super Cobras to replace
the helicopters it lost during its campaign against the rebel Kurds.
* The Turkish Industry and Business Association released a report titled
"Vision 2050 Turkey" on Tuesday morning.
In the report the organization urged for sustainable development and a
transition towards "information society".
In a speech, the Association head Umit Boyner's on Monday said "We do
not have an aim of saving the world with our Vision 2050 Turkey report,"
Boyner said. "It is only for preparing the business world for the new
realities of the coming 40 years and to draw a road map for the business
world to make use of the opportunities likely to emerge."
The report also urged carbon emissions to be reduced, pointing out that
carbon emission from Turkey's road transportation has increased 80 percent
between the years 1990 and 2009.
* Rescue ships, tugboats, helicopters and professional divers participated
in a major drill in Istanbul's Bosporus Straits on Thursday to simulate an
oil spill at sea caused by the collision of a tanker ship and a passenger
The exercise was attended by 600 personnel, as well as 500 student
observers and Erdogan Bayraktar, the environment and urban planning
The Bosporus was closed to all sea traffic for five hours after the
drill began at 9:30 A.M.
Some 360 million tons of cargo pass through the Turkish Straits every
year, 143 million tons of which are classified as hazardous materials. A
total of 141 accidents have occurred in the past five years in the
* According to the Hurriyet Daily News Turkey has denounced Israel's
approval of the construction of 1,100 more settlements in the Gilo
district of east Jerusalem, a written Foreign Ministry statement said late
"Israel's attempt for new settlements in occupied Palestinian lands even
[during increased attempts to solve the Palestinian problem] leads to
serious suspicions on its real intentions and sincerity and harms
international efforts," the ministry said.
* The Anatolia News Agency reports that the European Union for the first
time is planning to draw a road map to completely remove visa requirements
for Turkish citizens, while in the meantime the union will take steps to
ease visa procedures, according to Cecilia Malmstrom, European Commission
representative for interior affairs.
ARTS AND CULTURE
* Izmir Metropolitan Municipality's jazz band has given a concert in
Dusseldorf, Germany, Dogan News Agency reported Monday.
The concert was sponsored by the Turkish General Consulate in Dusseldorf
to commemorate the 50th year of the arrival of Turkish guest workers to
Dusseldorf's leading art institute Jazzschmiede hosted the concert.
Turkey's consul general to Dusseldorf, Firat Sunel, attended the event
among other guests.
* According to the Hurriyet Daily News the 14th Istanbul International
1001 Documentaries Film Festival will be held between Sept. 29 and Oct. 3
with hundreds of offerings from all over the world.
The films to be screened at the festival are determined not just by the
powerful styles used in the films, but also by the humanitarian values
expressed, according to organizers. Promoting the coexistence of different
cultures, supporting values that contribute to the future of mankind and
presenting different points of view are the common strands that run
through all the films.
The festival will present films that fall into seven thematic categories
that are identified by seven different colors.
The Black category features stories about war, violence, social
depression and the people who experienced, suffered or resisted these
times; Red films depict the conditions of work and labor, workers and
laborers in the world order; Orange films present modern-day stories from
both close to home and far away; the Yellow category captures tales of
migration and being far away from home; Blue films illustrate ordinary
stories about extraordinary people and extraordinary stories about
ordinary people; the Purple category covers art, craft and culture, while
the Green category includes films on nature, human and cities.
This year's festival also features a category called "Confined Spaces /
Confined Souls," as well as documentaries for children, which will include
films designed for children between the ages of 7 and 15. Organizers said
they planned to sustain the latter category with extra activities like
conferences and workshops in future editions of the festival.
For further information about the festival, head to
* The Anatolia News Agency reports that two producers working on the
upcoming James Bond movie, part of which will be filmed in Istanbul,
visited the Turkish minister of culture and tourism on Tuesday.
The upcoming James Bond movie will be another installment in the world's
longest film series and is special because it commemorates the 50th
anniversary of the series.
Barbara Broccoli and Michael G. Wilson, the U.S. producers of the film,
visited Turkish Culture and Tourism Minister Ertugrul Gunay in his office
Tuesday and provided information about the new film. Copyrights and
General Director of Film Abdurrahman Celik and producer Ali Akdeniz were
also present during the visit.
"The opening scenes are planned to be filmed in Istanbul, but some other
places will also be used outside Istanbul for the film," Gunay said.
Wilson, who said the film would be released next year, was grateful for
Turkish hospitality. "It is a great pleasure for us to be in Istanbul for
the 50th anniversary of the series."
"We are proud to see that James Bond is still a well-known character in
Turkey," Broccoli said.
The U.S. producers presented a collector's edition of the James Bond
series to Gunay.
* The Hurriyet Daily News reports that Iranian virtuoso Farid Farjad will
give eight concerts in various Turkish provinces. Iranian violin virtuoso
Farid Farjad will begin a concert tour across Turkey with a performance in
the Aegean province of Izmir on Oct. 5.
Farjad, who is known as the man "who makes the violin cry due to the
emotions in his songs," will take the stage at Izmir's Ismet Inonu Art
Center, according to the Aegean Culture and Art Organization.
He will continue his concerts on Oct. 7 at Erzurum's Ataturk University
Congress Hall; on Oct. 8 at Ankara's National Education Ministry Council
Hall; on Oct. 10 at Gaziantep's 100. Yil Amphitheater; on Oct. 12 at
Mersin's Ataturk Congress Center; on Oct. 14 at Diyarbakir's Dicle
University Concert Hall; on Oct. 15 at Istanbul's Caddebostan Culture
Center and on Oct. 19 at Istanbul's Kultur University Akinguc Auditorium.
* Istanbul Design Week is again hosting exhibitions and workshops related
to design, trend, science, architecture and technology on the Old Galata
Bridge reports the Hurriyet Daily News. A number of well-respected
designers and architects from both Turkey and abroad are expected to
attend the event.
Istanbul Design Week 2011 aims to bring a new breath to design vision by
connecting Istanbul, as a design center, to Europe and other world cities,
according to organizers.
Istanbul's youthful energy, dynamic urban identity and culture, all of
which encourage creativity and variety in daily life, will be reflected at
the event, which features a program full of the newest projects,
exhibitions and workshops related to design, trend, science, architecture
The design week will also focus on cultural differences and design.
Today, what differentiates each of the products and services is urban
development and the design notion that provides interaction among
Last year's event drew 35,000 and included speeches by important figures
in the sector, including Karim Rashid and Massimilliano Fuksas.
This year's event is being organized in cooperation between Istanbul
Metropolitan Municipality, daily Hurriyet, dDf and ISTAV.
* The Istanbul State Opera and Ballet is preparing to open its new season
with a number of new shows reports the Hurriyet Daily News.. The upcoming
season will start with an exclusive show Oct 8 at the Hagia Irene Church
with proceeds benefiting Somalia
The first show of the season will be Gaetano Donizetti's opera "Love
Potion." This operatic work by Donizetti will be staged by Yekta Kara, art
director of the Istanbul State Opera and Ballet, and conducted by Raoul
The opera will be performed by the soloists of the Istanbul Opera and
Ballet. The program of the opening concert will also include video
extracts from the pas de deux (duet) ballet scenes from "Cesmebasi" (At
the Fountain) and from the opera "The Italian Straw Hat".
The season's new operatic works will include some of the most famous
opera composers such as Mozart, Wagner, Verdi, Donizetti, Offenbach and
Another exclusive operatic work will be "Midas' Ears," produced by Yuzel
Erten and conducted by Serdar Yalcin. The work is about King Midas'
transformation into a mule by Apollo, the god of light and the sun.
The operatic comedy "The Italian Straw Hat" will be onstage for the
first time in Turkey. The music of the opera was composed by Ernesto and
Nino Rota and the opera will be staged by Giampaolo Zennaro. "Ariadne
Naxos," an opera composed by Strauss and prepared for the stage by Mehmet
Erguven, will also be new onstage this season. Dame Ninette de Valois, who
is presenting ballet to a Turkish audience for the first time, will be
commemorated on the Istanbul ballet stage. The choreography of "Step by
Step with Dame Ninette de Valois" will be organized by Yannick Boquin. The
ballet features the music of Chopin and showcases the song "The Sorrows of
Young Werther" for the first time in Turkey.
The "Hurrem Sultan" ballet will be another addition to the new season.
Staged by Deniz Yamanus and Oktay Keresteci and composed by Nevit Kodalli,
"Hurrem Sultan" will be one of the most exclusive shows.
The second part of the season will host nostalgic shows. The quartet
show consists of the four memorable ballets "At the Fountain Head" ,
"Judith," "White and Black" and "Ara Danslar Ara Nagmeler." The
choreographers include Dame Ninette de Valois, Alfred Rodrigues, Geyvan
McMillen and Mehmet Balkan.
* The Hurriyet Daily News reports that Defne Ayas will be the first
Turkish director of the Witte de With, a center for contemporary art in
Rotterdam. The appointment will begin on Jan. 1.
At Witte de With, Ayas will replace Nicolaus Schafhausen, who has held
the directorship for six years, the maximum amount of time the museum
allows its leader to stay.
Ayas has been with Performa since 2004, before its first year, which was
presented in 2005. Its fourth iteration, dubbed Performa 11, will take
place in November.
Before she joined Arthub Asia and Performa, Ayas coordinated the New
York-based New Museum of Contemporary Art's public and new media
programming. Ayas has recently served as a curatorial advisor to the 8th
Shanghai Biennial, and as a publication advisor to the 8th Gwangju
Biennial in South Korea in 2010. Ayas completed the De Appel Curatorial
Program in Amsterdam and received her master's degree from the Tisch
School of the Arts at New York University.
Ayas will stay involved with Performa, Arthub Asia, as well as with
Blind Dates Project, an artistic platform dedicated to tackling what
remains of the legacy and collapse of the Ottoman Empire, of which she is
a founding co-curator.
* According to the Hurriyet Daily News a vast array of local and
international talent is set to appear in Istanbul in the forthcoming
months as part of Borusan's new concert season.
This year the opening concert of the Borusan Istanbul Philharmonic, or
BIPO, will be held Oct. 13 at the Lutfi Kirdar International Convention
and Exhibition Center with a work by composers Berlioz, Lalo, Strauss and
Schmitt and their compositions from the 19th century under the direction
of Sascha Goetzel.
The first concert of 2012 will feature the famous coloratura soprano
Elena Fink, who has been a favorite of critics since the beginning of her
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* According to the Anatolia News Agency the 2,000-year-old play "Peace" by
Greek comic playwright Aristophanes will be performed at the Ankara State
Yucel Erten, director of the play, said that even though the play was
written 2,000 years ago, it was still very influential
The play will be onstage for the sixth time in Turkey. "Each time we
have updated it," Erten said. "Different actors and actresses on the stage
also affect the general evaluation of the play, and that causes changes in
The music for the play was composed by Cem Idiz; stage design was
created by Hakan Dundar; and the play was choreographed by Salima Sokmen.
* The Hurriyet Daily News reports that A new exhibition focusing on the
works of the Ottoman Empire's most famous archaeologist, Osman Hamdi Bey,
as well as the first excavations conducted by his American counterparts in
the empire, will open at the Pera Museum on Oct. 15.
"Osman Hamdi Bey and The Americans: Archeology, Diplomacy, Art" will
showcase for the first time paintings by Osman Hamdi Bey, archaeological
photographs, drawings, letters, travel journals and archaeological
The unique selection is on loan from the University of Pennsylvania, the
Fine Arts Museum Boston, the Istanbul Archaeological Museum, the Istanbul
Museum of Painting and Sculpture and private collections. Apart from his
lesser-known paintings, two unknown works of Osman Hamdi Bey discovered at
the Penn Museum will also be on display.
The exhibition will continue until Jan. 8, 2012.
* The Ankara State Opera and Ballet will open its new season Saturday with
the ballet work "Notre Dame de Paris" at its refurbished building in the
Turkish capital reports the Anatolia News Agency.
The Ankara State Opera and Ballet will stage eight new opera shows in
the 2011-2012 season, including Selma Ada's operatic work "Ali Baba and
Forty Thieves;" Davran said they expected the work to attract great
The opera "Rusalka" will also be staged in Turkish this season. "This is
an important beginning," said Davran, noting that Turkish-language operas
would bring a breath of fresh air to the scene.
This season, the Ankara State Opera and Ballet will also stage two
works, "Sleeping Beauty" and "Murad IV," which are new to the Turkish
ballet scene, said Davran. "'Murad IV,' which will be onstage in December,
is expected to draw attention even in the international ballet scene," he
The Ankara State Opera and Ballet will also host exclusive events
throughout the season. "There will be exclusive shows for children," said
Davran, adding that New Year's concerts and modern dance shows were among
the company's best shows.
* Turkey's legendary jazz composer and pianist Fahir Atakoglu will return
by popular demand to perform at Drom in New York City on Oct. 5 at 8 P.M.
reports the Hurriyet Daily News.
Atakoglu reached the top of the JazzWeek World Music Charts three times
with music from his critically acclaimed U.S. jazz CD releases including
"If," "Istanbul in Blue" and his latest CD, "Faces & Places," which
features jazz fused with traditional Turkish melodies. He will perform at
Drom with internationally renowned musicians Alain Caron on bass and Cuban
drummer Horacio "El Negro" Hernandez
Born in Istanbul, award-winning composer and pianist Atakoglu is well
known for his ambitious symphonic works and music for film. He has
composed music for many of Turkey's top musicians and earned a loyal
international following through the release of 18 albums.
Employing unique rhythmic, melodic and harmonic modalities, his music
reflects his many different cultural influences that he combines to create
compositions with striking originality that continue to echo the culture
of his homeland.
Atakoglu has played to sold-out shows at the world-renowned Kodak
Theater in Los Angeles and Carnegie Hall in New York, further establishing
his worldwide appeal.
* Turkish Tourism and Culture Counselor in Paris Hasan Yavuz told the
Anatolia News Agency on Saturday that the number of French tourists, who
visited Turkey between January and September period in 2011, increased 45
percent to 1.2 million when compared the same period of 2010.
After Germany, Russia, Britain, Iran and Bulgaria, France became the
sixth country which sent highest number of tourists to Turkey in 2011, he
* According to the Anatolia News Agency President Barack Obama honored on
Monday a Turkish scientist with Presidential Early Career Awards for
Scientists and Engineers.
Associate Professor Aydogan Ozcan of the University of California who
is currently leading the Bio- and Nano-Photonics Laboratory at the
Electrical Engineering Department was one of the recipients of the award.
The awards, established by former President Bill Clinton in 1996, are
coordinated by the Office of Science and Technology Policy within the
Executive Office of the President.
Awardees are selected for their pursuit of innovative research at the
frontiers of science and technology and their commitment to community
service as demonstrated through scientific leadership, public education,
or community outreach.
Ninety-four researchers, including Ozcan, were granted this year's
Dr. Ozcan holds 17 issued patents and another 12 pending patent
applications for his inventions in nanoscopy, wide-field imaging, lensless
imaging, nonlinear optics, fiber optics, and optical coherence tomography.
* According to the Anatolia News Agency Portugal's Fatima city, world
famous for the Christian religious visions that reportedly took place
there in 1917, is about to become a sister city of western province of
Izmir's Selcuk town where the House of the Virgin Mary is located.
* Speaking of sister cities, Tukey's capital Ankara and U.S. capital
Washington will also become sister cities on October 3.
Ankara Metropolitan Mayor Melih Gokcek and Washington Mayor Vincent Gray
will sign the protocol in Washington D.C. municipality building.
The day before, the Turks in Washington DC will be having their annual
Turkish festival. The festival, among others, will feature Turkish
cuisine, music, folk dances and a bazaar selling arts and crafts.
* International musicians will take stage in Istanbul every month from
October 2011 till June 2012 to commemorate French composer Claude Achille
Debussy, reports the Anatolia News Agency.
The Istanbul Recitals will begin with a concert of French pianist Eric
Le Sage on October 7.
Claude Achille Debussy lived between 1862 and 1918, and was one of the
most prominent figures working within the field of impressionist music.
* Turkish Culture & Tourism Minister Ertugrul Gunay told the Anatolia News
Agency on Sunday that the upper part of Weary Hercules Statue was
returning from the United States to Turkey by the plane of Turkish Prime
Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan.
During excavations in 1980 in Perge town of the southern province of
Antalya, Prof. Jale Inan unearthed lower part of demigod Hercules statue.
Officials noticed that a similar statue was being exhibited in Boston.
Experts examined the statue in Boston and found out that it was the half
of the part in Turkey.
Turkey has been exerting efforts to get back the upper part of the
statue since that date.
EXCHANGE RATE for the U.S. dollar in New Turkish Liras: 1.85
High and Low Temperatures in Degrees F, Weather
Ankara, in central Turkey: 68/41 Mostly Sunny
Antalya, on the Mediterranean: 81/64 Mostly Sunny
Istanbul, in northwestern Turkey: 72/57 Mostly Cloudy
Izmir, on the Aegean: 77/64 Mostly Sunny
Trabzon, on the Black Sea: 64/57 Showers
Van, in Eastern Turkey 57/41 Heavy Showers
Black Sea measured at Trabzon 75
Marmara Sea measured at Tekirdag 70
Aegean Sea measured at Izmir 77
Mediterranean Sea measured at Antalya 81
* Premiere League
* Results for week: 4
Kayseri Sp - Fenerbahce 0 - 1
Mersin Idman Yurdu - G. Antep Sp 2 - 0
Manisa Sp - B. $ehir Bld. Sp 0 - 2
Trabzon Sp - Karabuk Sp 3 - 1
Sivas Sp - Bursa Sp 3 - 0
Ordu Sp - Samsun Sp 0 - 0
G. Birligi - Ankaragucu 1 - 1
Be$iKta$ - Antalya Sp 1 - 0
G. Saray - Eski$ehir Sp 2 - 0
In games played so far this weekend: 5
Bursa Sp - G. Birligi 4 - 0
Karabuk Sp - Ordu Sp 1 - 2
Fenerbahce - B. $ehir Bld. Sp 4 - 2
Antalya Sp - Sivas Sp 2 - 2
Samsun Sp - Manisa Sp 1 - 2
Kayseri Sp - Mersin Idman Yurdu 2 - 2
Ankaragucu - G. Saray 0 - 3
Eski$ehir Sp - Trabzon Sp 0 - 2
G. Antep Sp - Be$iKta$ -
Standing in the league as of week ending 4
1 - B. $ehir Bld. Sp 10
2 - Fenerbahce 10
3 - Be$iKta$ 9
4 - Mersin Idman Yurdu 9
5 - Eski$ehir Sp 7
6 - G. Saray 7
7 - Bursa Sp 6
8 - Antalya Sp 6
9 - Sivas Sp 6
10 - Trabzon Sp 5
11 - G. Birligi 5
12 - Ordu Sp 5
13 - Samsun Sp 5
14 - Karabuk Sp 4
15 - Kayseri Sp 3
16 - Manisa Sp 2
17 - Ankaragucu 1
18 - G. Antep Sp 0
* According to the Anatolia News Agency Turkey beats Russia 3-0 at
European Women's Volleyball Championship, advances to semi-final
Turkey beat Russia 3-0 at the European Women's Volleyball Championship
on Wednesday and advanced to the semi-final.
MONZA- Russia is the last world champion in women's volleyball.
Turkey will play against the winner of Serbia-Poland game at the
The European Women's Volleyball Championship is co-hosted by Italy and
* Kobe Bryant inaugurated two basketball courts in Istanbul on Sunday,
reports the Anatolia News Agency.
When asked his opinion about Turkey's Besiktas basketball team's offer
to transfer him, Bryant said that he was still thinking about the offer.
Bryant said that he liked Turkish basketball players Hidayet Turkoglu
and Mehmet Okur who were playing in NBA.
* Speaking of Mehmet Okur, he has transferred to Turk Telekom of Turkey's
Beko Basketball League after playing at the U.S. National Basketball
Association for about 10 years.
* According to the Anatolia News Agency Turkey's Istanbul city hosted the
2011 Archery World Cup Final on September 24 and 25
32 archers from the world competed in the park near Kucuksu Pavilion in
Asian side of the city on the Bosporus strait.
The Istanbul competitions came After four World Cup stages which took
place in Croatia's Porec, Turkey's Antalya, U.S.' Ogden and China's
Yagiz Yilmaz, Natalia Nasaridze, Ali Davarci and Gizem Kocaman
represented Turkey in the final.
As a team Turkish archers won a silver medal in one of the categories.
American archers came first and got the gold medal. In fact Americans
dominated the games. In men's Roger Willett JR., in women's Erika Anschutz
became the champions.
* Turkish Football Federation makes a landmark decision and announced that
women and children will enter the top-flight matches free of charge. The
new ruling will go into effect with this weekend's Spor Toto Super League
games and will continue until the end of the current season.
As we reported to you last week, the federation allowed only women and
children to a match last week in response to fan violence.
In that match, 46,000 women and children showed up.
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*** THE MEDITERRANEAN STUDIES FORUM at STANFORD UNIVERITY
October 3-14, Stanford University Cecil H. Green Library, South Portal Lobby
Turkish Film Poster Exhibit: Golden Age of Turkish Cinema
October 12, 7:00 pm, Pigott Hall, Room 113
Burcu Karahan- Richardson (Stanford University)
Film Screening: Turkish Pop Cinema (2005) & Tarkan vs. the Vikings (1971)
*** Award-winning documentary filmmaker Stephen Olsson's
Rumi Project: One Through Love
will play at "Mill Valley Film Festival" on Saturday, October 15th at 11:30am
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Anatolian Outlaw: Yilmaz Guney
September 17 - October 9
Renegade Turkish actor/filmmaker Yilmaz Guney (1931.84) created a cinema
that took key elements of Turkish and Kurdish outlaw folklore and merged
them into a hypnotic blend of Italian and Hollywood Westerns, Third World
cinema, and social realism. This series features eight of his films,
including the 1982 winner of the Palme d.Or at Cannes, Yol.
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* to teach Turkish culture, values, traditions and history
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new friends, learning new games and songs, and going to field trips. Special
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International Cultural Program.
San Francisco World TV Channel 29
Sundays at 9-10 A.M.
*** Yore dance invites you to:
Free Turkish Folkdance Classes.
Please contact with Yore Folk Ensemble for the details.
TELL YOUR FRIENDS who might be interested joining our group.
Yore Folk Ensemble
*** Azerbaijan Cultural Society of Northern California
Azeri Turkish classes: Check with the ACSNC center web pages for dates and times: http://acsnc.org/
All are welcome to attend and learn more about the rich and beautiful Azeri tongue.
16400 Lark Ave. Ste # 260
Los Gatos, CA 95032
*** Turkish Classical Music Chorus started practices again.
They are looking for singers and players of instruments
Join them on Friday evenings in San Jose
Please contact with Sema Oktay for the details.
Sema_Aksu_Oktay [at] yahoo [dot] com
TELL YOUR FRIENDS who might be interested joining the chorus.