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Turkish singer sentenced over joke on religious schools

A court in Istanbul on Wednesday handed Turkish pop singer Gulsen a 10-month suspended sentence after convicting her of "inciting hatred and enmity" over a joke about Turkey's religious schools, Turkey's state-run news agency reported.

Turkish director’s film wins award in US

Turkish writer-director Selcen Ergun's debut feature "Snow and the Bear" (Kar ve Ayı) has won the New Directors Award at the 66th San Francisco International Film Festival (SFFILM), which was held from April 13 to 23 and featured local and international filmmakers and works.

Vucic signs book of condolences at Turkish embassy

BELGRADE - Serbian President Aleksandar Vucic signed a book of condolences at the Turkish embassy in Belgrade on Thursday following a devastating earthquake that has caused great loss of life in Turkey, noting that Serbian citizens symphatised with Turkish friends in these times of pain and sadness.

Presidential Culture and Arts Grand Award winners announced

President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan has announced the winners of this year's Presidential Culture and Arts Grand Awards, with late Turkish folk poet Aşık Veysel being honored with the loyalty award.

The winner of the award in the field of music was Ajda Pekkan, while Yılmaz Erdoğan received the cinema award for his screenwriting and acting.

BIRN Journalists Threatened by Turkish Far-Right ‘Wolves’

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The threats were sent from Bosnia and Herzegovina, and from Turkey, on June 28, and since then, after BIRN published an investigation into the Grey Wolves organisation's branch and its activities in Bosnia.

Kuloglija and Buyuk continued to receive messages on their phones with intimidating content after the publication of the article.

Over 90,000 books published in first half of 2022

The number of books published in the first six months of 2022 in Türkiye was 90,149, the Culture and Tourism Ministry has said, noting that the number of books published increased by 1.6 percent compared with the same period of last year.

Number of movie halls, audiences falling in Turkey

The number of movie halls has decreased by 11.1 percent, while the number of cinema audiences decreasing by 27.9 percent in 2021 compared to 2020, the Turkish Statistical Institute (TÜİK) has said.

According to the country's official data institute, the number of cinema halls dropped from some 2,698 to some 2,398 in a year across Turkey.

Pamuk’s urban renewal decision stirs debate

Nobel Prize winner Orhan Pamuk has attempted to demolish the house he is living in within the scope of an urban transformation project, but the angered neighbors have accused him of having a "hidden agenda" to build a museum instead.

TikTok becomes entertainment partner of İKSV

TikTok has become the entertainment partner of the Istanbul Foundation for Culture and Arts (İKSV) as it celebrates its 50th anniversary.

Fazıl Say raises awareness about pollution in concert

Turkey's internationally acclaimed pianist Fazıl Say gave a free concert on the banks of Munzur River in the eastern province of Tunceli, formerly known as Dersim, to raise awareness about Munzur River and environmental pollution.

Thousands of people from various parts of Turkey viewed the concert, accompanied by mezzo-soprano Serenad Bağcan.