Istanbul

Destroying a minority: Turkey’s September 6-7, 1955 pogrom against the Greeks of Istanbul

By George Gilson

The Turkish pogrom against the Greeks of Istanbul which began on 6 September is one of the darkest pages in recent Turkish history and one of the deepest wounds in the collective memory of the Greek nation.

As in the case of the Armenian Genocide, the Turkish state in the ensuing decades never acknowledged the pogrom against the Greek minority. It denied it.

Turkey committed to tourism targets: Minister

Culture and Tourism Minister Mehmet Nuri Ersoy on Sept. 4 reaffirmed the government's annual target of 25 million foreign tourists.

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"We are not doing badly. We are still committed to our target of 25 million tourists and $20 billion in revenues that we announced at the start of the season," he said during a press conference at Istanbul's Maiden Tower.

Istanbul State Opera Ballet opens with 'Fidelio'

Istanbul State Opera and Ballet (IDOB) has opened its new season with the opera "Fidelio" at the Kadıköy Süreyya Opera House.

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Fecir Alptekin, the chief adviser to President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, and Kadıköy Mayor Şerdil Dara Odabaşı watched the opera that attracted great interest of art lovers.

Contemporary Istanbul to be held in October

Contemporary Istanbul (CI) will present its 16th edition in a new location, Tersane Istanbul, from Oct. 7 to 10.

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The fair will bring contemporary art to one of Istanbul's most important heritage sites, following a major regeneration project to breathe new life into the historic Haliç Shipyard and the Golden Horn district.

Motocross legend crosses Istanbul Strait on specially designed bike

A world-famous motocross rider has crossed the European side of the Istanbul strait reaching the Asian side in 1.5 minutes by riding a specially designed bike on the Marmara Sea for an ice-cream advertisement.

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"It was an unusual experience. Thanks to all who gave me this opportunity," legendary bike-rider Robbie Maddison said at a press conference on Aug. 25.

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