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ROME – Doğan News Agency
The 4th Turkish Film Festival, organized in the Italian capital of Rome, opened on April 16 with a gala event. Veteran singer and actress Hümeyra was presented with the Honorary Award at the opening.
ANAHEIM - Agence France-Presse
Hype surrounding the eagerly anticipated "Star Wars" reboot made the jump to light speed on April 16 as the movie's makers unveiled a new trailer that delighted fans with a glimpse of iconic characters Han Solo and Chewbacca.
Syrian singer Lena Chamamyan, one of the most popular performers in the Middle East, will take the stage in Istanbul as part of the 6th Avea concerts.
GENEVA - Agence France-Presse
Pop diva Lady Gaga's duet with veteran crooner Tony Bennett will top the bill at this year's Montreux Jazz Festival in Switzerland, with other headliners including Lenny Kravitz and Portishead, organisers said April 16.
The Hacettepe University International Bartok Music Festival and Symposium will be held between April 24 and 30 in Ankara.
BEIJING – Agence France-Presse
Erotic display or serious sport? At the World Pole Dancing Championships finals in Beijing on April 12, competitors in skin-tight suits insisted that their challenging discipline deserves Olympic recognition.
The live theatrical show, “Madagascar Live,” will be in Turkey once again on April 18.
Sam Thorne, the artistic director of Tate St. Ives, an art gallery in Cornwall, England, will be this week’s Museum Talks guest on April 7.
DUBAI - Reuters
Move over, Cairo, Beirut and Casablanca. Dubai is on a mission to become one of the Arab world’s top centers for art, design, film and fashion - areas traditionally dominated by older Arab cities outside the Gulf.
A “hat” calligraphy art exhibition has been opened at the Hünkar Mansion in Istanbul’s New Mosque, which was built in 1665.
The Istanbul Naval Museum is hosting a new exhibition, displaying more than 500 of 8,300 items that have been unearthed during excavation works on the Ertuğrul Frigate, an Ottoman military ship that sank off Japan in 1890.
ISTANBUL - Doğan News Agency
The 19th Aydın Doğan Award was presented to Turkey’s Nobel laureate writer Orhan Pamuk on April 16 at the Istanbul Hilton Hotel
FOLDED CORNER: ‘Stamboul Sketches: Encounters in Old Istanbul’ by John Freely (Eland, 208 pages, £12.99)
BERLIN - Reuters
German novelist Guenter Grass, the Nobel Prize-winning author of works such as "The Tin Drum", has died at the age of 87, a foundation in his name said on April 13.