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Friday, January 22, 2010

Press Snippets: Celebrating with Tarkan

By Adelind Osmanlı reporting from Munich, Germany

As Turkish paper Sabah covers an acclaimed exhibition that explores the stories and faces of Europe and its most popular sport, football, Tarkan's name is inadvertently mentioned in relation to one of the other exhibitions at the Taksim Cumhuriyet Art Gallery.

Opened in Istanbul on 21 January to mark the Turkish city's year as European Capital of Culture, the Only A Game? exhibition, designed by Olivier Guilbaud, was visited by the mayor of Istanbul and the top federation heads of Turkish football.

In the article, Sabah writes that a robot dancing to Tarkan tunes in another exhibition caught a lot of attention by the visiting dignitaries.

Screencap of reportMeanwhile, as other sections of the Turkish press such as Haberturk, Milliyet and Takvim pick up on Tarkan's collaboration with Nil Özalp for her first solo outing published in Sabah's variety pages, the Turkish Magazine Press Association (MGD) publishes a report printed in Hürriyet on the studded leather jacket Tarkan wore for his Taksim show during the Capital of Culture celebrations (see left pic).

"It's been learnt that Tarkan's designer made the jacket according to the artist's specifications, and specially wanted the large 'T' on the back of the jacket," the report claims.

And finally, writer Vedat Kuşaklı in his column "A Soldier's Journal" for local political paper Son Söz, berates the government for going ahead with Istanbul's inauguration as a culture capital of Europe with the disaster in Haiti still ongoing.

"If this earthquake had happened in America, Europe, Israel or China, the Turkish government would have cancelled the 8.5 million pounds of fireworks and Tarkan silliness in sympathy of the victims.

"We've made do with sending out help, but that's all, because poor Haiti isn't a powerful government," Kuşaklı declares.

Turkish search-and-rescue teams are currently in the earthquake-devastated Haitian capital of Port-au-Prince, rescuing five survivors over the last two days, papers report, whilst freeing two more people early on Sunday with their American and French counterparts.

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