Film forum raises support for Turkish cinema

Film forum raises support for Turkish cinema11/08/2017 (Sabah – Turkey): Directed by Zeynep Atakan, the Antalya Film Forum is held as part of the 54th International Antalya Film Festival that will take place between Oct. 21 and Oct. 27 this year. Nearly 200 leading experts, national and international film professionals will be hosted and support for Turkish productions will increase at the forum, which is being held for the fourth time. The forum is a project development initiative and a co-production platform to support the development of film and to increase the visibility of Turkish productions internationally by encouraging producers and directors. It will get stronger this year and its support for Turkish productions will increase. The Antalya Film Forum, which is also a communication platform in which Turkey and the global film industry can come together, will support many projects…


Algeria: 1st subcontracting fair to be held on September 25th in Annaba

29/07/2017 (DZ Breaking – Algeria): The first subcontracting fair will be held on September from 23 to 25 in Annaba under the theme “Integration into the national economy”, said Wednesday a statement from the Chamber of Commerce and Industry. The event, which will be organized in cooperation with Badji Mokhtar University in Annaba province, is part of the efforts to develop subcontracting and to encourage the creation of SMEs for industrial integration, according to the same source. The fair will bring together economic operators active in the sectors of manufacturing industrial equipment and semi-finished products, glass and aluminum processing besides industrial subcontractors…


Russian Film Week in Algiers: “The Ghost” closes the event

09/07/2017 (DZ Breaking – Algeria): The Ghost (Le Fantôme), a science fiction comedy by Russian Director, Alexander Voitinski, was screened, on Saturday, at “Cinematheque D’alger” in Algiers, at the end of the Russian Film Week in Algiers, APS reported on Sunday. Released in 2015, the movie told the story of “Yuri Gordeev”, an inventor convinced that his latest creation the “YUG-1” will revolutionize civil aviation. Victim of a traffic accident, Yuri became a ghost, and Vania, a young high school student, is the only one able to see him and help him complete his invention. This was the first Russian film to use “Dolby Atmos” Surround sound reproduction technology, which is the result of Hollywood comedy with a big budget combining comedy, action and romantic scenes…


Turkish director chosen as best in Moscow

30/06/2017 (Hurriyet – Turkey): “Sarı Sıcak” (Yellow Heat), which won four awards including the Best Film Award at this year’s Istanbul Film Festival, returned from the 39th Moscow International Film Festival with the Best Director Award. Written and directed by Fikret Reyhan, the film made its international premiere at the festival, which ended on June 29 in Moscow.  Thirteen films were screened in the main competition of the festival. Reyhan was chosen the Best Director by a jury, headed by Iranian director Reza Mirkarimi and included Italian actress Ornella Muti, Finnish director and producer Jörn Donner, Spanish director Albert Serra, and German film consultant Brigitta Manthey.  Produced by Nizamettin Reyhan and Nuriye Bilici, “Yellow Heat” stars Aytaç Uşun and Mehmet Özgür…


Political turmoil finds artistic outlet at Basel fair

17/06/2017 (Hurriyet – Turkey): Hundreds of glass bottles suspended in nets or hanging from chains hauntingly illustrate the horrors of the slave trade, while 40,000 golden bullets are poised menacingly above an egg-covered surface. The global political turmoil has left its mark on many of the works on display at this year’s Art Basel, the world’s biggest contemporary art fair.With allusions to mass-migration tragedies, political populism, violent extremism and protest movements, even the more historically focused pieces appear to speak directly to today’s angst-provoking realities. “This edition of Art Basel was chosen at a particularly political time,” the fair’s director, Marc Spiegler, said ahead of the public opening on June 15…


International opera festival curtain opens in Istanbul

09/06/2017 (Hurriyet – Turkey): The 8th International Istanbul Opera Festival will meet art lovers between June 13 and 23, kicking off with Mozart’s famous “Abduction from the Seraglio,” staged by Yekta Kara. The opera, conducted by Zdravko Lazarov, will be performed by the Istanbul State Opera and Ballet on June 13, 14 and 15 in the garden of the Istanbul Archaeology Museum. Due to the 100th year of his birth, the founder of the Ankara and Istanbul Opera, state artist, director and opera artist Aydın Gün, who has made many contributions to the development of opera in Turkey, is being commemorated in the 2016-2017 season of the State Opera and Ballet with a concert series. He will also be commemorated in the festival program. The concert, which has been performed in the southern province of Mersin, Ankara and the northern province of Samsun, will also be performed in Istanbul by sopranos Zerrin Karslı, Deniz Yetim, mezzo soprano Aylin Ateş, tenor Emrah Sözer, bassist Şafak Güç, and baritone Caner Akgün under the baton of Selman Ada…


Burj Khalifa, Dubai Fountain most favoured attractions among tourists: Survey

03/06/2017 (Emirates 24/7 – UAE): Burj Khalifa and The Dubai Fountain have been rated by international tourists as their favourite attractions in the UAE, according to the latest Arabian Falcon Holidays, AFH, survey of 1,212 respondents. Over 70 percent of international tourists said they were keen to stay longer and explore more in Dubai. This clearly reflects the emirate’s fast-growing popularity as an international tourist destination. The desire to stay longer is over and above their one to two-week bookings, according to the AFH survey that included only non-residents. Dubai’s shopping malls, Dubai Aquarium and Underwater Zoo, The Palm, and the various restaurants are the other favourites among the surveyed international tourists. Al Mohannad Sharafuddin, Founder of AFH, an independent timeshare player in the Middle East, said, “The strong vision of Dubai’s leadership has led the emirate to outpace global growth in tourism.


Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque wins Traveller’s Choice Award for second year in a row

28/05/2017 (Emirates 24/7 – UAE): Once again, the UAE adds another outstanding achievement to its vast array of exceptional accomplishments following the announcement of the Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque ranking as the world’s second favourite landmark, winning Trip Advisors Traveller’s Choice Award of 2017. Trip Advisor, the world’s largest travel site, bases the ranking of its Traveller’s Choice Award on the opinions, ratings and comments of millions of travellers and visitors of architectural, and historic sites around the world, and is regarded as one of the most prestigious awards in the world. The Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque Centre’s administration attributed this achievement to several reasons, the most significant of which was the support of the nation’s wise leadership, which led to the mosque becoming one of the most prominent tourist destinations in the UAE. The magnificence of its architecture and the exquisiteness of its ornamentation further enhances its splendour, so does its religious, and tolerant role in consolidating the notions of coexistence and cross-cultural communication, making it one of the most preferred global destinations throughout the year…


Dubai Brings Strong Business Events Presence

20/05/2017 (Emirates 24/7 – UAE): Dubai Business Events (DBE), the city’s official convention bureau and a division of Dubai Corporation for Tourism and Commerce Marketing (DCTCM), has been showcasing Dubai’s dynamic business events offering at IMEX, which has been taking place this week in Frankfurt. DBE has brought a total of 27 stakeholders and partners to the global events industry exhibition, which has been running 16-18 May, including Emirates, Dubai World Trade Centre and Jumeirah Hotels. Expo 2020 Dubai has been co-exhibiting with DBE for the first time, introducing planners to the mega-event and explaining the opportunities it will afford them. Along with its co-exhibitors, DBE has been showcasing significant developments in Dubai’s business events offerings, further reinforcing the city’s status as a major business events destination. Emphasis also remains on the growing role that business events are playing in transforming Dubai into a global knowledge hub, as well as the emirate’s state-of-the-art facilities, world-class infrastructure and renowned hospitality sector that support the industry…


Two-day Doha Forum to open on Sunday

13/05/2017 (GDN – Qatar): Doha: The 17th edition of the Doha Forum will open on Sunday (May14) under the theme “Development, Stability and Refugee Crisis”. The two-day symposium will be held under the auspices of the Amir of Qatar Shaikh Tamim bin Hamad Al-Thani.“The focus will be on current international political developments,  economic challenges, investment, oil and gas issues and refugees”, said Organising Committee Chief Dr. Ibrahim bin Saleh Al-Nuaimi. Foreign Minister Shaikh Mohammed bin Abdulrahman Al-Thani address the opening session, themed International Cooperation and the Importance of Political and Economic Stability.”..