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Kastamonu, 2018 cultural capital of Turkic world

Declared the Cultural Capital of the Turkic World 2018 by the International Organization of Turkic Culture, Kastamonu is one of the oldest settlements in Anatolia and presents historical, cultural and natural beautyPreparations for year-long events in Kastamonu province, which has been declared the 2018 Cultural Capital of the Turkic World by the International Organization of Turkic Culture (TURKSOY), are ongoing. After the declaration at the 35th Term Meeting of the Permanent Council of TURKSOY, which took place on Dec. 5, 2017, in Turkistan, it was decided that the city would host the next meeting. Many cultural and artistic events will be organized in the city, which has prominent and historical value, all year round. Having a 7,000-year history, Kastamonu is one of the oldest settlements in Anatolia. It was captured by Turkish Emir Karatekin Pasha in 1084 and added to the Ottoman lands in the period of Mehmed II, known as Mehmed the Conqueror. Afterward, the city acquired continued..

Top weekend events: 'A Fargo Christmas,' 'Jewels of the Season,' Ozomatli Presents Ozokidz

“A Fargo Christmas: North of Normal”7:30 p.m. Tuesdays-Thursdays; 8 p.m. Fridays; 4 and 8 p.m. Saturdays; 2 and 6 p.m. Sundays. Through Dec. 30. Lamb’s Players Theatre, 1142 Orange Ave., Coronado. $22-$78. (619) 437-6000 or For decades, Lamb’s Players has been staging a rotating series of plays by associate artistic director Kerry Meads under the “Festival of Christmas” banner. And every few years, the seemingly inexhaustible Meads — who also directs — adds a new script to the mix. That’s the case with the latest entry, a sometimes elegiac-feeling but warmly performed piece about how the fate of a North Dakota church hangs in the balance at Christmastime. The gifted musical director Jon Lorenz contributes both original material and appealing new arrangements of Christmas classics to the mix, and Meads’ often humorous writing and charming, folksy characterizations bring a feel of humanity and fellowship to the play’s frozen setting, and to the season. JAMES HEBERT The C..

Art and music events in central Illinois: Jan. 7, 2018

Items for the Arts Plus calendar need to be submitted 10 days prior to publication. Send information to Sally McKee at or by mail to the Journal Star, 1 News Plaza, Peoria, IL 61643. Exhibits "Emergence: The National Arts of Central Illinois," Peoria Riverfront Museum's International Feature Gallery. Through Jan. 13. Free with general museum admission. Mixed Media Exhibit, Kevin Myers, through Jan. 14, Performing Arts Center Gallery, ICC East Peoria Campus. Free. Call 694-5113. 22VA Art Exhibit, through Jan. 26, Peoria Public Library Main Gallery, 107 NE Monroe. Free. "Artistic Abilities," exhibit featuring art from the Community Workshop and Training Center, Apostolic Christian Timber Ridge and Tazewell County Resource Center, through Feb. 11, Foster Gallery for Christianity and the Fine Arts, First United Methodist Church, 116 NE Perry Ave. Call 673-3641. Paintings by Ken Kaminski, Jan. 8 to Feb. 16, Heuser Art Gallery, Bradley University. Call 677-2989. CAC ex..

Events: 18 things to do in the North-east in 2018

From food and drink events to top music and visual art, the North-east is set for a busy 2018. Tamsin Ross looks at some of the spectacular shows and fun-filled events in store. 1. Spectra festival of light Aberdeen’s award winning light festival returns to the city centre for four nights from February 8-11. This year’s theme is Play the Night and will combine music and lights for a family-friendly display. 2. Gin: NEThis North-east gin festival takes place at Inverurie Town Hall on February 9-10. Alongside local and national gins, there will be a cocktail circus, a gin question-and-answer session and other shows. 3. Aberdeen Jazz FestivalFeaturing every style of jazz, this year’s Jazz Festival will have something for everyone. On from March 14-18, it’ll bring swing, vintage and fusion tunes to venues across the North-east. 4. University Boat Race Taking to the water on March 17, the teams from Robert Gordon University and the University of Aberdeen go head-to-head once again. Both tea..

Where to Watch Sports in 2018

Advertisement After years of planning and construction, the Winter Olympics and the World Cup are generally regarded as the marquee sporting events of 2018. But there is an abundance of events throughout the year for sports enthusiasts around the globe, from the British-centric Commonwealth Games to the rough-and-tumble Rugby World Cup Sevens to the refined World Equestrian Games. Super Bowl LII, or 52, will be played on Feb. 4 at the U.S. Bank Stadium in Minneapolis. The city, which previously hosted the Super Bowl in 1992, will offer a range of fan-friendly events over the course of the 10 days leading to the game. The singer Justin Timberlake will headline the halftime show. Pyeongchang, South Korea, will be the site of the Winter Games from Feb. 9 to 25. Spectators can take in skiing, snowboarding and bobsledding among the 102 events, a record number for a Winter Olympics. Curling, ice hockey, figure skating and speed-skating competitions will be held in the nearby city of Gangneun..

Ten tips to make your holidays less fraught and more festive

Holidays are a time of high stress. Despite the delight of not having to work for several days or even weeks, holidays come with pressures. These can include catching up with family, giving gifts, consuming to keep the economy buoyant, and having enough fun to see us through to the next holiday. Here are ten tips for enjoying things that little bit more without all the stress and after-effects. Don’t go into debtEach Christmas season, the media will, like clockwork, report on Christmas spending. This is the time of year when much of the retail sector depends on consumers to spend big. We often are made to feel like we aren’t doing our bit for the economy if we aren’t giving our credit cards a bootcamp-grade workout. But you don’t need to do it. Gifts need to be thoughtful – not expensive. Why not draw on any talents to make a homemade gift or a promise of services (like babysitting or lawnmowing), or perhaps give a personally designed IOU card for a gift you can purchase when the Ch..

Our town deserves to be preserved

As a lifelong resident of State College, I am disappointed in Penn State’s complete disregard of what used to be an admirable town-and-gown relationship. Penn State’s refusal to further explore the land swap option with Toll Brothers demonstrates a lack of respect for what makes this town special, for the voices of the community and for the safety of our environment, not to mention ruining one of the most beautiful vistas. Penn State and the citizens of State College depend on one another. We are a richer community because of our university, and our community members make Penn State thrive by donating time and money to the university, serving as its employees, and attending sporting and artistic events. By choosing not to explore the land swap in spite of the incredible community backing to do so, Penn State is acting as if it operates in a vacuum. Penn State’s money driven decision shows a complete disregard for the impact on the health and well-being of the water supply that provides..

Making Peoria a national arts destination

Steve Tarter Journal Star city of Peoria reporter @SteveTarter PEORIA — John and Sharon Amdall believe that central Illinois may have another calling besides manufacturing and health care to call its own. What's calling is the arts scene. The Washington couple do more than just talk about art in greater Peoria. They are so heavily involved that they were named ArtsPartners of the year in 2016. Since retiring from long careers at Caterpillar Inc., the Amdalls have commissioned public sculptures, sponsored art exhibits, helped organize Peoria's Sculpture Walk Peoria, support both the Heartland Festival Orchestra and the Peoria Symphony Orchestra, and, most recently, provided a gift of six Bruce White sculptures valued at $70,000 to the village of Peoria Heights. The couple don't just support the arts but promote what they see as an underrated asset in this area. "Our dream is for the greater Peoria area to have a national reputation for being an arts destination," said ..

Major award for Dundee jute mill-turned tourist attraction

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Major new They Eat Culture artistic space set to open in Preston

A major new arts and creative space is set to open in Preston. The People’s Production Lab will be based on Preston’s Guildhall Street and will be opening in the new year. It is the latest project from the city-based arts innovators They Eat Culture. Founder Ruth Heritage, creative director of They Eat Culture, said: “We want to ensure we do something innovative and increase the amount of people who have access to high quality cultural activity. “ PPL has just moved in and is in the process of adapting the building at 55 Guildhall Street, which has been “donated” for a year by Conlon Construction. Formerly home to the Eden Boys School, conversion work to create a bespoke space for events and activities will be ongoing. Skills will be learned on site including woodwork manufacturing, metal fabrication, digital and virtual reality technologies and more. There will be storytelling and a performance space and interactive sound spaces. Helios Design Labs, New Writing North and the Paine’s P..

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