Vox Pop on BRT Television 24/09/17 with Stephanie Kuyucu

By Engin Dervişağa……..

For this Vox Pop show, I went with my outside film crew to meet Stephanie Kuyucu at the Kyrenia Academy of Education and the Arts, Bellapais.

Stephanie is from Hertfordshire in the UK, and was a secondary school teacher for 12-13 years in the UK. Stephanie and her Turkish Cypriot husband, Kerim, have lived in Ozanköy for the past 3 years, they have two children aged 9 and 15.

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Discovering North Cyprus 25/09/17, The Dervish Pasha Mansion, Lefkosa

By Engin Dervişağa…….

I am delighted together with my colleague Qossay Eleyan to bring you an interesting report on “Discovering North Cyprus” about the Dervish Pasha Mansion which is a historical mansion and ethnographic museum in the Arabahmet quarter of Lefkosa.

The current mansion was built on the site of an earlier Gothic building and its front door bears the date of 1801 so this may be the construction date of the building. It was repaired in 1869 and belonged at the end of the 19th century to Hacı Ahmet Derviş Efendi, a wealthy Turkish Cypriot who owned large swathes of land outside the walled city of Nicosia.

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Discovering North Cyprus 18/09/17, The Buyuk Han, Lefkosa

By Engin Dervişağa…….

By popular demand, I am delighted together with my colleague Qossay Eleyan to bring you a repeat showing of our interesting report on “Discovering North Cyprus” about the Buyuk Han (the Great Inn) which is the largest caravansarai (Kervansaray) in North Cyprus and was a roadside inn where travellers could rest and recover from the day’s journey.buyuk-han

The Büyük Han was said to have been built in 1572 under the auspices of Muzaffer Pasha, the first Ottoman governor of Cyprus, and was modelled after Koza Han in Bursa, Turkey. Continue reading

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Vox Pop on BRT Television 17/09/17 with the Frozen Cypriots

By Engin Dervişağa…….

Two wonderful people who were the founders of the Facebook page Frozen Cypriots have been back in their homeland discovering more of our Cyprus Heritage and in my Vox Pop show I went with my camera team to the Buyuk Han in Lefkosa to meet them and a fascinating group of people who also refer to themselves as being the “Frozen Cypriots”.

The first person  I talked to was Eren Erdogan who had travelled all the way back to the TRNC from Melbourne in Australia to meet with some of the members of the Frozen Cypriots Facebook group who just love to exchange photos and other information about Cyprus Heritage from the past, so that it may be preserved for future generations. Please click here to visit this page that Eren founded that has an amazing 7865 members.

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Eren Erdogan a Frozen Cypriot

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Discovering North Cyprus 11/09/17 Whirling Dervishes at the Bedestan, Lefkosa

By Engin Dervişağa…….

In memory of the death in 1273 of Mevlana Celaleddin Rumi the founder of the Whirling Dervish order I am delighted together with my colleague Qossay Eleyan to repeat our show “Discovering North Cyprus” about the Mevlana or Whirling Dervishes who perform regularly at the Bedesten, Lefkosa.

This TV show for Bayrak Radio and Television Corporation will be screened with a 7 minute introduction in English followed by Arabic.

The original Whirling Dervishes and their origins date back to the 1200’s and Mevlana Celaleddin Rumi who was born in the province of Balkh, Afghanistan in 1207. He left with his entire family in 1228 and eventually settled in Konya in Anatolia where he developed a profound tolerance for religion. Continue reading

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Vox Pop on BRT Television 10/09/17 with Danish Afredi

By Engin Dervişağa……..

For this Vox Pop show, I went along to to the Girne home of Danish Afridi who came to Northern Cyprus in 2003 from Pakistan. He studied for a degree in Business Management at Girne American University where he graduated in 2006 and obtained a further degree in 2015 and currently works as the Night Supervisor at the Hotel Pia Bella in Girne. Continue reading

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Discovering North Cyprus 04/09/2017, Kyrenia Castle

By Engin Dervişağa…….

By popular demand I am delighted together with my colleague Qossay Eleyan to bring you a repeat of the interesting report on “Discovering North Cyprus” which we recorded at the Kyrenia Castle. This castle is at the east end of the old harbour in Kyrenia and this 16th-century castle was built by the Venetians over a previous Crusader fortification. Within its walls lies a twelfth-century chapel and the famous Shipwreck Museum and much more for visitors to admire.

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