Vox Pop on BRT Television 07/01/18 with Music on Fire at Bellapais Abbey

By Engin Dervişağa……..

It’s that time of the year when you look back at what you have done and achieved and so I have decided to transmit again the Vox Pop show, when I went along with my camera crew to the Bellapais Abbey to record last year’s great Music on Fire musical extravaganza by Ateş and Diva. This show was planned to raise donations for the Kemal Saracoglu Foundation for Children with Leukemia and Cancer and A Clean Cyprus.

A visit to Bellapais Abbey is always a special treat and on this occasion we were not disappointed to find the stage decorated with props and great lighting with wispy smoke now and then creating that air of mystery as the performers came onto the stage with loud applause after each performance.

This wonderful show at Bellapais Abbey had been produced by Demetra George Mustafaoğlu with assistance from Hatice Salih Kerimgil and Ece Sualp and this was the fourth of the Ateş & Diva – Music on Fire concerts, the first being at the Abbey in 2016, the second at Pera Palas in Istanbul and the third in Kas in Turkey. Continue reading

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Vox Pop on BRT Television 31/12/17 at the NCCCT Christmas Party

By Engin Dervişağa……..

By popular demand I am repeating our show when  I went with my camera crew  to The Fez, in Çatalköy for my Vox Pop programme on BRT 2 TV to be with the North Cyprus Cancer Charity Trust (NCCCT) where they were holding their first Christmas Party.

There were many people to talk to and I had the opportunity to talk to the NCCCT Chairperson,  Wendy Anderson. I was also able to talk to Sadie, Dj Mancini, Dominic Holmes, Teresa Cefa and our very own Radio Angel, Denise Philips from Bayrak International Radio.

It was a great party night with entertainment from Dj Mancini who was born in Italy and then Sadie who sang her heart out and to complete the evening Dominic Holmes kept us all in the Christmas spirit. Continue reading

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Discovering North Cyprus 01/01/18 The Eaved House

By Engin Dervişağa…….

By popular demand I am delighted together with my colleague, Qossay Eleyan to repeat an interesting report on “Discovering North Cyprus” from the Eaved House which is a mansion in the Selimiye quarter of Lefkosa and it is named after its wide eaves that support its hall protruding into the street. It is located to the southeast of the Selimiye Mosque.

Its year of construction is not known although it was built during the Ottoman period and after restoration it was opened officially as the Eaved House Centre of Culture and Arts on 23 December 1996.

The building is L-shaped and surrounds an inner courtyard. The lower floor displays Lusignan architecture, whereas the upper floor displays the Ottoman architectural style and was developed as a house during the Ottoman period upon the remains of a medieval building. Continue reading

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Vox Pop on BRT Television 24/12/17 presents the Robin Hood Panto

By Engin Dervişağa……..

I am delighted to bring news of my Vox Pp programme on BRT 2 TV when I went with my camera crew to Gökay Boğaçhan Kültür Merkezi in Alsancak to record interviews with some of the cast members of the RBL Theatre Players who were proudly presenting Robin Hood The Panto 2017.

We spoke to the Director, Ian Chennell and Andrew Cowley his right hand man about the hard work that had gone into the planning and production of the Royal British Legion “RBL Theatre Players” production of the  “Robin Hood The Panto 2017”.

Full of admiration for their performances we next spoke to some of the cast including  Carol Abel as Robin Hood, Paul Abel as Little John,  Jan Marsh as Doom, John Bennett as Friar Tuck and finally Brian Thomas as Will Scarlet.

My interview with the  RBL Theatre Players will be screened on Sunday 24th December at 15.00pm  and it will be repeated on Tuesday 26th December at 18.30pm and on Friday 29th December at 20.00pm so do tune in to join me on  my show, Vox Pop on BRT2 Television. Continue reading

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Discovering North Cyprus 25/12/17 the Lefkosa City Walls

By Engin Dervişağa…….

I am delighted together with my colleague Qossay Eleyan to bring you a repeat of our interesting report on “Discovering North Cyprus” from the ancient city walls of Lefkosa/Nicosia, which is the capital city of Cyprus.

In 1567, the Venetians commissioned the Italian military engineers, Giulio Savorgnano and Francesco Barbaro, to design and build new fortifications for the city to protect the inhabitants from imminent Ottoman attack.

The new walls replaced the old-style medieval fortifications which engineers thought were inadequate to defend the city. At the same time, the Pedieos River was diverted outside the city either in order to protect the residents from flooding or in order to flood the moat, which encircled the new city walls.

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Vox Pop on BRT Television 17/12/17 at the NCCCT Christmas Party

By Engin Dervişağa……..

On Thursday 23rd November I went with my camera crew for my Vox Pop programme on BRT 2 TV to The Fez, in Çatalköy to be with the North Cyprus Cancer Charity Trust (NCCCT) where they were holding their first Christmas Party.
There were many people to talk to and I had the opportunity to talk to the NCCCT Chairperson,  Wendy Anderson. I was also able to talk to Sadie, Dj Mancini, Dominic Holmes, Teresa Cefa and our very own Radio Angel, Denise Philips from Bayrak International Radio.

It was a great party night with entertainment from Dj Mancini who was born in Italy and then Sadie who sang her heart out and to complete the evening Dominic Holmes kept us all in the Christmas spirit. Continue reading

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Discovering North Cyprus 18/12/17, 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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