Nicosia Uncut – Episode 44: 2023 – the year of elections! (26/1/2023)

In this first episode of 2023, Nicosia Uncut producers Andromachi Sophocleous and Kemal Baykallı analyze the upcoming elections in Cyprus, Turkey and Greece as well as the recent local elections in north. While the positions of presidential candidates in the Republic of Cyprus are more clear now, in the context of Cyprus problem not much are expected until the elections in Turkey which is scheduled to take place on 14 May 2023. Opposition candidates won Nicosia, Famagusta and Kyrenia in north as a demonstration of opposition parties to mobilize votes despite ongoing interventions of Turkey in the Turkish Cypriot…

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Garip Zamanlar – Bölüm 37: Başlangıçtan bugüne gelmişimiz, geçmişimiz (2/1/2023)

2022'nin son günlerinde stüdyoya giren Garip Zamanlar ekibi zamanı masaya yatırdılar. Bir Genesis moment yaşayan Evren İnançoğlu, Kemal Baykallı ve Sertaç Sonan, Garip Zamanlar'ın baştan bugüne akılda kalan anları, zamanın anlamını, nostaljiyi ve melankoliyi konuştular. Tarihsel üçlemelerden, teolojiye, baba-oğul-kutsal ruhtan, semavi dinlere, Alman felsefeci Fichte'nin tez-antitez-sentezinden Hegel'e Evren felsefe, tarih, teorinin içinden geçti. Kemal son Almanya ziyaretini anlattı. Tarihin en iyi filmleri listelerine girildi. Sertaç, ruhu genç kalsa da, yılların kendisine neler getirdiğini anlattı. Öyledi böyledi derken 2022'yi de kapattılar, 2023'e göz kırptılar.

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Sesta – Episode 12: On Female Self-Disposition and Documentary Theatre with Nayia T. Karacosta (20/12/2022)

WARNING: THIS EPISODE CONTAINS EXPLICIT CONTENT! Sesta-embracing the colours of culture! In this twelfth episode of Sesta, Meltem Burak hosts actor, performer and drama facilitator Nayia T. Karacosta. Throughout the podcast, Nayia elaborates on her plays Under/Pants, Hymen and Τι θωρείς. She explains the relationship between Documentary Theatre and female self-disposition, female bodies and female pleasure.  Nayia sheds a light on how a female collective body, constructed within the framework of a theatrical play, could pave the way to women's empowerment and healthier communities. More about Nayia on Facebook https://www.facebook.com/panagiota.karacosta/  – Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/nayiatkaracosta/

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Garip Zamanlar – Bölüm 36: Ne güzeldir Belçikalılık (1/12/2022)

2022 senesinin sonuna yaklaştığımız bu günlerde Garip Zamanlar yapımcıları Evren İnançoğlu, Kemal Baykallı ve Sertaç Sonan kışın kasvetini, kış gecelerini bölen Uppsalla çığlığını, Sovyet lideri Nikita Kruşçev'in açıklamaları sonrasında binlerce kişinin niye intihar ettiğini, Cadılar Bayramı ve Black Friday'in niye sönük geçtiğini, ekseriyetin aksine Sertaç'ın Dünya Kupalarında niye Almanya'yı tuttuğunu, ve Kemal'ın Belçika'daki son tangosunu konuştular.

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Nicosia Uncut – Episode 43: Sleepwalking towards destruction – civil society is resisting (17/11/2022)

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Turkish Cypriots marching against 'külliye' (campus with the new palace, assembly buildings and a mosque). The banners read: No külliye but hospital and no külliye but school.

In this episode of Nicosia Uncut, Andromachi Sophocleous and Kemal Baykallı criticize the political establishments on both sides of the divide and highlight the efforts of the civil society to resist partition. Political establishments on the both sides of the divide fail to address the division of the country while the forces of status quo are deepening the divide. Civil society and citizen initiatives are working tirelessly, albeit in limited capacity, to work to bring people together across the divide. The Turkish Cypriot leadership, now fully aligned with the Turkish government, is unpleasantly consistent in their rhetoric and actions…

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Garip Zamanlar – Bölüm 35: Büyük resmi gördük, bilmediğiniz şeyler var (23/10/2022)

Garip Zamanlar'ın bu bölümünde Evren İnançoğlu, Kemal Baykallı ve Sertaç Sonan, Sertaç'ın İrlanda izlenimlerini, Brexit'in İrlanda adasındaki yansımalarını, enerji krizinin Avrupa'daki BnB sektörünü nasıl etkileğini, komplo teorilerini, büyük resmi ve büyük kuklacıyı konuştular.

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Sesta – Episode 11: Sesta Buffer Fringe Special with Raffi Feghali and Derya Ulubatlı (6/10/2022)

Sesta-embracing the colours of culture! In this eleventh episode of Sesta, Meltem Burak hosts Raffi Feghali and Derya Ulubatlı who are the first and third day curators of the Buffer Fringe Performing Arts Festival 2022. Throughout the podcast, both artists explain how they got involved with the Festival, the curatorial concepts of the first and third day of the Festival, and the impact which they aim to engender through their contribution to the Festival. For the first time this year, Island Talks and Buffer Fringe are joining forces to contribute to the establishment of a culture of peace in Cyprus ahead of the Festival which will take place from 7 October to 9 October.

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Sesta – Episode 10: Sesta Buffer Fringe Special with Bryce Ives, Kat Kats and Maria Varnakkidou (6/10/2022)

Sesta-embracing the colours of culture! In this tenth episode of Sesta, Meltem Burak hosts Bryce Ives, Kat Kats and Maria Varnakkidou who are the second day curators of the Buffer Fringe Performing Arts Festival 2022. Throughout the podcast, Bryce, Kat and Maria elaborate on the idea of curatorship; what the second day of the Festival entails and the impact which they aim to engender through their contribution to the Festival; and on the relationship between the personal, the political and arts. For the first time this year, Island Talks and Buffer Fringe are joining forces to contribute to the establishment of…

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Nicosia Uncut – Episode 42: Presidential race with no politics (3/10/2022)

In this episode of Nicosia Uncut, Andromachi Sophocleous and Kemal Baykalli shed a critical light on the presidential race in Republic of Cyprus: seems like the political programs are not the main pillars of this elections. A rather superficial race on slogans, characters and personalities, the candidates, save for exceptions, do not offer tangible political programs to the voters. The US has lifted the arms embargo on Cyprus and this created further tensions in the area which is witnessing harsh exchanges between the politicians in Turkey and Greece. Turkey continues to exert pressure to design politics in the Turkish Cypriot political life and this creates further reactions among the opposition circles.

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Decode Cyprus – Episode 5: Decoding the presidential campaign (2/10/2022)

Cypriot journalists Lefteris Adilinis and Esra Aygın provide an informative analysis on candidates and their strategies in the presidential elections of Republic of Cyprus, 2023. While former Foreign Minister Nicos Christodoulides continues to lead the polls; Andreas Mavrogiannis and Averof Neofithou, of AKEL and DISY respectively, trail behind. Other independent candidates are searching ways to unite their forces under a single candidate. We are fast approaching toward the end of 2022 and there seems to be a general belief that no candidate will secure enough votes to pull the plug in the first round.

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