“cultura” meaning “processing, care, agriculture”

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The term culture comes from the Latin "cultura" meaning "processing, care, agriculture" and, in the broadest sense, describes everything that humans create themselves, in contrast to nature that they have not created or changed. Cultural achievements are all formative transformations of a given material, as in technology or the fine arts, but also intellectual structures such as languages, morals, religion, law, economics and science.

Turkish Rap Music - Serin Karatas from Izmir

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Turkish Rap Music - Serin Karatas

Serin Karatas, who has brought a new taste to Turkish Rap Music with his music and vocal records, made his first record in 1998. He joined in Tehlike crew which was one of the best crews of that time with his first track which was supported by Kuvai Izmir. After 4 years of performance, he had a silent period.

Emre Aydin - turkish Rock with Cadde from Izmir

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Emre Aydin - turkish Rock

Emre Aydın is one of the most well known Turkish rock singers and songwriters of today’s music world. Born in Isparta on 2nd of February 1981 as first son of Saban and Nemin Aydin, he began playing saz at an early age and later on changed to guitar.

Museum of Jever - Break On Through to the Other Side!

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Museum of Jever - Break On Through to the Other Side!

The visit to Jever had led us to the Castle Museum, which is known as a cultural history museum due to its lifelike exhibitions and rooms of the late Middle Ages and the following centuries which artifacts are well known far beyond the city limits of Jever.

Architecture Bauhaus-Museum with ladder to heaven

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Architecture Bauhaus Museum with ladder to heaven

In our article about the new Bauhaus Museum in Weimar we had already briefly touched on the building architecture with its very closed facade, a design by the architect Heike Hanada in collaboration with Benedict Tonon.

Giger exhibition in the Hluboká Castle Riding School

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Giger exhibition in the Hluboká Castle Riding School

Hans Rudolf Giger is known worldwide as a visual artist, painter, sculptor, designer and architect, particularly for the development of his unique "Biomechanical Style" as well as the creation of the so-called "Alien" life form (Oscar winner in the category "Best Achievement for Visual Effects "), characters that can still be seen as classics in the movie of the same name "Alien".

Artists in the Grottenau in Augsburg: Ars Dilettanti

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Artists in the Grottenau in Augsburg: Ars Dilettanti

A few appointments made our stay in Augsburg necessary, which we once again spent with our friends Lydia and Georg when we received an email invitation to an art exhibition in Grottenau.

Encountering the Jarlmade animal figures at the Zaan Canal

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Encountering the Jarlmade animal figures at the Zaan Canal

Our bike tour to Zaanse Schans should bring us another highlight, because we went to a small café in the district of Oud Zaandijk that advertised their homemade ice cream. In general, after only a few meters in the village, we were very enthusiastic about the design and the architecture of the houses, so we decided to extend our tour.

El Sebastinio - German-Turkish acrylic artist at the Grenzenlos

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El Sebastinio - German-Turkish acrylic artist at the Grenzenlos

There are so many wondrous encounters that sometimes believing in the supernatural is really not that improbable. That's how you could describe the encounter with Musti Mayer, who was introduced to us one evening in Alanya by our neighbor Mustafa.

Pottery from Menemen - between utility goods and works of art

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Pottery from Menemen - between utility goods and works of art

After a restful night with some dream episodes, which in our memory all revolved around the topic of pottery, we were invited to breakfast in the beautiful tangerine plantation in the morning by Sabahattin Vardarlı, our host and his family.

Clemens Holzmeister - Architecture and Migration

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Clemens Holzmeister - Architecture and Migration

Our articles on Goethe Institute's book "The Development of a Capital – Traces of German-speaking Architects" and texts on Turkish architectural history ultimately led to getting to know and meeting the architect's daughter Barbara Mohapp in Vienna.

Schweinfurt - Looking for limestone for tower Höpperle!

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Schweinfurt - Looking for limestone for tower on Höpperle!

In July we reported on the plans to rebuild one of the towers of the old city wall in Schweinfurt. Now, not only are there signs that the project will be approved by the building authorities, but that the city of Schweinfurt itself will also be taking over the project as a property developer.

The 13th artthuer – Thuringia art fair in Erfurt.

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The 13th artthuer – Thuringia art fair in Erfurt.

We were at the camping fair in Erfurt for the first time when we were made aware of the interesting poster for the art fair in Erfurt, the artthuer. There has been a cooperation with Messe Erfurt since its tenth edition, in particular with Haus.Bau.Ambiente. Fair, also a regional fair for home builders and interior design.

Onyx Marble - Quaternary figures and vases

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Onyx Marble - Quaternary figures and vases

In many bazaars on the Turkish Riviera you will find stalls or even small workshops that offer their figurines and vases made of onyx marble, which unfortunately are rarely made by themselves.

Chair museum on the Vitra site in Weil am Rhein

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Chair museum on the Vitra site in Weil am Rhein

Seating furniture became popular in ancient times, roughly speaking and documented after the Neolithic Revolution. Originally, people sat on the bare ground, on rocks or on fallen tree trunks; in colder regions, animal skins were laid underneath, mats were woven, blankets were woven or carpets were knotted.

Ceramic workshop at the Bauhaus in Dornburg

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Ceramic workshop at the Bauhaus in Dornburg

During our explorations in the Weimar and Jena region, we came across traces of the "Bauhaus" that is so well-known in architecture, but were then surprised to find an offshoot of this well-known training and further education center in Dornburg.

Wood carving - an encounter with wood art in Garnbach

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Wood carving - an encounter with wood art in Garnbach

We were on our way from Roßleben-Wiehe to the small street village of Garnbach in the Kyffhäuserkreis in Thuringia, which despite its only about 200 inhabitants has a certain degree of popularity, because, as we were told, this is a regional stronghold of the art of wood carving.

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