She graduated in English Language at Marmara University, Istanbul, before moving to the UK. She gained a Postgraduate Diploma in Linguistics from Westminster University and a Masters in European Social Policy from the London School of Economics.
Her career has primarily focused on community development work with disadvantaged groups and the promotion of culture and the arts. In 1999, she brought these two passions together and founded Balık Arts, a UK based charity engaging with communities through the arts, particularly film.
As director of Balık Arts for the last 15 years, she has helped the group enjoy many successes. The organisation was instrumental in resurrecting the London Turkish Film Festival, taking the event from its East London roots to the West End. Balık Arts has independently facilitated
She has also led Balık Arts in a number of European transnational partnership projects, one of the most significant being ‘Back to the Roots.’ This brought together people and organisations from Britain, France, Germany and Turkey to create and produce four short films from amateur historical footage. Currently Balık Arts is involved in a film and philosophy project with Samsun TED College in Turkey.
In addition to film, Yesim loves travel, World music and creative projects. One of her long-term aspirations is to work with children affected by war and disasters.
After completing her degree in Public Relations and Advertising at Eastern Mediterranean University, Çağla worked with Turkcell Northern Cyprus for ten years running their media relations and social responsibility projects. Since 2012 she has been the Corporate Communications Executive at Creditwest Bank where she is responsible for media relations and the bank’s print and digital communication projects. Çağla is a member of the International Public Relations Agency. Hami is married and has a daughter.
Angela’s involvement with Bal?k Arts began in 2001. Since then she hastaken on a wide variety of roles with the charity including administrator, accountant, fundraiser and amateur actress. She currently serves on the board of trustees as treasurer. Angela is thrilled and excited about Balik Arts’ involvement in the Golden Island International Film Festival and her role supporting the event as Festival Ambassador.
Suada is a book lover and budding writer. Recently she started her own online blog to showcase her short stories. In the future Suada hopes to have her work published.
This London-based consultancy was established in 2006 and offers a range of marketing communications to diverse clients in multiple industry sectors, as well as cultural consultancy and project management. The Prickly Pear team is assisting the Golden Island International Film Festival with media relations and festival marketing.
Sue’s stage credits include five solo plays and regular performances
at East London’s Rio Cinema in their avant garde cabaret “At Home with The
Ludskis’. She recently appeared in Shakespeare’s “The Two Gentlemen of
Verona” at Stratford-on-Avon.
Sue has acted in a variety of films and UK television dramas including, Call
The Midwife, Holby City, Rush, Harry Potter, Another Year and The Iron
Lady. Currently she is filming Downton Abbey.
Sue has been involved with Balik Arts for three years where she curated the
“Fabulous Four be Two Kabaret’. She was a main contributor to a major
international project “Back to The Roots” first as a volunteer and later as
He appeared as an extra and actor in several British television series and dramas and had minor roles in two feature length movies before re-locating to Northern Cyprus, 5 years ago, where he has appeared in several amateur stage productions, singing groups and had a featured role in the North Cyprus produced film, “Code Name Venus” which was premiered at the 2012 Cannes Film Festival before general European release.
Peter is also managing director of North Cyprus Film , a company set up to promote North Cyprus as a location for film-making and to provide support services, particularly location finding, actors and extras and Government liaison.