International Dance Competition of the Turkic World

TÜRKSOY
Saturday, 25 March 2017

The International Dance Competition of the Turkic World  took place on March 23rd, 2017 in Turkistan within the framework of events to celebrate the Cultural Capital of the Turkic World 2017.

The competition which took place in Turkistan for the first time featured performances of folk dance ensembles from 16 countries. Performances were evaluated according to different categories by an international jury.

The competition took place in the Cultural Center located on the Campus of the Akhmet Yassawi University. The  Grand Prix went to the Folk Dance Ensemble of the Municipality Inegol under  Recep Erdoğan.

While the first prize of the competition went to  the Jangi Dance Ensemble of  Azerbaijan, the  Jastar  Dance Ensemble of Kazakhstan and the Altyn Oy Dance Ensemble of Tatarstan (RF) received the second prize, and the Lebap Dance Ensemble of Turkmenistan along with the Forras Dance Ensemble of Hungary and the Şamsinur Dance Ensemble from Kazakhstan shared the third prize. 

The competition which took place with the contribution of nearly 300 dancers also featured prizes such as the "Best Folk Dance", "Best Choreography", "Best Costume" as well as Special Prizes of TURKSOY and the Governorate of Southern Kazakhstan".

The competition which was held for the first time is planned to take place in different country every within the framework of events to celebrate the Cultural Capital of the Turkic World .

Artists from Turkistan go on a tour in Europe

Hundreds of artists who came together in Turkistan, the Cultural Capital of the Turkic World 2017 to take part in opening events thereof, are going on a tour in Europe where they will give concerts within the framework of Nevruz Celebrations of TURKSOY.

The tour organized by TURKSOY in cooperation with the  Yunus Emre Institute will feature a concert in Constanta (Romania) on March 25th, 2017, followed by a concert in Bucarest on March 27th,  2017, a concert in Chisinau (Gagauzia, Moldova) on March 28th,  2017 and a concert in Komrat (Gagauzia, Moldova) on March 30th, 2017.

Cultural Capital of the Turkic World 

Within the framework of the initiative launched by TURKSOY in 2012, the first city to have been declared Cultural Capital of the Turkic World was the city of  Astana in Kazakhstan. This title then went to Eskisehir in  2013 followed by Kazan,  the capital of the Autonomous Republic of Tatarstan in 2014, the city of Merv in Turkmenistan in 2015 and the city of Sheki in Azerbaijan in 2016.

Up to now, hundreds of artistic and cultural events have been carried out to celebrate Cultural Capitals of the Turkic World, bringing together artists, scholars and intellectuals from the whole world and making it possible for them to interact and exchange experiences with eachother.

With events they host every year, Cultural Capitals of the Turkic World give an impetus to the cultural integration of  Turkic republics.

Members of the Jury 


1. Gulnar Saitova - Honourable Artist of Kazakhstan, Teacher at the Kazak National Dance Academy

2. Ayrat Hametov - People's Artist of Tatarstan, Head of the Department of Dance at the Kazan State Culture University 

3. Arman Nurmakhamatuly - TURKSOY Art Director

4. Bilbil Babayeva - Head of the Department of International Relations of the Ministry of Culture of Turkmenistan

5. Zaure Ajibekova - Honourable Artist of Kazakhstan

6. Roza Radjapova - State Artist of Uzbekistan

7. Rita Hayrusheva - Choreographer of the State Opera and Ballet of Southern  Kazakhstan