Impressions from TURKSOY at the 19th Saryarka Music Festival
The 19th Saryarka Music Festival took place in Karagandy between September 16th-20th, 2017. This year the festival’s highlight was TURKSOY. As a matter of fact, the festival ended with a concert dedicated to the 70th anniversary of TURKSOY Secretary General Dusen Kasseinov. The concert which took place under the motto “My Friends are My Treasure” gathered guest artists from various countries around the world including Turkey, Azerbaijan, Kazakhstan, Uzbekistan and Bashkortostan. After the concert, the star named after Dusen Kasseinov was inaugurated on the “Stars’ Alley” in the Central Park of Karagandy. The inaugural ceremony which gathered the Governor of Karagandy Erlan Koshanov along with many famous artists and intellectuals was followed by a fireworks’ show.
The Governor Mr. Koshanov who stressed that Mr. Kasseinov is a great source of pride for Karagandy as well as for Kazakhstan also expressed his happiness as to the fact that Mr. Kasseinov is a highly respected person who is referred to as the Minister of Culture of the Turkic World. Mr. Kasseinov who also delivered a speech at the ceremony stressed that it is not a coincidence that this festival gathering his friends and students as well as talented students of his friends and students has been organized in Karagandy. Indeed, Mr. Kasseinov said that he has never forgotten his home town, no matter where he lived or which function he assumed. Mr. Kasseinov who also said that there are many extremely Professional art ensembles in Karagandy and that the audience of amateurs of art in Karagandy is highly qualified as such expressed his happiness to introduce his friends from all corners of the world to the people of his hometown.
At the festival, Turkey was represented by the lyrical artist and soloist of the Istanbul State Opera and Ballet of the Ministry of Culture and Tourism of the Republic of Turkey Mrs. Burçin Savigne and the Soloist of the Music Ensemble of the Turkic World Feryal Başel who were extremely appreciated by the audience.