Medals of TURKSOY for Artists of Azerbaijan
In recognition of their contribution to the Turkic World, the International Organization of Turkic Culture TURKSOY rewarded artists and intellectuals of Azerbaijan with the Honour Medal of TURKSOY.
The award ceremony took place in the International Press Center of Baku and gathered TURKSOY Secretary General Prof. Dusen Kasseinov along with State Artists of Azerbaijan Ferhat Bedelbeyli, Rauf Abdullayev, Çingiz Ferzeliyev and the artist Roza Zergerli along with many guests.
In the speech he delivered at the event, TURKSOY Secretary General Dusen Kasseinovsaid that TURKSOY carries out many events every year to preserve and promote Turkic culture and art and that artists and intellectuals of Azerbaijan actively support these activities. Mr. Kasseinov who touched upon activities foreseen by TURKSOY for 2018 also said that the year 2018 will be dedicated to the commemoration of the 100th anniversary of the Republic of Azerbaijan, the 100th anniversary of the Azerbaijani composer Gara Garayev, the 90th anniversary of the birthday of the Kyrgyz author Chingis Aitmatov and the 25th anniversary of the establishment of TURKSOY. Mr. Kasseinov who added that many events will be carried out by TURKSOY this year within this framework also stressed that TURKSOY will pursue its activities to foster cultural and artistic cooperation among Turkic peoples.
Following his speech, Secretary General Kasseinov extended the Honour Medal of TURKSOY to the State Artist and Rector of the Music Academy of Baku named after Uzeyir Hacıbeyli Ferhat Bedelbeyli and the State Artist and Conductor of the State Symphony Orchestra of Azerbaijan Maestro Rauf Abdullayev, and the Medal of TURKSOY dedicated to the 25th anniversary of the independence of Turkic republics to the Director of the National Museum of Fine Arts of Azerbaijan Chingiz Ferzeliyev and the artist Roza Zergerli.
Kasseinov further extended a plaquette dedicated to Mr. Ferhat Bedelbeyli on the occasion of his 70th birthday.
Artists from Azerbaijan extended their gratitude to TURKSOY as well as as to Mr. Kasseinov for the importance they attach to artists as well as for their contribution to the worldwide promotion of Turkic culture and art.