Wonderful Opening Event for Kastamonu, the Cultural Capital of the Turkic World 2018
The opening ceremony of Kastamonu, the Cultural Capital of the Turkic World 2018 declared by the International Organization of Turkic Culture TURKSOY took place with a wonderful concert gathering high-level guests as well as a large audience.
The opening ceremony organizedin cooepration of TURKSOY with the Governorate and Municipality of Kastamonu held in the Ataturk Sports Hall and gathered the Prime Minister of the Republic of Turkey Binali Yıldırım, the Deputy Prime Minister of the Republic of Turkey Recep Akdağ, the Minister of Culture and Tourism of the Republic of Turkey Numan Kurtulmuş, TURKSOY Secretary General Dusen Kasseinov, the Governor of Kastamonu Yaşar Karadeniz, MPs of the Grand National Assembly of the Republic of Turkey and chiefs of diplomatic missions in Ankara, along with
senior bureaucrats and representatives of various institutions and organizations as well as journalists and citizens of Kastamonu.
- The Cultural Capital Gathered a Large Audience -
The opening ceremony of the Cultural Capital of the Turkic World 2018 held on March 21st took place in a great atmosphere reflecting the joy and abundance of Nevruz. The traditional opening ceremony of the Cultural Capital of the Turkic World launched by TURKSOY gathered a large audience. The opening event of the Cultural Capital of the Turkic World 2018 featured more than 350 artists from 18 different regions of the Turkic World.
- Kasseinov: “Kastamonu fully deserves the title of Cultural Capital”-
In the speech he delivered at the opening ceremony of Kastamonu, the Cultural Capital of the Turkic World 2018, Secretary General Dusen Kasseinov said that with its rich cultural heritage and history, Kastamonu fully deserves the title of Cultural Capital as all its citizens also identify themselves with this prestigious title.
Mr. Kasseinov said that the Nevruz Feast which stands for abundance and fertility is the most important tradition of Turkic peoples as well as of their neighbouring and kindred nations, and added: "Thanks to the auspices and support of the Prime Minister of the Republic of Turkey we are promoting our culture with even more efficiency and power. Indeed, we have prepared a wonderful event hosted by our Minister of Culture and Tourism. This year, we have decided to hold the opening ceremony of Kastamonu, the Cultural Capital of the Turkic World 2018 on the day of our traditional Nevruz Celebrations featuring colourful performances of artists from the Turkic World”.
- Kasseinov also expressed his gratitude to Turkish soldiers -
In his speech, Mr. Kasseinov also thanked Turkish soldiers who are on a mission within the framework of the military operation in Afrin:
"I do wish to express my sincere gratitude to the heroic soldiers of the Turkish Armed Forces who are fighting terrorism and risking their lives in Afrin to ensure security in Turkey and our region. Once terrorist organizations will be eradicated, the values which Nevruz stands for will be truly restored. As it has been for thousands of years, Nevruz will continue being the symbol of eternal unity and solidarity among peoples living on these lands."
- Prime Minister Yıldırım: "Nevruz stands for abundance, brotherhood, unity and solidarity" -
The Prime Minister of the Republic of Turkey who delivered a speech at the opening ceremony said that March 21st is not only the date of the declaration of Kastamonu as Cultural Capital of the Turkic World but also the date of the Nevruz Feast: "Today is Nevruz. We are celebrating this day which stands for the beginning of spring together with our guests and an audience of thousands of people who came to Kastamonu and joined us."
Mr. Yıldırım who also stressed the importance of March 21st not only in Central Asia but also in Europe went on saying:
"This feast is celebrated not only in the Turkic World, but also in almost all countries and regions of the Northern Hemisphere. Indeed, it is considered as the date of a new beginning and awakening on a large territory ranging from Eastern Turkistan to Central Asa, from Mesopotamia to Siberia and from Mongolia to America. For us, Nevruz is not only symbolizing the beginning of spring. Indeed, for thousands of years, it has been considered as a symbol of revival, abundance, unity, solidarity and brotherhood. As such, Nevruz is also a celebration. As a matter of fact, we refer to the world as Mother Earth and consider it as our mother. We believe that we were created from earth and dust, and this is why we we consider the awakening of earth as the awakening of nature. We consider Nevruz as the revival of our hearts and the awakening of our human values. Therefore, let me pray God and wish Nevruz to bring peace, serenity and abundance to humanity as a whole. Just as nature is beautiful in all its diversity and coulours, I wish us all to be united in solidarity with eachother despite all our differences. On the day of this celebration of the Turkic World announcing the arrival of spring, I wish a happy Nevruz to entire humanity from the bottom of my heart."
-Minister Kurtulmuş: "Nevruz is a precept, a philosophy"-
In the speech he delivered at the event, the Minister of Culture and Tourism of the Republic of Turkey Mr. Kurtulmuş said that he attended many events held in Kastamonu within the framework of its declaration as Cultural Capital of the Turkic World and stressed that he personally witnessed the extent to which citizens of Kastamonu are indetifying themselves with this title. Mr. Kurtulmuş further extended his gratitude to the people and administration of Kastamonu and expressed his hope as to the fact that Kastamonu will show that it is worthy of this title not only in Turkey but also in the Turkic World and worldwide. Mr. Kurtulmuş who also reminded of the fact that today is the date of the Nevruz Feast which has been celebrated with an international event lasting 4 hours further added: “Nevruz stands fort he revival and awakening of nature. As such, it is a meaningful tradition which proves us the fact that with all its colourfulness and endless diversity, nature obeys the rule of God and teaches us tolerance and the ability to be united in diversty”.
The Governor of Kastamonu Yaşar Karadeniz said that the heart of the Turkic World is beating in Kastamonu today and added that events to celebrate the cultural capital will be held in Kastamonu throughout the year to introduce this beautiful ancient city of Turkey to the Turkic World and beyond in the best possible way. Mr. Karadeniz also added that this celebration event is particularly meaningful as it coincides with the victory of Turkish Armed Forces in Afrin.
- Colourful Celebration of the Turkic World -
After the opening speeches, the ceremony went on with colourful performances featuring artists from various countries representing the Turkic World including Azerbaijan, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Uzbekistan, Turkey, Turkmenistan as well as Altai, Bashkortostan, Sakha Yakutia, Dagestan, Kabardino- Balkaria, Buriatia from the Russian Federation as well as from the TRNC, Gagauzia (Moldova), Macedonia, Kosovo, Serbia and Bosnia Herzegovina. The audience was enchanted by the wonderful performances of the artists dressed in colourful traditional costumes. The show was also particularly appreciated by the Prime Minister of the Republic of Turkey who went on stage for a group photograph together with the artists at the end of the event.
With the contribution of more than 350 artists from the Turkic World, citizens of Kastamonu experienced an unforgettable concert.