Nevruz celebrations of TURKSOY came to an end in the Balkans

TÜRKSOY
Thursday, 05 April 2018

This year, Nevruz celebrations of TURKSOY started in Kastamonu, the Cultural Capital of the Turkic World 2018 and ended with events held in the Balkans.
 
Nevruz Fire lit in the Cultural Capital of the Turkic World 
As every year, Nevruz celebrations of TURKSOY started with the lighting of the Nevruz Fire which took place on the Republic Square  in Kastamonu on March 21st.
Celebrations which started within the framework of the Opening Ceremony of Kastamonu, the Cultural Capital of the Turkic World 2018 held in the presence of the Prime Minister of the Republic of Turkey Binali Yıldırım featured performances of more than 350 artists from 13 countries and 18 regions of the Turkic World. Celebration events took place in the presence of high-level officials and representatives of many diplomatic missions in Turkey  and were broadcasted live on the Turkish Radio and Television Channel TRT.
Nevruz celebrations featuring artists from Azerbaijan, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Uzbekistan, Turkey, Turkmenistan and autonomous republics of the Russian Federation Altai, Bashkortostan, Sakha Yakutia, Dagestan, Kabardino – Balkaria and  Buriatia along with the Autonomous Territorial Unit of Gagauzia (Moldova) as well as  Macedonia, Kosovo, Serbia and Bosnia Herzegovina went on with concerts in Ankara, Kayseri and  Istanbul.
 
Nevruz Fire in the Balkans
 
As a tradition of Turkic peoples transmitted from one generation to the next as their common cultural heritage for more than thousand years, the Nevruz Fire which was lit by TURKSOY  in Kastamonu this year reached out to the Balkans.
The celebrations brought artists from all corners of the Turkic World together with their kindred peoples in the Balkans.
The Nevruz Tour of TURKSOY to the Balkans started with a concert in the city of Zenica in Bosnia Herzegovina and went on in Sarajevo and Mostar.
The next stops of the celebrations held under the motto “Colours of the Turkic World”   were  Montenegro (Cetinje),  Albania (Tiran) and Macedonia (Gostivar).
Nevruz Celebrations of TURKSOY which started with the lighting of the Nevruz Fire in the Cultural Capital of the Turkic World 2018 ended with  wonderful concerts in Plovdiv, the European Capital of Culture  2019 and Sofia, the capital of Bulgaria. With 8 concerts held in the Balkans, the joy of Nevruz, the common celebration of humanity for world peace reached out to a large audience with colourful events which left undelible traces in the memories of all spectators and introduced the  rich cultural heritage of Turkic peoples to the audience with  colourful songs and dances to them.  
 
This time, Nevruz celebrations of TURKSOY traditionally held every year featured 16 concerts in 6 countries with the contribution of more than 350 artists from 18 different regions of the Turkic World. The concerts featured performances of singers from TURKSOY member countries as well as folk dances by ensembles such as “Halay” and “Sherur”  from Azerbaijan “Kazina” from  Kazakhstan,  “Simbat” and “Taacı” from  Kyrgyzstan, “Marigiana” from Turkmenistan, the “Demiurk Art Academy” from Turkey, the State Folk Dance  Ensemble of the Ministry of Culture and Tourism of the Republic of Turkey,  “Duz Ova” from  Gagavuzia (Moldova) and “Ak Terme” from Bashkortostan (RF) along with ensembles from  Uzbekistan, Dagestan (RF), Kabardino-Balkaria, Kosovo, Macedonia, Serbia and Bosnia Herzegovina.