Nevruz celebrations of TURKSOY came to an end in the Balkans
This year, Nevruz celebrations of TURKSOY started in Kastamonu,
the Cultural Capital of the Turkic World 2018 and ended with events held in the
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.