Photography Exhibition on Khoja Akhmet Yassawi inaugurated in Bursa

Monday, 14 May 2018

A photography exhibition on Khoja Akhmet Yassawi was inaugurated in Bursa in cooperation of the Municipality of Osmangazi Belediyesi with the International Organization of Turkic Culture (TURKSOY) and the Khoja Akhmet Yassawi University.

The exhibition held in the Soğanlı Cultural Center features 40 photographs resulting from the 14th Photographers' gathering of TURKSOY  held last year in Turkistan, the Cultural Capital of the Turkic World 2017 along with 30 manuscripts of Khoja Akhmet Yassawi in the Middle Ages from the collection of the Khoja Akhmet Yassawi Museum in Turkistan. The opening ceremony of the exhibition gathered the Mayor of Osmangazi  Mustafa Dundar and Mrs. Güler Fedai from TURKSOY along with the Director of the  Khoja Akhmet Yassawi Museum Nurbolat Ahmetjanov and the Director of the Research Foundation of  Bursa  Prof. Dr. Yusuf Oğuzoğlu as well as many guests.

In the speech he delivered at the oğening ceremony of the exhibition, the the Mayor of Osmangazi  Mustafa Dundar  said: “Bursa is a center of attraction. Our ancestors who came from Central Asia settled down here before spreading over to 3 continents where they brought peace and tolerance. Unfortunately, political and economic changes as well as wars resulted in a rupture of ties among peoples ofn the Turkic World. But now, the Turkic World is uniting again. Such gatherings help us get acquainted with eachother. This is a promising situation. TURKSOY is a key institution which carries out activities to explore cultural ties in the Turkic World and reinitiate the cultural dialogue among its peoples  to transmit these precious cultural values and heritage to future generations. As such, TURKSOY does an excellent job and I am confident that it will continue doing so. In line with its history and mission, the Municipality of Osmangazi pursues its ties with the Turkic World. We are also working in close cooperation with the Balkans and we are further fostering our dialogue with Turkic republics of Central Asia such as Kazakhstan and  Uzbekistan. In April, we have welcomed guests from Uzbekistan and Kazakhstan in the celebrations of Bursa to commemorate Osman Gazi. We are willing to further pursue these cooperation activities which bring about positive results and contribute to world peace. I believe that thsi exhibition will also be an important contribution to the further development of our mutual ties. I would therefore like to extend my gratitude to all those who contributed to the organization of this event.” 

The Representative of TURKSOY Mrs.  Güler Fedai who also delivered a speech at the event said: “These are some of the works resulting from the 14th Photographers Gathering of TURKSOY which took place last year in Turkistan, the Cultural Capital of the Turkic World 2017. The Photographers' Gathering of TURKSOY is a gathering which is traditionally held every year  and its aim is to contribute to the world wide promotion of the rich cultural heritage of the Turkic World as well as its beautiful nature, architectural monuments and colourful peoples. Hence, TURKSOY intorduces our common cultural heritage and values to the world through various events such as this one” .

In the speech he delivered at the opening cveremony of the exhibition, the Director of the Khoja Akhmet Yassawi Museum Nurbolat Ahmetjanov said:  “Last year, it was the city of Turkistan which bore the title of Cultural Capital of the Turkic World. Within this framework we had hosted the 14th Photograpghers' Gathering of TURKSOY. This year this prestigious title is borne by Kastamonu. So this exhibition is an opportunity for us to introduce to you some works from the collection of the Khoja Akhmet Yassawi Museum along with photos resulting from this gathering. Let me therefore extend my gratitude to the Mayor of  Osmangazi Mr. Mustafa Dundar for his valuable support to this exhibition”. The exhibition will be open to visitors during two days.