Wonderful concert held in Baku to celebrate the 25th Anniversary of TURKSOY

Saturday, 30 June 2018

On the occasion of the 25th anniversary of the International Organization of Turkic Culture which has been carrying out its activities as an institution of cultural diplomacy of the Turkic World since its establishment, a wonderful concert was held in Baku, the capital of Azerbaijan.

The concert which took place under the motto “Pearls of the Turkic World” in the Reshit Behbudov State Mahny Theater of Azerbaijan  gathered TURKSOY Secretary General  Dusen Kasseinov, the Ambassador of the Republic of Turkey to Baku H. E. Erkan Ozoral and the President of the Turkic Culture and Heritage Foundation  Mrs.  Gunay Efendiyeva along with representatives of various institutions and organizations as well as many guests and amateurs of art.

In the speech he delivered at the event, TURKSOY Secretary General Kasseinov said that as the first international organization to have been established by Turkic republics, TURKSOY has now been carrying out its activities for a quarter of a century.

Mr. Kasseinov who added that the event is a precious opportunity to celebrate the 25th anniversary of TURKSOY all together further said that this anniversary will be celebrated with colourful events not only in capitals of the Turkic World but also in UNESCO Headquarters.

Mr. Kasseinov said that this series of events to celebrate the 25th anniversary of TURKSOY started in Baku with a wonderful concert held with the contribution of artists from Azerbaijan and added:

"This year is also  the anniversary of many major developments regarding the Turkic World. Indeed, this year is also the year of the 100th anniversary of the independence of  Azerbaijan. It is the 100th anniversary of the establishment of the democratic republic of Azerbaijan under the motto 'Once raised, a flag shall never be lowered”. But it is also the 100th anniversary of the birthday of Gara Garayev which we celebrate throughout the Turkic World to pay tribute to the memory of this great composer."

The concert featured wonderful performances of the State Song and Dance Ensemble of Azerbaijan and  the "Murager" State Philharmonic Orchestra of Atyrau from Kazakhstan together with artists from Turkey, Kyrgyzstan, Uzbekistan, Bashkortostan (RF) and Tyva (RF)  who took their audience in Azerbaijan onto  an unforgettable journey through melodies of the Turkic World.

The concert which was strongly appreciated by the audience ended with standing ovations. The highlight of the concert was the performance of the famous folk song of Azerbaijan “Sarı Gelin”  in Kazak, Turkish and Azerbaijani languages. 

The celebration of the 25th anniversary of TURKSOY in Azerbaijan will go on with various events including the Closing Event of the 9th International Silkroad Music Festival of Sheki which took place on July 1st, 2018 with the contribution of artists of the Turkic World.