Painting Exhibition of TURKSOY at the 3rd Congress of Turkistan held in Kastamonu
A painbting exhibition of TURKSOY took place prior to the Congress of Turkistan held in the Conference Hall of the Bilgehan Bilgili Central Library of the Kastamonu University in cooperation of the International Organization of Turkic Culture TURKSOY with the Kastamonu University, the International Association of Solidarity of Turkistan (Türkistan-Der) and the Turkish Cooperation and Coordination Agency (TIKA).
The painting exhibition of TURKSOY featuring paintings resulting from works by painters of the Turkic World who participated in the 21st Painters' Gathering of TURKSOY traditionally held every year was inaugurated by TURKSOY Deputy Secteray General Prof. Dr. Fırat Purtaş, the Governor of Kastamonu Yaşar Karadeniz, the Mayor of Kastamonu Tahsin Babaş and the Rector of the Kastamonu University Prof. Dr. Seyit Aydın. Protocol members and participants who visited the exhibition foolwing its opening had the opportunity to get acquainted with Turkic World and its colourful culture and traditions thanks to works by talents painters of the Turkic World.
Prof. Dr. Fırat Purtaş who gave some information on the exhibition said that the exhibition features paintings resulting from works by painters of the Turkic World. Mr. Purtaş who further said that the featured paintings by artists from all corners of the Turic World reflect its colourful culture added: "This painting exhibition features more than 30 paintings resulting from Painters' Gathering of TURKSOY which took place 21 times until today."
Prof. Dr. Purtaş who also said that the Congress of Turkistan takes place on the 25th anniversary of TURKSOY added: "Activities carried out by the Turkic Council contribute to multilateral cooperation among Turkic states and contribute to the unity of the Turkic World in all respects. Our Presidents draw a roadmap with decisions they make."
The opening of the exhibition was followed by the Congress on "The Soviet Carnage of 1938 in Caucasia and Turkistan and its Consequences - Migration, Exile and Freedom"
Keynote speakers of the congress were the Governor of Kastamonu Yaşar Karadeniz, the Rector of the Kastamonu University Prof. Dr. Seyit Aydın, the Director of the Research Center of the Kastamonu University on the Turkic World Prof. Dr. Orhan Kavuncu and the Chairman of the Association "Türkistan-Der" Mr. Burhan Kavuncu.
The congress gathered the Mayor of Kastamonu Tahsin Babaş, the Chairman of the Public Fund for the Support and Development of Independent Mass Communication Media and News Agencies of Uzbekistan Said Yusupov along with 77 scholars from Turkey, Azerbaijan, Uzbekistan, Turkmenistan, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Gagauzia, Macedonia, Kosovo and Iran.