Cultural Capital of the Turkic World 2019
The 36th Term Meeting of the Permanent Council of TURKSOY was held in the city of Kastamonu in Turkey. In the meeting which took place in the historical Kurşunlu Han building of Kastamonu, ministers of culture and representatives of international organizations of TURKSOY member countries discussed major issues regarding culture and art of the Turkic World in 2019.
The meeting coordinated by the Minister of Culture and Tourism of the Republic of Turkey Mehmet Nuri Ersoy gathered TURKSOY Secretary General Ambassador Dusen Kasseinov, the Deputy Minister of Culture, Information and Tourism of the Kyrgyz Republic Baktybek Sekimov, the Deputy Minister of Culture of Turkmenistan Nursahet Shirimov, Mrs. Günay Aliyeva from the Ministry of Culture of Azerbaijan, Mrs. Şehbal Hamzaoğlu from the Ministry of National Education and Culture of the Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus Şehbal Hamzaoğlu, the Chief of the Administration of Culture and Tourism Affairs of the Autonomous Territorial Unit of Gagauzia (Moldova) Marina Semenova, the Secretary General of the Turkic Council Baghdad Amreyev, the President of the Turkic Academy Darkhan Kydyrali, the Secretary General of TURK-Pa Altynbek Mamayusupov, the Governor of Kastamonu Yaşar Karadeniz, the Mayor of Kastamonu Tahsin Babaş, the Mayor of the Municipality of Osh in Kyrgyzstan Taalaybek Sarybashev and the Deputy Secretary General of TURKSOY Prof. Dr. Fırat Purtaş as well as representatives of various institutions and organizations along with journalists. One of the main items of the agenda of the meeting was the determination of illustrious personalities of the Turkic World to be commemorated in 2019.
The title of Cultural Capital of the Turkic World which has been awarded to one city of the Turkic World every year since 2010 upon initiative of TURKSOY and was born by Astana in 2012 was unanimously awarded to the city of Osh in Kyrgyzstan by the Permanent Council of Ministers of Culture of Turkic Speaking Countries.
Members of the Permanent Council who supported the suggestion of the Ministry of Culture Information and Tourism of the Kyrgyz Republic declared the city of Osh as Cultural Capital of the Turkic World 2019.
Throughout the year 2019, the city of Osh in Kyrgyzstan will host various cultural and artistic events and bring together the entire Turkic World.