2020, Year of Abay Kunanbay
Upon decision of the Permanent Council of TURKSOY, the year 2020 was declared Year of Abay Kunanbay in commemoration of the 175th Anniversary of the Birthday of the famous Kazak intellectual.
The 37th Term Meeting of the Permanent Council of TURKSOY took place in the city of Osh in Kyrgyzstan. Ministers of culture and representatives of international organizations of TURKSOY member countries who came together in the city located on the historical Silkroad made major decisions regarding culture and art in the Turkic World for the year 2020.
The Term Meeting of the Permanent Council of TURKSOY which is its highest decision making body took place on November 30th, 2019 and gathered the Minister of Culture Information and Tourism of Kyrgyzstan Azamat Jamankulov, the Mayor of Osh Taalaybek Sarybashov, TURKSOY Secretary General Dusen Kasseinov, the Deputy Minister of Culture and Tourism of the Republic of Turkey Nadir Alp Aslan, the Deputy Minister of Culture of Azerbaijan Rafik Bayramov, the Deputy Minister of Culture and Sports of Kazakhstan Nurkisa Dauyeshov, the Deputy Minister of Culture of Uzbekistan Kamola Akilova and the Deputy Minister of Culture of Turkmenistan Gurbanmurad Myradaliev along with delegations of TURKSOY member countries, Heads of international organizations and guests.
One of the items on the agenda of the meeting was the determination of illustrious personalities of the Turkic World which TURKSOY would dedicate its activities to throughout the year 2020.
TURKSOY which declares commemorative years to introduce illustrious personalities of the Turkic World and transmit their legacy to future generations declared the year 2020 as Year of Abay Kunanbay, the famous Kazak intellectual, in commemoration of the 175th anniversary of his birthday.
Pursuant to the decision which was met unanimously by the Permanent Council of TURKSOY, various events were planned to be carried out in TURKSOY member countries to introduce Abay Kunanbay and his legacy.
Within the framework of the initiative undertaken by TURKSOY in 2010 to pay tribute to illustrious personalities of the Turkic World, TURKSOY declared commemorative years dedicated to Magtumguyly Pyragy and Toktogul Satylganov in 2014, Haldun Taner and Simion Kadyshev in 2015, Yusuf Khass Hajip in 2016, Molla Panah Vagif in 2017, Gara Garayev in 2018, Magjan Jumabay and Chingis Aitmatov in 2018, Aşık Veysel and Imadeddin Nesimi in 2019 and carried out various events around the world.