Activities of TURKSOY break new ground and reach out to Africa
Within the framework of the Year of Yunus Emre and Turkic Language 2021, a delegation of TURKSOY headed by its Secretary General, Amnbassador Kasseinov went on an official visit to Kinshasa, the capital of the Democratic Republic of Congo to sign a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the latter as well as with the African Union.
TURKSOY Secretary General met with the Ambassador of the Republic of Turkey to Kinshasa
The first meeting held within the framework of the above-mentioned official visit gathered Secretary General Kasseinov and the Ambassador of the Republic of Turkey to Kinshasa H. E. Mehmet Munis Dirik. In the meeting, Secretary General Kasseinov touched upon TURKSOY's intention to foster its ties with the region and handed over a publication of TURKSOY especially dedicated to the Year of Yunus Emre and Turkic Language 2021 to him.
The minister of Culture Art and Heritage of the Democratic Republic of Congo H. E. Catherine Kathungu Furaha: “This MoU opens up whole new perspectives for us in the fields of culture, art and academic research.”
The delegation of TURKSOY then met with the Minister of Culture Art and Heritage of the Democratic Republic of Congo H. E. Catherine Kathungu Furaha. During this meeting, both parties discussed issues pertaining to the above-mentioned MoU to be signed between TURKSOY and the Ministry of Culture Art and Heritage of the Democratic Republic of Congo.
In the press conference whe gave following her meeting with Secretary General Kasseinov, Minister Catherine Kathungu Furaha expressed her happiness as to the signature of this MoU which will open up new perspectives for young people, artistes and scholars of the Democratic Republic of Congo. Minister Furaha added: “Together, we will make sure that culture becomes a priority on our agenda. Indeed, this will open up whole new perspectives for us in the fields of culture, art and academic research. I am convinced that thanks to our mutual cooperation, our peoples will get acquainted with eachother and come closer together.” Secretary General Kasseinov stressed that it will be a pleasure for TURKSOY to welcome artistes and scholars of of Africa among participants of events and activities carried out by TURKSOY and expressed his gratitude to the Minister for her kind hospitality.
First Event of TURKSOY in Africa: Exhibition on Yunus Emre, the Pionneer of the Civilization of Love
On June 29th, 2021, both parties signed the MoU between TURKSOY and the Ministry of Culture Arts and Heritage of the Democratic Republic of Congo. The signature ceremony was followed by the opening of the exhibition entitled “Yunus Emre, The Pioneer of the Civilization of Love” held within the framework of the Year of Turkic Language and Yunus Emre 2021 at the National Museum of the Democratic Republic of Congo. The exhibition entered history as being the first exhibition of TURKSOY as well as the first event dedicated to Yunus Emre to be held on the African continent. The exhibition featuring works of art of the Institute of Art and Crafts of the Faculty of Fine Arts of the Anatolian University of Eskisehir was strongly appreciated by its visitors.
Memorandum of Understanding to be signed between TURKSOY and the African Union
The official visit of the delegation of TURKSOY will go on with the signature of a Memorandum of Understanding between TURKSOY and the African Union which will take place during a ceremony hosted by the H. E. Félix Antoine Tshisekedi Tshilombo, President of the African Union and of the Democratic Republic of Congo.