TURKSOY celebrated the 30th anniversary of the independence of Turkic republics in Hungary

Wednesday, 18 August 2021

The 30th anniversary of the independence of Azerbaijan, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Uzbekistan and Turkmenistan started being celebrated with a festival it organized in cooperation of TURKSOY with  the  Turkic Council, the Yunus Emre Institute and the Hungarian Heritage House.

The opening speeches of the festival were delivered by the Deputy Secretary General of TURKSOY Assoc. Prof. Dr. Bilal Çakıcı and the Director General of the Hungarian Heritage House  Mr. László Kelemen. The festival gathered the Director of the Representation Office of the Turkic Council in  Hungary and Ambassador, Prof. Dr. Janos Hovari,  the Director of the Yunus Emre Imstitute of Budapest Mustafa Aydoğdu, the Chairman of the Union of Folklore Associations of HUngary Gabriella Igyártó, the Consul of Kazakhstan in Budapest Yedil Mirzakhanov, the Representative of the TRNC in Budapest  Özgür Ezel and the Advisor of the Embassy of Azerbaijan in Budapest Zaur Şükürov along with representatives of institutions and organizations as well as many Hungarian amateurs of art.

In the speech he delivered, Assoc. Prof. Dr. Bilal Çakıcı who stressed that cultural heritage and traditional folklore hold a very important position in the history of states  and societies further added that TURKSOY further carries out its cultural and artistic activities to promote this precious heritage of the Turkic World on a global scale while making sure that it is being preserved and transmitted to future generations.

Deputy Secretary General Çakıcı who also said that with this major event,  talented craftsmen and artists of Hungary which is a member country of the Turkic Council with an observer status will come together and mutually exchange their cultural impressions further added: “With the wide territory it covers and its history dating back to thousands of years, the Turkic World owns a precious heritage not only in political  but also in cultural terms. As a matter of fact, each and every State of the Turkic World has been claiming ownership of its handcrafts as an essential component of its cultural values for centuries ands preserving them until today. Hence, throughout this festival, we will have the opportunity to introduce these traditional crafts  of the Turkic World to you through various examples of leathercrafts, jewelry, marbling art and tradition garments design.”

The opening speeches were followed by an international seminar entitled "Turkic Hungarian Folklore Traditions in the 21st Century" along with masterclasses and workshops gathering artists and craftsmen from  Azerbaijan, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Uzbekistan, Turkey and Tatarstan (R.F.) who came together in the Hungarian Heritage House introduced traditional crafts of the Turkic World such as marbling, leathercrafts, jewelry and carpet weaving with live performances. The festival also featured a short concert introducing melodies of the Turkic World to visitors and giving them the opportunity to get acquainted with various traditional songs and dances of different regions of the Turkic World  as well as with traditional instruments thereof such as  the tar, bağlama, dombra, kyl kobyz and komuz.