Bursa, the capital of the Ottoman Empire has been selected as Cultural Capital of the Turkic World 2022

TÜRKSOY
Thursday, 16 September 2021

The 38th Term Meeting of the Permanent Council of Ministers of Culture of TURKSOY Member Countries was held on September 16th, 2021 in Khiva, the Cultural Capital of the Turkic World 2020.

The meeting  hosted by the Minister of Culture of Uzbekistan and Term Coordinator of TURKSOY took place in Khiva, one of the ancient cities of Central Asia which is the pearl of Uzbekistan  and gathered the Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Tourism of Uzbekistan Aziz Abduhakimov, the Minister of Culture of Azerbaijan  Anar Kerimov, the Minister of Culture, Information Sports and Youth of the Kyrgyz republic Kairat Imanaliyev, the Minister of Culture and Tourism of the Republic of Turkey Mehmet Nuri Ersoy, the Deputy Minister of Culture and Sports of Kazakhstan Nurkıssa Dauyeshov, the Secretary General of the Turkic Council  Bagdad Amreyev and the Secretary General of TURK-PA  Altynbek Mamayusupov along with the Secretary General of  TURKSOY Dusen Kasseinov, the Deputy Minister of  Culture of Turkmenistan  Nursahet Shirimov, the Director of Cultural and Tourism Affairs of the Autonomous Territorial Unit of  Gagauzia (Moldova) Marina Semionova, and the Minister of National Education and Culture of the Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus  Olgun Amcaoğlu as well as the Minister of Foreign Affairs and Trade of Hungary  Péter Szijjártó who attended the meeting as a guest of honour.

Issues discussed at the meeting which gathered ministers of culture of the Turkic World included the evaluation of activities carried out within the period elapsed since the 37th Term Meeting of  TURKSOY as well as the determination of activities to be carried out in the near future  and the selection of the Cultural Capital of the Turkic World 2022 as well as of illustrious personalities of the Turkic World to be commemorated.

In the opening speech he delivered,  the Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Tourism of Uzbekistan Aziz Abduhakimov  who said that the President of the Republic of Uzbekistan Shovkat Mirziyoyev attaches particular importance to the fact that the  meeting is being held on the highest level in Khiva and that he entrusted him with this mission expressed his happiness to be welcoming ministers of culture of TURKSOY member countries in in the historical city of Khiva.

Mr. Abduhakimov further expressed his appreciation as to activities carried out by TURKSOY to foster and strengthen ties of brotherhood among Turkic countries while introducing Turkic culture to the world  and added that  events organized by TURKSOY offer major opportunities to artists and scholars of TURKSOY member countries to foster their mutual cooperation.

Mr. Abduhakimov who also said that his country attaches great importance to its ties with TURKSOY further added: “The decision regarding the completion of the regulation concerning the full membership of Uzbekistan in  TURKSOY is expected to be approved soon."

Ambassador Kasseinov who  joined the meeting online due to his health condition said that he has always felt the support of TURKSOY member countries ever since he took office as Secretary General of the organization and added: “I am proud to have realized major projects despite limited resources available. Indeed, this has been made possible  thanks to the valuable support and auspices of our distinguished ministers of culture and of our heads of states in particular. I am thankful for this precious support you have provided to TURKSOY both in material and immaterial terms. In line with the maxim of our ancestor  Bilge Khan, we have worked relentlessly day and night  to introduce our common culture to the entire world.”

Secretary General Kasseinov further said:  “This year, we are celebrating the 30th anniversary of the independence of  Azerbaijan, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Uzbekistan and Turkmenistan. We are happy to have witnessed this historical anniversary. Hence, let me once again congratulate all our member countries from the bottom of my heart on the 30th anniversary of their independence. It is a great pleasure for me to share this happiness and joy with all of you. May our independence last forever!

It is of key importance to base our independence on solid foundations and to preserve and foster our culture and art  in order to pursue our existence. It is with this frame of mind that we will be further doing our best to carry out new projects with your support. May we always strengthen one another to exist together forever.”

The Deputy Secretary General of TURKSOY Assoc. Prof. Dr. Bilal Çakıcı made a presentation on the financial status of the organization in 2020-2021 and touched upon activities carried out throughout this period.

Selection of the Cultural Capital of the Turkic World 2022

Upon decision of the Permanent Council of Ministers of Culture of TURKSOY at its 38th term meeting the city of Bursa has been declared Cultural Capital of the Turkic World 2022.

In the speech he delivered at the meeting, the Minister of Culture and Tourism of the Republic of Turkey  Mehmet Nuri Ersoy who suggested Bursa as Cultural Capital of the Turkic World 2022 said: "It is a great pleasure for me to declare that Bursa has applied for this title for the year  2022. As such, Bursa is a city which used to be the capital of the Ottoman Empire  and enchants everyone with its historical heritage and architecture  as well as its beautiful nature.

We look forward to your precious support regarding the selection of Bursa as Cultural Capital of the Turkic World and believe that just as Khiva, Eskisehir and Kastamonu, our beautiful city of Bursa will also work with the sae devotion and zealousness to deserve this prestigious title."

At the meeting, participants approved the proposal and decided that Bursa be declared as Cultural Capital of the Turkic World  2022.

 

The Minister of Culture and Tourism of the Republic of Turkey further said that it was initially planned that Khiva  hosted the opening ceremony of the Cultural Capital of the Turkic World and the 38th Term Meeting of  the Permanent Council of TURKSOY and added that this was made impossible due to the Covid-19 pandemic so that all events and activities had to be postponed so as to take place this year. Hence, Minister Ersoy stressed his happiness to be attending this meeting in such an ancient city as Khiva which had been the cradle of Turic Islamic civilization for centuries.

Minister Ersoy further added: "With its Ichan Kala, this city which was included in the World Heritage List of UNESCO in 1990 and has always enchanted its visitors with its rich historical and cultural heritage and unique architecture is literally an oasis of culture in the middle of the desert. As one of the most important cities located on the route of the Great Silkroad, Khiva which is also known as an open-air museum has successfully fostered its historical heritage up to now and is a capital which serves as an example to the whole world when it comes to the preservation of cultural values."

 

Minister Ersoy who also said that the year 2021 was included in the list of commemorative years of UNESCO on the occasion of the 700th aniversary of the passing away of Yunus Emre who is an illustrious personality of the Turkic World in terms of Turkish language and culture  added that the President of the Republic of Turkey declared the year 2021 as Year of Yunus Emre and Turkish Language and stressed that:  "We are further pursuing activities under the motto "Turkish as a World Language" in coordination of our ministry with various institutions and organizations of ours to keep the legacy of Yunus Emre alive as he is the one who immortalized common values ofentire hunamity in his verses and stress the importance of Turkish language  while raising awareness regarding its correct and conscious use."

Members of the Permanent Council determined illustrious personalities of the Turkic World who will be comemorated with various events of TURKSOY throughout the year  both in the Turkic World and worldwide. Upon suggestion of the related ministers of culture, the year 2022 has been dedicated to the commemoration of the 100th anniversary of the birthday of the Kyrgyz artist  Toktobolot Abdumomunov, the  100th anniversary of the birthday of the  Azerbaijani composer Fikret Amirov and the 600th anniversary of the passing away of the Turkish mystic philosopher Süleyman Çelebi.

Presentation of Bursa – Cultural Capital of the Turkic World  2022

In the meeting, the Mayor of the Metropolitan Municipality of Bursa Mr. Alinur Aktaş made a presentation on Bursa.

Mayor Aktaş said that Bursa was once the capital of the Ottoman Empire and is the fourth biggest city of Turkey in demographic terms and third biggest city of the country in terms of exportation. Mayor Aktaş further added that Bursa is also home to shrines of many Ottoman sultans  and stressed that it therefore features many architectural works made upon their order.

Mayor Aktas who added that with its 23 museums, Bursa is one of the rarest places in the world where one can contemplate exquisite examples of Turkic culture also stressed that Uludağ and Mudanya, Gözyazı and Cumalıkızık, the longoz forests and the Suuçtu Cascade, the fortifications of Iznik and Muradiye, the Great Mosque of Ulu Cami and  Tirilye are places of Bursa which enchant every visitor and attract tourists throughout the year.

In the speech he delivered, Mayor Aktaş further said that Bursa takes its visitors onto a journey through history with its 33 ancient caravanserais and typical Turkish architecture and that it is, at the same time, a city where green meets blue with social complexes of the Ottoman period, along with its commnercial complex and Cumalıkızık district. Mayor Aktas who stressed that Bursa is therefore one of the favourite cities much appreciated by UNESCO added that apart from its rich historical heritage Bursa is also refered to as a Green City where one can see all shades of green  and witness a feast of colours soothing one’s soul throughout 4 seasons. Mr. Aktaş went on saying: "As a city located at the crossroads of the historical route of spices and Silkroad Bursa is also a trade and exports’  center where various cultures meet and products from all corners of the world can be found. Being the last stop on the route of the historical Silkroad,  Bursa has also been playing a pioneer role  for centuries in all phases of the production of silk and silk products from the chrysalids to the garments themselves. The year 2022 will be a year in which anniversaries which  are of key importance for the Turkic World and for Bursa will be celebrated along with various cultural and artistic events. This year is the 600th anniversary of the passing away of Suleyan Celebi who was not only the author of the Mevlidi Serif and  first Imam of  the Great Mosque but also a  Turkish mystic philosopher whose shrine is being visited by all tourists.  This year is also the 100th aniversary of the liberation of  Bursa from its occupation. Furthermore, our city was also included in the List of  Creative Cities of UNESCO in the field of crafts and traditional arts."

The Minister of Culture of Azerbaijan  Mr. Anar Kerimov who also said a few words at the meeting declared that the city of Shusha in Azerbaijan will also apply to become the Cultural Capital of the Turkic World in 2023.

Term Presidency of the Permanent Council of TURKSOY awarded to Turkey

At the end of the meeting, Ministers of Culture of TURKSOY member countries signed the decisions made therein.

As the Term Presidency of TURKSOY went over from Uzbekistan to Turkey, the Minister of Culture of Uzbekistan  Mr.  Nazarbekov handed over the symbol of the Term Presidency of TURKSOY to Minister Ersoy.

The Mayor of Khiva Mr. Temur Davletov handed over the symbol of the Cultural Capital of the Turkic World to  the Mayor of  Bursa Mr.  Alinur Aktaş.

TURKSOY Secretary General Kasseinov was handed over the State Medal of Uzbekistan

The Minister of Culture of Uzbekistan Mr. Ozodbek Nazarbekov who delivered a statement at the end of the meeting expressed his appreciation regarding Secretary General Kasseinov due to his precious contribution to the worldwide promotion of the culture and art of the Turkic World  and extended the State Medal of Uzbekistan to Deputy Secretary General Çakıcı who will convey it to him in recognition of his devotion to Civilization  and Art.

The 38th Term Meeting of the Permanent Council of Ministers of Culture of TURKSOY Member Countries  ended with a group photograph taken as a remembrance of the day.