26 June 2019

Turkic World Gathered in Osh with the Contributions of TİKA

Representatives of TÜRKSOY member countries came together in Osh, Kyrgyzstan with the contributions of Turkish Cooperation and Coordination Agency (TİKA).

The "Osh – 2019 Cultural Capital of the Turkic World Ceremony" organized by TÜRKSOY kicked off with a spectacular ceremony and was attended by President of Kyrgyzstan Sooronbay Jeenbekov. The opening ceremony for the events that will take place until the end of the year in Osh, the 2019 Cultural Capital of the Turkic World, was held in the Ahmatbek Suyumbayev Stadium.

With the contributions of TİKA, more than 250 artists from 12 countries representing TÜRKSOY member countries performed music and dances from various regions of the Turkic World. The audience members who filled the stadium cheered as the artists visiting Cultural Capital Osh took the stage.

The ceremony was attended by ministers, MPs, and representatives of diplomatic missions from TÜRKSOY member countries, along with TİKA Vice President Rahman Nurdun, and representatives from the United Nations (UNESCO), International Organization of Turkish Culture (TÜRKSOY) and Islamic Education, Science and Culture Organization (ISESCO) from various parts of the Turkic world.

In his speech, President Jeenbekov reiterated that Osh, a city in the south of Kyrgyzstan that holds a special place in the Turkic world, was declared the "Cultural Capital of the Turkish World". Underlining that this decision of TÜRKSOY held great cultural and political significance for the multi-national people of Kyrgyzstan, Jeenbekov said, "Today the flag of the Turkic world is proudly soaring high in the Kyrgyz skies over the land of Osh."

During the events held at the opening ceremony, several individuals involved in culture, arts and sciences, who came to the historic city of Osh, carried out various efforts to organize plays, concerts, competitions, exhibitions, and conferences for the promotion, preservation, and transfer of the rich cultural heritage of Turkic people to future generations.

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