International Organization of Turkic Culture
Uluslararası Türk Kültürü Teşkilatı (TÜRKSOY)
International Organization of Turkic Culture
Sovereign (maroon) and other members (red) of TÜRKSOY.
• General Secretary
The International Organization of Turkic Culture (Turkish: Uluslararası Türk Kültürü Teşkilatı, TÜRKSOY) is an international cultural organization of countries with Turkic populations, speaking languages belonging to the Turkic language family. Other than being an abbreviation of the former official name "Türk Kültür ve Sanatları Ortak Yönetimi" - Joint Administration of Turkic Culture and Arts, "Türksoy" is a compound noun, in Turkish, made up of the words "Türk" (Turk/ic) and "soy" (ancestry).
The organization has its roots in meetings during 1992 in Baku and Istanbul, where the ministers of culture from Azerbaijan, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Uzbekistan, Turkey, and Turkmenistan declared their commitment to cooperate in a joint cultural framework. TÜRKSOY was subsequently established by an agreement signed on July 12, 1993 in Almaty.
It is announced that TÜRKSOY will be integrated into the Turkic Council, a geopolitical organization of Turkic countries established on November 3, 2009.
As of 2016, TÜRKSOY has six sovereign member states and three non-sovereign observer states.
|Tatarstan||Tatar||a federal subject of Russia.|
|Găgăuzia||Gagauz||an autonomous region of Moldova.|
|Northern Cyprus||Turkish||a de facto independent republic recognized only by Turkey; see Cyprus dispute.|
|Altai Republic||Altay||a federal subject of Russia.|
|Bashkortostan||Bashkir||a federal subject of Russia.|
|Khakassia||Khakas||a federal subject of Russia.|
|Sakha Republic||Sakha (Yakut)||a federal subject of Russia.|
|Tuva||Tuvan||a federal subject of Russia.|
TURKSOY carries out activities to strengthen cultural ties between Turkic peoples. One of the main goals to transmit their common cultural heritage to future generations and promote it around the world.
Activities and events include;
- Gatherings of artists, photographers, painters, opera singers, poets, journalists, theatre, dance and music ensembles of the Turkic World.
- Monthly journal published in three languages,
- Works written in various languages and Turkic dialects.
- Commemoration of artists, authors, poets and scholars in recognition of their valuable contribution to Turkic culture
- Symposia and conferences covering topics on the common history, language, culture and art of Turkic peoples
- Nevruz Day celebrations including concerts and events held in the UNESCO Headquarters in 2010, the United Nations General Assembly Hall in 2011, and various other countries including Germany, Austria and the UK
- Nevruz festival held on April 1, 2016 at Warner Theater in Washington DC
Cultural Capital of the Turkic World
Every year, one city in the Turkic world is selected as the "Cultural Capital of the Turkic World". Within the framework of events to celebrate the Cultural Capital of the Turkic World, numerous cultural events are held, gathering artists, scholars and intellectuals, giving them the opportunity to exchange their experiences, as well as promoting the city in question internationally.
Recent cities that have been awarded this title are;
- 2012: Astana in Kazakhstan
- 2013: Eskişehir, in Turkey
- 2014: Kazan in Tatarstan
- 2015: Merv in Turkmenistan
- 2016: Shaki, Azerbaijan
- 2017: Turkistan, in Kazakhstan
TURKSOY is funded by contributions paid by individual member states, local governments, universities and NGO's.
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- Власти тюркских регионов выбирают между Россией и Турцией
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- (in Turkish) (in English) (in Russian) TÜRKSOY Website