The official opening ceremony of the events to be held throughout the year due to Bursa being chosen as the 2022 Capital of the Turkic World turned into a feast with the participation of 20 artists from nearly 700 countries. Speaking at the night when the voice of the Turkish world rose from the sky of Bursa, Bursa Metropolitan Municipality Mayor Alinur Aktaş said, “Hopefully, our most proud work that we will leave to the next generations will be 'unity in language, thought and action'. We will not break from our roots, nor will we take our eyes off the horizon for a moment. Time is time for unity, time is time for dirlik, time is time for Bursa,” he said.
The official opening ceremony of the events in Bursa, which was selected as the 38 Turkic World Capital of Culture at the 2022th Term Meeting of the Permanent Council of Ministers of Culture of the International Organization of Turkic Culture (TÜRKSOY), was held at the Tofaş Sports Hall. The opening ceremony was attended by the President of the Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus Ersin Tatar, the President of the Aksakallılar Council of the Turkish States Organization Binali Yıldırım, the Minister of Culture and Tourism Mehmet Nuri Ersoy, the Secretary General of the Turkish States Organization Bagdat Amreyev, the Bursa Governor Yakup Canbolat, the Turksoy Secretary General Dusen Kaseinov, the Mayor of the Metropolitan Municipality. Alinur Aktaş, ministers and ambassadors from Turkish States and citizens attended. Before the ceremony, President of the Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus Ersin Tatar hammered iron together with President Aktaş in the garden of the hall, while Minister of Culture and Tourism Mehmet Nuri Ersoy jumped over the fire.
We are proud and happy
Bursa Metropolitan Municipality Mayor Alinur Aktaş, who made the opening speech of the ceremony where a visual feast was experienced with stage decorations and light plays, said that Bursa, the meeting point of different civilizations, the Turkish city, the Ottoman capital, and the fourth largest city of the Republic of Turkey, is justified to be the 2022 Turkish World Capital of Culture. He said he felt proud and happy. Expressing that they are making an effort to bring Bursa, which has been selected as the Cultural Capital of the Turkish World, to the world showcase with privileged events worthy of this title, President Aktaş said, “There is a wide range of events that will take place throughout the year, from congresses and seminars to concerts and festivals, from cinema, theater and exhibition to conversation. We will endeavor to increase the brand value of Bursa with numerous national and international events. Again, we will organize the Süleyman Çelebi and Mevlid-i Şerif Symposium in cooperation with the Turkish Language Institution, Turkish Academy of Sciences and Uludağ University. We will host the 4th World Nomad Games, the 2nd Korkut Ata Turkish World Film Festival and many other national and international events.”
It's time for Bursa
Reminding that Bursa is the city of not only Ottoman khans but also sultans of heart, Mayor Aktaş said, “This city is home to Emir Sultan, Niyaz-i Mısri, Eşrefoğlu Rumi, Süleyman Çelebi as well as Orhan Gazi and Murad Hüdavendigar. He also bears the seal of Üftade and other sultans of heart. Of course, as much as owning these beauties, it is also important to appreciate, protect, add to it, and leave greater wealth for the future. We will protect our civilization with all its elements, from its literature to its architecture, from its humanitarian, religious and intellectual values to its geographical assets. No boundaries are drawn between hearts. Distance means nothing to those whose hearts are one. In our belief, in our tradition, brotherhood is the most precious treasure. Hopefully, the most proud work that we will leave to the next generations will be 'unity in language, thought and action'. We will not break from our roots, nor will we take our eyes off the horizon for a moment. Time is time for unity, time is time for dirlik, time is time for bursa. I wish our unity, our strength to be strong and permanent," he said.
Our heart is one, our destiny is one
TRNC President Ersin Tatar stated that all Turks have one heart, one destiny, one heart, one lineage. Ersin Tatar thanked everyone who invited him to the program and stated that Bursa has a very important place in Turkish history. Stating that Bursa, which was the capital of the Ottoman Empire, is an exceptional city with its history, trade, industry, tourism and culture, Ersin Tatar said, “It is a very appropriate and appropriate decision by TURKSOY to declare Bursa as the Cultural Capital of the Turkic World. I congratulate them. This year, very good programs will be signed in Bursa. Bursa will be introduced to the world in the best way with events. It will be shown once again how powerful a state Turkey is in the region. Turkey and President Recep Tayyip Erdogan are taking important steps in the Russia-Ukraine issue. Hopefully, it will allow peace and harmony in the world again. There is peace in our hearts, there is peace, there is humanity. What hardships we have endured in Cyprus for years. For years, we have been subjected to brutal attacks, injustices and unlawfulness. We established a state with our struggle and the support of Turkey. The name of this state is the Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus. Cooperation between the Republic of Turkey and the Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus is very important in order to keep this state alive, to strengthen the Turkish presence in this geography, and to protect our national interests in the Eastern Mediterranean and the Blue Homeland. Soon, we will take our place in the Turkish world with the observer status of the Organization of Turkish States and by taking our rightful position within TURKSOY. We will experience this happiness, peace and happiness together. Our past, heart and destiny are one. With the strengthening of the bonds of love between us, the unity and solidarity of the Turkish Cypriot people, like other Turkish peoples, will continue forever.”
We will be one, we will be alive
Binali Yıldırım, Chairman of the Aksakallılar Council of the Organization of Turkish States, said that the Turkic World continues to grow with Turkey, Azerbaijan, Kazakhstan, Turkmenistan, Kyrgyzstan and Uzbekistan. Saying, “We will be one in this geography, we will be big, we will be alive, we will be strong, together we will be the Turkish world”, Binali Yıldırım pointed out that there have been distressing events and great suffering in the region recently. Explaining that this shows that the Turkish states should be stronger, Yıldırım said, “We will get together with each other. We will protect our brotherhood like the inside of our eyes. But if we are one, if we are big, if we are alive, no one can do anything to us. Bursa is experiencing a historical moment today. Bursa was declared the 2022 Turkish World Capital of Culture. We will have a full year. At the end of September, the World Nomad Games will be held in Bursa Iznik. Bursa is a city that produces and contributes to Turkey with what it produces. Sultan is our city. Bursa is now united with Istanbul. Now we have united paths and hearts. We brought Bursa and Istanbul together. To all those who contributed to this organization, especially our President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, our Minister of Culture and Tourism Mehmet Nuri Ersoy, to all Ministers, to all countries, and to Bursa Metropolitan Mayor Alinur Aktaş and Bursa Governor Yakup Canbolat, who brought us together at the magnificent meeting. thank you. The Organization of Turkish States continues to grow day by day. Hopefully, we will soon see the Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus within the Organization of Turkish States," he said.
Civilization built with ink
Culture and Tourism Minister Mehmet Nuri Ersoy wished that Nevruz Festival, which has a deep rooted and rich history in the regions where Turkish culture spread, would bring peace and tranquility to all humanity. Stating that Bursa, the land of civilizations, which was declared the 2022 Turkish World Capital of Culture, is one of the cities that best reflects Turkish culture and architecture with its historical texture and natural beauties, Ersoy said, “I sincerely believe that Bursa will successfully carry the Turkish World Capital of Culture banner throughout the year. . We will continue to support Bursa in cultural and artistic activities to be held throughout 2022. We find the work we carry out within TURKSOY very valuable. Our joint work carries a much deeper meaning at a time when wars, occupations and millions of people have to leave their homeland during the difficult process the world is going through. Humanity needs the word of the Turkish world, which puts justice and mercy above all else. We should not forget that while some parts of the world were going through the most complex periods in history, the Golden Age was already happening in our civilization basin. Our ancestors did not leave behind exploitation and cruelty. On the contrary, our ancestors left behind bridges, fountains, mosques, madrasas and complexes. Our ancestors left behind not seas of blood, but a civilization built with ink. For this reason, the strengthening of our relations has been the guarantee of our joint action and development of new initiatives as required by the law of fraternity, and that we look to the present and the future with confidence.”
pillar of common identity
Bagdat Amreyev, Secretary General of the Organization of Turkic States, expressed that he is very happy to be in Bursa, which is one of the magnificent cities of Turkey and has been chosen as the Cultural Capital of the Turkic World. Explaining that there is a very rapid change in the world and that there are important developments at the global and regional level, Amreyev said that these developments make cooperation and integration more important in the Turkish world. Stating that the Organization of Turkish States aims to unite the Turkic world and make it stronger in the face of global challenges, Amreyev said, “Many historical decisions were taken at the Istanbul Summit on November 12, 2021. Culture is one of our most important areas of cooperation. Brotherly Turkish states and peoples first came together on the basis of culture. Culture is the pillar of our common identity. We are together and we are strong. We will hold various activities throughout the year in Bursa, which has been selected as the 2022 Turkish World Capital of Culture. We started our work. We held the Second Turkic World Diaspora Forum in Bursa. We celebrate Nowruz together with our friends from sister countries. Together with our Ministers of Culture, we will hold the Annual Permanent Council Meeting of TURKSOY in Bursa. In May, the multilateral youth exchange program will be in Bursa. At the end of September, we will hold the 4th World Nomad Games in Iznik with a wide participation from many parts of the world. In addition, the 6th Youth and Sports Ministers meeting of the Turkish World Organization will be held in Bursa. I would like to thank everyone who contributed to the work. I wish success to Bursa, the Cultural Capital of the Turkish World. Good luck and good luck to the whole Turkish world," he said.
300 million Turks with one heart
Bursa Governor Yakup Canbolat also emphasized that Bursa is on the UNESCO World Heritage List, the unique of the cities, the most dervish and the most magnificent of the cities. Reminding that a very valuable and very important task has been entrusted to Bursa by TURKSOY this year, Canbolat said, “This is such a duty that we will act as the representative of the entire Turkish world, the capital of culture. We wholeheartedly believe that our Bursa will be able to overcome this properly. Bursa has all the equipment and means to be worthy of the title of Capital of Culture, which was bestowed on it. In short, Bursa is the city where nearly 300 million Turks will have one heart and the heart of the Turkish world will beat in 2022. Our Bursa will be a visionary cultural capital of the Turkish world, which is close to 300 million," he said.
Let the Turkish world remain
Stating that he is happy to be in Bursa, the 2022 Cultural Capital of the Turkic World, TURKSOY Secretary General Dusen Kaseinov stated that the Nevruz celebrations are identified with TURKSOY, and that the implementation of the Cultural Capital of the Turkic World is one of the important projects that accelerate the Turkish cultural and artistic life. Expressing that they are aware of the importance of protecting the values and national holidays that bind Turkish people together, Kaseinov said, “We invited the whole world to see the beauties of Bursa, which was chosen as the cultural capital. Our invitation has already been answered. Our talented young people and master artists met in Bursa. I would like to thank everyone who contributed and participated in the organization of the program. May there be love in our hearts and happiness in our home. May there be peace in our world, peace in our country, and unity among us. May the Turkish world remain eternal," he said.
After the speeches, TURKSOY Secretary General Dusen Kaseinov presented Bursa Metropolitan Municipality Mayor Alinur Aktaş with the title of Cultural Capital of the Turkic World.
Turkish feast on stage
With the ceremony that started after the speeches, the people of Bursa found themselves in a visual feast. Uludağ, Kayı, Gürsu, İznik, Mustafakemalpaşa, İnegöl Mehter and Kılıç Kalkan ensembles, Turkish State Folk Dance Ensemble, Azerbaijan State Folk Dance Ensemble, Sema, Kazınai and Jorga Dance Ensembles performed in the theme of the Ottoman Period and Sultans, which started with the marches of the Mehter Team. took. He performed the Iznik Tile, UNESCO and Bursa Art program with the performances of Soloist Ahmet Baran, Tumor, Taaji, Şolpan, Azerbaijan DHDT, Bisultan, Şattık, Keremet, Kazina Dance Ensembles. Turkey DHDT, Khiva (Horezm Theatre), Jorga, Sırdaryo, Kızgaldak, Sema, Azerbaijan DHDT, Edegey, Kazina, Ademau Dance Ensembles took the stage under the theme of Silk Road, Caravanserai and Inns Center Bursa. Bursa Migration Theme; Bosnia and Herzegovina “Gajret” Folk Dance Ensemble, Serbia “Sveti Djordje” Folk Dance Ensemble, North Macedonia “Jahi HasaniÇegran” Folk Dance Ensemble, and Bulgaria “Pirin” State Folk Dance Ensemble. Soloists Babek Guliyev, Orhan Demiraslan and Erhan Özkıral accompanied the TURKSOY Folk Instruments Orchestra, Ankara Turkish World Music Ensemble and Bursa Metropolitan Municipality Orchestra on the Theme of Important Personalities Raised in Bursa. Levent Aydın, Zeynep Şahiner, Beray Akinci, Ayza Namlioğlu, Eman Basal, Gizem Behice Dağli, Gizem Behice Dağlı read in this section. Bursa Karagöz Hacivat Theme was performed by the Turkish State Folk Dance Ensemble.
Amazing night with 700 artists
The second part of the performances was held under the themes of Winter Stage and Umay, Nature's Awakening, Spring Miracle Birds Symbolizing Migration, The Coming of Spring, New Life, New Day, Nevruz Seminar, Silkworm, Welcome to Bursa Nevruz, Spring Enthusiasm and Nevruz Song. . During the events, the cultural richness of the Turkish geography stretching from the Balkans to the Caucasus and Central Asia was explained with the participation of 20 artists from nearly 700 countries. Hundreds of Bursa residents who filled the hall had an unforgettable night accompanied by a visual feast.
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