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 also a compound noun in Turkish, made up of the words Türk (Turkic) and soy (ancestry).
International Organization of Turkic Culture
Uluslararası Türk Kültürü Teşkilatı (Türksoy)
|Official language||Turkish (official language)|
Russian, English (working languages)
• General Secretary
The General Secretary of Türksoy is Sultan Raev, the former Minister of Culture of Kyrgyzstan and deputy General Secretary of Organization of Turkic States. Türksoy has its headquarters in Ankara, Turkey.
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 12 July 1993 in Almaty.
As of 2016, Türksoy has six sovereign member states and three non-sovereign observer states.
|Bashkortostan||Bashkir||1993||a federal subject of Russia. Stopped attending projects as of 2015, continued after a brief period.|
|Tatarstan||Tatar||1993||a federal subject of Russia.|
|Khakassia||Khakas||1996||a federal subject of Russia. Stopped attending projects as of 3 December 2015, continued after a brief period.|
|Găgăuzia||Gagauz||1999||an autonomous region of Moldova.|
|Northern Cyprus||Turkish||1993||a de facto independent republic recognized only by Turkey; see Cyprus dispute.|
|Altai||Altay||2003||a federal subject of Russia.|
|Yakutia||Sakha (Yakut)||2003||a federal subject of Russia.|
|Tuva||Tuvan||1996||a federal subject of Russia.|
Past and future populationEdit
Land and water areaEdit
This list includes dependent territories within their sovereign states (including uninhabited territories), but does not include claims on Antarctica. EEZ+TIA is the exclusive economic zone (EEZ), plus total internal area (TIA) which includes land and internal waters. This table excludes any area in the Caspian Sea.
|Rank||Country||Area (km²)||EEZ (km²)||Shelf (km²)||EEZ+TIA (km²)|
Since its establishment, Türksoy has been "carrying out activities to strengthen the ties of brotherhood and solidarity among Turkic peoples, transmit the common Turkic culture to future generations and introduce it to 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
- Publishing works written in various Turkic languages and 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 United Kingdom.
Cultural Capital of the Turkic WorldEdit
The cities that have been awarded this title are:
- 2012: Astana (now Nur-Sultan), Kazakhstan
- 2013: Eskişehir, Turkey
- 2014: Kazan, Tatarstan
- 2015: Merv, Turkmenistan
- 2016: Shaki, Azerbaijan
- 2017: Turkistan, Kazakhstan
- 2018: Kastamonu, Turkey
- 2019: Osh, Kyrgyzstan
- 2020: Khiva, Uzbekistan
- 2022: Bursa, Turkey
- 2023: Shusha, Azerbaijan
Since 2010, Türksoy has selected at least one figure from Turkic culture every year to dedicate their activities to.
|2010||Zeki Velidi Togan||Bashkir historian, 120th anniversary of his birth|
|2011||Ğabdulla Tuqay||Tatar poet, 125th anniversary of his birth|
|2012||Nikolai Katanov (az)||Khakas Turkologist, 150th anniversary of his birth|
|Mirza Fatali Akhundov||Azerbaijani writer, 200th anniversary of his birth|
|2013||Mukan Tulebaev (tr)||Kazakh musician, 100th anniversary of his birth|
|2014||Magtymguly Pyragy||Turkmen poet|
|Toktogul Satylganov||Kyrgyz poet|
|2015||Haldun Taner||Turkish writer, 100th anniversary of his birth|
|Semyon Kadyshev||Khakas dastan writer, 130th anniversary of his birth|
|2016||Yūsuf Balasaguni||Turkic philosopher and poet, 1000th anniversary of his birth|
|2017||Molla Panah Vagif||Azerbaijani poet, 300th anniversary of his birth|
|2018||Gara Garayev||Azerbaijani composer, 100th anniversary of his birth|
|Magzhan Zhumabayev||Kazakh poet, 125th anniversary of his birth|
|Chinghiz Aitmatov||Kyrgyz writer, 90th anniversary of his birth|
|2019||Imadaddin Nasimi||Azerbaijani poet, 650th anniversary of his birth|
|Âşık Veysel||Turkish folk singer, 125th anniversary of his birth|
|2020||Abai Qunanbaiuly||Kazakh poet and intellectual, 175th anniversary of his birth|
|2022||Toktobolot Abdumomunov (ru)||Kyrgyz writer, 100th anniversary of his birth|
|Fikret Amirov||Azerbaijani composer, 100th anniversary of his birth|
|Süleyman Çelebi||Turkish sufi, 600th anniversary of his death|
Türksoy is funded by contributions paid by individual member states, local governments, universities and NGOs.
List of Secretaries-GeneralEdit
|No.||Name||Country of origin||Took office||Left office|
|2||Düsen Kaseinov (tr)||Kazakhstan||29 May 2008||31 March 2022|
|3||Sultan Raev (tr)||Kyrgyzstan||31 March 2022||incumbent|
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