International Organization of Turkic Culture
Uluslararası Türk Kültürü Teşkilatı (Türksoy)
Sovereign (maroon) and other members (red) of Türksoy
|Official language||Turkish (official language)|
Russian, English (working languages)
• 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 also 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.
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 Republic||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 Population
- List of countries by past and future population provide 1950, 2000 and 2050 population while the 2100 data is from the United Nations medium fertility variant projection.
Land and Water Area (Exclude Caspian Sea)
This list includes dependent territories within their sovereign states (including uninhabited territories), but does not include claims on Antarctica. EEZ+TIA is exclusive economic zone (EEZ) plus total internal area (TIA) which includes land and internal waters.
Türksoy 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: Nursultan (as formerly Astana) in Kazakhstan
- 2013: Eskişehir, in Turkey
- 2014: Kazan in Tatarstan
- 2015: Merv in Turkmenistan
- 2016: Shaki, Azerbaijan
- 2017: Turkistan, in Kazakhstan
- 2018: Kastamonu, in Turkey
- 2019: Osh, in Kyrgyzstan
- 2020: Khiva, in Uzbekistan
|2010||Zeki Velidi Togan||Bashkir historian|
|2011||Ğabdulla Tuqay||Tatar poet|
|2012||Nikolai Katanov (az)||Khakas Turkolog|
|2013||Mukan Tulebaev (tr)||Kazakh musician|
|2014||Magtymguly Pyragy and Toktogul Satylganov||Turkmen poet / Kyrgyz poet|
|2015||Haldun Taner and Semen Kadışev (ru)||Turkish writer / Khakas dastan writer|
|2016||Yūsuf Balasaguni||Turkic philosopher and poet|
|2017||Molla Panah Vagif||Azerbaijani poet|
|2018||Gara Garayev, Magzhan Zhumabayev and Chinghiz Aitmatov||Azerbaijani composer / Kazakh poet / Kyrgyz writer|
|2019||Imadaddin Nasimi and Âşık Veysel||Azerbaijani poet / Turkish folk singer|
|2020||Abai Qunanbaiuly||Kazakh poet and intellectual|
Türksoy is funded by contributions paid by individual member states, local governments, universities and NGOs.
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