Heritage of Dede Qorqud/Korkyt Ata/Dede Korkut: epic culture, folk tales and music that is a common value of Turkish world, sent as a multinational case to UNESCO on last March added Turkey’s cultural heritage on the representative list of the Intangible Cultural Heritage as 17th element.

Heritage of Dede Korkut became an intangible cultural heritage during the 13th session of the Intergovernmental Committee for the Safeguarding of Intangible Cultural Heritage held in Port Louis, the capital of Mauritius. Turkey maintained its place among the top 5 countries that registered the most representative list of elements with this decision.

The file of “Dede Korkut: Epic, Tales and Music” prepared multinationally by the participation of Azerbaijan, Turkey and Kazakhstan with moderating of Kazakhstan. Tradition of epic, folk tales and music which shaped within the framework of “Dede Korkut” as a representative of cultural identity and common heritage of Turkish world’s for hundreds years is kept throughout the country in particular in northeast of Turkey. The value of epic, folk tales and music of the Epic of Dede Korkut which is transmitting from generation to generation is still alive in Turkey’s cultural memory; and contributes to the strengthening of the cultural link between the past and the present, the continuation of cultural continuity, the sense of belonging and identity. Epic of Dede Korkut whose accumulation and values exceeds the boundaries is very important as a unifying element in Turkish-speaking countries.

Ministry of Culture and Tourism also announced that Epic of Dede Korkut added to UNESCO’s Representative List of World Intangible Cultural Heritage with unanimity.

Tomb of Dede Korkut is in Bayburt

This decision was very well appreciated in Bayburt where the tomb of Dede Korkut is placed. Governor of Bayburt Ali Hamza Pehlivan said that the addition of Epic of Dede Korkut to UNESCO’s Representative List of World Intangible Cultural Heritage is very important for Bayburt during his speech in Masat village where the tomb of Dede Korkut placed. Pehlivan highlighted the tomb of Dede Korkut is located in Bayburt and this has a great importance for Bayburt. Pehlivan also noted that Dede Korkut International Culture Art Festivals has been organizing in Bayburt since 1995 and during this festival, the folk tales, epic and music of Dede Korkut which is a common value of Turkish world was remembered.

Dede Korkut Park and Monument Wall

In 2013, within the context of Eskişehir Culture Capital permanent works, Monument Wall was established in Dede Korkut Park in Odunpazarı district of Eskişehir. On both sides of the 46-meter-long wall there are a tile application with the Dede Korkut epics, and also folk tales on the lower sides of the wall.