Organized for the first time by Osmangazi Municipality, member of Union of Turkish World Municipalities (TDBB), in the aim of contributing to Turkish culture, “International Yoruks from Central Asia to Anatolia Symposium” was held in Bursa between 08 and 10 February 2019.

The opening ceremony of the symposium in Ördekli Cultural Center was participated by Mayor of Osmangazi Mustafa Dündar, Secretary General of Union of Turkish World Municipalities (TDBB) and also Member of Symposium Organization Board Fahri Solak, 30 expert scholars and other guests.

Talking at the opening ceremony of the two-day program, Mayor of Osmangazi Mustafa Dündar stated that as municipal officials, they give great importance to social and cultural events and added, “With different symposiums that we organize during the year we have the opportunity to know our cultural wealth closely and publish the proceedings of these symposiums to contribute to scholar world. Today we will recall the economic and spiritual values of Yoruks, as part of our history and culture. Since the establishment of Ottomans, Yoruks are the main source of this country. Yoruks have met in Bursa and brought peace and happiness to all 3 continents adopting a philosophy.”

Saying that 30 scholars from Central Asia and Turkey will be presenting in the symposium Mayor Dündar continued as, “ In the eight-session symposium, the preparations for migrations which are experienced joyfully in Turkish world, their situation in our culture, their history and other subjects related to migration will be discussed by our expert scholars. Besides we will have the opportunity to know the rich folklores and songs of Yoruks as the protectors of Ottoman culture.”

In the symposium, it was underlined that the term Yoruk symbolized a way of life and in this context; it included communities that lived nomad life from the farthest point of Asia to Anatolia and Balkans. It was also explained that the nomad life which was created in the framework of human, animal and nature relation, had its own cultural and civilization values and in the forthcoming symposiums it is necessary to deal with these values more in detail. It was also pointed out that it is necessary to benefit from the experiences of this life style, which was adopted by uniting with and protecting nature.

In addition, it was suggested to benefit from the experiences of Yoruk in the means of their natural nurturing and production. It was decided that this symposium was accepted as the first symposium as a result of Yoruks’ having their own culture and civilization values and playing an important role in the reinforcement and renewal of established culture, that the scholars in Science Board would be the ordinary numbers of International Yoruks from Central Asia to Anatolia Research Group and that this symposium would be organized once in two years by Osmangazi Municipality.