City of Bursa, member of Union of Turkish World Municipalities (TDBB) was designated as “Cultural Capital of Turkic World 2022” at the 38th Term Meeting of Permanent Council of Ministers of Culture held in Hive city of Uzbekistan on 16 September 2021.

The meeting was attended by Minister of Culture of Uzbekistan Ozodbek Nazarbekov, Minister of Culture and Tourism of the Republic of Turkey Mehmet Nuri Ersoy and Mayor of Bursa Metropolitan Municipality Alinur Aktaş, and also Hungarian Minister of Foreign Affairs and Foreign Trade Peter Szijjarto, Deputy Prime Minister of Uzbekistan Aziz Abduhakimov, Minister of Culture of Azerbaijan Anar Karimov, Minister of Culture, Information, Sports and Youth of Kyrgyzstan Kairat Imanaliev, Deputy Minister of Culture and Sports of Kazakhstan Nurkissa Duayeshov. Moreover, Deputy Minister of Culture of Turkmenistan Nursakhet Shirimov, President of Culture and Tourism Administration Office of Gagauzia Autonomous Republic Marina Semionova and Minister of National Education and Culture of TRNC Olgun Amcaoğlu also attended the meeting online.

Minister of Culture and Tourism Mehmet Nuri Ersoy, during his speech at the meeting, suggested that Bursa should be the cultural capital of the Turkic World for the next year, and he posited that, “I am proudly announcing the candidacy of our Bursa city for the Cultural Capital of the Turkish World in 2022 that was the capital of the Ottoman state and also appreciated by visitors with its historical and architectural patterns, splendid green areas and natural beauties. I expect your support for our city Bursa to be selected as the Cultural Capital of the Turkic World and I believe that Bursa city, like Hive, Eskişehir and Kastamonu, would work with the self-devotion and enthusiasm and take its place among the cultural capitals of the Turkic World”.

Mayor of Bursa Metropolitan Municipality Alinur Aktaş made a presentation about Bursa city to the members of the 38th Term Meeting of Permanent Council of Ministers of Culture. Aktaş underlined that Bursa’s characteristic of being one of the ancient cities of Turkish civilization made the city to focus on activities for the Turkic World through many projects such as ancestral sport organizations, exhibitions, cultural and art activities, symposiums and publications and Turkish world museums workshops.

Mayor Aktaş continued his words as; “Today we are here as the candidate of the ‘Cultural Capital of Turkic World 2022’. We believe that we will be conducting beneficial activities for Bursa city regarding the activities to be organized for Turkic World. Moreover, Bursa has also been selected among the UNESCO Creative Cities in the field of craft and folk arts. Furthermore, 4th World Nomad Games will be held this year in our city, in our beautiful town Iznik. We wish to contribute more onto Turkic World by strengthening the bonds of love, preserving the cultural heritage and developing cooperation in various fields with projects and activities that we will be carried out as the “Cultural Capital of the Turkic World.”

At the meeting, the participants accepted the proposal and decided to declare Bursa as the Cultural Capital of the Turkic World.

With the other decision taken at the meeting, 2022 was declared as the year of commemoration of the Kyrgyz artist Toktobolot Abdumomunov whose 100th birthday will be celebrated next year and Azerbaijani composer Fikret Amirov and Turkish mystic Süleyman Çelebi on 600th year of his decease in 2022.