In Bursa, member of Union of Turkish World Municipalities (TDBB), which was elected as the 2022 Cultural Capital of the Turkish World, activities to promote Turkish culture throughout the year started with a gala concert held on January 27, 2022. The performances of folk dance teams with melodies performed by vocal and instrumental artists from Azerbaijan, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Uzbekistan, Turkmenistan and Turkey turned into a visual feast.
Bursa, the 10th city designated as the Cultural Capital of the Turkish World, hosted the music and dances of the Turkish world. The Gala concert held at Merinos Atatürk Congress and Culture Center (AKKM) was attended by Governor of Bursa Yakup Canbolat, Mayor of Bursa Metropolitan Municipality Alinur Aktaş, Secretary General of Türksoy Dusen Kaseinov, Kazakhstan’s Ambassador to Ankara Abzal Saparbekuly, Bursa deputies, mayors and many guests.
Event Calendar will be shared on Bursa2022.org
Hosting the gala, Alinur Aktaş said that as the Cultural Capital of the Turkish World, they were happy to embrace the guests from their ancestral lands. Aktaş stated that they will organize many events worthy of Bursa throughout the year and added, “From congresses and seminars to concerts and festivals, from cinema, theater and exhibitions to interviews, we will have a wide range of national and international events. Our website ‘bursa2022.org’, where we will announce these events, has been launched. We are opening very important doors together, as in our 2022 Turkish World Culture Capital Bursa logo, which we prepared with the inspiration we get from our values extending from the past to the future, our ancient history, our commitment to our roots, our color that identifies with us, our innovative stance, eternity and our strength arising from unity. This door opens to history, this door opens to the future, this door opens to culture and art. This door opens to the industry and business world, this door opens to our knowledge and values. This door opens to the Silk Road, trade and tourism. This door opens to the unity and solidarity of the Turkish world and the strengthening of the spirit of cooperation and solidarity. I wish our union to be strong and permanent”.
The gala events, which started with the Mehter concert and the sword shield show, presented a visual feast to the guests with the stage decoration specially prepared for the night. In addition to the performances of vocal and instrumental artists from the Turkic Republics, folk dance performances were watched with admiration. In the colorful night, the anthem composed for 2022 Turkish World Culture Capital Bursa was presented to the guests.