The historical capital of Bursa, which hosted the transformation of the Ottoman Empire from a principality to a world state, is preparing to host the Turkish world with the title of 'The Capital of the Turkic World in 2022'. In this context, the introductory meeting regarding the activities and works to be held throughout the year was held with the participation of the Minister of Culture and Tourism Mehmet Nuri Ersoy.
Bursa at the 38th Term Meeting of the Permanent Council of Ministers of Culture of the International Organization of Turkic Culture (TÜRKSOY), which works to transfer the common Turkish culture, language, history, art, traditions and customs to future generations by establishing friendly relations between Turkic speaking peoples and countries. It was chosen as the "2022 Turkish World Capital of Culture". Bursa, which is also included in the UNESCO Creative Cities Network in the 'craft and folk arts' branch, is experiencing the excitement of hosting the Turkish world in the Ottoman capital. The works to be carried out with the title of Cultural Capital of the Turkish World were announced to the public at the meeting held at Atatürk Congress and Culture Center. Culture and Tourism Minister Mehmet Nuri Ersoy, Governor Yakup Canbolat, Metropolitan Mayor Alinur Aktaş and Bursa deputies, district mayors, academics and tourism professionals attended the meeting.
We will bear the title
Bursa Metropolitan Municipality Mayor Alinur Aktaş, in her speech at the ceremony, said that they have overcome a long-term path and that they are proud of being awarded the title of Cultural Capital of the Turkish World as a result of their efforts since 2018. President Aktaş stated that Bursa, which served as the capital of the Ottoman Empire, the meeting point of civilizations, fascinates with its historical and architectural texture, and fascinates the visitors with its greenery and natural beauties, will deserve this title. President Aktaş said, “We find it very valuable that Bursa, the Turkish city, the Ottoman capital, the 4th largest city of the Republic of Turkey, the leading city of history, culture, nature, agriculture, tourism and industry, has been selected as the Cultural Capital of the Turkish World. We have a very large foreign tourist potential. Mostly tourists from the Middle East, Europe and Far Asia come to Bursa, but recently we have had visitors from Uzbekistan, Kazakhstan and Tatarstan. According to the pre-pandemic data, the target of our city, which hosts approximately 1.5 million tourists every year, is to double the number of visitors at the end of the period, within the framework of the current conditions that deeply affect global tourism. 2022 is a year we attach great importance to Bursa, the Cultural Capital of the Turkish World, in terms of promoting the city, explaining its values to the world, reviving the tourism and service sector, and making a significant contribution to the city's economy.
'Turkish' themed events
Reminding that they have carried out many activities such as ancestral sports, exhibitions, TÜRKSOY culture and art activities, symposiums and publications, museums meeting of the Turkic world within the framework of their cooperation with TURKSOY, President Aktaş also gave examples of some of the projects they plan to implement within the scope of 2022 Turkic World Capital of Culture. Turkish world-themed architectural works, park and square arrangements, a souvenir forest with symbol trees brought from the Turkish world, restorations, Living Turkish World Cultural Center, Turkish architecture symposium, Turkish architects meeting, new permanent works to the Turkish world with works on Turkish architecture in different geographies. kazanHe emphasized that they aim to President Aktaş stated that they are working on rich contents such as the Turkish world themed book fair, international music festival, Turkish world magazines and literary writers meeting, Turkish poets meeting, poets meeting from Altays to Uludağ. Expressing their aim to contribute to the Turkish world in the field of cinema and performing arts, President Aktaş said, “We want to bring good times to art lovers with events such as the Turkish world-themed short film competition, documentaries, the 2nd Korkut Ata Turkish World Film Festival, and the theater festival. We want to announce the voice of the Turkish music world to the whole world with events such as the Turkish music festival from Ulutav to Uludağ, concerts with the theme of the Turkish world, artists meeting, Turkish world anthem competition, epic competition.”
Grand opening nowruz
Noting that they will celebrate the Nevruz Festival, which is celebrated with great enthusiasm on 21 March every year, with various events in Bursa with the countries of the Turkic world, and that they will hold the grand opening program, President Aktaş said, “The Turkish world sports competitions feast, the 4th World Nomad Games, horse races and Turkish We will contribute to the development and common memory in the field of culture and sports. In order to promote Turkish visual arts and exhibitions to the whole world, we will organize a meeting of women painters of the Turkish world, photography exhibitions about Turkish culture that we will organize in different parts of the world, Turkish Photographers Photographing the Turkish World project, museums and exhibitions of the Turkish world. We want our traditions and customs not to be forgotten by transferring all kinds of Turkish culture to future generations. In order to contribute to this, we will organize a children's games festival where different games played in the Turkish geography will take place. Our next target for Bursa; to brand our city worldwide and to ensure that it takes its place among the European cultural capitals. We have big dreams and goals for Bursa. Finally, I would like to say that the Permanent Council of Culture Ministers Meeting of TURKSOY will be held in Bursa on January 26, 2022, and on the same day, we will announce the Bursa Turkic World Capital of Culture 2022 introductory meeting and event calendar with the participation of all our ministers.”
Culture sanjak in Bursa
Minister of Culture and Tourism Mehmet Nuri Ersoy also said that they worked tirelessly to explain the history of the Turkish people, who are the heirs of a history that is as old as humanity, and a culture of uniqueness and richness that is unique in the world, to the world with all their aspects, and to bring them to the distinguished place they deserve among world cultures. Stating that the implementation of the Cultural Capital of the Turkish World is a very serious opportunity for the promotion of Turkey, Minister Ersoy said, “This relic, which started with Astana in 2012 and has been carried from hand to hand in the Turkish world like a cultural banner, is now in Bursa as of New Year's Day. It is necessary to seize this opportunity and explain Bursa very well. Because if we want to be understood, we must be well known, and if we want to be known, we must explain ourselves very well. Of course, we do not have enough time to give every detail, including Bursa. Because Bursa is the land of civilizations, Bithynia, Lydia, Persia, Rome, Byzantium, Anatolian Seljuks and Ottomans, the direction of history has been determined here. Isn't it, when we say Bursa and Cumalıkızık, the Cihan State from the Kayı tribe is a cradle of history that turned into the Ottoman Empire. Therefore, we come across Bursa, the place where the world history began to change. It is important to see the title of Cultural Capital of the Turkish World as an opportunity to raise Bursa to the position it deserves in different fields. From traditional sports organizations to fairs and festivals, from concerts and talks to exhibitions, I hope 2022 will be a year in which Bursa will make a difference. In this context, I invite everyone to visit Bursa in 2022, when many different doors will be opened from science to sports and art, and to embrace culture from traditional to modern.”
seal of the ottoman
Bursa Governor Yakup Canbolat also reminded that Bursa is included in the UNESCO Creative Cities Network as well as being the 2022 Cultural Capital of the Turkic World, and said, “Bursa got its main characteristic from the Ottoman Empire. From this point of view, although Bursa may appear as a hybrid city of history, it is possible to see the seal of the Ottoman Empire in every corner. It is one of the important industrial and commercial center bases of our country. Bursa is also an agricultural city, a tourism city, a spa city, a university city, a fishing, mountain and sea sports city. Our city has been selected for the UNESCO Creative Cities Network in the field of handicrafts and folk arts. We are willing and willing to be the cultural capital of the Turkish World, not only in 2022, but always. Praise be to Bursa, there are many parameters that give this power,” he said.
Bursa Metropolitan Municipality Mayor Alinur Aktaş also introduced the logo specially prepared for Bursa, the Cultural Capital of the Turkish World, to the public at the meeting. Expressing that the traditional and modern drawings were blended in the logo, Aktaş said, “It was aimed to bring together the Göktürks, who used the Turkish name first, and the Republic of Turkey, who used the last name, at a common point. The Göktürk alphabet and Bursa text in the logo are also an indicator of this blend. The crown door figure, which is among the magnificent works of Turkish architecture, was used in the logo.”