Uluslararası Türk Kültürü Teşkilatı (Türksoy)
International Organization of Turkic Culture
Sovereign (maroon) and other members (red) of Türksoy
• General Secretary
The International Organization of Turkic Culture (Turkish: Uluslararası Türk Kültürü Teşkilatı, Türksoy) is an international cultural organization of countries with Turkic populations, speaking languages belonging to the Turkic language family. Other than being an abbreviation of the former official name "Türk Kültür ve Sanatları Ortak Yönetimi" - Joint Administration of Turkic Culture and Arts, "Türksoy" is a compound noun, in Turkish, made up of the words "Türk" (Turk/ic) and "soy" (ancestry).
The organization has its roots in meetings during 1992 in Baku and Istanbul, where the ministers of culture from Azerbaijan, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Uzbekistan, Turkey, and Turkmenistan declared their commitment to cooperate in a joint cultural framework. Türksoy was subsequently established by an agreement signed on July 12, 1993 in Almaty.
As of 2016, Türksoy has six sovereign member states and three non-sovereign observer states.
|Bashkortostan||Bashkir||a federal subject of Russia.|
|Tatarstan||Tatar||a federal subject of Russia.|
|Găgăuzia||Gagauz||an autonomous region of Moldova.|
|Northern Cyprus||Turkish||a de facto independent republic recognized only by Turkey; see Cyprus dispute.|
|Altai Republic||Altay||a federal subject of Russia.|
|Khakassia||Khakas||a federal subject of Russia.|
|Yakutia||Sakha (Yakut)||a federal subject of Russia.|
|Tuva||Tuvan||a federal subject of Russia.|
This list includes dependent territories within their sovereign states (including uninhabited territories), but does not include claims on Antarctica. EEZ+TIA is exclusive economic zone (EEZ) plus total internal area (TIA) which includes land and internal waters.
Türksoy carries out activities to strengthen cultural ties between Turkic peoples. One of the main goals to transmit their common cultural heritage to future generations and promote it around the world.
Activities and events include;
Every year, one city in the Turkic world is selected as the "Cultural Capital of the Turkic World". Within the framework of events to celebrate the Cultural Capital of the Turkic World, numerous cultural events are held, gathering artists, scholars and intellectuals, giving them the opportunity to exchange their experiences, as well as promoting the city in question internationally.
Recent cities that have been awarded this title are;
|2010||Zeki Velidi Togan|
|2014||Magtymguly Pyragy and Toktogul Satylganov|
|2015||Haldun Taner and Semen Kadışev|
|2017||Molla Panah Vagif|
|2018||Gara Garayev, Magzhan Zhumabayev and Chinghiz Aitmatov|
|2019||Imadaddin Nasimi and Âşık Veysel|
Türksoy is funded by contributions paid by individual member states, local governments, universities and NGOs.
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