International Organization of Turkic Culture

Jump to navigation Jump to search
International Organization of Turkic Culture

Uluslararası Türk Kültürü Teşkilatı (Türksoy)
Sovereign (maroon) and other members (red) of Türksoy
Sovereign (maroon) and other members (red) of Türksoy
HeadquartersTurkey Ankara, Turkey
Official languageTurkish (official language)
Russian, English (working languages)
  • 6 sovereign member states
  • 4 non-sovereign observer states
• General Secretary
Dusen Kaseinov

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 also a compound noun in Turkish, made up of the words Türk (Turk/ic) and soy (ancestry).

The General Secretary of Türksoy is Duisen Kaseinov, former Minister of Culture of Kazakhstan. Türksoy has its headquarters in Ankara, Turkey.


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.

In 1996, an official cooperation between Türksoy and UNESCO was established, involving mutual consultations and reciprocal representation.[2]

It is announced that Türksoy will be integrated into the Turkic Council, a geopolitical organization of Turkic countries established on November 3, 2009.[citation needed]


As of 2016, Türksoy has six sovereign member states and three non-sovereign observer states.[1]

Member state Language Notes
 Azerbaijan Azerbaijani
 Kazakhstan Kazakh
 Kyrgyzstan Kyrgyz
 Turkey Turkish
 Turkmenistan Turkmen
 Uzbekistan Uzbek
Observer state Language Notes
 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.

Past members[edit]

The five Russian federal subjects left Türksoy after a Russian aircraft was shot down by Turkish forces in late 2015.[3][4][5]

Observer state Language Notes
 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.
Türksoy Headquarters, Ankara

Past and Future Population[edit]

Rank Country Area 1950 2000 2050 2100
1  Turkey 783,562 21,122,000 65,970,000 89,291,000 87,983,000
2  Uzbekistan 447,400 6,293,000 25,042,000 35,117,000 32,077,000
3  Kazakhstan 2,724,900 6,694,000 15,688,000 22,238,000 24,712,000
4  Azerbaijan 86,600 2,886,000 8,464,000 11,210,000 9,636,000
5  Kyrgyzstan 199,900 1,739,000 4,938,000 7,064,000 9,046,000
6  Turkmenistan 488,100 1,205,000 4,386,000 6,608,000 5,606,000
Total 4,730,462 39,939,000 124,488,000 171,528,000 169,060,000

Land and Water Area (Exclude Caspian Sea)[edit]

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.

Rank Country Area EEZ Shelf EEZ+TIA
1  Turkey 783,562 261,654 56,093 1,045,216
2  Uzbekistan 447,400 0 0 447,400
3  Kazakhstan 2,724,900 0 0 2,724,900
4  Azerbaijan 86,600 0 0 86,600
5  Kyrgyzstan 199,900 0 0 199,900
6  Turkmenistan 488,100 0 0 488,100
Total 4,730,462 261,654 56,093 4,992,116


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.[6]

Activities and events include;[6]

  • Gatherings of artists, photographers, painters, opera singers, poets, journalists, theatre, dance and music ensembles of the Turkic World.
  • Monthly journal published in three languages,
  • Works written in various languages and Turkic dialects.
  • Commemoration of artists, authors, poets and scholars in recognition of their valuable contribution to Turkic culture
  • Symposia and conferences covering topics on the common history, language, culture and art of Turkic peoples
  • Nevruz Day celebrations including concerts and events held in the UNESCO Headquarters in 2010, the United Nations General Assembly Hall in 2011, and various other countries including Germany, Austria and the UK
  • Nevruz festival held on April 1, 2016 at Warner Theater in Washington DC[7]

Cultural Capital of the Turkic World[edit]

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.[8]

Recent cities that have been awarded this title are;[6]

Year of[edit]

Year Year of
2010 Zeki Velidi Togan[11]
2011 Ğabdulla Tuqay[12]
2012 Nikolai Katanov[13]
2013 Mukan Tulebaev[14]
2014 Magtymguly Pyragy and Toktogul Satylganov[15]
2015 Haldun Taner and Semen Kadışev[16]
2016 Yūsuf Balasaguni[17]
2017 Molla Panah Vagif[18]
2018 Gara Garayev, Magzhan Zhumabayev and Chinghiz Aitmatov[19]
2019 Imadaddin Nasimi and Âşık Veysel[20]


Türksoy is funded by contributions paid by individual member states, local governments, universities and NGOs.[6]


  1. ^ a b Türksoy Official Web Site (2009). "Homepage > Türksoy > Member States". Archived from the original on 2012-12-22. Retrieved 2009-12-04.
  2. ^ UNESCO Web Site (1996). "Relations with the Joint Administration of the Turkic Culture and Arts (TÜRKSOY), and Draft Agreement between that Organization and UNESCO" (PDF). Retrieved 2009-12-04.
  3. ^ "Якутия поддерживает политику России по отношению к Турции | NVK Online". nvk-online.ru. Retrieved 2016-01-30.
  4. ^ "Якутия прервет связи с ТюрКСОЙ: "Партнеров в тюркском мире достаточно" - ИА REGNUM". ИА REGNUM. Retrieved 2016-01-30.
  5. ^ Власти тюркских регионов выбирают между Россией и Турцией
  6. ^ a b c d POLAT, Orhan. "About :: TURKSOY". www.turksoy.org. Retrieved 2016-05-17.
  7. ^ "NEVRUZ CELEBRATIONS OF TURKSOY 2016". www.turksoy.org.
  8. ^ a b POLAT, Orhan. "Cultural Capital of the Turkic World 2016: Sheki :: TURKSOY". www.turksoy.org. Retrieved 2016-05-17.
  9. ^ POLAT, Orhan. "The Cultural Capital of the Turkic World 2018: Kastamonu :: TURKSOY". www.turksoy.org. Retrieved 2017-12-15.
  10. ^ [1]
  11. ^ "2010 Ahmet Zeki Velidi Togan Yılı :: TÜRKSOY". www.turksoy.org. Retrieved 10 November 2019.
  12. ^ "TÜRKSOY 27.Dönem Bakanlar Konseyi Toplantısı'nda Önemli Kararlara İmza Atıldı :: TÜRKSOY". www.turksoy.org. Retrieved 10 November 2019.
  13. ^ "TÜRKSOY Türk Dünyasını Astana'da Buluşturdu :: TÜRKSOY". www.turksoy.org. Retrieved 10 November 2019.
  14. ^ "2013 MUKAN TÖLEBAYEV YILI :: TÜRKSOY". www.turksoy.org. Retrieved 10 November 2019.
  15. ^ "TÜRKSOY Daimi Konseyi 31. Dönem Toplantısı ve TÜRKSOY'un 20. Kuruluş Yıldönümü Kutlamaları Sonuç Bildirisi :: TÜRKSOY". www.turksoy.org. Retrieved 10 November 2019.
  16. ^ "32. DÖNEM TÜRKSOY DAİMİ KONSEYİ SONA ERDİ :: TÜRKSOY". www.turksoy.org. Retrieved 10 November 2019.
  17. ^ "Türk Dili konuşan ülkeler Kültür Bakanları Daimi Konseyi 33. Dönem Toplantısı, 2015 Türk Dünyası Kültür Başkenti Merv'de yapıldı :: TÜRKSOY". www.turksoy.org. Retrieved 10 November 2019.
  18. ^ "Azerbaycan'da Büyük Buluşma - TURKSOY Daimi Konseyi 34. Toplantısı :: TÜRKSOY". www.turksoy.org. Retrieved 10 November 2019.
  19. ^ "Kültür Bakanları Türkistan'da Bir Araya Geldi :: TÜRKSOY". www.turksoy.org. Retrieved 10 November 2019.
  20. ^ "TÜRKSOY Daimi Konseyi 36. Dönem Toplantısı Kastamonu'da Yapıldı :: TÜRKSOY". www.turksoy.org. Retrieved 10 November 2019.

External links[edit]