23 June 2009, Tuesday, 11:22

Days of culture RB have successfully taken place in Istanbul

author: Alik Shakirov

The Days of culture RB in Istanbul have become one of the main events in political and cultural life of our Republic last week. The Days were held in this ancient Turkish city in June 18-21. This is already the fourth such action in Istanbul, held by the Republic every year. Per se these were the Days of culture and science in Istanbul. Bashkir delegation was headed by Prime-Minister of Government RB Rail Sarbaev. The staff of Bashkir delegation also consisted of the deputy Prime-Minister of Government RB, Minister of culture and national politics RB Ildus Ilishev, the deputy Prime-Minister of Government RB, Minister of industry and external economic relations RB Uri Pustovgarov, the head of Ufa administration Paul Kachkaev, the head of Ufa Kirovsky district administration Ulay Ilyasov, chairman of the World Bashkir Congress executive committee Rumil Aznabaev and other officials – activists of science, culture and arts, representatives of public organizations and mass-media RB.

Bashkir delegation arrived in Istanbul on June 18 in the morning. In the second half of the day members of the official delegation RB – Ildus Ilishev, Ulay Ilyasov, Rumil Aznabaev, the representative RB under the Trade Delegates RF in Turkish Republic Kanshaubi Miziev, scientists RB (Rail Sarbaev, Paul Kachkaev and Uri Pustovgarov arrived later) visited the research center of Islamic history, culture and art, headed by its general director Khalit Eren. The conference, dedicated to the 90th anniversary of Bashkortostan’s autonomy declaration in the staff of Russia was held the next day, June 19, at the Istanbul University. Members of the official delegation RB – the deputy Prime-Minister of Government RB Ildus Ilishev, candidate of philosophical sciences Amir Uldashbaev, scientists of the Academy of sciences RB, the rector of Sterlitamac State Pedagogical Academy, Doctor of pedagogics, professor Khamit Baimurzin, the dean of Bashkir State University historical faculty, Doctor of history, professor Marat Kulsharipov and other members of Bashkir delegation plus their colleagues from Istanbul’s higher education institutions participated in this scientific forum, where historical and modern aspects in development of federative interrelations in Russia by the example of Bashkortostan were under discussion. The concert of Masters of Arts RB was held in the concert hall “Jamal Rashid Ray” same evening. Presentation of the exhibition, dedicated to the 90th anniversary of Bashkir autonomy, and presentation of the photo-exhibition about modern Bashkortostan were held in the concert hall’s foyer before the beginning of the show. Prime-Minister of Government RB Rail Sarbaev, the deputy Prime-Minister , Minister of industry and external economic relations RB Uri Pustovgarov and Ufa Mayor Paul Kachkaev arrived in Istanbul same day. Before the beginning of the Bashkir national plough festival – sabantuy they visited the Consulate General of Russian Federation in Istanbul. Here they had a meeting with the Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary RF in Turkey Vladimir Ivanovsky, Consul General RF in Istanbul Alexander Krivenko and diplomats and business representatives of Russia and Turkey. The matter was establishment of closer economic contacts between Turkey and Russian regions, in particular between Bashkortostan and Turkish Republic. Rail Sarbaev said our Republic developed several large investment projects with Turkey. Turkey holds the seventh place of 91 countries Bashkortostan cooperates with.

After the meeting members of the official delegation RB went to join the Bashkir national plough festival “sabantuy”, held in the very center of Istanbul, in the park by Mekhmet Akif Ersoy, near the famous Holy Sophia Cathedral and the Blue Mosque. One may definitely say that sabantuy-2009 was the most picturesque, mass and eye-catching sight of the Days of culture RB in Istanbul.

All such festivals include numerous sport competitions, song and dance shows and all that was present at the sabantuy in Istanbul this time.

Prime-Minister of Government RB together with Uri Pustovgarov and Paul Kachkaev left for Ufa the next day and the rest of the delegation, headed by Ildus Ilishev, participated in the opening ceremony of the House of history and ethnography RB under the Representative Office of Bashkortostan in Turkey. The Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary RF in Turkish Republic Vladimir Ivanovsky, the Consul General RF in Istanbul Alexander Krivenko, general director of the research center of Islamic history, culture and arts Khalit Eren, the head of Turkey culture department Nevzet Aikhan and other top officials took part in the ceremony together with the members of Bashkir delegation. As the general director of the National Museum RB Gali Valiullin said, the main predestination of the House of history and ethnography RB is to tell shortly about Bashkir nation, its origin, traditions and rituals and about development of Bashkir land at present time.

The visit to the cemetery KARAJAAKHMET, where the members of Bashkir delegation laid flowers on the grave of Akhmet-Zaki Validi, thus paying homage to the famous Turk specialist and the great son of Bashkir nation, was the last action in the program of the Days.