29 May 2012, Tuesday, 14:47

Days of culture RB have taken place in Istanbul

author: Sergey Zakharov

The Days of Republic of Bashkortostan have taken place in Istanbul on May 24-28. The visit of official delegation RB, headed by the Vice-Premier of the Government RB Salavat Sagitov, started with the meeting with the Mayor of Istanbul’s district Fatikh Mustafa Demir.

In the course of the meeting the parties were talking not just about establishing closer relations between urban districts (Kirovsky district of Ufa and the district Fatikh have signed an agreement of friendship several years ago) but between the capital RB and ancient Constantinople as well.

Turkish colleagues were invited to visit our friendly Republic, to see its places of interest and culture and to take part in the world biathlon championship and in the festival of Turk theaters “TUGANLYK”.

Within the frames of the Days an agreement of cooperation between Bashkir gymnasium N158 and Anatolian pedagogical gymnasium of Turkisn Republic was signed. This is one of the oldest and the most prestigious education institutions in Turkey, founded still in the times of Ottoman Empire in 1848.

Another important event has taken place at the Istanbul University, where the bust of famous Oriental scientist and public activist Akhmet-Zaki Validi Togan was installed. The scientist was teaching the Turk history at the Istanbul University during more than 40 years. Besides, a small park, called after him, is located on the territory of the University.

Members of official delegation RB have visited the exhibition in the House of history and ethnography of Bashkir nation on the territory of the museum of Turk nations in the town park “TOPKAPY”. Citizens and guests of the ancient Turkish city may become acquainted with history and culture of Bashkirs and with the present social-economic achievements of our Republic. Economic relations become wider between our Republics too. Thus, mutual trade circulation between Bashkortostan and Turkey amounts to half billion USD at present time.

“The main goal of our trip is the analysis in what way development of cooperation with Turkey moves. We have to develop interaction in sphere of economics and joint business projects” – the deputy head of Presidential Administration RB Marat Mardanov reported – “We are interested in development of Turkish tourist business and here we have much to study. There are interesting projects in other spheres too”.

National sabantuy (plough festival) has become the key event of the Days RB in Turkey. The festival was traditional held in the park of Mekhmet Akif Ersoy, located near the famous Saint Sophia Church and the Blue Mosque. The festival gathered many thousands guests and Bashkir national flute and Bashkir folk songs sounded in the center of the ancient city. The folklore band “MIRAS” and Bashkir pop stars were taking part in the festive show.