Baku, October 10
In connection with the declaration of the city of Shusha as the cultural capital of the Turkic world for 2023, “The Days of Shusha” have been held in the capital city Astana and in the city of Turkestan of Kazakhstan on October 3-6.
The events, which featured various programs reflecting the history and culture of the city of Shusha and the entire Karabakh regions, were co-organized by the Turkic Culture and Heritage Foundation together with the Shusha City State Reserve and the Ministry of Culture and Information of the Republic of Kazakhstan.
In their opening remarks, Chairperson of the Culture Committee of the Ministry of Culture and Sports of the Republic of Kazakhstan Kumis Seitova, as well as President of the International Foundation for Turkish Culture and Heritage Gunay Efendiyeva, and Azerbaijani ambassador to Kazakhstan Aghalar Atamoghlanov spoke of the rich history and cultural significance of Shusha city, highlighting the significance of the project in contributing further strengthening of relations between the two fraternal states of the Turkic world – Azerbaijan and Kazakhstan.
Special Representative of the President of the Republic of Azerbaijan in Shusha district Aydin Karimov provided an insight into the political, economic, cultural and humanitarian significance of the city, as well as the restoration and reconstruction works currently being carried out there and throughout Karabakh as a whole.
The artistic program of the events included a demonstration of a collection of women’s national costumes from the Karabakh region prepared by the head of the Center of Azerbaijan’s National Clothes Gulnara Khalilova, as well as exhibition of paintings, a concert program and demonstration of a documentary “The only pearl of Shusha”.
Some Azerbaijani and Kazakh deputies and officials were also present at the events.