Uzbekistan, Türkiye host exhibition on shared cultural heritage

The art exhibition showcasing Turkic cultural heritage is currently on display at Uzbekistan’s Academy of Arts gallery in Tashkent. The event commemorates the 100th anniversary of the establishment of the Republic of Türkiye and the 32nd anniversary of the independence of the Republic of Uzbekistan.

The strong bond between Türkiye and Uzbekistan has reached unprecedented levels, owing to the remarkable fraternal ties between our nations. Our collaboration is grounded on our shared history, language, faith, culture, and customs and is amplified by cultural activities. In this exposition, we shall delve into the cartography of Turkistan, the cradle of Turkish culture and civilization. This area is the birthplace of Turkic myths and fables such as Dede Korkut and the site where Qutadğu Bilig and Dîvânü lugāti’t-Türk were penned. Our focus shall be to analyze the regions where the Turkish people emerged, dispersed, and migrated towards the West, as well as the spiritual ambiance that has nurtured our civilization,

Ambassador Olgan Bekar noted in his welcoming speech.

As part of a collaborative effort between the Embassy of the Republic of Türkiye in Tashkent, the Turkish History and Culture Fund (TÜRKTAV), and Uzbekistan’s Academy of Arts, the exhibition features a selection of maps from the private collection of TÜRKTAV, which reflects the friendship and brotherhood between the two countries and celebrates shared ancient past. Renowned geographers created these displayed maps.

The close ties between the Uzbek and Turkish people can be traced back for centuries, with shared traditions, values, and even similarities in their anvil systems. This connection has translated into strong relations between the two states, which have been further strengthened by ongoing talks between the President of the Republic of Uzbekistan, Shavkat Mirziyoyev, and the President of the Republic of Türkiye, Recep Tayyip Erdoğan. Their efforts to establish mutual trust and cooperation have been evident in various events, such as Recep Tayyip Erdoğan’s visit to Samarkand in 2016, the Belt and Road Forum in China in 2017, and the First Summit of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation on Science and Technology in Kazakhstan in 2022. Both sides have expressed their desire to deepen the bilateral cooperation.

Ömer Nizamettin Aykurt, President of TÜRKTAV, stated. He added that the ongoing exhibition in Tashkent displays maps from TÜRKTAV’s private collection, depicting Turkish peoples’ origin and migration routes.