Russian-Turkish year of culture presented in Moscow

The 'Turkey is the world's largest museum' exhibition, dedicated to Turkish Culture and Tourism Deputy Minister Ahmet Haluk Dursun's visit to Russia, has opened in Yunus Emre Institute in Moscow today.

Ahmet Haluk Dursun said on the sidelines of the exhibition that a cross-year of Russian-Turkish culture will be presented at Russia's Bolshoi Theatre on April 8, the presidents of both countries are expected to attend the event. An opera titled Troy will be performed by Turkish singers on this day. "We hope that their meeting on this occasion will be a great addition to Turkish-Russian high-level contacts," the correspondent of Vestnik Kavkaza cited him as saying.

"In Turkey, the opening of the cross-year of culture will take place in the Museum of Anatolian Civilizations, in Ankara. Thanks to the cross-year of culture, we will share our cultural treasures with each other. Of course, we will cooperate very intensively with Russia this year in the cultural sphere," Ahmet Haluk Dursun said, adding that the events of a cross-year of Russian-Turkish culture will also be held in St. Petersburg, Kazan, Istanbul and Antalya.

"Although in other years ties between our countries in the sphere of culture and tourism were actively developing, this year we will see a special intensity of these relations. If the Russians used to visit Turkey exclusively for tourism purposes, now we would like to introduce them to our culture. The Russians well know tourist places of our country, in particular, Antalya, but we would like to acquaint the Russian audience with other Turkish cities, which have important cultural features," the Turkish Deputy Minister of Culture and Tourism stressed.

Ahmet Haluk Dursun clarified that an exhibition of traditional Turkish clothing will be opened in Moscow. "The Russian side, in turn, organizes an exhibition of the State Historical Museum, which will present a rich collection of important Russian historical artifacts. Turkey will be the guest of honor at the Moscow Film Festival in April, while Russia will be a guest at the Antalya Film Festival. Opera and ballet theaters, symphony theaters will be key participants in the cross-culture year, exhibitions, various cultural and historical forums will also be held," he said.

The Deputy Minister also clarified that Turkey will present the entire cultural heritage as a whole to Russians, not just those, belonging to the Ottoman period.

Director of the Turkish Ministry of Culture's State Opera and Ballet Murat Karahan told the correspondent of Vestnik Kavkaza that both the opera and the ballet troupes will appear on the Bolshoi Theater stage on the Troy opening night at the same time. "Paris and Elena will be singing, while Hector and Achilles will be dancing. It will be an innovative format, a symbiosis of ballet and opera. We have performed it in Turkey twice, but in Russia the opera will be shown for the first time, moreover, it will be the first time when the Turkish troupe will appear on the Bolshoi Theater stage," he said.

"The Russian-Turkish cross-year of culture has a special meaning for me, because I have performed on the Bolshoi Theater stage and headed the Ankara troupe of opera and ballet for many years. Russia has a very rich opera and ballet tradition, we are waiting for Russian artists in Turkey. A big festival was held in Antalya in August-September, 2018, in which representatives of the Bolshoi Theater troupe took part. Of course, it is a great honor for me to be a participant in such a cultural event uniting Russia and Turkey," the director of the Turkish Ministry of Culture's State Opera and Ballet concluded.

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