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February 27, 2021

Tuna Balkan, Director of the “Yunus Emre” Institute in Bucharest: “Yunus Emre” Turkish Cultural Institute – A window for Turkey’s culture and art to the world

Since its launch in 2009, the ”Yunus Emre” Turkish Cultural Institute has had over 45 cultural centres established in 37 countries. In addition to providing Turkish language courses at its own facilities, the Institute supports the Turkology and Turkish teaching departments’ cooperation with various educational institutions in different countries.

The Institute was named after Yunus Emre, who was an Anatolian Sufi mystic living in the 13th-14th centuries. He was best known as a symbol of human values, love and social peace. The Centre aims to be a window for Turkey’s culture and art to the world, and work towards a more peaceful world, where one understands the other in the most comprehensible, kind and unique language of civilization.

At our centres in Bucharest and Constanta, we offer Turkish language courses, Ebru painting workshops and Turkish cooking classes. Our activities are designed to promote our culture in both national and international events, be it concerts, exhibitions, workshops, stage performances, film screenings, scientific meetings, cultural gatherings or art courses.


We also have a fruitful cooperation with the other cultural centers in Bucharest, as part of the EUNIC Project for the most exquisite events, including the European Day of Languages, the Night of Cultural Institutes, the European Film Festival, and the European Literature Month.

In March 2017, in cooperation with the International Organization for Turkic Culture (TURKSOY) and with the support of the Embassies of Azerbaijan, Kazakhstan, Turkey and Turkmenistan, our Institute brought the joy of Nevruz from Turkistan, the 2017 Cultural Capital of the Turkic World to Romania. The celebration events in Bucharest and Constanta took place with the contribution of nearly 50 artists from 15 countries. The concert held at the National Opera of Bucharest featured performances of artists of the Turkic World who delighted the audience with a colourful musical tour de force.

The 12th International Turkish Language Assembly was another significant event, jointly organised by the Bilkent University of Ankara, the Yunus Emre Institute, Bucharest University and the Turkey–Azerbaijan Friendship, Cooperation and Solidarity Foundation between 25–28 September in Bucharest. The event brought together scholars from Turkey and elsewhere, who discussed developments and new findings in the field of Turcology.

In line with the philosophy of our Centre’s forefather, Yunus Emre, we are committed to promoting peaceful dialogue and, drawing on our shared values, build bridges of friendship transcending religion, language or race.

As culture envoys, together with our counterparts at the ‘Dimitrie Cantemir’ Romanian Cultural Institute in Istanbul, we will continue our activities to promote cultural cooperation. Do stop by one of our centers, follow us on social media and join one of our special events.

Address: 96 Vasile Lascar Street, 2nd District, Bucharest, Romania

Phone:    021 211 1316

Fax:    021 211 1318

Email: [email protected]  www.yee.org.tr/romanya-bukres/

Facebook: facebook.com/yeebukres  

Twitter: @yeebukres

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