The Turkish Culture Week in Bucharest, the first one of the series of events focused on Göbeklitepe, the oldest Neolithic sanctuary in the world, located in the South-Eastern Anatolia, has ended; more than 2,500 visitors came to the exhibition at the Art Museum of Romania, as well as to the related events: photo exhibitions and Turkish ceramics exhibitions, ceramics presentation and workshops, a gastronomy masterclass and a cello concert held by the artist Uğur Isık.
For 5 days, those who love Turkish culture could attend seminars and conferences on the significance of Göbeklitepe and the Anatolian ceramics, as well as a movie screening, photo exhibitions and exhibitions of artefacts from the site and could taste the well-known Turkish coffee and the Ottoman delicacies.
Through this event, the Yunus Emre Institute placed Göbeklitepe, the first known historical monument, in a central position, as a symbol of the transition from the nomad to the sedentary life. Göbeklitepe is the initial point of civilization, where the first urban settlements were located and where the first forms of bureaucracy and state of the Near East were born.
The Turkish Culture Days having the main theme “Göbeklitepe: Life and Being” will also take place in
Zagreb – Croatia, Madrid – Spain, Tirana – Albania, Beirut – Libya, Belgrade – Serbia, Kiev – Ukraine,
Sankt Petersburg – Russia, and Tunis – Tunisia.
Between 2020 and 2030, 4 more Turkish sites will be presented at the Turkish Culture Week, one site per year.