Inaugurated in November 2011, the “Yunus Emre” Turkish Cultural Centres in Bucharest and Constanta have been our window into the Turkish culture and a pillar of our friendship with the Romanian people. The Institute was named after Yunus Emre, an Anatolian Sufi mystic who lived between the 13th-14th centuries and devoted his life to promoting human understanding, love, kindness and social peace.
With ongoing projects all around the world, the “Yunus Emre” Institute is active in a wide range of areas, from Turkish language courses, cuisine and Ebru classes, to exhibitions, workshops, concerts, stage performances, film screenings, scientific clubs, and cultural gatherings.
As part of the EUNIC network, we collaborate with other cultural centres in Bucharest on delivering exquisite events every year, among which the European Day of Languages, the Night of the Cultural Institutes and the European Literature Night.
At our 10-year anniversary this year, in partnership with TURKSOY representatives, we organised a special concert delivered by the Kazakhstan Tattimbet Folk Music Orchestra and soloists from the Turkic world, as well as the Akku dance ensemble. The highly-anticipated event was hosted by the “Ion Luca Caragiale” National Theatre and was well received by the Bucharest public who delivered a standing ovation for the famous “Ciocârlia” by Grigoraș Dinicu.
Another successful event of ours this year was the “Turkish Week” – a project centred on Göbeklitepe, one of the world’s oldest archaeological sites dating back 12,000 years ago, also promoted by the Turkish Ministry of Culture as 2019: the Year of Göbeklitepe.
The Turkish Week in Bucharest took place between 3-7 April this year and featured the historical journey of Göbeklitepe as the zero point in time for civilization, with its first cities, bureaucracy, writing and state forms.
The event showcased a photography exhibition and a historical conference attended by Göbeklitepe Excavation Committee Chairman Celal Uludağ at the National Library in Bucharest. The Anatolian Civilization ceramic exhibition and workshop brought award-winning artists Prof. Dr. Sıdıka Sevim and Dr. Cemalettin Sevin, lecturers at the Anadolu University, and at the Bucharest History Museum. The “Spirit of Anatolia” concert and music mastery classroom by artist Uğur Işık at the Bucharest Art Museum attracted many Turkey-enthusiasts. The event was flavoured by the customary Turkish coffee and Turkish cuisine workshops held by specialists with the Turkish Coffee Culture and Research Association. Turkish film screenings, city and culture promo stands, as well as traditional kids’ games added to the vibrant atmosphere. Last but not least, the Bucharest Chamber of Commerce and Industry hosted B2B meetings focused on Turkey’s gastronomy tourism and the tourism industry potential of South-eastern Anatolia.
In keep with this year’s theme as 2019: the Year of Göbeklitepe, the exhibition will be featured at the Romanian Athenaeum during the Turkish National Day festivities on 29 October.
While our projects are in full swing, our doors are always open to Romanian friends wishing to delve more into the Turkish culture, be it language classes, Ebru painting or cuisine, so do drop by and say Merhaba.
Melda Irem Manti
Director of the “Yunus Emre” Turkish Cultural Institute in Bucharest
Address: Str. Vasile Lascar Nr. 96, Sector 2, Bucharest, Romania
Tel: 021 211 1316