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President Serdar BERDIMUHAMEDOV: Week of culture – the festival of arts enhancing the creative potential of our Motherland

The Solemn Launch of the Cultural Forum The solemn opening ceremony of the Week of Culture-2022 was held at the Ruhiyet Palace in Mary. The large-scale action aimed at preserving, thoroughly studying and promoting the national culture demonstrates its ever-increasing role in the development of the state and society and its huge peace-making potential.

Invaluable Heritage of the Nation

An exhibition marking Turkmen Carpet Day took place at the Exhibition Centre of the Chamber of Commerce and Industry of Turkmenistan. The exhibition arranged in several halls of the Exhibition Centre featured delightful carpets and rugs, tapestries and carpet panels. Turkmen craftswomen have transformed this craft into an art that has been valued all over the world at all times and is recognised by UNESCO as part ofthe intangible cultural heritage of humankind. Today, Turkmenistan has secured its status of the large producer of textiles that are in great demand in world markets. The exhibition featured everything associated with interior design and weaving, namely decorative and upholstery fabrics, curtain fabrics and tulle, blind fabrics, woven wallpapers, rugs, bed linen, kitchen, bedroom, living-room and dining-room textiles.

Best Art Works Announced

The award ceremony of the winners and laurates of the Turkmen Theatrical Art Festival took place in a solemn atmosphere at Saparmurat Turkmenbashi the Great Main Drama Theatre. The gratitude was expressed to all those who had made this Festival a bright and unforgettable event in the cultural life of the country. “Due to the unceasing concern of President Serdar Berdimuhamedov, large-scale and fruitful work is being done in the country to promote culture,” the Director-producer of the best work of the Theatre Festival, Watan Buýsanjy – Jelaleddin Soltan, Eziz Ishanguliyev says. “During the days of the Festival, the spectators watched wonderful performances on the stages of the capital city. We can call the Main Drama Theatre of Turkmenistan a school of life, a dwelling of enlightenment and unforgettable emotions. The success of our performance is an inspiring impetus for creative activity of the theatre team.”

Nature and nation

Nature and its beauties serve as the first source of inspiration for the daily needs and essential interests of humanity. A clean, comfortable environment provides the key opportunities for the human health, for the development of talents and life, and for the increase in life expectancy. The mass tree-planting campaigns represent a modern continuation of national customs and ancient horticultural traditions related to the wise approach to natural resources, which contributes to the close relationships between the environment and society.

Sing, Dutar!

The video presentation of the song Saýra, Dutar! (Sing, Dutar!) by the Turkmen authors took place in the concert hall of the Mukams Palace of the State Cultural Centre of Turkmenistan. It brought together musicians from the Turkic-speaking countries via videoconference, who performed this composition in a unified creative impulse. The initiator of the flash mob of musicians is the Ministry of Culture of Turkmenistan. As the self-explanatory title of the song implies, the flash mob is dedicated to the recent significant event in the cultural life of our country – the inclusion of dutar making craftsmanship and traditional music performing art combined with singing in the UNESCO Representative List of the Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity. The dutar has been the foundation of spiritual life of the Turkmen people over many centuries, which is why it is called one of the symbols of Turkmenistan. They cried and rejoiced, experienced hard times and celebrated holidays to its melodies. The performers of destans – baghshis enjoy tremendous respect of the people, and the names of many of them live among the people to this day.

Turk­me­nis­tan-Unesco: co-ope­ra­tion in the cul­tu­ral-hu­ma­nis­tic sys­tem

Hu­ma­nism be­gins from the cul­tu­re and tra­di­tions of peop­le. Our Na­tio­nal Lea­der no­tes: «The roots fee­ding the best tra­di­tions of hu­ma­nism live in cul­tu­re». Po­pu­la­ri­zing our na­tio­nal he­ri­ta­ge in the world space, in con­necti­on with it wi­de­ning of in­ter­na­tio­nal re­la­tions in the sys­tem of hu­ma­nism are the pri­ma­ry trends of the sta­te po­licy. At pre­sent, a special at­ten­tion is pa­id to deep­ly stu­dying of the rich his­to­ry and the na­tio­nal he­ri­ta­ge of the Turk­men peop­le. Every na­tion ma­na­ging to int­ro­duce their na­tio­nal he­ri­ta­ge in­to the list of the values of hu­ma­ni­ty leaves de­served trace in the his­to­ry. Wi­de op­por­tu­ni­ties are crea­ted to stu­dy on the scien­ti­fic ba­sis, to col­lect, to po­pu­la­ri­ze our ma­te­rial and spi­ri­tual values in­he­ri­ted by our ances­tors. Du­ring ma­ny cen­tu­ries crea­ting ma­te­rial and spi­ri­tual values our peop­le ma­ke a great cont­ri­bu­tion to the world cul­tu­re.

The art, the melodies of which spread in the world

Inscribing the workmanship of making dutar, the two-stringed Turkmen musical instrument, playing melodies on it and the art of bagshy, the Turkmen musician and singer on the Representative List of the Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity of UNESCO became an important historical event. This Resolution was unanimously adopted on 13-18 December of 2021 at the 16th session of the Intergovernmental Committee of UNESCO for the safeguarding of the Intangible Cultural Heritage held in Paris and the origin of corresponding Certificate was delivered on the 30th of January of this year from UNESCO. In the Epoch of Might Happiness as a result of efforts of our He­ro Ar­ka­dag carefully preserving our national heritage is one of the primary trends of the state policy. Complex of works on studying and popularizing the art of music of our people are carried out in our country. Developing scientific relations, wide co-operation with foreign scientific centres and the international structures in this trend, including UNESCO is one of the important trends.

The presentation of the book of the President of Turkmenistan in Armenian was held

On March 16, 2022, the presentation of the book of the President of Turkmenistan Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov «Traditions of Turkmen Statehood» in Armenian language was held at the Institute of International Relations of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Turkmenistan. The event was attended by rectors, faculty and students of the capital's universities, editors and journalists of local media, as well as representatives of the Republic of Armenia via videoconferencing.

Presentation of the book of the President in English and Russian was held at the IMO of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Turkmenistan

On March 14, 2022, the presentation of the book of the President of Turkmenistan Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov «The Bright Path to Prosperity» in English and Russian was held in the conference hall of the Institute of International Relations of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Turkmenistan. The event was attended by rectors, faculty and students of the country's universities, heads and employees of diplomatic missions and representative offices of international organizations in Turkmenistan, representatives of local media.

Casting of actors for a film about Magtymguly has opened

   «7/24.tm», № 09 (92), 28.02.2022. The association «Turkmenfilm» named after Oguzkhan announced a casting for a new short film. The film project called «Istärin» will tell about the life and fate of the classic of Turkmen literature, poet and philosopher Magtymguly Fragi.

Turkmen filmmakers are making a film about national values

 «7/24.tm», № 06 (89), 07.02.2022. The creative association «Turkmenfilm» named after Oguzhan is preparing to release a new short film called «Gyzyl kürte».

Turkmen alabay is a popular hero of artistic plots

Since ancient times, the image of the Turkmen alabay, distinguished by such noble qualities as fearlessness, masculinity, devotion, reliability and fidelity, has been embodied in the ornaments of carpet products, felt mats and other types of decorative and applied arts. Their fragments were found within the territory of a number of historical and cultural monuments located in different parts of our country, including Altyndepe, Pessejikdepe, Nisa, Hazarekdepe and Paryzdepe. During the years of state independence, the work of coryphaei and young artists is based on universal humanistic ideas and the national origins of the Turkmen people. Due to these principles, the image of the Turkmen alabay is vividly presented in modern arts, being depicted in different genres and styles.

Cultural properties of world significance – wealth of the ancient Turkmen land

Ashgabat Hosts a Thematic International Scientific and Practical Conference and Exhibition In the Turkmen capital, on the initiative of President ­Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov, the International Scientific and Practical Conference entitled “Turkmen Land – the Centre of Cultural Values of World Popularity” was held.

Book is spiritual treasure

The work of libraries enriches the cultural life and holds to the state policy of independent and permanently neutral Turkmenistan in the epoch of might and happiness. The wise and far-sighted policy put forward by the President of Turkmenistan Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov has resulted in the outstanding development of our country. The Turkmen leader emphasized that along with the Internet and nanotechnologies, books have great educational, intellectual, artistic and scientific potential, and that young people should actively attend the libraries. The President of Turkmenistan noted that the variety of works by the world-known writers should be enlarged and provided in the electronic form.

Dutar making craftsmanship and baghshi art included into the Representative List of the Intangible Cultural Heritage

«Türkmenistan Sport», № 4, 2021 The Intergovernmental Committee for the Safeguarding of the Intangible Cultural Heritage of the UNESCO has inscribed Turkmen national dutar making craftsmanship and traditional music performing art combined with singing into the Representative List of the Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity.

Dutar making craftsmanship and bagshi art were included into the Representative List of the Intangible Cultural Heritage

«7/24.tm», №01 (84), 03.01.2022. The Intergovernmental Committee for the Safeguarding of the Intangible Cultural Heritage of the UNESCO inscribed Turkmen national dutar making craftsmanship and traditional music performing art combined with singing into the Representative List of the Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity.

Tamdyr: traditions of baking

The purpose of modern museums is to study, preserve and promote the historical heritage of the Turkmen people, who have centuries-old rich history and culture. The ethnography department of the State Museum of the State Cultural Centre of Turkmenistan has a rich collection of national clothes, jewellery and household items. Since farming was the main economic sector of the Turkmen people, many exhibits tell about the labour of grain growers and associated practices. After reaping a rich harvest, dayhans held special celebrations in honour of this event so that subsequent years would be good for the crops. These centuries-old traditions continue to this day.

Hunting Stories Literature

All sorts of occasions, which sometimes leave very strong impressions, not always pleasant ones, in the memory of not only people, but also animals, always occur in hunting. «Those who have not seen fear have not been on the hunt,» people say. Here are some stories on this theme. A Fight at the Cost of a Voice

A drink of vigour and health

Who of you has never drunk camel chal – a lightly carbonated natural product with slightly sour taste that pleasantly tingles in your mouth? This ancient national nutritious dietary product, which has come to us from the depths of centuries, helps cure many diseases. The eco-friendly beverage from camel milk conveys the aroma and rich colours of the desert. However, this mixture comprises only natural ingredients, and it has all the useful properties; it is one of the major components in healthy recipes proven by millennia. The outstanding nutritional, dietary and therapeutic characteristics of camel milk and camel milk products as well as a great demand are driving a growing commercial interest. In recent years, a number of large private camel breeding farms has been set up in the country with the support of the Turkmen leader, who describes the incredibly valuable properties of camel milk and chal in his books, and the Union of Industrialists and Entrepreneurs of Turkmenistan. One of them is the farm of Polat Kanayev in Geoktepe etrap that specialises in dairy production.

Original design of turkmen felt rug

The nations that have preserved the traditions of culture, everyday life and art always have a fertile soil to let professional decorative and applied arts prosper. Over the centuries, people have tried to express their understanding of life, nature and the world in an artistic form through songs, fairy tales, epics, folk festivals, dances and household items. The ancient techniques of making felt rugs have been preserved until our days in many Turkmen villages. Today, felt rugs remain an integral attribute of daily life of a Turkmen family. Since ancient times, the Turkmen people have called their house a felt house. Felt covered the yurt, protected from the sun, wind and moisture, insulated and adorned the floor and turned the walls into a carpet art gallery. Felt rugs served as blankets for horses and cloaks for shepherds. In the hands of the Turkmen people, wool turned into handmade pictures that deserve to be called masterpieces of decorative and applied arts.