11th Turkish Olympiads under the slogan of “Towards Universal Peace”

2000 children from 140 countries from Asia to Europe, from Africa to America travelled many cities in 15 days and conquered the hearts of viewers with their songs, poems and dances.

11th Turkish Olympiads under the slogan of “Towards Universal Peace” was organized between June 1-16 by the International Turkish Association (TÜRKÇEDER).
2000 children from 140 countries from Asia to Europe, from Africa to America travelled many cities in 15 days and conquered the hearts of viewers with their songs, poems and dances.
 
Closing Ceremony on June 16 at the İstanbul Atatürk Olympiad Stadium was attended by the Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, his wife Emine Erdoğan, famous members of the business, art and politics circles and spectators totalling to around 300.000 people. The ceremony was recorded by nearly 30 cameras and broadcast live by many TV channels.
 
The children of the world taking stage in the magnificent ceremony enlivened by lights and various effects sent another peace message to the world without discriminating colour, religion and language. The colourful shows and songs performed by the visiting children got huge credit of the spectators.
 
The night started with the walk of the children of the world over an illustration of the continents. Visual shows were followed by the songs of the lovers of the Turkish language. Some chose arabesque style and some exhilarated the crowd with Blacksea songs. The World Choir and the World Orchestra consisting of members from different countries like India, Mongolia and Senegal gave the viewers pleasant time with their songs. The crowd sung along Abdulkadir Haruknas from Tanzania in his song “Tanzanya’nın Bağları”. Martin Yordanov, the winner of the song final of the 11th Turkish Olympiads, gave an unforgettable performance with the song “Bir Zamanlar Deli Gönlüm”. With project Colours of Anatolia, students from 15 countries created a single design on the stage with their performances from different regions of Anatolia. Sou Yong Çe from South Korea sung “Boş Bardak” and after that he celebrated the Father’s Day of the Prime Minister, Recep Tayyip Erdoğan. Ayhan Bünyadzade from Azerbaijan sung “Kesik Çayır” folk song and Stefan Roscovan from Moldova sung “Evrensel Barışa Doğru” song. In the final of the night, around 2 thousand students from 140 countries sung the songs “Yeni Bir Dünya” and “Namın Duyulsun” along with the whole crowd. Firework and laser shows were among the most applauded displays of the night. The spectators in the stadium were glued to the Turkish flag throughout the closing program.


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