Cultural event in Maisons-Laffitte, France: 300th anniversary of the birth of Magtymguly Pyragy

On March 21, 2024, in the city of Maisons-Laffitte, known as the "city of horses" in France and part of the prestigious list of 21 "Imperial" cities of France, a cultural event was held dedicated to the 300th anniversary of the birth of the great Turkmen poet and philosopher Magtymguly Pyragy. The event was organized by the Embassy of Turkmenistan in France.

The Mayor of Maisons-Laffitte, Mr. Jacques Myard, along with elected members of the municipal council, participated as an honorary guest. The event also gathered residents of the city, representatives of the Turkmen diaspora, and members of the "Destan" and "France-Turkmenistan" associations, which contribute to the promotion of Turkmen culture in France and the development of cultural cooperation between the countries.

In his speech, Mayor Myard emphasized the importance of the Declaration of Friendship signed last September between the cities of Maisons-Laffitte and Arkadag, and the contribution of cultural events to strengthening intercultural dialogue and enriching public life.

The Ambassador of Turkmenistan in France, Mr. Maksat Chariev, spoke about the life and work of Magtymguly Pyragy, highlighting his immense significance for the Turkmen people and noting the universality of his ideas and values, proclaimed in the poet's works, and their relevance in the modern world.

The program of the event included a concert by an ensemble from Arkadag, which performed folk melodies and songs to the poetry of Magtymguly, a reading of the poet's verses in French by actor Théophile Choquet, as well as an exhibition of national elements, translations of the great poet's works into French, and books by the esteemed President of Turkmenistan Serdar Berdimuhamedov, and the National Leader of the Turkmen people, Hero Arkadag Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov, providing guests with a unique opportunity to get acquainted with the rich cultural heritage of Turkmenistan.

A tasting of traditional Turkmen dishes complemented the program, allowing participants to appreciate the exquisite tastes of national cuisine.

The Ambassador of Turkmenistan expressed gratitude to the city's mayor for the support and assistance in organizing the event, which not only became a highlight in the cultural life of the city but also contributed to the further strengthening of friendly ties and cooperation between Turkmenistan and France, demonstrating an example of successful intercultural exchange and mutual respect.