Samarkand, Uzbekistan: Largest music festival of the East “Sharq Taronalari” is being held in Samarkand Uzbekistan on August 25-30. 60 countries attending the event
Samarkand, Uzbekistan: On the eve of 22nd anniversary of Independence of Uzbekistan, on August 25-30, Uzbekistan is holding ninth traditional international music festival “Sharq taronalari” in Samarkand held under the patronage of UNESCO.
Currently, 60 countries including Latvia, Burkina Faso, Russia, Japan, Turkey, Austria, Georgia, Belgium, Bulgaria, Great Britain, China, France, Madagascar, the United States, Thailand, Czech Republic, South Korea, Spain, Estonia, Egypt and others have confirmed their participation. While media of 15 countries are covering this event.
Festival program includes performing competition in areas such as traditional vocal – a competition for best folk songs, traditional national instrumental music – competition for the best performance of national melodies of the peoples of the world and their interpretation in the modern musical art.
Traditionally, festival also includes seminars, round tables, conferences, as well as art and music show.
This year there will be a scientific conference “Musical traditions of the East, in the context of contemporary culture,” which will bring together prominent scientists, art historians, musicologists, director of music festivals, and representatives of international organizations from around the world.
Now on the Registan Square in full swing are being held rehearsals of folk and dance ensembles of the festival grand opening. In preparation are involved directors, choreographers, designers, artists working on sketches of national costumes, design of the amphitheatre and varied concert program.
Festival has won a wide popularity and became one of the most prestigious international forums of music, and the interest in it is growing annually. And the fact that it is recognized as the largest music festival of the East and is held under the patronage of UNESCO means of his high political and spiritual significance.
The history of the International Music Festival “Sharq Taronalari” began in 1997, when at the initiative of the head of state for the first time under the roof of the Registan sounded music of various cultures. Then in the festival participated performing groups and artists from 31 countries. Every year the number of participants increased. In 2011, festival was attended by representatives from over 50 countries around the world.