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FESTIVAL FACILITATES THE CONSOLIDATION OF PEACE AND HARMONY

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FESTIVAL FACILITATES THE CONSOLIDATION OF PEACE AND HARMONY

Eric Falt, UNESCO Assistant Director General

“Music is capable of uniting peoples in the name of a common goal. I would like to stress that cementing the friendship among the peoples of the world and further enriching the intercultural dialogue is contributed also by the festival “Sharq Taronalari”. Praiseworthy is Uzbekistan’s noble endeavors toward the development of music art, preservation of the traditions of classical national music for future generations.

“Usually, before visiting any country tourists explore the UNESCO World Heritage List. Therefore, very popular is Samarkand, included in this list, with its rich historical and architectural monuments.

“Our organization has been actively involved in the preservation and promotion of intangible cultural heritage. In particular, the inclusion of Askiya in the Representative List of UNESCO as an intangible cultural heritage of humanity is yet another recognition of the rich culture and art of the Uzbek people.”

Giyom Gratia, musician, France:

“We are quite glad to have an opportunity to demonstrate our art on the magnificent Registan Square and perform at the well-equipped stage distinct with unique acoustics. This is the most matchless and majestic scene I’ve ever seen. Without any doubt, each musician performing on it feels great excitement and pride.

“At the festival, we have presented the classics of French folk music. The high degree of organization, attention and respect, warm hospitality left an unforgettable impression on us.

“Visiting theaters and concert halls, we saw once again that Uzbekistan attaches special significance to the advancement of culture and arts, and the creative people receive huge consideration.

“My attention was drawn to the fact that the country attaches great importance to strengthening the unity and harmony among the representatives of diverse ethnic groups living here, and to cementing religious tolerance.

“It should also be noted that in the context of rapid globalization, the festival “Sharq Taronalari” plays an important unifying role, encourages people for kindness and humanism, peace and tranquility.”

Zumrud Dadashzade, Professor of Uzeir Khodjibekov Baku Music Academy, Azerbaijan:

“I believe the basic idea of the festival “Sharq Taronalari” is reviving, preserving and enriching the spiritual and cultural heritage of the peoples of the world. The festival is known for its originality, breadth of geography and a significant contribution to the development of world music. It has been spreading the ideas of humanism, friendship and peace.

“At the events organized in the framework of the forum, participants discuss not only the music world, but also issues relating to universal spirituality, and they exchange creative experience.

“We are happy that thanks to the festival we have been able to get acquainted with the world-famous sites of Samarkand. We are taking great pleasure in walking through the city’s historical monuments, alleys, markets and mahallas.”

Sean Snyder, dancer, USA:

“Like all participants of this prestigious festival, we try to please the fans of arts with our performances. We are delighted to be welcome in Uzbekistan with great honor.

“Despite the fact that the Registan complex has a long history, it is still beautiful and majestic. Doubtless, for the erection of such eternal monuments one needs to be not only a skilled builder, but also deeply possess such fundamental sciences as mathematics, geometry, geodesy and seismology. Today, Uzbek people continue to look to the world with their high intellectual potential and rich cultural heritage.”

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