The 9th “Sharq Taronalari” International Biennial Music Festival was held in Samarkand in 25-31 August 2013. About 400 artists from 53 countries, representing various continents, presented their traditional music and performing arts culture at the Registan Square of Samarkand – UNESCO World Heritage Site.
Irina Bokova was impressed by the attitude of people to traditions and their respect for history and culture
The General Director of the United Nations’ Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization UNESCO, Irina Bokova, has kindly agreed to give an interview to the press service of the IX International Music Festival "Sharq taronalari."
Music is a great magnum opus of the human race, while song is a medium of spiritual communication between people. National melodies, songs and dances harbour the soul of a people, its sacrosanct thoughts and feelings; this is the very reason they pass from one generation to another.
UZBEKISTAN: DIRECTOR-GENERAL TAKES PART IN THE OPENING CEREMONY OF THE 9TH INTERNATIONAL MUSIC FESTIVAL
On 27 August 2013, UNESCO Director-General, Irina Bokova, participated in the official opening ceremony of the 9th International Music Festival ‘SharqTaronalari’ (‘Melodies of the Orient’), held in Samarkand, in the presence of His Excellency Mr Islam Karimov, President of the Republic of Uzbekistan.
Speech of Irina Bokova, Director-General of UNESCO on the occasion of the Official Opening Ceremony of IX International Music Festival ‘Sharq Taronalari’ (‘Melodies of the Orient’)
His Excellency Islam Karimov, President of the Republic of Uzbekistan,
Ladies and Gentlemen,
I am deeply honoured to be here.
Samarkand - is one of the most ancient and world - famous cities. By its age, Samarkand can be compared to such ancient cities as Rome, Athens, and Babylon. In 2007 Samarkand celebrated its 2750 - year anniversary.