23.08.2019 - UNESCO Office in Tashkent

Uzbekistan - crossroads of great roads and civilizations: empires, religions, cultures

©Muzaffar Abdullaev,Uzbekistan - crossroads of great roads and civilizations: empires, religions, cultures

On August 22, 2019, Tashkent launched the Cultural Heritage Week, which is called "Uzbekistan – crossroads of great roads and civilizations: empires, religions and cultures". The program of the Week includes more than 15 different events - book presentations, film screenings, exhibitions, round tables, international conferences and excursions. The Week, which will also be held in Samarkand, Termez and Bukhara, is attended by scientists and researchers from 44 countries, directors of museums and libraries, heads of publishing houses and funds, international experts from UNESCO and ICOMOS.

The organizers of the Cultural Heritage Week are the Ministry of Culture of the Republic of Uzbekistan, the State Committee of the Republic of Uzbekistan for Tourism Development, National Association of Electronic Media of Uzbekistan (NAEMM), the Academy of Sciences of Uzbekistan, the Center of Islamic Civilization under the Cabinet of Ministers of Republic of Uzbekistan, the National Commission for UNESCO, the UNESCO Office in Tashkent and others.

The III International Congress of the World Society for the Study, Preservation and Popularization of Cultural Heritage of Uzbekistan, which will last until August 23, opened in Tashkent as part of the Week. During the congress, a new 20 volume edition of books-albums on the samples of cultural heritage of Uzbekistan, which are stored in various museums of the world, will be presented. The books contain a huge amount of new factual data on the objects of material and artistic culture of Uzbekistan. The books use augmented reality method, which allows the reader to get additional information about the collection or a particular subject by scanning special tags with a smartphone. The book-albums were created by leading specialists from Uzbekistan, France, Great Britain, Poland, Czech Republic, Japan and other countries.

"These volumes are a scientific innovation, perceived today by contemporaries, and directed to future generations. We presented only facts, hypotheses and assumptions," said Edward Rtveladze, scientific director of the project "The Cultural Legacy of Uzbekistan in World Collections", academician of the Academy of Sciences of the Republic of Uzbekistan, professor.

In addition, in the framework of the Congress there will be held the grand opening of the exhibition "Treasures of Kushan Empire" at the Gallery of Fine Arts of Uzbekistan, as well as an exhibition at the Institute of Oriental Studies named after Abu Rayhan Beruni of the Academy of Sciences of Uzbekistan "Masterpieces of Manuscript Monuments of Uzbekistan".

"The safeguarding, popularization of cultural heritage and its transmission to the future generations are our common duty. And this international congress is of great importance for the promotion of cultural and spiritual values, enlightenment of the young generation. UNESCO pays great attention to the preservation of tangible and intangible cultural heritage. For us it is not just about working in the field, with heritage sites, it is about working with people, supporting their well-being and sustainable development. I am confident that the Week of Cultural Heritage and the upcoming International Conference on the preservation of tangible and intangible heritage, which will be held in Samarkand with the participation of UNESCO Director-General Audrey Azoulay, will provide a unique opportunity to discuss topical issues and exchange international experience in the preservation and promotion of cultural heritage for the next generation," said Mr. Fuad Pashayev, the UNESCO Representative in Uzbekistan, a.i.

The Cultural Heritage Week will last until August 27 this year. More details about the Week's program of events can be found here http://icch.uz/

Photo: © Muzaffar Abdullaev

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