11.09.2011 - UNESCO Office in Tashkent

VIII International Music Festival “Sharq Taronalari” (“Melodies of the Orient”)

The VIII International Music Festival “Sharq Taronalari” (“Melodies of the Orient”) was held from 25 to 30 August 2011 in Samarkand (Uzbekistan), the city, which is inscribed on the UNESCO World Heritage List in 2001 as Samarkand-Crossroads of Cultures. The historical value, uniqueness and universal significance of Samarkand city have made it possible to hold the festival exactly in this city.

The festival was initiated by H. E. Mr. Islam Karimov, the President of the Republic of Uzbekistan and held under the aegis of UNESCO every two years since 1997 in Samarkand.

Mr. Gwang-Jo Kim, the Director of UNESCO Bangkok Asia-Pacific Regional Bureau for Education delivered a speech during the official opening ceremony of the festival on behalf of Mrs. Irina Bokova, Director-General of UNESCO. In the speech he mentioned that “…The contribution of the festival to safeguarding the intangible cultural heritage as music is one of the hallmarks of our intangible cultural heritage. The intangible cultural heritage provides a sense of identity and continuity to communities and groups which inherit and pass on this heritage. Safeguarding the intangible cultural heritage is crucial to recognizing and enhancing our rich cultural diversity. …”.

As a signatory to the 2003 Convention for the Safeguarding of the Intangible Cultural Heritage, Uzbekistan has demonstrated its deep commitment to safeguard intangible cultural heritage. It is notable that four intangible cultural heritage elements nominated by Uzbekistan (Navruz, Katta Ashula, Shashmaqom and Cultural Space of Boysun) have already been inscribed onto the Representative List of the 2003 Convention.

In the spirit of international cooperation of the 2003 Convention, Uzbekistan’s long-standing support for this bi-annual music festival shows its interest to help revive, promote and transmit to the next generation the intangible cultural heritage found not only within this country, but also around the world.”

This year the delegations from over 50 countries took part at the festival. Grand Prix of the festival was given to the performers of the “Park Jong-Wook Park and Zhonguk” groups (Republic of Korea). Special UNESCO Prizes were given to Ilyas Arabs (Uzbekistan), Jivan Gasparyan (Armenia) and Teymurova (Azerbaijan).

The list of Laureates of the 8th International Music Festival “Sharq Taronalari” (25-30 August 2011, Samarkand)

Grand Prix
“Park Jong-Wook Park and Zhonguk” (Republic of Korea)

1st place
“Dunhuang nude vords” (China)
“Aysva” (Lithuania)

2nd place
“Leader” (Russia)
“Sato” (Uzbekistan)
“Ovoi mehriboni” (Iran)

3rd place
“Talilema” (Madagascar)
“Chvenburebi” (Georgia)
“Galkinish” (Turkmenistan)

“Samarkand Taronasi” UNESCO Prize
Ilyas Arabs (Uzbekistan)
Jivan Gasparyan (Armenia)
Nazeket Teymurova (Azerbaijan)

“For Contributions to the Development of National Traditional Art” Prize
“Hook Mongol” (Mongolia)
“Dror” (Israel)

“Bright Performance” Prize
“Vars brozers” (India)

Audience Award
“Hidden Draga” (Japan)

“Samarkand” Prize of the Samarkand Municipality
Force Institute of Art (Afghanistan)

“Registan” Award of the Samarkand Regional Administration
Khurshed Ibragimov (Tajikistan)

Special Prize of the International Jury
“God is the flavor” (Uzbekistan)

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