Bright, iridescent waterfalls of silk fabrics, the aroma of Oriental cuisine, incendiary melodies of musical instruments, inviting splashes of hands... Festivals in Uzbekistan are bright and memorable events.
Once every four years, the green hills of Surkhandarya region turn into a meeting place of the past and the present. The international folklore festival "Boysun bahori" ("Baysun spring") allows you to plunge into the centuries-old past, get acquainted with the ancient culture of people living in this area, carefully preserving and passing on from generation to generation the customs and traditions of their people, which dating back to the pre-Islamic era. Baysun district does not just turn into a small island of the revived past, it is a unique area where everything breathes and lives the culture and customs of the ancestors from day to day, and the residents of each village are ready to share with guests the beauty of the customs of the ancestors at any time. Folk music, singing and dancing not only Uzbek people, but also participants from other countries, souvenirs created by local artists will decorate a few days anyone will remember. more...
Sounds of karnays and surnays invite guests to a bright, colorful journey into the world of music, song and dance – to the international festival "Shark Taronalari" ("Melodies of the East") – a fascinating scale and unforgettable impressions of the holiday, held every two years in one of the oldest cities in the world, the key point of the Great Silk Road – the legendary Samarkand. As many centuries ago, during the festival, Samarkand turns into a crossroads of cultures, and the centuries-famous Registan square becomes a meeting place for performers and musical groups from all over the world. Folk music and songs from all over the world can be heard from the stage, and dancers in delicious national costumes whirl to their sound. The festival "Shark Taronalari" is not only a competition in music, performance and dance skills, but also a celebration of the unifying power of art, a celebration of each individual culture of each individual country.
Noble and exciting ancient Bukhara with unique architectural monuments, with a special cultural heritage, representing a special world, welcomes guests from all over the world during the annual international festival "Ipak va ziravorlar" ("Silk and spices"). For few days, the historical monuments of the ancient city come to life and immerse people in the world of Eastern fairy tales, ancient legends and stories. As in the past, guests find themselves in the times of the Great Silk Road with a caravan that came to the city from different countries, where merchants invite them to buy amazing examples of pottery, jewelry, colorful silk fabrics, carpets, incredibly beautiful embroidered suzanes and national costumes. Musicians compete in their skills, delighting listeners, and under the powerful walls of the ancient fortress of Ark, the audience breathlessly watches the skill of tightrope walkers; cockfights and national games are held on small venues. Girls and boys in national costumes are invited to enjoy an incendiary dance with them, and the air is filled with the aroma of Oriental dishes, coming from everywhere, it seems to live in it, inviting you to taste the extraordinary Uzbek cuisine. The Silk and Spices festival is a celebration of folk arts and crafts and flavorful cuisine, framed in the fascinating world of Oriental celebration, culminating in a large concert in the famous architectural ensemble Poi Kalyan.
The international annual festival "Raks sehri" ("Magic of dance") takes place in one of the oldest corners of Uzbekistan – captivating Khiva, in a unique preserved fortress Ichan Kala. The festival, which includes various master classes, conferences, art and photo exhibitions, is primarily an Eastern festival with all sorts of theatrical performances, treats, folk craft fairs and an exciting Eastern atmosphere. Colors of national costumes from different regions of Uzbekistan and other countries, the sounds of national music create magic, fascinating movements of the hands and body – a dance that always harbors something magical, charming, mystical, reflecting the state of the soul, expressing feelings and emotions, telling a story.