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Samarkand - Sharq Taronalari

In December 2001 Samarkand has been declared as UNESCO Human Heritage site. Bukhara was already part of it since 1993. As a Crossroad of Cultures, Samarkand carries out its role through the Sharq Taronalari Festival, which takes place in the beautiful Registan Square each two years.

This Festival, which is one of the most relevant of the whole Central Asia, in its first edition featured musical ensembles from 31 different countries; in its 6th edition, in August 2007, there were musicians from 51 countries, mostly from Asia, but also from Africa and Europe.

The initiative is magnificent and suggestive and promotes effectively a project of heritage enhanching in which the dialogue between cultures arises as the most viable prospect for the future. Durnig the Festival the space beetween the three madrassahs of Ulugh Beg, Tilla Kari and Sherdar becomes an open-air theatre and becomes filled, from sunset until the night, with the sounds of traditional music in the world.

It’s obvious that the reconstruction process of cultural identity for Samarkand and its territory passes through the recovery of its ancient remains: those that recall it as the most important oasis along the Silk Road, place of exchange and caravanserai, a place of mediation between peoples.

With its huge artisic wealth, connected to the ancient Afrasiab and the grandiose Timurid Age, today Samarkand invests again on its "historic" role as a bridge between cultures, as a reference point for peaceful coexistence between peoples, for arts and traditions comparison.

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