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International Music Festival

►SHARQ TARONALARI: THE MUSIC CROWN MUCH LONGED FOR

    24.07.2015

With the passage of every day we get closer to the much-awaited celebration of music – the traditional Sharq Taronalari International Festival. The event is to take place in Samarkand on the eve of the 24th anniversary of national independence – on August 25-30 this year. Its history began in 1997, when, at the initiative of President Islam Karimov, the music of diverse peoples started to sound under the vault of the Registan. This time around it will be the tenth festival, the jubilee one. At a press conference held in Samarkand’s Ulughbek Madrassah, the organizers told the journalists about what it will be like and what it has been preparing for the connoisseurs of folk music.

The charming ancient Samarkand looks forward to meeting the music forum, which promises to grant new impressions and introduction to beautiful melodies and songs of the peoples of the world. Music has from time immemorial been closely tied to the most cherished feelings of people by being an indispensable part of their lives. And, most probably, it is not incidental that the title of the Sharq Taronalari (Melodies of the East) International Music Festival was built by this very word that has the most profound sense for our nation who has preserved the richest national and music traditions. Here, for over centuries, people used to conduct ritual clean-over before listening to music, paying tribute to its purity and primal nature of its origin. This music is simple but wise, and its philosophy is deep and profound.

Today, the Sharq Taronalari Festival is one of the most prestigious international forums and is acknowledged by UNESCO as the biggest music festival in the East. Of great interest for the musicians from the entire world are the contest of national performance and the conference during which the academics from many nations exchange views in the field of music art.

The festival’s organizers are the Ministry of Culture and Sports of the Republic of Uzbekistan, the National Television and Radio Company, the Union of Composers of Uzbekistan and the Hokimiyat (provincial administration) of the Samarkand Region. The festival is held under the auspices of UNESCO, and it has become a good tradition that leaders of this international organization take part in it. In particular, the UNESCO Secretary General Irina Bokova attended the event in 2013.

With the passage of every day we get closer to the much-awaited celebration of music – the traditional Sharq Taronalari International Festival. The event is to take place in Samarkand on the eve of the 24th anniversary of national independence – on August 25-30 this year. Its history began in 1997, when, at the initiative of President Islam Karimov, the music of diverse peoples started to sound under the vault of the Registan. This time around it will be the tenth festival, the jubilee one. At a press conference held in Samarkand’s Ulughbek Madrassah, the organizers told the journalists about what it will be like and what it has been preparing for the connoisseurs of folk music.

The charming ancient Samarkand looks forward to meeting the music forum, which promises to grant new impressions and introduction to beautiful melodies and songs of the peoples of the world. Music has from time immemorial been closely tied to the most cherished feelings of people by being an indispensable part of their lives. And, most probably, it is not incidental that the title of the Sharq Taronalari (Melodies of the East) International Music Festival was built by this very word that has the most profound sense for our nation who has preserved the richest national and music traditions. Here, for over centuries, people used to conduct ritual clean-over before listening to music, paying tribute to its purity and primal nature of its origin. This music is simple but wise, and its philosophy is deep and profound.

Today, the Sharq Taronalari Festival is one of the most prestigious international forums and is acknowledged by UNESCO as the biggest music festival in the East. Of great interest for the musicians from the entire world are the contest of national performance and the conference during which the academics from many nations exchange views in the field of music art.

The festival’s organizers are the Ministry of Culture and Sports of the Republic of Uzbekistan, the National Television and Radio Company, the Union of Composers of Uzbekistan and the Hokimiyat (provincial administration) of the Samarkand Region. The festival is held under the auspices of UNESCO, and it has become a good tradition that leaders of this international organization take part in it. In particular, the UNESCO Secretary General Irina Bokova attended the event in 2013.

Currently, the preparations for the festival are in full swing in Samarkand. All the necessary conditions and conveniences for its participants are being created there for the gala occasion to be organized at a high level. One of the most colorful events within the festival is anticipated to be the official opening ceremony. The renovation works at the Registan amphitheater and stage are in progress now. A grand and interesting program of the show, which is going to present all the great diversity of vocal and dancing art of the people and ethnic groups of Uzbekistan, is being prepared under the leadership of the chief director Bahodir Yuldashev. 

As the executive director of the Sharq Taronalari Festival Turabek Mahmudov has suggested, “the geography of the music holiday has expanded this year to a great extent, indicative of the growth in the prestige and eminence of the Samarkand forum. The first festival was attended by representatives of 31 countries, whereas art figures from 53 nations took part in the ninth festival. Representatives of 65 states have already confirmed their willingness to take part in this jubilee festival. The administration of the festival continues to receive applications, discs, audio and video recordings with the performance of musicians desiring to become its participants. This year, art connoisseurs from Portugal, Mauritius, Bhutan, Costa Rica, Mali, Peru and Ecuador are going to perform on the Registan stage. Therefore, Asia will be represented by 28 people, Europe by 21, America by 5 and Africa by 12 persons this time around. The number of participants will thus total 324, including leading music scholars, art directors, chiefs of international festivals, representatives of foreign media and more than a hundred performers.”

As the established tradition goes, performances of artistic people are to be assessed by an authoritative international jury. The latter contains the People’s Artist of Uzbekistan Munojat Yulchieva and the renowned music academic, the Honored Art Figure, Professor Otanazar Matyakubov. 

For the five days that the festival will last, the music is going to sound by filling all the space of the legendary city and its surroundings. Major performances are to take place at the principal stage of the Registan Square. Also, the musicians will demonstrate their art skills in the parks of culture and leisure as well as the districts of the province that will host concert programs of participants, Uzbek masters of art and artistic groups. Creativity nights are to be organized, as well.

“One of the most important components of the festival is the international academic conference that is traditionally held within the frameworks of the festival,” Professor Rustambek Abdullaev, doctor of arts, has said. “This year’s topic of the conference is “The Community of the Musical Culture of the Peoples of the East”. 20 scientists – music scholars, critics, theoreticians – are to arrive from 15 countries from around the globe to discuss issues related to the preservation and promotion of the ages-old musical traditions of the peoples of the world.”

According to the organizers of the festival, the ancient Samarkand will appear before the guests from abroad even more charming. Deriving from the garnered experience, even more comfortable conditions for performers and spectators are being created at the Registan Square. The beautification and greening works are underway in the city. In the hotels that will accommodate the participants, as well as in the Ulughbek Madrassah and museums, the organizers intend to arrange exhibitions of photographs, national music instruments, costumes, works of visual art and national trades.

Years and centuries pass, epochs change. But what remains intact is the high art that brings peoples closer to one another. And today, like it used to be in ancient times, when people used to meet on the Great Silk Road and demonstrate their arts and cultures, the Sharq Taronalari Festival fulfills an important mission that facilitates the preservation and further promotion of the traditional music of the East.

(Source: «Uzbekistan Today» newspaper)

 

 

►THE TENTH FESTIVAL ANTICIPATED TO BE ‘OUT OF THE ORDINARY’

14/07/2015 

The process of preparations for the 10th Sharq Taronalari (Melodies of the East) International Music Festival has been discussed at a press conference in Samarkand.

The event participants included the members of the National Commission for the preparations and conduct of the festival as well as the regional working group. It was noted that the forum of art initiated by the President of our country and traditionally held since 1997 once in two years has turned into one of the world’s most prestigious cultural events.

The head of the information service of the festival S.Ostonov, executive director of the Sharq Taronalari International Music Festival T.Mahmudov, executive secretary of the National Commission of the Republic of Uzbekistan for UNESCO Affairs A.Ikromov, chairman of the creative association “Tasviriy Oyina” I.Latipov and others presented data on the works in progress to prepare for the gala event.

Owing to the fact that every festival is held at a high organizational level, the number of culture and art figures willing to take part in the Sharq Taronalari forum has been growing consistently. During the first festival, representatives of 31 countries demonstrated their art at the Registan Square, while this time around 320 participants are expected to arrive from 65 nations. Representatives of Portugal, Mauritius, Bhutan, Costa-Rica, Mali, Peru, and Ecuador are anticipated to attend the festival for the first time.

As the festive event is held under the auspices of UNESCO, it has become a good tradition that the chief of the Organization attends the occasion. In particular, the UNESCO Secretary General Irina Bokova took part in the 2013 festival.

“The festival program is to include also a scientific-practical conference entitled “The Community of Music Culture of the Peoples of the East”,” says Professor Rustambek Abdullaev, director of the conference, doctor of arts. “To date, academics from 15 countries have expressed desire to take part in the science event designed to examine the stages of development in the Eastern traditional music and its role in the world musical art. The program of the conference is getting ready.”

The occasion participants also were presented with information on the course of preparations for meeting the guests in Samarkand, their accommodation in hotels, provision of quality modern services for them, as well as the construction and beautification works carried out to this end.

The journalists received answers to the questions they raised at the press conference.

(Source: UzA)

 

►THE MUSIC FORUM ON THE WAY TO CONSOLIDATE FRIENDSHIP AND CULTURAL BONDS AMONG PEOPLES

23/06/2015

This year, the Sharq Taronalari International Music Festival is going to be held for the tenth time. The forum organized at the initiative of President Islam Karimov serves for the development of arts and culture as well as for the cohesion by means of arts of representatives of diverse nations and ethnic groups, cementing peace and friendship among peoples. The spirit and prestige of the festival inspire its participants and facilitates the promotion of creativity.

UzA reporters have inquired into the opinions of some foreign participants of previous festivals.
Talike Jelle, Madagascar:
“Sharq Taronalari International Music Festival is a colorful and distinct forum of arts. I am infinitely happy to have had an opportunity to take part in it and present my creativity at the festival in 2011 and 2013.
“I made a lot of friends at the event. I exchanged experience with them, got scores of interesting information and discovered new things for myself. I feel very glad that I had a chance during the festival to get representatives of various people familiar with the national arts of Madagascar. The spectators listened and watched our melodies and songs with great delight. It was a great pleasure and honor for me to perform at the prestigious festival, when the melodies of my country aired around the magnificent Registan Square.
“Sharq Taronalari Festival provides with a unique opportunity, which allows for talented musicians fr om diverse nations of the world to get together at one stage, establish dialogue and secure international and interethnic harmony and cohesion. By means of developing mutual cultural and friendship ties among peoples, the festival facilitates the consolidation of peace and stability on our planet.

I have taken part in many other music festivals. I used to present my program at them and return home at once. But it was not the case with Samarkand, because no one wanted to leave the ancient city once the festival was over. At the Afrosiyob Hotel, we – all the participants of the music forum – sang and played melodies till the midnight. I will not forget those beautiful and charming moments. They afforded me strength, inspiration, and I reflected my emotions and impressions in my songs. The festival served as a great impetus for my creative research and for numerous new songs.
“I admired the attention that President Islam Karimov pays to the promotion of the sphere of arts and his care for the creative people. All walks of life have been advancing in Uzbekistan dynamically, including arts and culture. The distinctive art of this people are the melodies and songs bewitching the soul, the exciting dances are suggestive of the high level of Uzbek culture.
“I was deeply touched by the nobleness, generosity, hospitality and sincerity of the Uzbek people. Boundless love for the Motherland and pride for her are reflected in the faces and eyes of your compatriots like in the mirror.

“Uzbekistan is a country with rich culture. The unique historic monuments and architectural complexes are a symbol of immeasurable potential and talent of your great ancestors. I recall very often this wonderful country, the legendary Samarkand, look through the photos made in Uzbekistan over and over again.
I dream of becoming again a participant of the world-renowned international music festival Sharq Taronalari and thus see the splendid Uzbekistan one more time.”

Mahide Lein, chief of the agency Ahoi Аrtists and Еvents, Germany:
“I work as manager of musicians, dancers and artists. In Germany, I specialize in the organization of music festivals.

“It would hardly be an exaggeration to say that the international music festival Sharq Taronalari has become part of my life, the essence of creativity. I take part in it along with artists from different countries. At the festival in 2013 we participated with the youth group Lanaya from North Africa and Brazil. Our ensemble won the first place at the 9th International Music Festival Sharq Taronalari.

“The festival’s distinctive feature is that it provides for an opportunity for a period of week to get familiar with the arts and culture of various countries of the world, to exchange views and experience with hundreds of musicians and specialists of the sphere. The seminars and trainings organized within it facilitate the elevation of professional mastery.

“I have attended festivals like this held in many countries. But I have never seen such a magnificent and inimitable stage like that at the Sharq Taronalari in Samarkand, such hospitality, respect and reverence. Special emphasis is placed on the design of the stage with decorations of the festival, on the use of state-of-the-art lightening devices, which gives a festive spirit and environment. Also, I paid attention to the high aesthetic taste of spectators and aficionados of the Sharq Taronalari Music Festival.

“The Uzbek melodies that embody the beauty and clarity of the human soul, the exciting and electrifying national dances are designated a special place in the world music art. This traditional festival that calls on people to beauty, kindness and humanism, serves the propaganda, popularization and development of the musical heritage of the peoples of the world. Year after year, the number of participants of the festival has been rising, indicating the growth in its eminence and prestige around the globe.

“There are myriads of music directions throughout the world that need to be preserved. Thus we seek to synthesize the national melodies with modern musical trends.

“There few cities like those in Uzbekistan, wh ere the ancient history and modernity are combined harmonically. Everyone is fascinated by the unique architecture of the Registan Square in Samarkand, by inscriptions on madrassa walls, which embody a whole mysterious world”.

 

►REGULATIONS OF THE MUSIC FESTIVAL "SHARQ TARONALARI"

18/06/2015

Main Goals and Objectives

- popularization the best achievements of national music arts;
- preservation and development great folklore traditions;
- bring up young generation to love excellence;
- further expansion of international relations in the field of art, glorifying the ideas of peace, friendship, mutual understanding;
- further strengthening of mutual cultural and spiritual cooperation.

Organizers of the Festival

Ministry of Cultural and Sports Affairs of the Republic of Uzbekistan;

Samarkand Regional Municipality.

Concert Association "UZBEKNAVO";

National Television and Radio Company of Uzbekistan;

Union of Composers of Uzbekistan;

 

Festival Arrangements

Competition on the best performance of a national song and instrumental music;

Scientific - theoretical conference;

Сoncert programs at gardens, halls and other venues of Samarkand city;

Awarding Ceremony and Gala-Concert.

Excursion for participants of the Festival on sights of Samarkand city.

The music groups or solo singer and musicians may participate in the festival competition. The group from each country should contain up to 6 people. All expenses in Uzbekistan (accommodation, food and local transportation) will be covered by the Festival Directorate. Double room accommodations in hotels will be provided (upon the participants request single rooms may be provided for additional payment).

Other performers-participants are also welcome at their own expenses.

“Best Performance of a National Song and Instrumental Music” Competition

Professional and amateur art groups, as well as soloists may take part in the competition.

The music program should include the following directions:

- Folk musical arts (music or song);
- Traditional classic music;
- Modern national music songs and instrumental music.

The following materials are to be submitted by the applicant till April 1, 2015 to the Organizing Committee to e-mail address info@sharqtaronalari.uz

-Festival Application Form (Application Form in WORD format);

-Video and audio materials;

-Information about the art group or soloist (not exceeding 300 words);

-Photos of art group or a performer (for publications).

Total duration of the music program should not exceed 15 minutes.

The Festival Selection Committee will give feedback on the received applications by April 15, 2015.

Every participant must bring their national flag (size 1m x 2m).

International Jury

The International Jury will be formed to judge the competition.

The bright national characteristics, pithiness, high level of performing skill of singers, the Oriental dressing and artistic skills on the stage are the main criteria of the evaluation of jury.

The Organizing Committee is not responsible for the grades or awards given by the Jury members to the festival participants.

Awards

The following awards are established by the Festival Organizing Committee for the winners of the Competition.

  • Grand Prix -US$10,000
  • The first prize (2) - US $ 7,000 for each
  • The second prize (2) - US$ 5,000 for each
  • The third prize (2) - US$ 3,000 for each

Art Associations, Funds, International and other organizations may establish their own special prizes.

All participants of the Competition will be awarded with special diplomas.

Organizer's Rights

  1. The exclusive right to broadcast or permit others to broadcast the performance of the festival events.
  2. The exclusive right to produce and distribute (without paying any fees to participants and guests of the festival) all types of festival audio and video materials of the festival participants, printed and other kind of products produced during the festival events and its follow-up.
  3. The exclusive right to use for promotional purposes some of the subsidiary materials sent by applicants to the Festival Directorate.
  4. Requesting from every participant to have his/her own medical insurance policies.

Conference

Above the Festival will be organised International Scientific and Theoretical Conference.

Theme of conferance: "Community of Musical Culture of Peoples of the Orient"

The Conference Participants should present texts of reports or detailed theses (not less than 300 words) and other materials in advance to the Festival Directorate by June 1, 2015 to e-mail address conference@sharqtaronalari.uz.

The Festival Selection Committee will give feedback on the topics presented for the Conference by June 15, 2015.

The working languages of the conference are Uzbek, English and Russian.

Address of organizing committee:
100022, Str. Hamza Umarov 8-B, Yakkasaroy dist. Tashkent, Republic of Uzbekistan,

Ministry of Cultural and Sports Affairs,
Directorate of the International Music Festival "Sharq Taronalari".
 

Tel.: (998 71) 2506133, (998 95) 1442545

Website: www.sharqtaronalari.uz
E-mail: info@sharqtaronalari.uz

 

►FESTIVAL HISTORY

17/06/2015

Samarkand which is included into the World Heritage List of UNESCO can doubtlessly be called as the "Pearl of the East". Standing on the crossroad of the Great Silk Road, it took and preserved until present times the culture, art and unique architecture of the ancient world civilizations.

Historical monuments of Samarkand impress contemporaries by their beauty and greatness.

On one of these unique monuments of architecture - Registan square - every biennium between 25th and 30st of August International Music Festival "Sharq Taronalari" ("Melodies of Orient") is held on regularly organized under the patronage of UNESCO.

International Music Festival "Sharq Taronalari" ("Melodies of Orient") is one of the biggest festivals in Central Asia. The main aims and objectives of the festival are to popularize widely the best achievements of national music art, to preserve and develop great traditions of people, to encourage talents in musical and vocal sphere, as well as to spread in further international creative ties, to strengthen cultural-spiritual cooperation, to praise peace, friendship and ideas of mutual sympathetic.

The first International Music Festival "Sharq Taronalari" ("Melodies of Orient") took place in 1997 at which participated musical groups and performers from 31 different countries. Today it became one of the most popular and famous festivals not only in Central Asia but also abroad. The bright evidence to this is that year after year not only the number and the artistic level of participants are increasing, but also geographical range of participating countries is widened.

Thus, at the 7th International Music Festival "Sharq Taronalari" that was held on in 2009, participants from more then 50 countries attended the event.

It became a good tradition to undertake international scientific conferences, devoted to particular aspects of music, at which participate scientists and scholars from all over the world.

Each Festival, that was held on in Samarkand is unique and exclusive.