TASHKENT: One of the grand projects of the Forum Foundation is the Asrlar Sadosi (Echo of Centuries) Festival of Traditional Culture that presents all the diversity of the national traditions and customs, handicrafts and cuisine, unique oral and non-material heritage.
«Asrlar sadosi» is held in different regions of Uzbekistan every year in historical or cultural centers as an outdoor fete with the participation of various experts, scientists and international guests.
In 2008, the festival took place near Shakhrisabz and in 2009 in Tashkent region. Since 2009 Asrlar Sadosi Festival of Traditional Culture is organized in association with the UNESCO. In 2010, the Festival took place at Ichan-Qala, a historical architectural complex in the heart of Khiva city. In 2011 Asrlar sadosi took place in Bukhara. In 2012, the Festival took place in Ellikqala District in Karakalpakstan. The bulk of the events were held at Tuproq Qala ancient fortress. Around 200,000 people have attended the Festival since 2008.
Asrlar sadosi” is an annual festival of folk traditions and customs, crafts, national cuisine and music, every time held in different cities of Uzbekistan. Usually the festival is held in spring, in May, and lasts two days off, during which there are massive costumed festivities with songs, dances, folk games and contests that are held outdoors.
The festival annually attracts over thousand participants: folklore groups, craftsmen, athletes, musicians, cooks and dozen thousands of people – tourists and residents of Uzbekistan.
For two days the streets turn into a huge bazaar, where you can buy silk fabrics, luxurious carpets, fragrant spices, patterned pottery, as well as try the Uzbek national cuisine: golden plov, succulent kebabs, samsa which melts in your mouth and, of course, the Uzbek bread – crusty and ruddy lepyoshka.
The 6th Festival of Traditional Culture “Asrlar sadosi – 2013” will be held on May 4-5, 2013 in Navoi region. The guests of the festival will have an opportunity to see Sarmish-say gorge – the place where more than 10,000 petroglyphs are located. Moreover, they will see the ruins of medieval caravanserais Rabat-i-Malik and Shayhul-Nouri, Namazgokh and Spandzhvakta mosques, Uchtut flint mines and many other Navoi attractions and its surrounding area.
It is a great opportunity to observe cultural diversity of Uzbekistan through this event.