A Unique Experience of Cultural Dialogue
An important event in the world of culture and arts took place in Tashkent on December 10-11: the international multimedia forum of the project “The Cultural Heritage of Uzbekistan in World Collections”. The project contributors convened to sum up the achievements in 2018 and devise a “roadmap” for 2019.
The international forum, organized by the National Association of Electronic Mass Media of Uzbekistan (NAEMM), gathered 350 participants from among local scientists and those from the USA, Russia, Germany, Japan, India, the Czech Republic, Poland and other countries, representatives of international organizations and the diplomatic corps accredited in our country, as well as experts.
At the beginning of the forum, a permanent exhibition of the project “The Cultural Heritage of Uzbekistan in World Collections” started to function. It presented 13 volumes of the publication “Architectural Epigraphy of Uzbekistan”, a 10-volume collection of the edition “The Cultural Heritage of Uzbekistan in World Collections”, facsimile copies of the manuscripts “Katta Langar Quroni” (“Koran from Katta Langar”), “Devoni Husaini” (“Divan of Hussein”),“Zafarname”, “Miraj-name”, “The Code of Temur”, “Poklik Boghi” (“The Garden of Mental Purity”).
These exhibits are important for the cultural heritage of our country. For example, the Koran of Katta Langar is distinguished by its value and antiquity. According to the information, this manuscript was created in the mid-8th century in kufi-hijozi script. The largest part of the Koran from Katta Langar – 81 pages – is stored in the Institute of Oriental Manuscripts of the Russian Academy of Sciences, 16 pages – in Tashkent, Bukhara and Kashkadarya regions.
Then, the opening of an international forum took place in the NAEMM media hall. It should be noted that the media hall was beautifully decorated – everything said how much work had been done within the project – both the running line and the installations made on the stage in the form of books, and the books themselves that anyone could get acquainted with.
At the opening of the international forum, all speakers emphasized that the project “The Cultural Heritage of Uzbekistan in World Collections” is unique and unparalleled, and it is of particular value that it is carried out by representatives of civil society.
Maria del Pilar Álvarez-Laso, acting head of the UNESCO office in our country, praised the work carried out in Uzbekistan to preserve and study the rich cultural heritage and promote the contribution of our nation to the development of civilization on the global scale. She reported that UNESCO would be happy to support the ongoing work in this direction.
Chairman of the Central Asia and the Caucasus Institute (USA) S. Frederick Starr stressed that the cultural heritage of Uzbekistan is a kind of iceberg, there is a visible part of it, there is an invisible, and some part, unfortunately, has died out: “And our friend F. Abdukhalikov is looking for an invisible part of the iceberg to show it to the world. It is noteworthy that this tremendous work is being carried out by civil society and is closely connected with the new stage of reforms carried out in the republic by President Shavkat Mirziyoyev. Each book released as part of the project is a source of new ideas, and even after studying it superficially, you come across intellectual and visual jewels.”
There was a presentation of 10 new books released in the framework of the project. Among them are “The Cultural Heritage of Uzbekistan in the Collections of Germany”, “Book Art of Maverannahr of the XV – XVII centuries in the collection of the Russian National Library”, “Illustrated manuscripts of Alisher Navoi in the libraries of Istanbul”, “Uzbekistan in historical photographs of the XIX – early XX centuries in the collections of Russian archives” and others. These were pilot editions, but in January they will be put into print.
Next year, new volumes of the media project “The Cultural Heritage of Uzbekistan in the Museums of Great Britain”, “The Cultural Heritage of Uzbekistan in the Museums of Poland”, “The State Hermitage Museum. Part 3” will be prepared for publication, as will “The Cultural Heritage of Uzbekistan in the Museums of India”.
At the international forum, the issues of preserving and promoting the historical and cultural heritage of Samarkand were discussed with the participation of representatives of ministries and departments of our country, international organizations, scientists, and experts. They adopted the concept of a strategy for the cultural heritage of this city.
The first day of the media forum ended with a bright and colorful note – the X festival of social media products.
Speaking at the opening ceremony of this event, Deputy Prime Minister of Uzbekistan Aziz Abduhakimov said:
“The festival of socially significant media products is held in the anniversary, the 10th time, and it is symbolic that it is dedicated to the development of the tourism potential of Uzbekistan. This promising direction in recent years in our country has received increased attention. The presence of more than 7 thousand tangible cultural heritage sites from different eras and civilizations, including the historical centers of Bukhara, Khiva, Samarkand and Shahrisabz, included in the UNESCO World Heritage List of UNESCO, testifies to the tourist potential of our country. World famous historical monuments, modern cities, the unique nature of Uzbekistan, unique national cuisine, as well as the unsurpassed hospitality of our people attract travelers from all over the world.
Another great news for the participants of the next festival is that the prize fund, provided for the winning place, will be 500,000,000 soums.
According to the Chairman of the Board of NAEMM Firdavs Abdukhalikov, the festival will be held twice a year, and the participant who will take the first place will receive a prize worth more than a Spark car.
During the festival were presented videos that have passed a rigorous selection, 110 applications submitted. All present guests became witnesses of the competition in three nominations, in each of which three stories were shown. Identification of the winners took place online and was carried out by a vote of the organizers and guests of the forum.
And here came one of the most exciting moments of the evening – the final vote of the jury and the distribution of seats from the 1st to the 3rd. Each representative of the final three winners were awarded valuable prizes.
The 1st place was won by the winner in the nomination “Tourist Uzbekistan” Saida Davletova and her work Come to See Surkhandarya. The author of this particular roller got the Spark car.
2nd place was taken by Ehson Osmonov and his work Welcome to Fergana. As a prize was awarded a plasma TV.
The third place was taken by the winner in the nomination “Gastronomic Uzbekistan” Abdurozik Halimov, and his work “Korakalpok Taomlari” was awarded by the organizers with a laptop.
In addition to identifying the winners of the festival, numerous colleagues and partners who made a great contribution to the coverage of the cultural heritage and tourist potential of Uzbekistan were awarded.
The special award “Friends of the Project” was awarded to the correspondent of the TV channel “Russia 24” Robert Frantsev for a series of reports on the subject of cultural and historical heritage and the development of the potential of Uzbekistan; Tatyana Basova, screenwriter for the Russia Culture TV channel, for the documentary Uzbekistan: New Life Revealed, covering topics of cultural and historical heritage and developing the potential of Uzbekistan; Deputy Director of the Peter the Great Museum of Anthropology in St. Petersburg, Efim Rezvan and others.
During the festival, the best foreign participant of the event was awarded. They became the representative of the TV channel Nippon Television (Japan) Imoto Ayako, the transfer of Itte-Q. Their prize was a VIP tour for two people to unknown places in Uzbekistan.
This evening domestic mass media were also noted, among them Daryo.uz, Kun.uz, Nuz.uz, Podrobno.uz, Kultura.uz, Repost. uz, radio stations Poytakht and Avtoradio.
After the awards ceremony was completed, a musical program awaited the guests.
On December 11, the forum continued under the theme “Multimedia trends in the promotion of cultural heritage. The experience of Uzbekistan.
Speakers noted the lack of practical action of the embassies of our country in individual countries to support projects for the preservation and study of the cultural heritage of Uzbekistan.
S. Frederick Starr, guest of the forum, founder of the Institute of Central Asia and the Caucasus at the American Council on Foreign Policy, drew attention to the small number of representatives of the diplomatic corps of foreign countries participating in the event.
“The project “The Cultural Heritage of Uzbekistan in the World Collections” is a new experience in the world practice of preserving and promoting cultural heritage, as well as a great event for civil society,” said F. Starr. “However, I noticed that very few ambassadors and representatives of international organizations participate in the forum where such projects and plans for the future are discussed. Meanwhile, they should be actively involved in preserving and promoting the cultural heritage of the countries they represent.”
In the presentation part of the forum, the participants got acquainted with the project “100 well-known written monuments of Uzbekistan”, watched an interesting video film on this topic.
A scientist from Russia, wellknown Islam scholar Efim Rezvan shared valuable information about ancient copies of the Koran, presenting the project “114 Korans of Uzbekistan”:
“The idea of this project belongs to Firdavs Abdukhalikov. I remember very well the Petersburg evening, when we sat in my office, and I showed him various publications of the Koran. A proposal was made to create such a book. As you know, there are only 114 manuscripts in the Koran, and the idea to create 114 suras, where each of them will be presented separately, has aroused great interest.”
In his report Rezvan told about several manuscripts that are closely related to our country. The stories of these sacred versions and numerous Korans, rewritten by Uzbekistan, stored in museums and libraries in Germany, India, Iran and Russia, will be published as part of the “114 Korans of Uzbekistan” project.
Chairman of the Amir Temur International Foundation, Doctor of Historical Sciences Nozim Khabibullayev told about the preparation of a documentary film and book album “Masterpieces of Temurids in the Collections of Uzbekistan”:
“A lot of work is planned for 2019, including publishing. Creation of a documentary film about the era of the Great Temur and the book-album dedicated to the era of the Temurids. Separately, I would like to note that the faculty of the Kattalangar Koran, the Code of Temur, Zafarname and its individual miniatures and much more were donated to the State Museum of Temurids from the team of the NAEMM. This is an unprecedented event for us. A continuous stream of people wishing to see amazing historical specimens with their own eyes does not fall. I am sure that the interest of Uzbek people and foreign visitors to such significant publications will only grow.”
At the forum, all participants, without exception, noted that the project implemented by Uzbekistan would be a unique experience and a means of cultural dialogue in preserving and promoting cultural heritage.
At the end of the event, a “road map” of projects for the preservation, study and promotion of the cultural heritage of Uzbekistan for 2019 was approved.