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Traditional music festival fills Samarkand with oriental melodies

Traditional music festival fills Samarkand with oriental melodies
By Euronews

<p>Every other year, traditional oriental rhythms fill the ancient city of Samarkand, in Uzbekistan. On Registan Square, in the heart of the ancient Silk Road city, the <a href="http://en.sharqtaronalari.uz/">Sharq Taronalari</a> festival celebrates the world’s cultural diversity — through music.</p> <p>This year’s 10th edition was held from Aug. 25-30 and brought together Uzbek and international artists from more than 60 countries.</p> <p>“What is the manifestation of the diversity of culture?” says Franky Raden, member of the jury. “We don’t see it, because I live in Indonesia, I only see Indonesia, you live in another country, you see only your country. But here you’re able to see […] cultural diversity through music.”</p> <p>Held under the patronage of <span class="caps">UNESCO</span>, Sharq Taronalari is one of the largest festivals in Central Asia. It aims to promote heritage music and culture, and to foster peace and cooperation between nations.</p> <p>“Watching the news everyday everywhere, we unfortunately see more attacks against art and culture,” says Eric Falt, <span class="caps">UNESCO</span> Assistant Director General for External Relations. “Here we see respect — veneration, even — for the past. It’s important to transmit it to the future generations.”</p>