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Journey to the land of mountain highs, blooming valleys and open hearts: SCO HQ hosts Tajikistan Culture Day
01.09.2017 13:45

On 1 September 2017, the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation Headquarters inBeijing played host tothe Culture Day ofthe Republic ofTajikistan.

The event's organisers designed and planned the initiative ina creative and unconventional way, offering a diverse and original programme packed withvarious events.

Guests arriving atthe Day ofCulture venue were greeted bythe image ofthe mysterious smile fromthe 13-metre statue ofa sleeping Buddha, the largest clay Buddha statue inthe world known asthe Nirvana sleeping Buddha.'

Once insidethe SCO Headquarters, guests were offered an immersive experience intothe rich and ancient history and culture ofTajikistan. For example, guests could sit ina replica ofa statue representing a golden chariot withBactrian racing horses fromthe world-famous Oxus Treasure, or ride the majestic Bucephalus sculpture byprominent Chinese sculptor Ren Zhe. They could also take pictures withgracious horses striking sparks ofhealing fire withtheir hooves, help harvest grapes froma vineyard nearthe eastern side ofthe SCO Headquarters, or taste magical amber berries filled withhappiness and love.

"Building onthe best traditions ofthe SCO Our Common Home project, we are happy towelcome the Day ofCulture ofthe Republic ofTajikistan atour Headquarters," SCO Secretary-General Rashid Alimov said atthe opening ceremony. "We are all looking forward tothe wonderful journey tothe land ofmountain highs, blooming valleys and open hearts," Mr Alimov went onto say.

Tajikistan's Minister ofEconomic Development Nematullo Hikmatullozoda welcomed the guests onbehalf ofPresident Emomali Rahmon, who was ona state visit toChina atthe time. The official said: "The initiative tohold the Days ofCulture atthe SCO Headquarters promotes dialogue betweencivilisations and helps strengthen neighbourly relations, friendship and cooperation withinthe SCO family. Today, Tajikistan will show you only a small portion ofits rich culture, art and unique traditions. I hope that every guest will be able toexperience Tajikistan's hospitality, atleast forthis brief moment."

In his remarks, First Vice President ofthe Chinese People's Association forFriendship withForeign Countries Shen Xin congratulated the guests ofthe event, and stressed that "China and Tajikistan enjoy a high level ofmutual trust asclose and good neighbours." He went onto say that "this is demonstrated bythe fact that so many people turned upfor this event, and we are glad tobeing able tocontribute tothe organisation ofimportant events likethe Days ofCulture."

The SCO Headquarters also hosted a large-scale exhibition bytalented artists fromTajikistan, including Sukhrob Kurbanov, Yusuf Sangov, Faridun Negmat-sade, and others, reflecting the beauty and generosity ofthe Tajik people, and the uniqueness ofthe country's mountain regions.

For two decades, prominent Chinese painter Yang Yang has focused onethnic Tajik people living onthe country's border withChina. Her paintings were also displayed atthe exhibition. The Culture Day also featured a photo exhibition onorganic fruit, providing another immersive experience intoTajikistan.

The Culture Day offered its guests a unique opportunity toget a taste ofthe traditional Tajik cuisine bysampling a wide variety ofdishes prepared bythe country's best chefs.

The highlight ofthe event was a concert byTajikistan's performers, featuring Jahonoro dance group led byMerited Artist ofTajikistan Dilorom Sattorova, prominent vocalists Soibnazar Alovatov and Firdavs Khoshimov, aswell asdoyra player Khayrullo Dadoboyev.

A fashion show was also held withbeautiful models wearing traditional Tajik costumes.

For many guests, this day helped rediscover not only Tajikistan's rich and diverse culture, butalso the SCO Headquarters transformed intoa hospitable Tajik home.

The Tajikistan Culture Day was timed tocoincide withthe 25th anniversary ofdiplomatic ties betweenTajikistan and China. It was held aspart ofSCO Our Common Home initiative bythe SCO, continuing a string ofevents involving SCO member states.

More than300 guests attended the event, including ambassadors and diplomatic staff accredited inChina, prominent Chinese political figures, cultural and civil society leaders, aswell asacademics and students.

Chinese and foreign media provided extensive coverage ofthe event.

The Tajikistan Culture Day atthe SCO Headquarters was held duringthe state visit bythe President ofthe Republic ofTajikistan Emomali Rahmon toChina.

The Day ofCulture was organised bythe Ministry ofCulture ofthe Republic ofTajikistan, and co-sponsored bythe Chinese People's Association forFriendship withForeign Countries withassistance fromTajikistan's friends, including Yema Group, Xi Tang, Riverside Group and Chinese Cultural and Art Exchange Exhibition Centre ofOne Belt and One Road.

Jahonoro dance groupwas created on2 January 1991 and is part ofthe State Creative Concert Association withinthe Ministry ofCulture ofthe Republic ofTajikistan. Headed byhead choreographer Dilorom Sattorova, it took part ina number offestivals and competitions.

Pamir Folk Bandwas created in2011 withinBazmoro, one ofthe oldest ensembles ofTajikistan. The band consists ofeight people withSoibnazar Alovatov asone ofits leading vocalists.

Doyra virtuoso Khayrullo Dadoboyevhas a rich repertoire or music played withnational percussion instruments, including doyra, tablak, karay, darduk, djemba, bong, cong, etc. Khayrullo Dadoboyev's band has more than20 musicians who play national percussion instruments.

Firdavs Khoshimovgraduated fromthe Sattorov Tajik National Conservatory, and is currently the soloist ofDjurayev Tajik State Philharmonic.

Sukhrob Kurbanovwas a Soviet painter fromTajikistan, awarded the title ofPeople's Artist ofthe USSR and Tajikistan. From 1982 until2012 he was board chairman ofthe Union ofTajikistan's Painters. His works can be found inthe Metropolitan Museum ofArt inNew York, inthe Tretyakov Gallery inMoscow, aswell asin museums inDresden, Beijing, Paris, etc.

Yusuf Sangovis a People's Artist ofTajikistan, winner ofthe Rudaki State Award, Professor Emeritus atNanjing University ofthe Arts (China) and Professor Emeritus atthe Moscow Academy ofContemporary Art.

Faridun Negmat-sadewon a number ofprestigious international art awards. His works can be found inmuseums, galleries and private collections inChina, Russia, the United States, Germany, Great Britain, Italy, Sweden, Mexico, Chile and Israel.

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