Third “Navruz Sadolari” International Music Festival Held in Tashkent
The UN Office coorganised the Third International Festival of National Instrument Ensembles and Orchestras “Navruz Sadolari” (Melodies of Nowruz) held on March 25-27 at the State Conservatory of Uzbekistan.
Speaking at a press conference and awards ceremony, Feruza Abdurakhimova, the mind behind the festival and coordinator, underlined the importance of the festival as an educational event aimed at fostering love for national music in children.
Held in Uzbekistan since 1996, the festival attracts an increasing number of participants year after year. Since 2015, music teams from Azerbaijan, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan and Tajikistan have participated in the festival, making it an international competition. This time, more than 2,000 people aged 3-15 strutted their skills in the event, with 35 teams made up of 649 young performers having been selected to participate in the finals. The teams represent Uzbekistan, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan and Tajikistan.
The three-day festival also included master classes, pipe organ music sessions, and a roundtable that focused on issues in instrumental music performance.
Almost all the teams were saluted with prizes and participation certificates at the awards ceremony. Nine teams were honored with third-place diplomas, seven teams with second-place diplomas while the first place went to six teams.
The festival was dedicated to “The Year of Dialogue with the People and Human Interests” and organized by the Ministry of Public Education and Culture of Uzbekistan, “Soglom Avlod Uchun’ Charity, the Swiss Cooperation Office, the UN Office in Uzbekistan, the Kamolot Civic Youth Movement, the Sogdiana State Chamber Orchestra of Uzbek National Instruments, and the Union of Composers of Uzbekistan.