February 23, 2019

I Maqom Festival in Shakhrisabz, Uzbekistan

President Shavkat Mirziyoyev – Picture by Uzbek presidency.


Thursday, 6 September 2018, Shakhrisabz, Qashqadaryo Region, Republic of Uzbekistan: Uzbek President Shavkat Mirziyoyev ceremoniously opened the first international maqom musical forum organized upon his own initiative in order to broadly promote the Uzbek national maqom art at home and abroad, and thereby highlight the pulchritudity and heritage linked to classical Uzbek music.

I Maqom International Festival at Shakhrisabz – Picture by Uzbek Presidency.

The forum itself was preceded by large-scale preparations in the form of various exhibitions, academic round tables  dedicated to maqom.
All in all, shows and sales of national musical instruments, clothes, handicrafts, works of fine and applied art, sculpture, art and documentary films, books and albums were organised on and in the vicinities of Oqsaroy Square in Shakhrisabz, surrounded by the behemoth statute of Emperor Timur, the most prominent ruler to have ruled Shakhrisabz in the 14th century, and forebear to the Timurid dynasty.
In 2018, the International Forum of Maqom Art was held for the first time. In accordance to a resolution by President Mirziyoyev, this event will be held as a biennial.

For further information:

  • About Shakhrisabz: https://orexca.com/shakhrisabz.shtml
  • Maqom Festival: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PCImB9l-f94

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