International Cultural Forum “Central Asia at the crossroads of Civilizations” initiated by the President of Uzbekistan Shavkat Mirziyoyev at the 75th Session of the UN General Assembly in September 2020 is held in Khiva, Uzbekistan during 14-16 September 2021. The event is sponsored by UNESCO.
The international forum is attended by such international organizations as UNESCO, Shanghai Cooperation Organization, ICOMOS, IССROM, TURKSOY, around 500 participants, experts from more than 50 countries from CIS, EU, experts in the field of cultural heritage, science, art, and other fields, as well as Mass Media representatives.
A concert named “Khiva – the capital of Turkic Culture” will be held in Ichan Kala Museum as a part of the program. Another concert show will be held as a part of the official reception on behalf of the Uzbek government that will take place in the Nurullaboy Complex in Khiva.
The International Advisory Committee on Cultural Heritage of Uzbekistan (IAC) has started its activities as of 15 September 2021 in collaboration with the UNESCO World Heritage Center. Among the participants of the event were the Deputy Prime-Minister of Uzbekistan and the Minister of Tourism and Sports Aziz Abdukahkimov, the Deputy Director of the UNESCO World Heritage Center Jyoti Hosagrahar (online format), the General Director of Centre for the preservation and restoration of cultural heritage (IССROM) Webber Ndoro, the Representative of UNESCO in Uzbekistan Alexandros Makarigakis, experts on culture and the committee members.
The activities of the International Advisory Committee IAC are aimed at enhancing relations between Uzbekistan and UNESCO on protection, preservation, popularization, and rational use of the cultural heritage, as well as preparation of proposals for including Uzbekistan’s cultural heritage in the UNESCO World Heritage List.
A meeting of the Permanent Council of Ministers of Culture of TURKSOY – the International Organization of Turkic Culture, is also held on 16 September as a part of the event. A report on the events organized within the framework of "Khiva - the cultural capital of the Turkic world" and a presentation on the cultural capital of TURKSOY in 2022, as well as the election of the Secretary-General of TURKSOY in 2021-2024 is presented during the current meeting.
Multiple other events, such as the 5th Congress of the World Society for the Study, Preservation and Popularization of the Cultural Heritage of Uzbekistan "Cultural Heritage of Uzbekistan - the basis of the New Renaissance" in Tashkent, the International Conference "Archeology and Tourism: Determining the Potential and Management of Heritage" in Nukus, International Scientific and Theoretical Conference “The role of Bakhshi art in world civilization” in Nukus, Karakalpakstan, International festival of Bakhshi art in Nukus cities are also delivered as a part of the Cultural Heritage Week.
The Week of the Cultural Heritage of Uzbekistan will be taking place until 21 September 2021.