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International Dance Festival Lazgi to take place in Uzbekistan’s Khiva
25 April 2022
International Dance Festival Lazgi to take place in Uzbekistan’s Khiva

Lazgi International Dance Festival will take place in Khiva, Uzbekistan, starting from 25 April through 30 April of this year.

The festival is organized by UNESCO in cooperation with the Ministry of Tourism and Cultural Heritage of Uzbekistan, the Ministry of Culture of Uzbekistan, the Khokimiyat of the Khorezm region and other relevant departments. More than 30 countries are expected to attend the Lazgi International Dance Festival.

Exhibition stands and galleries dedicated to dancing art are also planned to be organized as a part of the festival. Various presentations and displays with the Uzbek national musical instruments and Uzbek national costumes, handicraft products by Uzbek artisans, works of fine and applied art of Uzbekistan, Uzbek sculpture examples will be demonstrated and presented to the attendees and guests of the International Lazgi Festival.

Additionally, video materials, films and documentaries, audio and video discs, books, albums, and photographs will also be presented in the territory of Khiva’s historical part – the Ichan-Kala complex. Guests attending the Lazgi International Dance Festival will have a chance to purchase Uzbek national products of arts and crafts during the exhibition, which is a part of the event.

The Festival is expected to contribute to saving and developing the centuries-old art of the Khorezm dance Lazgi. It is also aimed at strengthening friendship and brotherhood relations between the nations by the means of dancing art, thus expanding the scope of creative cooperation and cultural relations on the international level.

Khorezm national dance Lazgi has a special place in the rich history of Uzbek dancing art and cultural heritage. Having its unique style of performance, Lazgi is popular not only in Uzbekistan but also abroad.

We would like to remind you that the Lazgi dance has been included in the Representative List of the Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity as an element of the cultural heritage of Uzbekistan. The decision was made on 12 December 2019 during the 14th session of the Intergovernmental Committee for the Safeguarding of the Intangible Cultural Heritage of UNESCO.

“The movements of Khorezm dance, Lazgi encapsulate human creativity by reflecting the sounds and phenomena of surrounding nature, feelings of love and happiness. Initially associated with the Khorezm Region, Khorezm dance, Lazgi has since become widespread in Uzbekistan” – as quoted on the UNESCO website.


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