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Uzbekistan to host “Silk & Spices” Traditional Festival in Bukhara
27 May 2021
Uzbekistan to host “Silk & Spices” Traditional Festival in Bukhara

Silk & Spices, the 19th annual traditional festival, will take place in ancient Bukhara during 28-30 May 2021.

Initially, the first festival of “Silk and Spices” was organized at the beginning of 21st century with the aim of rescuing the cultural and national heritage of the Great Silk Road and representing the rich traditions of local handicraft masters. The idea turned out to be so good that the festival became an annual tradition, attracting more tourists to visit Uzbekistan every year. According to the tradition, the festival is hosted during several days in the end of May-beginning of June in ancient Bukhara.

This year the festival begins with a walk of the participants through the historic part of Bukhara, starting from the ARK all the way down to Labi Havuz, dressed in national costumes. Performance of folklore bands, national and foreign handicraft products exhibition, which include gold embroidery, carpet weaving, pottery, miniature painting will be a fun part of the event. 

Various local spices as well as foreign produce will be presented at the food fair part of the Silk & Spices, located in the central part of the ancient Bukhara. Traditional folk games, such as fighting sheep, cock fighting, rope walking preserved since ancient times will add another historical value to the Silk & Spices.

Children’s dancing feast as well as Plov Festival, where the best chefs of Uzbekistan from different regions will compete in a culinary contest will continue the traditional feast, where guests can enjoy the variety of Uzbek Plov, included in the UNESCO’s Intangible Cultural Heritage List.

The program of the event includes a fashion show Silk and Spices Fashion Day, where national ikat / adras and silk presented by the leading designers and dressmakers of Uzbekistan, as well as foreign designers. Uzbek Ikat adras and atlas weaving traditional technologies has also been included in the UNESCO Intangible Cultural Heritage List.

The entertainment part of the program of Silk & Spices includes concerts of folk groups from different regions of Uzbekistan and a gala concert with the participation of famous local artists.

The festival will be concluded by cultural composition program, reflecting the essence of cultural heritage, and the ceremony of awarding the winners of the festival in several categories.

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