«Asrlar sadosi» Festival of Traditional Culture
One of the grand projects of the Forum Foundation is the «Asrlar sadosi» («Echo of ages») Festival of Traditional Culture, which presents all the diversity of the national traditions and customs, handicrafts and cuisine, unique oral and non-material heritage. Every year, «Asrlar sadosi» is held in different regions of Uzbekistan in historical or cultural centers as an outdoor fete with the participation of various experts, scientists and international guests.
In 2008, the festival took place near Shakhrisabz and in 2009 in Tashkent region. Since 2009 «Asrlar sadosi» Festival of Traditional Culture is organized in association with the UNESCO. In 2010, the Festival took place at Ichan-Qala, a historical architectural complex in the heart of Khiva city. In 2011 «Asrlar sadosi» took place in Bukhara.
Competitions of folklore bands, folk tellers - bakhshi, traditional art-concerts and shows, national dress defiles take place on open-air stages. The Festival`s program also includes folk games, koupkari (Uzbek horse sport), demonstrative fights of kurash wrestlers, cock fights and performances of rope-walkers - darboz`s, competition of Uzbek national cuisine by the best chefs - oshpaz from different parts of the country. Festival is accompanied by the exhibition-fair of applied arts, where the best masters of ceramics, embossing, embroidery, miniature, textile and woodworking, national puppet makers and other artists demonstrate their works and the process of creating them. Except folklore events the program of the Festival also includes the scientific background.