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These Breathtaking Tentative World Heritage Sites in Uzbekistan Will Blow Your Mind

These Breathtaking Tentative World Heritage Sites in Uzbekistan Will Blow Your Mind

Prior to being declared an official UNESCO World Heritage Site, a cultural landmark or natural wonder must first be placed on what is known as the “tentative list.” This list serves as a sort of nomination process that allows countries to provide UNESCO with information on sites and properties that they feel are deserving of… Continue Reading

What You Need to Know about Rishtan’s Famous Ceramics

What You Need to Know about Rishtan’s Famous Ceramics

As one of Uzbekistan’s oldest forms of applied decorative arts, ceramics hold a special place in Uzbek cultural heritage. And while beautiful ceramic pieces have been made for centuries by artists all over the country, the vibrant heart of ceramics production in Uzbekistan is undoubtedly Rishtan, a historic small town in the Ferghana Valley not… Continue Reading

Spotlight on the Silk Road in the 21st Century

Spotlight on the Silk Road in the 21st Century

Considered by many scholars to be the first-ever global superhighway, the legendary network of ancient trading routes known as the Silk Road played an instrumental role in shaping our modern world. Connecting the Far East to Mediterranean Europe and encompassing a diverse array of regions in between (including present-day Uzbekistan), the Silk Road not only… Continue Reading

7 of the Best Examples of Uzbekistan’s Intangible Cultural Heritage

7 of the Best Examples of Uzbekistan’s Intangible Cultural Heritage

Through the Convention for the Safeguarding of Intangible Cultural Heritage, adopted in 2003, UNESCO works to preserve and protect those aspects of cultural heritage that go beyond concrete objects that we can see and touch. According to UNESCO’s definition, Intangible Cultural Heritage (ICH) comprises a vast and vibrant body of traditions, knowledge, and living expressions… Continue Reading

This Is the Link Between World Heritage and Uzbekistan

This Is the Link Between World Heritage and Uzbekistan

UNESCO is the acronym for United Nations Educational Scientific and Cultural Organization and the organization periodically composes a World Heritage List of historical sites throughout the world. For a site to be designated as a UNESCO World Heritage Site, there are ten selection criteria and least one must be met. These criteria are explained in… Continue Reading

What You Need to Know about Intangible Cultural Heritage

What You Need to Know about Intangible Cultural Heritage

Although the idea of cultural heritage is most often illustrated by examples of monuments, archaeological sites, and art, it’s important to realize that there’s much more to cultural heritage than concrete objects we can see and touch. Cultural heritage also includes traditions, knowledge, and living expressions that are passed on from generation to generation. These… Continue Reading

Spotlight on Uzbekistan’s Most Popular Theaters

Spotlight on Uzbekistan’s Most Popular Theaters

The theater scene in Uzbekistan is a rich mix of performing arts forms indigenous to Central Asia (including classical and folk traditions), and Western or European performance disciplines. What makes contemporary Uzbek theatre so exciting is that there is no sharp divide between these two broad traditions; rather, the structure, motifs, and performance techniques of… Continue Reading

A Close Up on the Amazing Art of Lacquer Miniatures

A Close Up on the Amazing Art of Lacquer Miniatures

Like many other traditional arts and crafts, lacquer miniature painting is currently undergoing a dramatic renaissance in Uzbekistan. Renowned for its complexity and detail and its beautifully intricate designs, lacquer painting has deep roots in Uzbekistan that go back many centuries. Read on for some amazing facts on this intricate art form.   The tradition… Continue Reading

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