Category Archives: Uzbekistan

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

Spotlight on the Amazing Life of Uzbek Dancer Tamara Khanum

Spotlight on the Amazing Life of Uzbek Dancer Tamara Khanum

One of Uzbekistan’s most inspiring national icons, dancer Tamara Khanum was a hugely influential artist and a pioneering force in bringing Uzbek dance and culture to the world stage. Here’s what you need to know about her extraordinary life and legacy.   She lived through a period of incredible change in Uzbekistan. Tamara Khanum was… Continue Reading

8 Things You Need to Know about Uzbek Weddings

8 Things You Need to Know about Uzbek Weddings

The celebration of major family events is a vitally important part of Uzbek culture, and perhaps no event is more important, or more lavishly celebrated, than a wedding. A social milestone that families begin planning for as soon as a child is born, a traditional Uzbek wedding is an impressive and elaborate affair that draws… Continue Reading

Uzbekistan and UNESCO – A Look at 10 Years of Big Achievements

Uzbekistan and UNESCO – A Look at 10 Years of Big Achievements

Established in 2008, the Permanent Delegation of Uzbekistan to UNESCO has spent the past decade working to promote Uzbek culture, heritage, and civil society within the context of this important international entity. This paves the way for more inter-cultural dialogue and broader cultural awareness among UNESCO’s delegate nations. Read on for a look back at… Continue Reading

Spotlight – An Important Stolen Artifact Returns to Uzbekistan

Spotlight – An Important Stolen Artifact Returns to Uzbekistan

When a decorative calligraphic tile from a sacred medieval monument in Bukhara went missing in 2014, Uzbek historians and scholars were certain that it was lost forever. No one could have predicted that the tile would surface three years later in a London art gallery or that its eventual return to Uzbekistan would be coordinated… Continue Reading

8 Museums in Uzbekistan You Need to Visit

8 Museums in Uzbekistan You Need to Visit

Aside from Uzbekistan’s rich collection of mosques, monuments, historic buildings, and World Heritage Sites, did you know that it is home to more than 100 museums? Whether you’re a fan of Central Asian flora and fauna, a student of Soviet history, or an enthusiast of classical Islamic architecture, Uzbekistan’s museums offer something for everyone. Read… Continue Reading

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