International Festival of Traditional Textile "Atlas Bayrami"

When :

from Tuesday 11 September, 2018
to Sunday 16 September, 2018

Type of event :

Special Event

Where :

Margilan city, Margilan, Uzbekistan

Contact :

The 4th edition of the Festival of Traditional Textile “Atlas Bayrami” (“Celebrating Atlas”) will be held in Margilan, Ferghana valley, from 11 to 15 September 2018. The Festival is organized by the Governor’s Office of the Ferghana Province and the Municipality of the City of Margilan in close cooperation with the Margilan Crafts Development Centre, the UNESCO Office in Tashkent, the National Commission of the Republic of Uzbekistan for UNESCO, the Ministry of Culture of the Republic of Uzbekistan, the “Khunarmand” Crafts Association, the DVV International Branch Office in Uzbekistan, the International Institute of Central Asian Studies (IICAS), the State Committee of the Republic of Uzbekistan for Tourism Development with the support from Ucell, mobile network and communication provider in Uzbekistan, the Law firm Grant Thornton, Oxus Culture as well as informational support from the National Agency of Electronic Mass Media (NAMM) and Media Agency Yangi Fazo Asri.
As noted by Mr Dendev Badarch, the Head of the UNESCO Office in Tashkent: “the main goal of the Festival “Atlas Bayrami” is to safeguard and promote the rich intangible cultural heritage and its transmission to the next generations, as well as support the development of traditional crafts in Uzbekistan. The festival contributes to the improving of the traditional crafts quality and design as well as attracting travellers to discover the region. Besides, the festival is organized to help young people and women acquire new knowledge and skills in traditional crafts, thus giving an opportunity to improve the economic and social well-being of the population.

Moreover, the festival ensures the bringing people closer together, thus providing platform for international cooperation and assistance, development of sustainable tourism in the region and builds greater awareness, especially among young generations, of importance of intangible cultural heritage and its safeguarding”.
Safeguarding, promotion, and development of traditional crafts are important both for Asia and Europe. In this regard, the present Festival will have a wider geographical range: the representative from China, France, Spain, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Mongolia, Russian, Tajikistan and other countries will also join in the festival. The participation of craftspeople, artists, designers and experts from these countries will further enrich the Festival, provide a profounder experience for the ones involved as well as contribute to the general cooperation through culture. It will offer a great possibility to explore a wide variety of traditions, styles, patterns, technics and ideas of the region while providing an opportunity for experts to share their knowledge with the concerned audience.
The colourful programme of the 4th edition of the Festival will start with practical training sessions for young craftspeople and designers on traditional embroidery, felt weaving and fashion design using the traditional textile, as well as entrepreneurship in the field of craftsmanship from 11th to 13th September 2018. About 60 young craftspeople and designers will receive highly qualified training that combines centuries-old and modern knowledge: from traditional patterns, fabrics and natural colors to modern tools for promoting a cultural product, such as the Internet and social networks.
Also, within the framework of the Festival an expert meeting on traditional textile along the Silk Roads will be held within the framework of the UNESCO Interactive Atlas of the Silk Roads project from 12 to 13 September. Leading experts on silk accepted the UNESCO invitation to participate in this meeting.
On 14th and 15th September, during the main days of the festival, the following activities will take place:
- Official Opening Ceremony of the Festival, which also include the certificate awarding of the training participants;
- Official Ceremony of the UNESCO Certificate Awarding to the Margilan Crafts Development Centre on its inscription on the UNESCO Register of Good Safeguarding Practice;
- International Scientific Conference "The Silk Roads as a Phenomena of the Interaction of Eastern and Western Culture: Hangzhou, Margilan, Valencia";
- Official opening of the Exhibition of Traditional Textiles “The Silk Roads: continuing traditions…”;
- Folk festivities, including performances of folk musical groups, folk performance “Askia”, traditional fighting “Kurash”, crafts fair of traditional textiles, rope-walking performance, puppet-show.
Also the festival is honoured with the participation of Ms. Bibi Russell, UNESCO Artist for Peace, a textile and crafts specialist, and world famous craft designer. During 2018 she conducted the training for Uzbek young designers the result of which will be presented within the festival.
The festval will be closed by the gala concert and defile of the leading designers of Uzbekistan and abroad.