Asrlar Sadosi Festival
Asrlar Sadosi (echo of centuries) is an annual festival celebrating folk traditions, crafts, national foods, and music, held in various cities around Uzbekistan. Asrlar Sadosi is usually held across two days in May, and features songs, dances, games, and contests. Thousands of performers, craftsmen, athletes, musicians, cooks, and visitors come from around Uzbekistan and the world to experience Asrlar Sadosi.
For two days, the streets turn into a huge bazaar, where you can buy silk fabrics, thick carpets, fragrant spices, intricate pottery, golden plov, juicy kebabs, delicate samsa, and crisp yet tender bread - the traditional lepyoshka. Don’t miss performances by folk musicians, tightrope walkers, puppet masters, and more.
The main organizer of Asrlar Sadosi (“echo of centuries”) is the Fund Forum of Culture and Arts of Uzbekistan, and since 2009, the festival has been organized with assistance from UNESCO. The first festival was held in 2008 near Shakhrisabz, and each year, the festival moves to a different location (past locations include Tashkent, Khiva, Bukhara, Navoi Region and Toprak-Kala).
The organizers of Asrlar Sadosi also hold round-table discussions, seminars and workshops on topics such as ecology, cultural heritage, and development, bringing together international experts, academics and guests. The second day of Asrlar Sadosi is a large concert for spectators and participants of groups from around Uzbekistan.