Sharq Taronalari International Music Festival
Sharq Taronalari is one of the largest musical and cultural festivals in Central Asia. Held every two years in Samarkand’s Registan Square since 1997, this festival brings together the most talented singers, dancers, and musicians to celebrate art from around the world. Sharq Taronalari is recognized in the UNESCO International Cultural Events list, and is a popular event for those looking to learn more about Uzbekistan and its heritage.
Registan is the jewel of Amir Timur’s capital, the center of a city that attracted the brightest minds of the time. Scientists, artists, architects and poets each contributed to this legendary city, making it one of the main stops on the Silk Road and a center of learning in Asia.
Centuries later, Samarkand has once again become the center of world culture, with performers representing their home nations and cultures at this international festival. Sharq Taronalari (“melodies of the east”) is held on an open-air stage equipped with the latest in lighting and sound, surrounded by medieval monuments. Aside from performances, there are also exhibitions and conferences, held for the participants, guests, and media.
Make sure to visit the exhibitions of traditional Uzbek clothing and musical instruments, and stay for the gala-concert at the end of the festival, where nominees and winners all perform. Sharq Taronalari lasts a whole week, which means there is plenty of time to explore the whole festival. Don’t miss this opportunity to experience Registan in a whole new way, and to turn your trip to Uzbekistan into a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity!