Dashoguz hosted the Friendship Festival of the peoples of Turkmenistan and Uzbekistan from 16 to 17 November. A publicist Mikhail Stolonogov told CentralAsia.news about the cultural event and shared historical facts about the friendly relations between the two nations.
Turkmenistan and Uzbekistan foster dialogue of cultures
The joint festival was very diverse, covering many facets of contemporary art, and allowed getting an idea of the achievements and development trends of national cultures. The scale of the event is illustrated by a great number of foreign guests who arrived in Dashoguz.
A versatile programme was prepared for the participants of the cultural event, which included guided tours to the unique monuments of ancient oriental architecture in the Kunyaurgench State Historical and Cultural Reserve, inscribed on the UNESCO World Heritage List. It also included concerts, performances, film festival, creative meetings and exhibitions.
Foreign guests took an active part in a colourful Turkmen toy, which vividly illustrated the best national traditions of hospitality.
Historical affinities of two peoples
For many centuries, representatives of age-old cultures and civilizations have lived in the ancient lands of Turkmenistan and Uzbekistan. This contributes to building a specific worldview of the two peoples, famous for kindness, peacefulness, openness and breadth and generosity of soul.
For thousands of years, Turkmenistan and Uzbekistan, located on one of the busiest crossroads of the ancient and most important transcontinental trade routes, have contributed to establishing relations between different peoples and states of Asia and Europe. This largely influenced the formation of the unique history of the two peoples, which includes all stages of the evolution of mankind, civilizations, statehood, art, culture and architecture.
The richest historical heritage of the two nations is an impressive part of the treasury of universal cultural values. This, undoubtedly, is an important factor for further development of national cultures and enrichment of the Turkmen-Uzbek dialogue in this area. The peoples of the two states have a huge potential for expanding large-scale bilateral cooperation in mutual interests.