The following article and pictures were provided by the Embassy of Uzbekistan in Seoul for publication by The Korea Post media, publisher of 3 English and 2 Korean-language news publications since 1985.—Ed.
On March 21-22, 2022, as part of the events dedicated to the 30th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations between Uzbekistan and South Korea, as well as on the occasion of Navruz, the “Uzbekistan Culture Festival,” was held in one of the South Korean cities, Daegu.
The event was organized with the support of the Center for Silk Road and Central Asian Studies at Keimyung University in cooperation with the Embassy of Uzbekistan in Seoul, the Representative Office of the World Youth Association of Uzbekistan in the Republic of Korea and our compatriots abroad.
The event was attended by the leadership of Keimyung University, Uzbek and foreign students studying at this university, figures from culture and art industries, journalists, as well as representatives of other nationalities who are interested in Uzbek culture.
Speaking at the opening ceremony, representatives of Keimyung University and embassy staff noted that Navruz is a holiday that embodies the national values of the Uzbek people, and today's cultural events are a good opportunity for Korean youth to learn about Uzbekistan better.
As part of the festival, the embassy also organized a large exhibition dedicated to the history, cultural traditions, art, tourism potential of the country and friendly relations between the two countries. Colorful photo and video materials were also presented, portraying the rich cultural heritage of Uzbekistan, ancient architectural monuments in the center of cities listed by UNESCO, such as Samarkand, Bukhara, Khiva, modern entertainment centers, traditions, national cuisine, art and culture of the Uzbek people.
The participants were treated with delicious spring dishes prepared by our compatriots - “kuk somsa”, “kuk chuchvara”, sumalak, as well as the charm of the Uzbek national cuisine - pilaf.
As part of the event, a concert program was also organized, reflecting the Uzbek national art and culture. An unforgettable impression on the guests was made by Uzbek national songs and dances performed by our compatriots living in South Korea.
At the festival, national movies "Tengiz", "Two thousand songs of Farida", "Colorless dreams" and "Hot bread" by Uzbek directors were also screened.