From 12 to 18 August 2018, the First International Forum of Ancient Cities was held in Ryazan, Russian Federation, which united the ancient cities of the world under 500.

The International Forum of Ancient Cities was organized by the Government of the Ryazan Region, the Ministry of Culture and Tourism of the Ryazan Region and the International Ethno-Gastronomic Center (Moscow) with the support of the United Nations World Tourism Organization (UNWTO).

Delegations from 15 cities from 9 foreign countries, 7 cities from the CIS, 18 cities from 8 regions of Russia presented their culture, traditions and achievements.

All days of the forum turned out to be rich in events, and Uzbekistan at this holiday was presented brighter and more colorful than all. An entire delegation of scientists and masters of ancient crafts arrived from ancient Bukhara.

The forum was opened by the scientific-practical conference “Historical and cultural heritage – the guarantor of sustainable development of ancient cities”, which was attended by the governor of the Ryazan region Nikolai Lyubimov. At the meeting of the international conference in the framework of the Forum of ancient cities, participants discussed the problems of archeology, restoration and conservation of architecture.

On August 15, a meeting of Uzbek craftsman Alisher Narzullaev (Bukhara, Uzbekistan) with Russian masters of pottery took place in the workshop of a modern urban toy. Craftsmen conducted master classes, revealing the main secrets of their folk artistic traditions of applied art.

On August 16, the Embassies of ancient cities were opened on the days of the Forum in Ryazan. The Embassies of Ancient Bukhara and Tashkent were represented from Uzbekistan. Colorful and charismatic Bukharians in rich gold-embroidered outfits greeted the guests with bright oriental motifs of playing doira, a favorite musical instrument of the Uzbek people.

On the same day, several hours earlier, in the Ceremonial Hall of the regional Ryazan Duma an official meeting was held with the governor of the Ryazan Region N.V. Lyubimov. By the evening, delegates participating in the first International Forum of Ancient Cities were invited to the banquet hall of the government of the Ryazan Region. The Ambassador of the Republic of Uzbekistan in the Russian Federation Bahrom Ashrafkhanov made a presentation at the meeting in the framework of the Forum on the subject “Ancient traditions of hospitality of Uzbekistan and modern tourism” At the event, the guests were shown a video about gastronomic tourism in Uzbekistan.

At the end of the meeting, representatives of Bukhara presented  the head of the region a welcome letter and a souvenir from the hokim of Bukhara K. Kamalov.

Every day of Forum at the exhibition grounds of the “Old City” hotel complex works of Uzbek artists and representatives of folk applied art were exhibited. The works of the young artist Onahon Khaliyarova and the ceramist Alisher Narzullaev, hereditary potter of the seventh generation, representing the school of Gijduvan ceramics of art of Uzbekistan were presented to public.

On the same evening of August 16, the open area in front of the Old Town hotel complex turned into a dance zone – waltz, Berlin and Andijan polka dances, a Romanesque with Bulgarian character and Russian round dance, passionate Spanish flamenco and Greek Sirtaki danced here. “Andijan Polka” has long been known to Russians, and therefore they are always happy to participate in such national flashmobs.

On August 17, as part of the gastronomic program, a gala dinner “Cuisines of the World” was held at the hotel complex “Old Town”. The Uzbek cuisine was represented by the chef of the Embassy of the Republic of Uzbekistan in Russia Dilmurad Ismatov, and the soloists of the Ryazan musical group of Uzbek origin “Vse svoi” (All own) represented the support group.

Guests were treated with festive pilaf, fresh achuk-chuk salad and oriental sweets. During the master class conducted by the Uzbek chef, Uzbek motifs were performed on the main stage by the soloist of the group “Vse svoi” IhtiandrnKadirov, and the dancers of the national ensemble Bahor pushed the audience with their charming dances.


On the final day of the First International Forum through the streets of Ryazan, a festive, costumed procession of ancient cities took place. Uzbek students from some Russian universities participated in the festive parade. The final note of the international forum was the final gala concert with the participation of Russian pop stars.

Photos and materials provided by the Uzbek National Cultural Center “Almaz” in the city of Ryazan, as well as the Embassy of the Republic of Uzbekistan in the Russian Federation


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