Alisher Ikramov presenting the atlas at the launching event
Alisher Ikramov presenting the atlas at the launching event ⓒ Uzbekistan National Commission for UNESCO

Atlas of ICH in Uzbekistan Launched

The brochure of intangible cultural heritage (ICH) elements of Uzbekistan—covering elements from the country’s National List of ICH—was published through the financial support of ICHCAP in 2016~17. To have a more detailed presentation of the information on the elements included in the brochure, as well as to cover ICH elements from the Regional Lists, there was an urgent need to publish a more comprehensive book in the form of an atlas. This resulted to the Uzbek–ICHCAP joint project dubbed as “Publishing an ICH Promotional Book”. It was carried out by ICHCAP, the Uzbekistan National Commission for UNESCO, and International Institute for Central Asian Studies(IICAS), in collaboration with the Institute of Art and Culture of the Republic of Uzbekistan.

The project aimed to increase the visibility of ICH found in the territory of the Republic of Uzbekistan, as well as selected relevant ICH elements beyond its borders; to create conditions pertaining to the use of information on ICH for educational purposes; to assist in maintaining Uzbek ICH. In realizing the project, expeditions to different regions of the Republic of Uzbekistan were organized in 2017, covering almost all regions and the Republic of Karakalpakstan. Collected materials spoke about the current state of the target ICH elements to examine how those ICH elements have changed over time, how they are being adapted to real life, how they are distributed or transmitted, and who are bearing them.

The presentation of the promotional book was held on 21 February of 2018, coinciding the International Mother Language Day in Alisher Navoiy National Library of Uzbekistan. National Commission of Uzbekistan invited ICH bearers, experts, researchers of the project, and respective governmental and non-governmental organizations. Moreover, the following officials took part in the presentation of the book: Mr. Badarch Dendev , Acting Head of the UNESCO Office in Tashkent; Mr. Dmitriy Voyakin, Director of IICAS; Mr. Mosud Mannan, the Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the People’s Republic of Bangladesh; Mr. Alisher Ikramov, Secretary-General of the National Commission of the Republic of Uzbekistan for UNESCO; and Ms. Umida Teshaboyeva, Deputy Director of Alisher Navoiy National Library of Uzbekistan. The event was also attended by representatives of Korean and other embassies. The curators of this project were able to produce 500 copies of an atlas (in English) chiefly exploring Uzbek ICH and 1,000 copies (in Uzbek). Downloads are available on ICHCAP’s website.

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