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“Sharq taronalari” International Music Festival

Address by the President of the Republic of Uzbekistan H.E. Mr. Shavkat Mirziyoyev at the Opening Ceremony of the Eleventh «Sharq Taronalari» International Music Festival

Assalomu alaykum, dear guests!

Dear participants of the festival!

Ladies and gentlemen!

Above all, allow me to sincerely welcome you on the ancient and beautiful land of Uzbekistan, in the sublime city of Samarkand.

I congratulate all of you from the bottom of my heart on the solemn opening of «Sharq Taronalari» International Music Festival.

We are especially pleased that such high-ranking guests as the Deputy Secretary-General of the United Nations, Secretary-General of the World Tourism Organization Taleb Rifai, President of the OSCE Parliamentary Assembly Christine Muttonen, Director-General of the Islamic Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization of the Organization of Islamic Conference - ISESCO Abdulaziz Othman Altwaijri are participating at today’s ceremony.

I am also happy to welcome the Director- General of the Research Center For Islamic History, Art and Culture - IRCICA Halit Eren, Regional Executive Secretary for East Asia of the International Organization of Folk Art Moon Hyung Suk, Chairman of the Executive Committee of the Commonwealth of Independent States Sergey Nikolayevich Lebedev, Special Representative of the President of the Russian Federation for the Development of Cultural Ties Mikhail Efimovich Shydkoy, President of the Bukharian Jewish Congress of the USA and Canada Boris Kandov and other distinguished guests and representatives of the diplomatic corps who by showing respect to our people regularly participate in such forums.

Taking this opportunity, allow me to express my profound respect and esteem to all participants of the festival by saying «Welcome to Samarkand! Welcome to our dear Uzbekistan!»

Dear friends!

In today’s extremely complex time, when confrontation and conflicts are aggravating, the role and influence of music art, which is capable of turning millions of people of different languages and religions into friends without any interpreter and strengthening cooperation and accord among them is ever growing.

In this regard, this year’s festival is of special essence and significance and it is being held in the historical period of the twentieth anniversary since its establishment.

On this joyous occasion, with profound gratitude we acknowledge the people who have laid the festival’s foundation, enormously contributed to its prestige on the global level and their unforgettable services.

Speaking about this, above all, we pay homage to the bright memory of the prominent political and state figure, the First President of the Republic of Uzbekistan Islam Abduganievich Karimov. Islam Abduganievich dearly loved and valued «Sharq Taronalari» as much as his native city of Samarkand and its heart - the Registan Square.

In a short period of time the festival gained profound authority for its unique spirit and look, such noble goals and aspirations as strengthening the bonds of friendship among nations, preserving the traditions of music art and developing cultural dialogue.

In this regard, we know well and highly value the commendable contribution of such devoted organizers and participants as you, my dears.

We can speak a lot about a big path traversed by «Sharq Taronalari» festival since 1997, the history of its unique formation and development.

However, in this context I would like to draw your attention to the following figure. If 56 performing artists from 31 countries participated in the festival in 1997, this year 241 skilled singers and musicians from 58 countries are attending the event.

The fact that today «Sharq Taronalari» music festival is recognized as a large international forum of the music world and this name resounds across the world, testifies about the growing prestige and significance of the festival.

Dear participants of the festival!

Standing on this beautiful and unique Registan Square, we are witnessing that Samarkand, which during its 2750 year-long history saw the whole variety of events, is becoming yet more beautiful these days and is turning into the center of the world music art and the real heart of Earth.

It is well-known from historical sources that even six hundred years ago in the time of Amir Temur the skillful musicians and singers from across the globe gathered and held beautiful forums on the land of Samarkand.

And now years and centuries later, the world’s outstanding musicians are gathering in Samarkand again and calling on the world to the unique celebration of art.

We welcome you, our dear guests, as ambassadors of peace and friendship, who express the spiritual world of various nations through music and convey their greetings and kind wishes. We highly value the noble effort of thousands of people of art on the way of countering ignorance with enlightenment, preserving and strengthening high human ideals.

In the course of the festival, my dears, you will be able to showcase the musical heritage of your Motherland and visit our cities and villages, have sincere conversations with our compatriots, make a close acquaintance with the life of Uzbek people, their dreams and aspirations, as well as hospitality.

I am confident that it will widen your impressions about our country and people and be a good source of inspiration for you.

Dear participants of the festival!

I once again congratulate you on today’s festival of art and grace. I wish you a sound health, happiness, best of luck and success to the forum.

Dear friends, today standing on the blessed and generous land of Samarkand, where noble dreams come true, all of us wish for one goal:

Let enlivening melodies resound in all countries of the world!

Let all people in this world always live in harmony and accord!

Let always peace and tranquility be on Earth!

Thank you for your attention.

national airline company Uzbekistan Airways

Training in Real Conditions

Uzbekistan Airways national airline company has launched a new device, a full-flight-simulator (FFS) for Boeing 767.

The presentation of the new equipment took place in the NAC training center. According to the Director General Valery Tian, FFS Boeing 767 is the latest product of the Canadian Aviation Electronics (SAE), equipped with the cutting edge computer software, visualization and mobility systems.

“The new simulator allows going through specific flight situations both in the air and on the ground. Developed in line with international industry standards for high-quality imaging, the visualization system allows calculating complicated and effective visual scenes in nonstandard situations, and the embedded airport database allows flying to anywhere in the world,” noted Tian.

The new simulator is the exact copy of the Boeing 767 cabin. Weighting almost 13 tons, it is installed on a mobile platform with six freedom degrees. It was supplied by SAE this April. Installation, adjustment of software and training equipment was provided by the manufacturer. Testing and acceptance of the simulator by NAC instructor pilots was followed by certification of the State Avia Surveillance of Uzbekistan. An operation certificate was issued based on the results of the qualification assessment.

As a technical support for the new simulator, the Canadian specialists trained 11 Uzbekistan Airways engineers at the NAC Training Center. They received permits for its self-service.

According to experts, the technical outfit of the NAC simulator complex allows training not just its own flight crew, but also offer training services for pilots of foreign airlines.

Presently, the NAC simulator complex operates full-flight simulators Il-114-100 and A320, allowing the flight crew training in optimally real conditions. The commissioning of the FFS Boeing 767 has created a platform for training and retraining pilots for Boeing 767 aircraft without involving foreign training centers.

(Source: «Uzbekistan Today» newspaper)


Programmed Development

The President of Uzbekistan has approved a Program of Priority Measures on Tourism Development for 2018-2019.

The key objectives of the document include streamlining of regulatory and legal documents, development of international cooperation, ensuring of affordability of traveling to Uzbekistan, development of appropriate infrastructure in all regions, creation of new facilities in this area, as well as promotion of national tourism products in the domestic and foreign markets.

For example, the program provides for the construction of recreation areas in Khanabad of Andijan region, five new modern recreation areas on the shores of the Aidar-Arnasoy lakes in the Farish and Arnasay districts of the Jizzakh region, four-star hotels in Shahrisabz and Karshi, and a hotel complex in the Chimgan mountain range.

Perhaps, for the first time ever, it is planned to pay attention to the organization of a full-fledged beach holiday in Navoi region on the southern shores of the Tudakul Lake for domestic tourism, and on the shores of the Aidarkul Lake for foreign tourists.

The creation of tourist cluster zones similar to those that are currently being built in Samarkand and Bukhara promises to turn massive. Such tourist zones will appear in Tashkent, Urgench and Ferghana, as well as in the Bostanlyk district of the metropolitan region.

It is also planned to raise the level of the proposed tourist product. For this purpose, there are plans afoot to intensify drawing of foreign investments in the future tourist zones and mountain tourist clusters, as well as leading hotel brands in the construction of new hotels, or transfer certain domestic hotel facilities to their management.

Certain preferences are granted to the industry players. For instance, it is envisaged to introduce a practice of allocating loans to entrepreneurs for up to 15 years for the construction of new and upgrade of existing hotels and other objects of tourist infrastructure. At the same time, banks will have to provide businesses with flexible loan and interest repayment terms, taking into account the capital intensity and seasonal congestion of hotels.

In addition, the head of state released hotels from single social payment, and the income of qualified foreign specialists who are invited as hotel management personnel will be released from personal income tax by January 1, 2022.

Shavkat Mirziyoyev also assigned to take the measures needed to dramatically increase the number of ATMs in airports, railway stations, hotels and other tourist facilities that are connected to international payment systems, as well as create additional amenities for business entities when accepting payments in foreign currency, including the introduction of electronic contactless payments.

In addition, Uzbekistan intends to simplify visa procedures for certain foreign states as of January 1, 2018. To implement this task, it is envisaged to create a permanent working group that would be responsible for the development of measures on gradual simplification of visa and registration procedures for foreign citizens with an eye to the dynamics of development of bilateral relations with those countries, and structure of the world tourism market.

In particular, by the end of September, the working group should prepare a list of the countries, whose citizens are subject to simplified visa regime as of January 1, 2018, as well as a list of the states whose residents will be offered targeted pilgrimage (ziyorat) programs.

Concerned ministries and departments should also intensify work to attract tourists from Malaysia, Indonesia and other countries in pilgrimage tourism to holy places in Uzbekistan, hold advertising campaigns and address logistics issues, including the organization of charter flights.

(Source: «Uzbekistan Today» newspaper)


Uzbekistan: The Palette of Changes

The history of development of culture and art knows no such precedent: in less than a month, the President approved the whole range of decrees and resolutions that address pressing problems in the development of music, cinema, fine and applied arts.

The meeting of the head of state Shavkat Mirziyoyev with representatives of the country's creative intelligentsia on August 3 in Tashkent was the launching pad of all the processes. It was a detailed exchange of views on relevant issues of the development of national culture, literature and art, ways to address important challenges of creative unions and state organizations.

Summing up results, setting priorities

A range of big ongoing projects are called to revive and study the rich cultural heritage of our people. In particular, the establishment of a Center of Islamic Culture in Uzbekistan is currently underway in Tashkent, and Imam Bukhari International Research Center is being built in Samarkand. The Cultural Heritage Research Center of Uzbekistan abroad and the Center for New History of Uzbekistan are currently in the process of establishment. Many initiatives are aimed at raising the culture of reading, development of culture and art centers, establishment of creative schools and centers in the regions, which will be named after our prominent figures of literature and art.

It is worth to mention that the first Shavkat Mirziyoyev’s resolutions were also connected with the development of culture: the ministry that managed two different sectors was divided into two departments: the State Committee for Physical Culture and Sports, and the Ministry of Culture. The separation was caused by the need to pay more attention to the development of each of the sectors.

The resolution of allocation of a separate building for the Ministry of Culture was an important step. Very soon the major cultural agency will move to a historic building in the heart of the capital. Neighboring the Central Bank and the Ministry of Foreign Trade, it will be a think-tank for the development of one of the most diverse areas of our society's life.

The meeting was the starting point for a new stage in the development of the cultural sector of society. In his report, Shavkat Mirziyoyev, along with development processes of our culture and art and positive trends in this field, critically and impartially assessed some negative phenomena, their impact on the life of society, pointing out to the urgent problems and ways of their solution, deeply analyzed the performance of creative unions, the Ministry of Culture and its subordinate associations and organizations, expressed important and relevant views on their role and mission.

The President criticized the inefficient role and influence of creative unions and government agencies in this area, as they should coordinate creative processes, fully support artists, while the activity of cultural organizations lags behind the requirements of the time, demonstrating the come-and-go style, show-off performance, inertia and indifference.

Crucially, all the decisions mentioned at the meeting were not procrastinated.

Source of inspiration

One of the key and painful points in the development of cultural sector comes to the creation of material conditions for creativity, a worthy reward for the work of representatives of creative professions. Assignment of sponsors for creativity organizations from among the leading banks and industrial organizations was an important step. Meanwhile, on behalf of the newly created public fund with a very symbolic name ‘Ilhom’ (Inspiration), which will accumulate and channel funds for the development of culture, art and journalism in Uzbekistan, it is planned to carry out large-scale programs and projects. It is noteworthy that main revenues of the fund will come from budgetary funds (subsidies) allocated to finance labor costs for employees of the territorial branches of the Composers' Union, the Creative Association of Artists, the Union of Theater Workers and the Creative Union of Journalists of Uzbekistan.

It is expected that the revenues will come from leasing of houses of creativity that are transferred to the fund, and temporary accommodation of free funds. The inflows of charitable funds of legal entities and individuals, as well as from other sources not prohibited by law, are also expected.

The fund will finance the expenses related to the content and activities of the Union of Composers, the Creative Association of Artists, the Union of Theatrical Figures and the Creative Union of Journalists of Uzbekistan, provide targeted financial assistance to veterans of culture for their contribution in the development. Its pivotal missions include the consistent strengthening of logistical capacity of the institutions it is financing, management of real estate in its charge, targeted and effective use of private funds in the implementation of statutory tasks.

Task number one

Meanwhile, the upbringing of a new generation of representatives of the creative intelligentsia remains among the key objectives. In this context, the development of a system of staff training for the cultural sector remains the most important direction.

The campus of the State Institute of Culture and Arts of Uzbekistan was built in the capital several years ago. This year, it was decided to expand the network of its branches. A Fergana branch will now work in Kokand along with the Nukus branch. That would contribute to the preservation and development of the entire diversity of national art.

These days have marked the launch of large-scale transformations in the State Conservatory. According to its Rector Bakhtiyor Sayfullaev, it is planned to take scaled and integrated measures to further improve the quality of educating musicians.

It is symbolic that the State Conservatoire will move to the building of the Republican Commodity Exchange, which was originally a concert hall. After reconstruction, the building will again serve its initial purposes. This suggests that the dream of musicians about a modern concert hall will come true.

Creative associations will actively assist universities in education and training of young specialists.

Music will play

The establishment of the People's Artist's Club, headed by the legendary Farrukh Zakirov, is widely discussed these days. President Shavkat Mirziyoyev came up with this initiative at a meeting with representatives of the creative intelligentsia.

"We are to work with creative youth, that is, to advise on how to behave on the stage, how to dress, how to talk, what songs to perform," said Farrukh Zakirov. “In a word, we must preserve the spirit of high-moral art inherent in our performance culture.”

A few days earlier, the President Shavkat Mirziyoyev signed a decree ‘On organization of activity of the Union of Composers and Bastakors (Melodists) of Uzbekistan’.

“With an eye to aesthetic needs of our people, it is sensible to pay close attention to expansion of opportunities and conditions for effective work of young composers, bastakors, music historians, and all performers in creation of highly artistic works in the contemporary spirit, big musical works, in the development of classical genres like opera, symphony, concert and oratorio,” noted the Chairman of the Union of Composers and Bastakors Rustam Abdullayev. “The Union should focus on the issues of active involvement in the cultural and public life of the country, preservation of national and universal values, the improvement of education, establishment of close cooperation with government bodies, NGOs, creative unions and others.”

The head of the union pointed out to the fact that the resolution stressed the need to expand international cultural and musical cooperation, build mutual exchange of experience with well-known foreign composers and musicologists in order to regularly advance the skills of young composers, melodists and music historians, organize concerts and festivals at a high level, creative evenings and other cultural, educational mass events aimed at stimulation of creativity of composers and bastakors.

The fact that the Decree provides for the creation of conditions for creative activity, recreation and health improvement of Union members is another important aspect. It is planned to locate the territorial branches of the Union by the Council of Ministers of the Republic of Karakalpakstan, regional and Tashkent municipalities, as well as to provide active composers, melodists and musicologists, Union members, with affordable housing on the basis of preferential mortgage loans.

The initiative of the joint-stock commercial bank Asakabank on the management of the Friends Club of the Union of Composers and Bastakors (Melodists) of Uzbekistan was approved. It provides for sponsorship in repairing the UCB building in Tashkent, strengthening its logistical, creation of an electronic archive and specialized music library of outstanding works, records studio and a Musiqa Ijodkorlari Museum.

Rustam Abdullayev called the need to pay close attention to the broad advocacy of the creativity of composers and bastakors (melodists), strengthen cooperation with known foreign figures of art, hold international and republican music festivals, stimulate young creative workers, and organize competitions in various genres of musical art among the key development thrusts at the present stage.

Focus on artists

By the Decree, the head of state approved the ‘Program of Measures on the Development and Further Improvement of the Activity of the Academy of Arts of Uzbekistan for 2017-2021’, and the composition of the republican commission for its implementation.

“The issues that are important for the cultural life of the country will be assigned a special part. In particular, aiming at the further development of fine and applied arts of Uzbekistan, it is planned to build the integrated creative cooperation and exchange best practices with the world’s foremost art academies, educational institutions and related organizations, cultural figures and art masters," said Akmal Nuritdinov, Chairman of the Academy of Arts . “In particular, it is envisaged to build the building of the Academy of Arts of Uzbekistan on the territory of the Kamoliddin Behzod National Institute of Arts and Design.”

The measures on coordination of activities of the Creative Union of Artists envisage strengthening of the logistical capacity of the organizations within the system of the Academy of Arts of Uzbekistan, development of rich cultural heritage of our people, and traditions of fine and applied arts and design.

The intention to stimulate the figures of fine and applied art, design, develop children's art, organize primary art education for specialized boarding schools of arts and secondary specialized educational institutions of the Academy of Arts of Uzbekistan is another important aspect of the document.

The Decree also focuses toward streamlining the activities of educational institutions of the Academy of Arts of Uzbekistan system in line with foreign practices in an effort to educate highly qualified specialists in fine and applied art, design and folk handicrafts, strengthen international creative and scientific ties, and bring the progress of national art to the world community through active initiation of exhibitions in Uzbekistan and abroad, conduct of conferences, biennale and other activities.

Akmal Nuritdinov pointed out to the acceptance of the proposal of the Academy of Arts of Uzbekistan, Ministry of Culture and Academy of Sciences on the constant replenishment of the country’s museum stock with works of fine and applied art that have been created in the years of independence and are of high artistic value, assessment of their cost based on their material value, as one of key moments of the new program. According to him, that would allow depicting the contemporary state of fine and applied art in museum collections.

Akmal Nuritdinov drew attention to the introduction as of January 1, 2018 of a system of monthly allowance of four times the minimum wage to active members of the Academy of Arts of Uzbekistan that is not taxed on personal income, as a significant state support for artists.

The domestic cinema

Another resolution of the head of state is aimed at renovation of the structure of the central board of Uzbekkino National Agency and its regional branches (including Korakalpokkino Agency), as well as the Creative Union of Cinematographers of Uzbekistan under Uzbekkino.

Uzbekkino Agency Director Furkat Zakirov singles out an increase in the film production among the most anticipated outcomes. Uzbekkino is assigned with estimated indicators of national film production are established by the state order. In particular, as of 2020, Uzbekistan will produce 30 full-length feature films, 30 parts of documentary, popular science, educational and methodical films, anthology films and film magazines out of 60, 50 cartoons. The production of short films created by young filmmakers in a total volume of ten hours and children's humorous film magazines, as well as rehabilitation, restoration and copying of the best works of national cinematography in modern format will be brought to the proper level.

As part of promotion of the films produced on the basis of state orders in the global market and their demonstration at festivals, they will be provided with subtitles and duplicated in foreign languages.

“The National Cinematography Development Fund is being established for the development of the national cinema and support of young cinematographers at Uzbekkino,” emphasized Furkat Zakirov. “It will be funded through the distribution of films released under state orders and through the private assets of the Fund, mandatory ten percent deductions of the funds coming from commercial ads shown during the screening of such films, income from the placement of temporary free funds in the form of bank deposits and other forms, from the conduct of film and other cultural and social events, as well as charity funds, and others.”

The resolution approves the opening of regional cultural and entertainment complexes under Uzbekkino, which run small film studios and new format cinemas in Karakalpakstan and regions on the platform of youth centers, cultural and leisure facilities of the country, lyceum and college buildings.

As of next year, it is planned to invest the Fund’s assets in the conduct of staff training and retraining courses in cinematography at Uzbekkino, as well as skill academies involving famous filmmakers. Besides, there are plans afoot to organize training of young, talented and promising filmmakers in foreign educational institutions.

(Source: «Uzbekistan Today» newspaper)


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