Dear participants and guests of the festival, all the fans of traditional art!

We welcome all lovers of traditional world music on the official website of the International Music Festival "Sharq taronalari"!

The festival possessing wide popularity today has been held since 1997 by the initiative of the President of the Republic of Uzbekistan Islam Karimov and under the patronage of UNESCO.
“Sharq taronalari” takes place biennially under the support of the Ministry of Culture and Sports Affairs of Uzbekistan, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Uzbekistan, National Television Broadcasting Company of Uzbekistan, Pop music union “Uzbeknavo”, the Union of Composers of Uzbekistan, and Samarkand regional government.

The main goals and objectives of the festival are: wide popularization, preservation and development of the best achievements of traditional music, education of the young generation in the spirit of continuing national traditions and further expanding its international creative communications.

The program of "Sharq taronalari" festival includes contest of traditional music performers from different countries, as well as scientific and practical conference with musicologists, composers and performers.

A rich program of "Sharq taronalari" representing the diversity of traditional musical cultures of the world is becoming more and more significant event not only for Uzbekistan or Central Asia, but for the participating countries of the whole world.

Chronology of the International Music Festival "Sharq Taronalari":

1st IMF “Sharq taronalari” - 1997
2nd IMF “Sharq taronalari” - 1999
3rd IMF “Sharq taronalari” - 2001
4th IMF “Sharq taronalari”- 2003
5th IMF “Sharq taronalari”- 2005
6th IMF “Sharq taronalari” - 2007
7th IMF “Sharq taronalari” - 2009
8th IMF “Sharq taronalari” - 2011

9th IMF “Sharq taronalari” - 2013


Festival history

Samarkand which is included into the World Heritage List of UNESCO can doubtlessly be called as the "Pearl of the East". Standing on the crossroad of the Great Silk Road, it took and preserved until present times the culture, art and unique architecture of the ancient world civilizations.

Historical monuments of Samarkand impress contemporaries by their beauty and greatness.

On one of these unique monuments of architecture - Registan square - every biennium between 25th and 30st of August International Music Festival "Sharq Taronalari" ("Melodies of Orient") is held on regularly organized under the patronage of UNESCO.

International Music Festival "Sharq Taronalari" ("Melodies of Orient") is one of the biggest festivals in Central Asia. The main aims and objectives of the festival are to popularize widely the best achievements of national music art, to preserve and develop great traditions of people, to encourage talents in musical and vocal sphere, as well as to spread in further international creative ties, to strengthen cultural-spiritual cooperation, to praise peace, friendship and ideas of mutual sympathetic.

The first International Music Festival "Sharq Taronalari" ("Melodies of Orient") took place in 1997 at which participated musical groups and performers from 31 different countries. Today it became one of the most popular and famous festivals not only in Central Asia but also abroad. The bright evidence to this is that year after year not only the number and the artistic level of participants are increasing, but also geographical range of participating countries is widened.

Thus, at the 7th International Music Festival "Sharq Taronalari" that was held on in 2009, participants from more then 50 countries attended the event.

It became a good tradition to undertake international scientific conferences, devoted to particular aspects of music, at which participate scientists and scholars from all over the world.

Each Festival, that was held on in Samarkand is unique and exclusive.

Chronology of International Music Festival "Sharq Taronalari"

1-й IMF "Sharq Taronalari" - 1997 год

2-й IMF "Sharq Taronalari" - 1999 год

3-й IMF "Sharq Taronalari" - 2001 год

4-й IMF "Sharq Taronalari" - 2003 год

5-й IMF "Sharq Taronalari" - 2005 год

6-й IMF "Sharq Taronalari" - 2007 год

7-й IMF "Sharq Taronalari" - 2009 год

8-й IMF "Sharq Taronalari" - 2011 год



Regulation of the International Music Festival
"Sharq Taronalari" ("Melodies of Orient")
August 25-30, 2015 Samarkand city, Uzbekistan


Main Goals and Objectives

- popularization the best achievements of national music arts;
- preservation and development great folklore traditions;
- bring up young generation to love excellence;
- further expansion of international relations in the field of art, glorifying the ideas of peace, friendship, mutual understanding;
- further strengthening of mutual cultural and spiritual cooperation.

Organizers of the Festival

Ministry of Cultural and Sports Affairs of the Republic of Uzbekistan;
Samarkand Regional Municipality.
Concert Association "UZBEKNAVO";
National Television and Radio Company of Uzbekistan;
Union of Composers of Uzbekistan;


Festival Arrangements

Competition on the best performance of a national song and instrumental music;
Scientific - theoretical conference;
Сoncert programs at gardens, halls and other venues of Samarkand city;
Awarding Ceremony and Gala-Concert.
Excursion for participants of the Festival on sights of Samarkand city.

The music groups or solo singer and musicians may participate in the festival competition. The group from each country should contain up to 6 people. All expenses in Uzbekistan (accommodation, food and local transportation) will be covered by the Festival Directorate. Double room accommodations in hotels will be provided (upon the participants request single rooms may be provided for additional payment).

Other performers-participants are also welcome at their own expenses.


“Best Performance of a National Song and Instrumental Music” Competition

Professional and amateur art groups, as well as soloists may take part in the competition.

The music program should include the following directions:

- Folk musical arts (music or song);
- Traditional classic music;
- Modern national music songs and instrumental music.

The following materials are to be submitted by the applicant till April 1, 2015 to the Organizing Committee to e-mail addressinfo@sharqtaronalari.uz

 -         Festival Application Form (Application Form in WORD format);

-         Video and audio materials;

-         Information about the art group or soloist (not exceeding 300 words);

-         Photos of art group or a performer (for publications).

Total duration of the music program should not exceed 15 minutes.

The Festival Selection Committee will give feedback on the received applications by April 15, 2015.

Every participant must bring their national flag (size 1m x 2m).


International Jury

The International Jury will be formed to judge the competition.
The bright national characteristics, pithiness, high level of performing skill of singers, the Oriental dressing and artistic skills on the stage are the main criteria of the evaluation of jury.

The Organizing Committee is not responsible for the grades or awards given by the Jury members to the festival participants.


The following awards are established by the Festival Organizing Committee for the winners of the Competition.

  • Grand Prix -US$10,000
  • The first prize (2) - US $ 7,000 for each
  • The second prize (2) - US$ 5,000 for each
  • The third prize (2) - US$ 3,000 for each

Art Associations, Funds, International and other organizations may establish their own special prizes. 

All participants of the Competition will be awarded with special diplomas.


Organizer's Rights

  1. The exclusive right to broadcast or permit others to broadcast the performance of the festival events.
  2. The exclusive right to produce and distribute (without paying any fees to participants and guests of the festival) all types of festival audio and video materials of the festival participants, printed and other kind of products produced during the festival events and its follow-up.
  3. The exclusive right to use for promotional purposes some of the subsidiary materials sent by applicants to the Festival Directorate.
  4. Requesting from every participant to have his/her own medical insurance policies.



Above the Festival will be organised International Scientific and Theoretical Conference.

Theme of conferance: "Community of Musical Culture of Peoples of the Orient"

The Conference Participants should present texts of reports or detailed theses (not less than 300 words) and other materials in advance to the Festival Directorate by June 1, 2015 to e-mail address conference@sharqtaronalari.uz.

The Festival Selection Committee will give feedback on the topics presented for the Conference by June 15, 2015.

The working languages of the conference are Uzbek, English and Russian.

Address of organizing committee:
100022, Str. Hamza Umarov 8-B, Yakkasaroy dist. Tashkent, Republic of Uzbekistan,

Ministry of Cultural and Sports Affairs,
Directorate of the International Music Festival "Sharq Taronalari".

Tel.: (998 71) 2506133, (998 95) 1442545

Website: www.sharqtaronalari.uz
E-mail: info@sharqtaronalari.uz

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