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Nurturing the democratic debate.  
20-05-2005 9:00 am A Festival on Cultural Diversity and Dialogue in Central Asia featuring, films, concerts, arts and crafts exhibitions, and a round table debate will take place at UNESCO Headquarters from May 24 through June 1.
The festival celebrates cultural diversity and dialogue, which are the hallmark of Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Mongolia, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, Uzbekistan, situated on the ancient Silk Road between East and West, home to peoples of different cultures, religions and life-styles.

The event is organized within the framework of World Day for Cultural Diversity for Dialogue and Development (May 21). It also coincides with the third session of the meeting of intergovernmental experts on the Preliminary Draft Convention on the Protection of the Diversity of Cultural Contents and Expression, at UNESCO.

Central Asian handicraft exhibition will be held in the Miro Hall throughout the festival. Other national exhibitions will feature photographs, paintings and artefacts from museum collections, alongside contemporary art works. The exhibitions will be opened by the Director-General of UNESCO on May 24 (6 p.m.). A slide show, music and dance performances, as well as a fashion show, will follow at 6.15 p.m. The show will be repeated at 8 p.m., May 25.

At 6 p.m. on May 25, there will be a programme devoted to the cinema of Kyrgyzstan. At 7 p.m. on every evening till June 1, films from Tajikistan, Uzbekistan, Kazakhstan, Mongolia, and Turkmenistan will be screened at UNESCO’s cinema theatre.

A round table debate (May 26, from 9.30 a.m. to 6 p.m.) will focus on the following themes: 1. Culture as a tool for the promotion of dialogue, peace and socio -economic development in Central Asia; National Cultural Policies in Central Asia and Globalization; UNESCO’s catalyst role in Central Asia – cultural projects.

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