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  • Contribution of HE Sheikh Ghassan I. Shaker to the UNESCO project of the Cultural Space of the Boysun District in Uzbekistan

    23-05-2006 8:00 am His Excellency Sheikh Ghassan I. Shaker, UNESCO Goodwill Ambassador, donated US$ 50,000 for the UNESCO project “Cultural Space of the Boysun District in Uzbekistan”. The objective of this project is to protect and promote the local traditional culture of the district of Boysun in Uzbekistan.Boysun-project.jpg

    This project made possible the opening of the Academy of Folk Arts in May 2006 at the community arts centre of Boysun. The purpose of the Academy is to train young dancers and musicians in local folklore traditions.

    Another aspect of the project is the development and the conservation of the traditional architecture of Boysun, which will draw on the assistance of SAMGASI (Samarkand State Architectural and Civil Engineering Institute), as well as the creation of a tourist information centre in Boysun.

    The remaining funds were used to establish a permanent exhibition of crafts and traditional objects in the Museum Centre for Development of Crafts in Boysun.

    Thanks to financial support from His Excellency Sheikh Ghassan I. Shaker, and the Japanese Funds-In-Trust, the European project for the development of the rural economy and UNESCO’s cross cutting theme project for the promotion of indigenous construction technologies, several centres for traditional art opened in Boysun in May 2006, offering training in carpet-weaving, embroidery, wood and metal work and pottery.

    In May 2006, three books were published on the projects in Boysun: The Atlas of Artistic Crafts of Boysun by A. Khakimov (Vol. 1), Traditional Musical Culture of Boysun by R. Abdullaev (Vol. 2) and Masterpieces of Central Asia – Boysun by A. Arapov (Vol. 3).

    His Excellency Sheikh Shaker has also financed two other recent publications. The book Frankincense – Oman’s Gift to the World, written by Julia Highet, is a profound and detailed presentation of the history of this ancient perfume, its trade routes and production sites in Oman, which were inscribed on the UNESCO World Heritage List in 2000 under the title “Land of Frankincense”. His Excellency Sheikh Shaker also supported a UNESCO publication on the Al Sirah Al- Hilaliyya Epic in Egypt, one of the UNESCO Masterpieces of the Oral and Intangible Heritage of Humanity.

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    Photo: Opening ceremony of the Crafts Centre at the Community Arts Centre of Boysun, Uzbekistan, in May 2006

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