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language: English
Title International Museum Day 2010 celebrated in Samarkand  
Date 24. Mai 2010  
oraganization International Museum of Peace and Solidarity  
Author Mr. Founder Anatoly Ionesov  
Museum The Samarkand Peace Museum Project, Uzbekistan, Samarkand  
Long version 436 Words  

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UNESCO World Heritage town of Samarkand marks the International Museum Day

The museum community of 2750-year-old Samarkand which for centuries stood at the crossroads of the Great Silk Route, solemnly celebrated the International Museum Day 2010. The festive events were hosted by the Samarkand State Museum of Cultural History of Uzbekistan. The main venue was a beautiful 100-year-old guest hall at the Museum for Regional Studies. A large banner, located over the entrance museum gate, stood out to greet the invitees and the residents of the town on this global holiday of museum professionals.

The festivity started by artistic salutation and sparkling performance of the award-winning children’s dance ensemble “Jonona”. It was followed by a musical slide show featuring a rich historical heritage of Samarkand. A museum employee Ikromiddin Sirojiddinov ably presented a drama monologue based on the works of Amir Temur. A senior scientific researcher of the museum Department of Arts Firuza Bahriddinova touchingly recited her new poem “Samarqand”. Local musicians performed traditional Uzbek songs and music. The representatives of the provincial and city khokimiyat (local municipal government) along with the Director General of the Samarkand State Museums Mahmud Boboyorov congratulated the audience on this remarkable holiday and presented Diplomas of Honour to the best museum workers in the Samarkand region. The director of the Samarkand International Museum of Peace and Solidarity Anatoly Ionesov briefly introduced to the participants the ICOM, its history, mission, present day activities as well as the theme of the 2010 International Museum Day. The motto of the day - “Museums for Social Harmony” - could be felt everywhere at the venue. It was symbolic that the celebration harmoniously united here different generations from children to museum veterans, people of various ethnic background, cultures and traditions in their aspirations for a better world on this planet – our only common Home.

The stage in the guest hall was decorated by an enlarged ICOM poster with added text in Uzbek and Russian. To commemorate the International Museum Day, the Samarkand State Museums also launched a new academic journal “Buyuk O’tmish Sado” (“Echo of the Great Past”), its first pilot edition was circulated among the participants. In conclusion, according to the local tradition, the hosts invited all their colleagues and guests outdoors for a tasty Uzbek pilaf in the cozy court-yard of the museum.

18 May is getting more and more popular holiday in the Republic of Uzbekistan not only for museum employees and volunteers, but also for all those who love and appreciate history, culture and arts.

Anatoly Ionesov

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