Photo-exhibition about Tashkent continues its tour in Britain
Photo-exhibition "Tashkent - the History of One City", dedicated to 2200th Anniversary of the capital of Uzbekistan, was held in Bath on 4-9 October 2010. This is the third show of the exhibition in the UK - in March it was presented in Cambridge and London.
Bath is one of the most beautiful cities in England, the center of Somerset, situated on the River Avon. Since ancient times the city is famous for mineral springs and spas, where once Roman Empire generals used to get treated. Monuments of the Classical period in the region are declared as a World Heritage Sites. 6 million tourists annually visit the city which has the population of only 84 thousand people.
Photo-exhibition was organized by the Embassy of Uzbekistan in London jointly with the Forum of Culture and Arts of Uzbekistan Foundation, British Council, University of Bath, the City Council and the British-Uzbek Society. The exhibition includes 60 photographs from 4 sections of the book-album, released by the Fund Forum in cooperation with UNESCO: The Old City from the late 19th century until 1918, The New City from the late 19th century until 1918, Restoration of the City after the Earthquake: from 1966 to 1991 and Modern Tashkent.
The opening ceremony was held at the Exhibition Hall of the Central Library, in the lively centre of the city. The event was attended by the leadership of Bath City Council, representatives of the University of Bath, British and foreign public.
Ambassador of Uzbekistan Otabek Akbarov in his welcoming speech informed the guests about the history and previous demonstrations of this exhibition in Britain and other countries, as well as main activities, achievements and foreign partners of the Fund Forum. He stressed the increasing dynamics of the cultural ties between Uzbekistan and Britain, in particular, the cooperation of the Fund Forum with the British design company «Basso & Brooke» in the fashion and textiles, as well as their joint collection of clothes made on the basis of silk from Uzbek factory Yodgorlik.
Among guests were distributed advertising cards of 15 types, dedicated to this exhibition, a special issue of "Diplomat" on Uzbekistan, the materials on the festival of traditional culture Asrlar sadosi, which was held on May 8-9 2010 in Khiva, and Fashion Week “Style.Uz” in Tashkent from 9 to 14 October this year.
Councillor Shaun McGall, The Right Worshipful The Mayor of Bath, noted that organizing the exhibition in the third city in Britain is indication of a big interest in this country to the history of Uzbekistan. He stressed that such events will promote a better understanding of the culture and traditions of the Uzbek people, starting with the 19th century, as well as contribute to the development of cultural and educational ties between two countries.
Ian Crawford, coordinator of the cooperation program between the University of Bath and the Tashkent State Economic University, in his speech spoke about the successful launch of the cooperation between two universities. According to him, the common denominator of these two universities is that if TSEU is one of the leading universities in Central Asia with the largest university library in the region and well-deserved reputation in terms of quality research and teaching, University of Bath, in turn, has a leading position in science and management in Britain. He informed about the visit of the TSEU to Bath in June of this year, as well as his recent visit to Uzbekistan in late September.
Comparing the history of the cities of Tashkent and Bath, Mr Crawford announced the existence of documents testifying to the foundation of Bath in 860BC and Roman occupation from around 50AD. In this regard, he stressed that this exhibition would inspire the citizens of Bath to find out more about Tashkent and hopefully visit in the future. Noting that Tashkent is his most favourite city in Central Asia, he quoted a passage from the memoirs of Lord Curzon, who visited Tashkent making a journey along the Trans-Caspian railway in the early 20th century, and later became British Foreign Secretary: “But patience is at length rewarded; tall snow capped mountains, which means water, which in its turn means verdure, rise into view; we enter the valley of the Tchirtchik and its affluents, 25 miles wide; and amid the sound of running water, and under the shade of a broad avenue of trees, 40 miles after leaving the Syr Daria we approach the suburbs of Tashkent. So large are the enclosures or gardens in which the houses stand that the majority of residents would seem to have attained the ideal of Arcadian bliss.”
During the opening ceremony book-albums "Tashkent - the History of One City" were presented on behalf of the Fund Forum to Councillor Shaun McGall, The Mayor of Bath, Prof. Richard Elliot, Dean of the School of Management at the University of Bath and Ian Crawford from this School, as well as to the Central Library.
Guests of the Exhibition
From left to right: Councillor McGall,
Ambassador Akbarov and Mr Crawford