Turkmen ensemble takes first place at international dance festival in Uzbekistan

The folk ensemble "Dessan" from the Dashoguz velayat won first place at the international festival "Magic of Dance", which took place on September 15-16 in the Uzbek city of Khiva.

Performing together with the honored artists of Turkmenistan Dursunjemal Gazakova and Guvanch Otuzov, our artists won the jury with kushdepi dance, which is included in the UNESCO Intangible Heritage List. As a result, the Turkmen group, winner of the Turkmenin Altyn asyry-2019 prize, received a diploma of the laureate of the international festival Magic of Dance and a cash prize (2 thousand US dollars).

Also the first place was awarded to a team from Poland. The second place was shared by ensembles from Uzbekistan, Indonesia and Georgia, the third were representatives of Tajikistan, Kazakhstan, India and Uzbekistan. The Grand Prix of the competition was won by a duet from Azerbaijan.

Special diplomas were awarded to dance groups that became leaders in such nominations as The Youngest Group, Best Performer of Folk Dance, Youngest Dancer, Best Choreographer and others.

The festival was held at the Ichan Kala State Museum-Reserve, bringing together art groups from 20 countries of Asia and Europe, including Indonesia, Italy, Japan, etc. The main goal of this event is to restore centuries-old traditions and widely cover the rich cultural heritage of the peoples.

Speaking at the opening ceremony of the festival, the head of the administration of the Khorezm region, Farhod Ermanov, noted that this event is yet another proof of how the language of dance unites different peoples and cultures.

Within the framework of the festival, a scientific conference dedicated to the national traditions of dance art was organized. It was held in the city of Urgench, in the Turkmen-Uzbek friendship house, the opening of which took place with the participation of Presidents Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov and Shavkat Mirziyoyev in April 2018.