«Music, the Soul of the People»: Celebrating Uighur musical culture

March 2, 2015, 06:00

Kyrgyzstan - a multiethnic country. It is home to over 80 nationalities. For it has become home to the Uighurs. In the 20s of the XIX century the Uighurs came to Kyrgyzstan from China's Xinjiang province, and since the 50s. The 20th century saw a second wave of emigration.

Uighurs are a Turkic ethnic group, different from the majority of people in China. They are not only share a religion, but also cultural and linguistic traditions (Uighur language is part of the eastern group of Turkic branch of the Altaic language family).

In order to explore the cultural diversity of ethnic groups in Kyrgyzstan, the development of intercultural dialogue, especially among children and youth in the Great Hall of the Kyrgyz National Conservatory February 28 hosted a concert-presentation "Music - the soul of the people: Uighur musical culture", organized by the World Public Forum "Initiative of Roza Otunbayeva" together with Assembly of the People of Kyrgyzstan and the Kyrgyz National Conservatory.

The full house enjoyed the beautiful eastern melodies, witnessed the beauty of the national costumes and left mesmerized by the whirlwind of national dances.