From the Mediterranean to the Siberian Sea, many countries and communities celebrate Nevruz (New Year or Spring Festival). According to the old Persian calendar, it’s the first day of the year and regarded as the start of spring, when the sun enters the house of Aries. Nevruz performers will represent the countries of Azerbaijan, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Uzbekistan, Turkey, Altai (RF), Republic of Bashkortostan (RF), Gagauzia (Republic of Moldova), Khakassia (RF), Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus, Sakha – Yakut (RF), Tyva (RF) and Crimea (Ukraine).
The concert organisers write: “Be captivated by a colourful and dynamic show with over 100 dancers, singers, musicians and magnificent costumes from all over Central Asia and experience the magic and fire of Nevruz. Be enchanted by princesses in glittering dresses of bygone days, feel the energy of massed percussionists in perfect rhythm, dream with the magic of the haunting ney flute and kemence fiddle, and see scores of traditional dances from Cossak-style high kicks and courtly serenades to raucous folk dances.”
The 2013 Nevruz Celebration is a massive collaboration project, by the Ministry of Culture and Tourism of the Republic of Turkey, the Promotion Fund of the Prime Ministry of the Republic of Turkey and the Embassies of Azerbaijan, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Uzbekistan, the Russian Federation and Turkey.
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