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NEWS AND EVENTS
January 5, 2007
Uzbek International Cultural Centre to mark its 15th anniversary on 20 December
Press conference was held at the Uzbek International Cultural Centre [UICC] on 5 January. The reason for this event was the 15th anniversary of this organization to be marked on 20 December, which coordinates and helps the work of national cultural centres in the whole republic.

The centre was set up in 1992 under the presidential decree and it unites more than 140 cultural centres in the territory of Uzbekistan. Moreover, 13 of them have the status of the republic. There are 26 city national cultural centres only in Tashkent. According to its status UICC is equated to state committee.

In his welcoming speech, the chairman of the UICC, a well-known poet and public figure, Nasreddin Mukhamadiyev said:

\"Our centre was set up so that representatives of all peoples and nationalities of Uzbekistan could study their own language and culture, preserve traditions and customs. There are similar organizations in Kazakhstan and Kyrgyzstan, too, which are called the assemblies of peoples. According to our President, multiplicity of cultures and peoples is wealth of our country. At present, education is provided in seven language and telecasts are broadcast in 10 languages in the republic.

There are 522 Kazakh schools in Uzbekistan, of them 234 schools function completely in the Kazakh language.

Further Mr. Mukhamadiyev gave the statistics: according to the state census in 1894 70 nationalities lived in the territory of present Uzbekistan, in 1926 - already 90, in 1959 - 113, and in 1979 ? 126. According to the last population census of 1989 136 nationalities live peacefully and friendly in Uzbekistan.

The chairman of the centre also described measures of the centre, dedicated to its 15th anniversary. The preparation of the book \"Uzbekistan - the country of tolerance\" is being completed nowadays, which includes articles, poems and photos, and it is devoted to the Diasporas, who live in the republic. Its publication is outlined by 20 January.

An exhibition will be opened in the exhibition hall of the Academy of fine arts of Uzbekistan on 17 January, which will present pictorial art and people\'s craftsmanship. Also, there will be a small concert, which will present all national cultural centres of Uzbekistan.

The UICC will invite to a large holiday concert to the Peoples\' Friendship Palace on 20 January at 17.00, which will present both creative teams of national centres and professional artists.

The celebration will not end with this. It is planned that a documentary film entitled \"Under the single sky\" will be completed in February of this year, which will describe the life of Diasporas and the work of national centres of the country.

The UICC administration planned to conduct a practical and scientific conference on international agreement in March. Likewise, joint authors intend to publish a reference book entitled \"In the united family\", which tells about the emergence, formation and the work of national cultural centres of Uzbekistan.

During the press conference its participants also determined methods and possibilities of interaction between national cultural centres and the media.


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