International Music Festival “Sharq Taronalari”


International Music Festival “Sharq Taronalari”

Samarkand which is included into the World Heritage List of UNESCO can doubtlessly be called as the “Pearl of the East”. Standing on the crossroad of the Great Silk Road, it took and preserved until present times the culture, art and unique architecture of the ancient world civilizations.

Historical monuments of Samarkand impress contemporaries by their beauty and greatness.

On one of these unique monuments of architecture – Registan square – every biennium between 25th and 30st of August International Music Festival “Sharq Taronalari” (“Melodies of Orient”) is held on regularly organized under the patronage of UNESCO.

International Music Festival “Sharq Taronalari” (“Melodies of Orient”) is one of the biggest festivals in Central Asia. The main aims and objectives of the festival are to popularize widely the best achievements of national music art, to preserve and develop great traditions of people, to encourage talents in musical and vocal sphere, as well as to spread in further international creative ties, to strengthen cultural-spiritual cooperation, to praise peace, friendship and ideas of mutual sympathetic.


The first International Music Festival “Sharq Taronalari” (“Melodies of Orient”) took place in 1997 at which participated musical groups and performers from 31 different countries. Today it became one of the most popular and famous festivals not only in Central Asia but also abroad. The bright evidence to this is that year after year not only the number and the artistic level of participants are increasing, but also geographical range of participating countries is widened.

Thus, at the 7th International Music Festival “Sharq Taronalari” that was held on in 2009, participants from more then 50 countries attended the event.

It became a good tradition to undertake international scientific conferences, devoted to particular aspects of music, at which participate scientists and scholars from all over the world.

Each Festival, that was held on in Samarkand is unique and exclusive.


Chronology of International Music Festival “Sharq Taronalari”

  • 1st IMF “Sharq Taronalari” – 1997
  • 2nd IMF “Sharq Taronalari” – 1999
  • 3rd IMF “Sharq Taronalari” – 2001
  • 4th IMF “Sharq Taronalari” – 2003
  • 5th IMF “Sharq Taronalari” – 2005
  • 6th IMF “Sharq Taronalari” – 2007
  • 7th IMF “Sharq Taronalari” – 2009
  • 8th IMF “Sharq Taronalari” – 2011
  • 9th IMF “Sharq Taronalari” – 2013
  • 10th IMF “Sharq Taronalari” – 2015
  • 11th IMF “Sharq Taronalari” – 2017


May 30, 2018
I am planning to attend the Sharq Taronalari Festival this year 2018. Are the dates confirmed yet? If not, can you please advise about any approximate dates?
    May 30, 2018
    Dear Customer! Sharq Taronalari Festival takes place every 2 years. The next one will be in year 2019.
February 26, 2019
Hi, I am planning to attend the 2019 Sharq Taronalari Festival. Are the dates confirmed yet? The festival website is not working. I contacted their Facebook page as well, but no reply. Can you please let me know about the schedule of 2019 festival? Appreciate your reply!
    March 4, 2019
    Hello Sunny, the festival is going to take place on 26-30 August 2019

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