DUSHANBE OFFICIALLY DECLARED AS THE CULTURAL CAPITAL OF THE CIS IN 2021
On March 21, 2021, at the Tajik State Academic Opera and Ballet Theater named after Sadriddin Ayni took place the official ceremony of declaring Dushanbe the cultural capital of the CIS in 2021.
Deputy Chairman of the Executive Committee - Executive Secretary of the CIS Beketzhan Zhumakhanov and Executive Director of the Interstate Fund for Humanitarian Cooperation of the CIS Member States Anatoly Iksanov presented the corresponding certificate to the Chairman of the Majlisi Milli Majlisi Oli of the Republic of Tajikistan, member of the Council of the CIS Interparliamentary Assembly, Mayor of Dushanbe city Rustami Emomali.
According to the Dushanbe city`s administration, the event continued with screening of a short film about the achievements of the capital of Tajikistan and a concert with performances by masters of Arts from the Republic and other countries of the Commonwealth.
The ceremony was attended by representatives of the President of Tajikistan`s Office, CIS member states, twin cities, diplomatic corps, international and regional organizations, heads of ministries and departments of the Republic, government of Dushanbe city, employees of educational institutions, travel companies and the media.
To be informed that the Interstate Program "Cultural Capitals of the Commonwealth" has been implemented since 2011 and is recognized as one of the key humanitarian projects of the CIS, contributing to dialogue between the original cultures of the participating countries, the development of which is based on strong historical ties. The program is aimed at creating equal opportunities, build up the cultural and humanitarian potential of cities of the Commonwealth, promote the improvement of their infrastructure, enhance cultural communications, preserve the historical and cultural heritage of the Commonwealth member states, respect for culture, languages, history and traditions of different peoples, expand the conditions for familiarizing to diverse cultural wealth.
The cities of Gabala (2013) and Ganja (2017) of the Republic of Azerbaijan; Gyumri (2013) and Goris (2018) of the Republic of Armenia; Gomel (2011), Mogilev (2013) and Brest (2019) of the Republic of Belarus; Astana (2012), Almaty (2014) and Shymkent (2020) of the Republic of Kazakhstan; Osh (2014) of the Kyrgyz Republic; Ulyanovsk (2011) and Voronezh (2015) of the Russian Federation; Kulyab (2015) of the Republic of Tajikistan; Mary (2012) and Dashoguz (2016) of Turkmenistan have already been the cultural capitals of the Commonwealth