15 May 2015
The Central Asian crafts fair "Silk Road" dedicated to the World Day for Cultural Diversity for Dialogue and Development that is celebrated on 21 May will be held on 23-24 May 2015 at the Central State Museum in Almaty, Kazakhstan, where artisans from Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Mongolia, Russia, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan and Uzbekistan will present their works.The "Silk Road" crafts fair aims to encourage the use of traditional techniques and materials by craftspeople, the promotion and protection of cultural diversity in the region as well as to showcase crafts products to the public and support sales. More than 100 artisans from the countries of Central Asia will participate in this event.
During the crafts fair various Master-classes will be conducted by well-known Central Asian artisans: Kulyan Zhanguty (felt) and Gulnar Omirbek (batik), winners of the Kazakhstani handicraft competition "Sheber". Visitors to crafts fair will be able not only to observe the master artisans, but will also be able to play the role of "creator" by participating in these classes.
The "Silk Road" crafts fair organized by the Center of Arts and Crafts "Bahyt" and the Central State Museum of Kazakhstan. The event is supported by the UNESCO Almaty Cluster Office for Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan and Uzbekistan and the Central Asian Crafts Support Association (CACSA).
The crafts fair will be open Saturday and Sunday (23-24 May 2015) from 9.00 to 18.00 in the Central State Museum of Republic of Kazakhstan, located in Almaty at Samal-1, Furmanov Str, 44.