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Cambridge Central Asia Navroz Event

When Mar 19, 2021
from 03:30 PM to 05:30 PM
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Cambridge Central Asia Forum in collaboration with GCRF COMPASS and the
Centre of Development Studies is delighted to invite you to our annual
Navroz (Spring Festival) celebrations!

Navroz (New day) transcends religious, ethnic, linguistic, and national
divisions and brings people together. It showcases the region's rich
tradition and mythology, a once in a lifetime experience. Above all else
it is an occasion for celebration. This year the programme is virtual

Get ready for an evening of virtual dance and music to welcome Spring!


Date: 19 March 2021

Time: 3:30-5:30pm

Venue: Zoom Register in advance at

Everyone is welcome.


Cambridge Central Asia Forum Navroz Programme


15:30-15:45 - Arrival and Entry of Guests through the Zoom Portal

15:45-15:55 - Welcome and Introduction by Prof Lord Robert Mair and Dr S S Saxena

15:55-16:05   Address by Ambassador of Afghanistan HE Zalmai Rassoul

16:05-16:15 – Address by HE Tahir Taghizadeh of Azerbaijan, A Poetry Recitation and Rustamov's Trio Performing on Traditional Instruments ‘Tar, Kamancha, Naghara’

16:15-16:25 – Address by HE Edil Baisalov of Kyrgyz Republic, Recitation of Poem ‘Ata-Zhurt’ and Performance of Folk Melody “Mash Botoi”

16:25-16:35 – Address by HE Masud Khalifazoda of Tajikistan, A Poetry Recitation and ‘Dutar’ Recital by the Acclaimed Artist, Sirojiddin Juraev

16:35-16:40 – Greetings by Mr Nick Ray, Prajakti Kalra and MPhil students studying Central Asia and Caucasus in Cambridge

16:40- 16:50 – Address by HE Yazmurad Seryaev of Turkmenistan, Recitation of Poem "Duman Peida" followed by the Song  ‘Layale’ by Honoured Artist of Turkmenistan Mrs Zuleyha Kakaeva along with the Dance Performance of the group ‘Serdar’

16:50-17:00 – Address by HE Said Rustamov of Uzbekistan, Recitation of a Poem and Performance by the vibrant "NAVO" ensemble

17:00-17:10 – Address by Mr Gani Bekenov, Director of Kazakhstan’s Nursultan Nazarbayev Foundation UK, followed by a Presentation and Performance by Ms Zhanar Kolbachayeva about Navroz

Greetings and votes of gratitude by Cambridge and COMPASS Project Scholars and Researchers

Partners and Collaborators

Jesus College, Embassy of Afghanistan, Azerbaijan,  Embassy of the Kyrgyz Republic, Embassy of Uzbekistan, Embassy of Tajikistan, Embassy of Turkmenistan, GCRF COMPASS, Nursultan  Nazarbayev Foundation UK