The festival is a rare opportunity for the participating countries “Turkey, Azerbaijan, Kazakhstan, Uzbekistan, Turkmenistan and Kyrgyzstan to showcase and share their cultural values and richness with Americans who want to learn more about the Turkic world and Silk Road tradition.
According to the Silk Road Festival’s website: “It refers to the world’s oldest trade route: the network of cities and trails that once spanned the Afro-Eurasian landmass, linking Asia with Mediterranean Europe and Africa. For centuries the Silk Road was the commercial center of the world, but it was also an incredible locus of cultural transmission, intense trade and interplay.”
The mission of the Silk Road Festival is to introduce visitors to the ethnic, cultural and historic bonds shared by these far-away nations and provide a unique interactive experience rivaled only by visiting the countries themselves.
The hardworking organizers of the four-day festival managed to attract a total of 35,000-40,000 Texan visitors to an arena of dance, arts, crafts, food, discussions and conferences. A visit to the venue was inspiring in the sense that a place like Texas, known for its tough, no-nonsense, inward-looking American spirit, could find itself relating to similar mentalities in what could serve to enhance business on various continents. It was a “win-win basis”.
“Yes, I am very pleased,” Annise Parker, Mayor of Houston, said. “The Turkic community, here in particular, is very outward, extroverted and curious in a sense of cultural understanding. I wish the others, too, would be like them. They contribute a lot to our prosperity and future and teach us a lot about where they come from”.
The participating The Countries:
Turkey —a major strategic country located at the crossroads of Europe and Asia.
Azerbaijan— the largest country in the Caucasus region with a growing strategic importance as connecting East and West.
Kazakhstan—the world’s largest landlocked country and with a very diverse population made up of 130 ethnicities.
Kyrgyzstan—a Turkic nation in the mountainous Central Asian region.
Turkmenistan—an important Central Asian country with one of the largest supplies of natural gas.
Uzbekistan—Central Asia’s most populous country and home of famous ancient cities.
The Silk Road Festival is scheduled to be in Houston, Texas in November 2015.
For more information, please go to http://silkroadfest.org.