Ustatshakirt Ensemble Performs for UCA Students in Bishkek
University of Central Asia’s freshmen students at the Naryn campus (Kyrgyzstan) attended a special performance by the Ustatshakirt ensemble in Bishkek, established and supported by the Aga Khan Music Initiative. The event exposed students to rich Kyrgyz musical traditions, and was followed by a visit to the Gapar Aitiev Kyrgyz National Museum of Fine Arts.
The trip was organised by UCA’s Cultural Heritage and Humanities Unit as part of a course on “Cultural Landscapes: Traditions and Innovations in Central Asia” at UCA. In their coursework, students discussed issues related to the revitalization and safeguarding of tangible and intangible cultural heritage, including the work and activities of major international cultural and development organisations.
Recently, the Ustatshakirt ensemble showcased the cultural heritage of Kyrgyzstan at the UNESCO headquarters in Paris, where Kyrgyzstan was officially elected into the Executive Board of UNESCO.