Uzbekistan unveils music and light show inspired by historical facts


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A stunning 3D projection mapping show presented as part of the closing ceremony of the recently held 10th ‘SharqTaronalari’ (Melodies of the Orient) International Music Festival wowed thousands of spectators on Samarkand’s fabled Registan Square. Moreover, the music and light show is a permanent project that will boost the historical city’s lure.

The huge audience was treated to a 7-minute version of the major historical performance. Unlike other entertainment shows offered in cities in Europe and the United States, the music and light show in Samarkand’s famed Registan Square is based on historical events and facts. Uzbekistan has thus become the world’s first country to host a permanent 3D music and light show, which also serves to increase a broad audience’s awareness of the country and region’s cultural and historical legacy.

“This is an unforgettable show,” said Anora Gabriel, a visitor from France. “I have traveled to many countries but only here did I experience such strong emotions and a presence effect. These incredible images remarkably conveyed the unique esthetic that we all love so much in the orient.”

According to a musician from the UK, Fanbours Kiani, the spectacular blend of music and colors has managed to literally enchant the audience. “We sat captivated throughout the entire show. The heroes of Uzbekistan’s history emerged as big as life and we felt like we were traveling thousands of years back in time,” he gushed.

“This show is certain to become a hot-spot destination for international tourists coming to Uzbekistan,” said Park Yuen Hie of South Korea. “We have never seen anything of the kind before and we’ll be coming away with so many emotions. The best part of this project is that it is based on real historical facts. Even the artifacts featured in the 3D show were authentic; we just learned that they were originals projected onto architectural landmarks.”

Another visitor from New Zealand, Nikola Paseni, said: “This sort of shows is very popular in New Zealand. You can also see them in Adelaide and Canberra in Australia. But all of them often just have spectacular value and lack an educational component. Uzbekistan has chosen a different perspective; it is the first country where the whole show draws on history, there’s just no fiction, and you can learn a lot about outstanding oriental historical figures and the development of unique culture of this part of the world.”

The full, 20-minute version of the show is expected to be demonstrated in the upcoming tourist season and, according to experts, will become one of the leading trends of the season. The project is currently in its final stages and involves a group of over 100 national and international designers, historians, projection mapping specialists, film directors and cameramen.