Countdown to Style.Uz Art Week: 99 days


Style.Uz Art Week - 2013The annual Style.Uz Art Week, a major far-reaching project that plunges Tashkent into cultural frenzy every fall, is ninety-nine days away.

This year’s Style.Uz is scheduled for October 22-27 and, as its previous editions, will present an array of exciting events such as art exhibitions, workshops by leading professionals, fashion shows by local and international brands, concerts, social events and many more.

Style.Uz 2013 will include the Fourth International Festival ‘Theatre.Uz’, the Third Tashkent International Cinema Forum ‘Golden Guepard’ and the Seventh Tashkent International Biennale of Contemporary Art.

The Sixth Biennale of Contemporary Art, set up as part of Style.Uz 2011, presented pieces by 100 Uzbek and international artists from 25 countries at 4 exhibition venues across Tashkent. This was followed by the Sixth Tashkent International Photo Biennale the next year. The Photo Biennale presented over 20 exhibitions that showcased creations by prominent photographers from 35 countries. The theme of this year’s Biennale of Contemporary Art is ‘Various Cultures, One World’, which is aimed at demonstrating the world through the eyes of various cultures.

Tashkent International Cinema Forum ‘Golden Guepard’ will be held October 19-24. This year’s edition of the cinematic celebration has been given the slogan Per Speculum Et In Aenigmate, a Latin phrase that means “in an enigma by means of a mirror”. At a press conference held in June that focused on the upcoming cinema forum the organizers noted they had received entries from countries that had not participated previously. As is usual, the cinema forum is expected to be attended by international film stars and professionals.

Another major event that is held in the margins of Style.Uz is ‘Theatre.Uz’ International Festival, which will be held for the fourth time this year. Last year’s theater festival kicked off with ‘The Scarlet Sails’ by Alexander Grin and offered new collaborative stagings with the UK, Israel and Germany as well as workshops by leading theater professionals and other plays. The agenda of the upcoming festival promises to be as engaging and exciting.

Last year several big-name fashion labels presented collections as part of Style.Uz in Tashkent. These included Hoss Intropia, Temperley London, Loris Diran, Jacob Kimmie, Versace, Carolina Herrera, Dolce & Gabbana, Matthew Williamson, and Kamishima Chinami. Moreover, a group of Uzbek fashion design students and specialists had the opportunity to learn skills at workshops taught by Birmingham Metropolitan College and Russian fashion designer Lena Lenskaya.

A brainchild of Gulnara Karimova, Style.Uz Art Week is the highest-profile culture project in Central Asia launched in an effort to further develop contemporary and traditional Uzbek arts and fashion. Now in its eighth year, Art Week has been attended by a large number of guests from across the world. The international celebrities who have graced Tashkent Art Week include Spanish opera diva Montserrat Caballé, British pop icon Sting, Greek singer Demis Roussos, Italian pop star Eros Ramazzotti, and ‘Queen of Sophisticated Pop’ Sophie Ellis-Bextor among others.