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On January 26, EU Delegation in Uzbekistan took part in the launch of the "Art for Sustainable Development" Project, initiated by the British Council and the Ministry of Culture of Uzbekistan with the support of the EU Delegation in Uzbekistan. The project aimed at developing cultural cooperation, sharing best technologies and cultural heritage between prominent Uzbek and European ceramists.
During a month representatives of famous ceramics school of the Great Britain, such as Leach Pottery and the Carmarthen School of Art in Wales will work with 20 famous ceramists from different regions of Uzbekistan, as well as conduct joint workshops and master-classes for students and children from vulnerable families.
In addition, European experts will travel to Rishtan, Margilan, Bukhara, Gijduvan and Samarkand to get acquainted with the rich history of Uzbek ceramics and meet with craftsmen who continue the traditions of pottery in several generations. The joint exhibition from ceramics will mark the end of this unique cultural project in Uzbekistan and later, in the UK.
The Head of the EU Delegation in Uzbekistan, Ambassador Eduards Stiprais highlighted: "We consider this project extremely important at the present time, since it promotes the creation of intercultural ties. The pottery goes back centuries and even millennia, and the study of the world culture, of course, begins with ceramics. This is an opportunity to enrich each other in the further development of the world-famous craft. Such projects are very much needed today, which is important for Uzbekistan and for other countries. It also has a positive impact on the development of tourism, creation of new jobs, as well as greater employment of the population in the regions. The project allows attraction of the younger people to this art and to pass unique skills to the next generation. And this is extremely important mission."