The second meeting of the working group on the development of the joint exhibition dedicated to the common cultural heritage along the Silk Road took place on December 3 in Dushanbe.
The meeting of the working group, which consists of the representatives of the national museums of the participating countries, experts from the International Committee for Exhibition Exchange - ICOM, Department of Cross-Cultural and Regional Studies (ToRS) of the University of Copenhagen and UNESCO.
The joint exhibition on Common Heritage along the Silk Road is organized as part of the 3-year EU/UNESCO project “Silk Road's Heritage Corridors in Afghanistan, Central Asia and Iran – International Dimension of the European Year of Cultural Heritage”. Participating countries: Afghanistan, Iran, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Uzbekistan, and Tajikistan. The exhibition on the Common Cultural Heritage is raising awareness about the project, highlighting the rich heritage of the participating countries and facilitating the exchange of good practices along the Silk Roads. The working group also promoted a common understanding about the Silk Road heritage as a bridge between the East and the West. The exhibit will be displayed at the closure of the project in the fall of 2021 at a museum of a participating country or Europe and made available for display in each of the participating countries.
The main purpose of the meeting was the presentation and discussion of the possible objects that will be displayed at the exhibition while defining concrete steps on its development. UNESCO held the meeting of the working group at the National Museum of Tajikistan organized with the support from the Tajikistan National Commission for UNESCO.
The first meeting of the working group was held in June 2019 in Nur-Sultan, Kazakhstan, to select the theme/s for the exhibit; discuss its scope and nature, as well as the possible objects to be displayed at the exhibit.
The joint EU/UNESCO “Silk Road's Heritage Corridors in Afghanistan, Central Asia and Iran – International Dimension of the European Year of Cultural Heritage” project aimed at improving the livelihoods of the communities in the region, including youth and women through capacity building and creating new income-generating opportunities.