Uzbek culture party for the chosen in Moscow
Forum of Uzbek Culture and Arts will arrange another party for the chosen on the premises of the Forum Hall in Moscow on May 18. (The first such rout took place in Moscow on May 25, 2006.) Gulnara Karimova is inviting politicians, scientists, business tycoons, and prominent representatives of showbiz again. Treated to Uzbek wines and cognacs with dishes of the Uzbek traditional cuisine (samsa or meat cakes and pilau), the elite will observe an Uzbek variety show.
Karimova's annual parties are more of a personal PR campaign of the daughter of the Uzbek president than promotion of Uzbek arts. Yalla (the band remembered from the Soviet past) and the youth symphonic orchestra will only perform for the Russian elite. Guest-list of the last year party included Senior Deputy Premier Dmitry Medvedev, Presidential Aide Igor Shuvalov, Secretary of the Security Council Igor Ivanov, Duma deputies Artur Chilingarov, Lyubomir Tyan, and Suleiman Kerimov, businessmen Mikhail Fridman, Iskander Mahmudov, Vladimir Yevtushenkov, Yuri Shafranik, David Yakobashvili, Alisher Usmanov (known as Russia's Number One Uzbek), and Konstantin Ernst and Oleg Dobrodeyev of national TV networks. The party this year will be no less impressive.
The youth symphonic orchestra conducted by Vladimir Spivakov will open the program. Hadicha Imamnazarova (Mini Miss Central Asia, 6 years), Sevdijer Davlyatov and Shahzod Djurayev, and the Hakimovs (dojra virtuosi) will follow, along with break dancers from Grand Master band and Alladin ensemble.
The program also includes performances by singer Yulduz Usmanova, Yalla lead singer Farruh Zakirov, and others like Samandar, Sardor Rahimhon, and Raihon. Ofarin Dance Theater will perform as well.
Regrettably as it is, all of that is not for ordinary Russians. Entry to the party is not by tickets, only by a personally extended invitation and these latter are impossible to obtain even for journalists.