Concept note for the joint exhibition on common heritage along the Silk Roads

13 May 2019

The joint exhibition on Common Heritage along the Silk Roads will be organized as a part of the 3 years’ EU/UNESCO project “Silk Roads Heritage Corridors in Afghanistan, Central Asia and Iran – International Dimension of the European Year of Cultural Heritage”.

Participating countries: Afghanistan, Iran, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Uzbekistan, Tajikistan.

The exhibit will be displayed at the closure of the project in a museum in a participating country or Europe willing to host the exhibition and made available for display in each of the participating countries with the understanding that the related logistic costs (e.g. transport, insurance, local exhibit infrastructure) are beyond the scope of this action.

The joint exhibition aims to raise awareness about the project, to showcase the rich heritage of the participating countries, to promote the exchanges of good practices along the Silk Roads and to promote common understanding about the Silk Roads heritage as a bridge between the East and the West. The exhibition catalogue will be published in English and Russian and this will help further promote awareness about the rich heritage and the museum collections of the participating countries. An online version of the catalogue will be developed and promoted through UNESCO’s and EU websites and other web-platforms available to the participating countries. The key audience of this exhibition is youth. That is why it will contain interactive displays and an accompanying educational programme to enhancing young people’s understanding about the common heritage uniting the countries on the Silk Roads and its connection with Europe, as well as promoting their intercultural competences. An online version of the exhibit and the educational programme will increase its scope beyond its physical location, and can be used as complementary educational resources by teachers in the participating countries and beyond to engage their students on themes related to the Silk Roads, common cultural heritage and inter-cultural understanding. The following possible themes/thematic paths of the common heritage along the Silk Roads in Afghanistan, Central Asia and Iran were identified: - Religions (Zoroastrianism, Buddhism, Christianity, Islam; Buddhist Heritage based On Records of Xuan Zeng; The Buddhist Mural Paintings along the Silk Road; Traveling of Buddhism and Buddhist heritage along the Silk Road) - Historic figures/scholars (e.g. Amir Timur, Al Beiruni, Avicenna, Al Khorezmi) - Different historic periods and their legacies (Culture of BMAC; Scythians Legacy; The Greek Bactrian Legacy in Afghanistan and Central Asia; Cultures of Sygnak, Sauran and Otyrau Oasis; Aral Atlantis) - Intangible cultural heritage (handicrafts, music, traditions, e.g. Navruz, Timurid Art) - Tangible heritage and urban concepts (WH-listed Silk Roads Heritage Corridors) - First photographic images of the region - Manuscripts, miniatures (the Legacy of miniature painter Kamaludin Behzad, the legacy of Tammim al Mutavvai and Albanian palimpsest) - Water – traditional water systems (houz) - Production technologies (of e.g. silk, paper, gunpowder) - Numismatic collections (e.g. Achaemenids, Alexander of Macedonia, Seleucids, Greco-Bactrian kings, Kushan, Khorezm, Sogd, Chach, Takhirids, Samanids, Karakhanids, Chingizids, Temurids, Bukhara, Khiva and Kokand khanates) - Gold items (from Dalverzin tepa, Uzbekistan; Amurdarya Treasure, Central Asia; Tilla-Tepe Treasure, Afghanistan).


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