Wednesday 4 September 2013

The festival is over!

So the much anticipated Silk Road Heritage Festival ‘Rangorang’ in association with Somon Air finally happened at the weekend and it was a huge success.  
All the performances perfectly mixed modern acts with more traditional dancing and music, a great reflection of Tajikistan today. 
There was something for everyone; a puppet show to entertain the youngsters, Rahim El to make all the young girls swoon while he sang and a camel that could be ridden by the brave. After working up an appetite dancing you could relax with a plate of tasty osh, the national Tajik food, before making the hard decision of what souvenirs to buy. 
There were handicrafts from all over the country, representing the different regions and traditions, and the vast choice and variety left everyone spoilt for choice, and our relatives and friends back home will soon be the proud owners of beautiful suzanis, handbags made from national fabrics and traditional hats. 
Thanks to the hard work of all the ICS volunteers, along with some extra local young volunteers, the festival turned out to be a fantastic and fun-filled day. It was a great celebration of Tajik culture and an inspiring display of what young people can achieve by working together. 

Tuesday 27 August 2013


Hey everyone! Below is the programme for Saturday for your perusing. Hope to see you there!
There will also be a puppet show for kids between 2pm and 3pm near the dance floor between the huts. Signs to the puppet show will be available on the day!
Can't wait to see you all there!

Sunday 25 August 2013

Short film on cable car project

VSO Tajikistan, in partnership with Bactria, TATO and Handicap international has proposed a project to the European Commission under their call for proposal "Investing in People - Supporting culture as a vector of democracy and economic growth" for the establishment of a cultural centre at the cable car station in Victory Park, Dushanbe - Check out this film about the project

Friday 23 August 2013


Hey guys! 

Some exciting news, listen out on Asia Plus radio between 7pm and 8pm where we talk about all the music and performance on the 31st of August!

Tweet us if you hear it, or write a message on our facebook wall!


Wednesday 21 August 2013

A massive thanks to Somon Air.


Thanks so much to Somon Air, we are so incredibly happy to be sponsored by them for our festival this year.

We really couldn't have done this without you.

Check them out for all your Flight needs. Go forth and fly my children.

Thursday 15 August 2013

Panjakent and Gharm trips

Some the festival organisers (ICS volunteers) have visited the ancient city of Panjekent and the city of Gharm. The aim of those trips was to meet local musicians, performers, handicraft makers and other talented people and invite them to participate in the Rangorang festival. 

Both trips were very successful meaning that we can have crafts made by disabled people of Panjakent will be presented and sold during the festival, local music performance from the cultural centre, singers and artists of Art school of Panjakent too.

Volunteers travelled to the Rasht valley to visit local communities and learn more about tourism opportunities in the city of Gharm which is located near the Surkhob River amid high mountains. They had a chance to meet with over ten local groups of musicians, performers, and craftsmen. Some of those talented representatives of Gharm will participate in upcoming “Rangorang” Festival.

This is great news for the team and means that we can include people from more marginalised and rural areas which is really exciting. The festival is really hotting up guys!

IMPORTANT: Only one date for festival.

We would like to inform you that the Festival is only going to be one day on the 31st of August and will be running from 10am until 6pm.

It is going to be an incredible event with so much to look forward to.

Keep watch for the announcements about musicians which will be coming soon!