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6-08-2014, 14:08

Khorog Hosts Roof of World Festival


Avesta.Tj | 06.08.2014 | The 7th annual Roof of the World festival took place in Khorog, the capital of the Gorno Badakhshan Autonomous Region (GBAO) on August 1-3.


According to the head of GBAO Culture Department, Muhuddin Panshanbiev, the festival was organized by the local government jointly with NGO Amesha Spenta.


The festival was attended by the delegations from China, Afghanistan, Kyrgyzstan and Pakistan. It featured different events in different parts of the Khorog Central Park, - Panshanbiev said.


The Roof of the World festival (Bam-i Dunya) is a cultural festival of folk music and dance of Central Asia. The annual event is organized by local and international organizations active in Tajikistan. The international participants represent the countries of Tajikistan, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan and Afghanistan.


The programming includes performances, exhibitions promoting sustainability of natural resources, artisans from the participating countries, and documentaries about Central Asian people and the region. The aim of the festival is to encourage cultural tourism.


The Roof of the World festival furthermore, is an example of a strategy for peaceful coexistence and for the prosperity of Central Asian people. This festival acts as a tool for the revival and preservation of music, arts and cultural traditions of the region and creates links between people and lands, cultures and nature.


Additionally, the event will showcase eco-energy and related systems (solar cookers, spiral water pumps etc.), delicious traditional food, the prospects of swimming in sacred rivers and hot springs, trekking along shepherds' ways and hiking to holy lakes.


Roof of the World is a metaphoric description of the highest region in the world, also known as "High Asia", the mountainous interior of Asia. The name was first applied to the Pamir Mountains in Victorian times.


The Pamir Mountains are a mountain range in Central Asia formed by the junction of the Himalayas with Tian Shan, Karakoram, Kunlun, and Hindu Kush ranges. They are among the world’s highest mountains.


The precise extent of the Pamir Mountains is debatable. They lie mostly in Gorno-Badakhshan province, Tajikistan and Badakshan Province, Afghanistan. To the north they join the Tian Shan mountains along the Alay Valley of Kyrgyzstan. To the south they join the Hindu Kush mountains along the Wakhan Corridor (or Wakhjir Pass) in Afghanistan and Gilgit-Baltistan in Pakistan. To the east they may end on the Chinese border or extend to the range that includes Kongur Tagh which is sometimes included in the Kunlun Mountains.


Its three highest mountains are Ismoil Somoni Peak (known from 1932–1962 as Stalin Peak, and from 1962–1998 as Communism Peak), 7,495 m (24,590 ft); Ibn Sina Peak (still unofficially known as Lenin Peak), 7,134 m (23,406 ft); and Peak Korzhenevskaya, 7,105 m (23,310 ft).


There are many glaciers in the Pamir Mountains, including the 77 km (48 mi) long Fedchenko Glacier, the longest in the former USSR and the longest glacier outside the Polar region.