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Navroz at Jesus Chapel

last modified Mar 24, 2016 03:05 PM

The Cambridge Central Asia Forum, Centre of Development Studies, University of Cambridge, in collaboration with the Cambridge University Uzbekistan Society and the Cambridge University Kazakhstan Society has, for the 12th year in a row, organised the spring festival, Navroz. This festival, celebrated by the countries of Central Asia, Eurasia, the Middle East and beyond on the occasion of the coming of Spring and the New Year was held in the ancient Chapel of Jesus College in the University of Cambridge. The event was sponsored by Jesus College, the Embassies to the UK of Uzbekistan, Kazakhstan, the Kyrgyz Republic and Tajikistan, and was also supported by the Embassy of Turkmenistan in London. This year the cultural program proudly included traditional dancing and musical performances from the countries of Uzbekistan, the Kyrgyz Republic, Tajikistan and Kazakhstan. The event was attended by colleagues and students from the University of Cambridge, United Kingdom government officials and members of the public from Cambridge, London and from across the United Kingdom. It was attended by close to 400 people. The cultural program was followed by food from the region provided generously by the Embassies of Uzbekistan and the Kyrgyz Republic.


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