Mystic Rose Dance Company Presents “The Sun on the Silk Road”

Emiko Nakamura and the Mystic Rose Dance Company, our acclaimed Navruz performers, present a concert of music and dance, “The Sun on the Silk Road”. The concert will be held on Saturday, April 23, from 7:30 to 9:30 PM, at the Eastside Baha’i Center in Bellevue. All STSCA members will receive discounted tickets of $15, so make sure to mention you are a member when you register!emiko

We hope to see you there! More details can be found on the event’s Facebook page,

Navruz 2016 a Huge Success!

Thank you to everyone who attended our sold-out Navruz 2016 event–it was a huge success! Guests enjoyed a delicious full-course Uzbek meal, including bo’g’irsoq, somsa, and plov, and entertainment provided by the Mystic Rose Dance Company, Galina Kalujina, and the Balanced Path Studio.12932810_10153569355251448_7145359258851428086_n

We were especially honored to welcome the Second Secretary of the Uzbek Embassy, Mr. Abdufarrukh Khabirov, and the City of Seattle International Program Coordinator, Ms. Stacy Jehlik, both of whom addressed the audience. Special honors were also given to Professor Ilse Cirtautas, Founding Member and Vice-President of the STSCA, and past STSCA Presidents Dan Peterson, Diana Pearce, and George Wright.

The event also featured a raffle for desirable items, including authentic chapans and a suzanne rug, as well as the ever-popular Uzbek fashion show and diskoteka.12809729_10153569355171448_6732499568737565160_n

Thank you to everyone who helped make Navruz 2016 a very special event! The STSCA Navruz event is produced entirely by volunteers. They do exceptional work, from cooking traditional Uzbek deserts, salads and entrees and providing entertainment, to setting up tables, chairs, a stage, and setting tables for 400 people, and much more. These talented people deserve a special thank you for making the event so special:

Music Producers: Sherzod Kutfiddinov, Bobur Rakhmatulla; Performers: Emiko Nakamura, Misty, Fotima Ibrohim, Sevara Habibullaeva, Galina Kalujina, and Anton Seyduzov; Balanced Path Studio–Kwan Lee, Art Kuellar, Christian Cloud ,and Ilya Lisunov; MC and Interpreters: Lola Zakharova, Shakhida Ismailova, Fazliddin Shamziev; Volunteers: Shukrat Arifdjanov, Oydin Arifdjanova, Tim Arifdjanova, Sevara Habibullaeva, Vika Hewitt, Mamura Oltieva, Diana Pearce, Dan Peterson, Paula Quigley, Shak Saijanov, Malika Usmanova, George Wright, Kamila Yakubova, Azizillo, Dilshod, Munir, Javlon, Bobur, Nursaid, Jamol, Diyor, Jurat, Suhrob, Donier, Umid; Fred and Sharon Lundahl for the decorations and carpets; Raffle Donors: Best Buy, MIR Corporation, Music for the Eyes, ZinNur, Mamnoon Restaurant, Woodland Park Zoo, Dan Peterson, Shukhrat Arifdjanov; and all our other volunteers.

We would be remiss without extending a special thank-you to the event’s sponsors: MacDonald, Hoague & Bayless, and Vitaliy Zak, MD. Thank you for your support!

To see more photos, check out our Navruz 2016 photo album, as well as the photos on our event Facebook page.

Navruz 2016 is Sold Out!

Thank you very much for your interest in our Navruz celebration! The event is sold out and no more tickets are available. We are unable to offer a waiting list for the event, and there will be no tickets available at the door. Thank you very much for your understanding. Happy Spring, and Happy Navruz!

Tickets Now on Sale for Navruz 2016!

The Seattle-Tashkent Sister City Association would like to invite you to celebrate Navruz with a wonderful evening of community, Central Asian food, dance and musical performances. Navruz will take place this year at North Seattle College from 4:45 pm – 8pm on March 26.

As with last year, we expect to sell out so please consider purchasing your ticket now to reserve your spot. To register, please buy your tickets here:

http://navruz2016.brownpapertickets.com/

Or click on the “Buy Tickets for Navruz” icon to the left of this page.

You will notice that Navruz is taking place at the College’s gym this year. This is because the room we have used in the past at the college no longer exists. While this is a larger space, it has a rental fee that is double what we have paid in the past.

STSCA is a not-for-profit organization run by a volunteer board. In order to pay for this additional expense, the organization has had to increase the ticket price by $5. The cost for adults is $25, students $15, and children over 5 years old $5; children under 5 years old are free. Thank you for your understanding with this, and we hope that you will all still be able to join us.

We are looking forward to celebrating with you, and very much hope that you will be able to join us on March 26! Cake will be provided; please bring fruit and/or dessert to share.

Best regards,
Shakida Ismailova and Samantha Paxton
STSCA Co-Presidents

The Unlikely Sisterhood of Seattle and Tashkent

AramcoWorld magazine recently published a wonderful article about the history of Seattle-Tashkent relations and the STSCA, entitled “The Unlikely Sisterhood of Seattle and Tashkent”. The photographs for the article were taken by Seattle-based photographer Steve Shelton, who presented on his trip to Uzbekistan at our Annual Meeting in October.

The article is available online here:

http://www.aramcoworld.com/en-US/Articles/January-2016/The-Unlikely-Sisterhood-of-Seattle-and-Tashkent

Tashkent Park Update

The Seattle Parks Department is renovating Tashkent Park. They are adding new landscaping, benches, and a plaza. They anticipate completing the work in May or June of this year.

A new plaque will be located on the sculpture base. Pictured below are Shwu-jen Hwang, the lead architect for the park, and Dan Peterson, former president of the STSCA.

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Long-Time STSCA President Dan Peterson Steps Down

From former STSCA President Dan Peterson:

I am moving on from being the president of the STSCA. I have been involved for 13 years and many of those years as the president. It is time to pass the torch to others. The Board voted at the November 18th meeting to elect co-presidents Samantha Paxton (from the Trade Development Alliance) and Shakhida Ismailova (from Swedish Medical Center). Professor Ilse Cirtautas and Ms. Lola Zakharova are vice presidents, with Nicholas Myers as treasurer and Charlotte Chase as secretary. They are all great people, very competent, and committed to the mission of the Sister City.

I will still be involved in activities and events and look forward to supporting STSCA for a long time. Plus, I have made so many friends through the STSCA that I will never be far away.

I hope everyone supports the new leadership of the STSCA. It is an extremely important organization and all its activities locally and with Uzbekistan are critical to maintain for the next generation as well. The legacy of the Sister City will carry on successfully, I am sure.

Renovations and Improvements to Tashkent Park in Seattle

Many know that Seattle has a park on Capitol Hill named for our sister city.
Tashkent Park was established in 1974, one year after the formation of the
Seattle-Tashkent Sister City Association.

This small neighborhood park is located on Boylston Street, between Republican and
Mercer Streets, two blocks west of Broadway.

The landscaping in the park, seating areas, and the paving stone areas need a lot of
renovation. The Seattle Parks Department is completing the renovations from
December, 2015, through February, 2016. On May 28th, the Parks Department held a
neighborhood meeting to discuss its plans and seek input. Three people represented
the STSCA (Shakhida Ismailova, Dan Peterson, and George Wright).

A new plaza will be built which will feature better the beautiful sculpture “Semurg”
(Bird of Happiness) by the Uzbek artist Jacob Shapiro. This beautiful sculpture was
a gift in 1988 from the City of Tashkent to the citizens of Seattle.

We thank the Parks Department for all their work to improve the park. For further
information, please go to this link:
http://www.seattle.gov/parks/park_detail.asp?ID=384

We will let you know when the park renovations are complete.

Save the Date for Navruz 2016!

Save the date for the Seattle-Tashkent Sister City Association’s annual Navruz celebration on Saturday, March 26, 2016!

Location: College Gymnasium, North Seattle College, 9600 College Way North, Seattle, WA 98103

Annual Meeting with Photos of Uzbekistan, Thursday, October 29

We hold an annual meeting to focus on a topic of interest to members and to elect new members of the Board of Directors. This year, we are very excited to have as our guest Seattle-based photojournalist Steve Shelton, who will be presenting photos from his assignment to Uzbekistan for ARAMCO World magazine.

Mr. Shelton and Boston-based reporter Piney Kesting traveled to Tashkent, Samarkand, Ferghana Valley, and Bukhara for two weeks last June reporting on the vibrant and unique aspects of the culture of Uzbekistan. Their focus is on the Sister City relationship between Seattle and Tashkent. Shelton will share photos and give a sneak preview of the upcoming story to be published in the January 2016 edition of Aramco World.

When: Thursday, October 29th, 7-9 PM
Where: North Star Dining Room, North Seattle College, 9600 College Way N, Seattle, WA 98103

We hope you will attend!