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STSCA Vice-President Receives “Friendship between Nations” Award from Uzbek Government

Congratulations to our Vice-President Fazliddin Shamsiev for receiving the “Friendship between Nations” award from the Uzbek government. Fazliddin-aka has worked tirelessly to promote connections between Seattle and Tashkent, so this award is very well-deserved!

Join STSCA for Navruz 2021!

Join STSCA for a fun, festive, virtual celebration of Navruz, the Central Asian New Year! Discover how Navruz is celebrated in Uzbekistan and how STSCA traditionally celebrates it. Learn how to make authentic Uzbek plov, a rice and meat dish that is traditionally eaten at Navruz. Enjoy watching colorful Uzbek dances, and dress up in your finest Uzbek fashion–prizes will be given to the best-dressed attendees!

When: Sunday, March 21, 2021 05:30 PM-07:30 PM PST

Where: Online via Zoom. Register here:

https://zoom.us/meeting/register/tJUodeihrT4iE907WM3PGLCKPmvWw8JcxGII

This event is free, but donations to STSCA are encouraged. Please consider making a donation here:

https://paypal.me/stsca

Please also note that this event will be recorded. See you there!

Navruz 2021 is sponsored by the law firm of Macdonald, Hoague, and Bayless, which has been fighting for civil rights and representing immigrants in Washington state and beyond for 65 years. 

Join Us for the STSCA Annual Meeting!

You are invited to join us at the STSCA Annual Meeting, on Saturday, December 12, at 8 PM PST on Zoom. Come learn about what we accomplished this year and what we are planning for the future. Help us elect new and returning Board members, and meet our partners in Uzbekistan, who will be joining us live from Tashkent!

Register here to reserve your spot:

https://zoom.us/meeting/register/tJUtc-ygpzMiH9YgRr_NRJ2bB1bw7Q5K0IkC

STSCA and Eurasia Academy Present the Bukharacha Dance Ensemble!

Join the Seattle-Tashkent Sister City Association and Eurasia Academy for a unique cultural evening with the Bukharacha Dance Ensemble–all the way from Bukhara, Uzbekistan! The event will take place online on Saturday, November 28, 2020, from 8-9:30 PM PST.

The Bukharacha Ensemble is part of the Bukhara Regional Branch of the State Philharmony of Uzbekistan. They develop and popularize the best forms of Uzbek classical and folklore music, as well as the art of performing national dance.

Don’t miss this special event, in which we will enjoy getting to know the members of the Ensemble and watching them perform. Register ahead of time here to reserve your spot:

https://zoom.us/…/tJwsde2orT8vGtXr5XDVomEF9ZOwrnELKjaE

STSCA Dance Performer Emiko Nakamura Wins Prestigious Ethnic Heritage Council Award

We are thrilled to announce that our very own Emiko Nakamura, whose colorful Eurasia Academy dance ensemble is the highlight of STSCA’s Navruz celebrations, is a winner of this year’s Ethnic Heritage Council Gordon Ekvall Tracie Memorial Award–congrats, Emiko! The award honors excellence in ethnic performance and leadership in the community in the traditional cultural arts, and Emiko is very deserving of it, as she has singlehandedly been the driving force for teaching Uzbek and Central Asian dance in the Seattle area for over 30 years. She is also a passionate cultural ambassador who shares her love of Uzbek culture and dance with children and adults from many different backgrounds. Read about Emiko’s accomplishments, as well as about the other award recipients, here:

Ethnic Heritage Council Announces Recipients of the 2020 Annual EHC Awards to Ethnic Community Leaders and Artists

Join Us for Navruz 2020!

Note: Based on King County Public Health guidance regarding large gatherings during the coronavirus epidemic, we have decided to cancel this year’s celebration; if you have already purchased a ticket, you will receive a refund from Brown Paper Tickets. We apologize for the inconvenience and appreciate your cooperation in helping to keep the community healthy!

Please join us for our 22nd annual Navruz celebration on Saturday, March 28, 2020, at the Vasa Park Ballroom in Bellevue. The event will be full of fun with delicious Central Asian food and entertainment! Join us for a festive meal, dancing, fashion show, and more as we usher in spring!

DETAILS

Date: Saturday, March 28, 2020
Time: 3 PM – 7 PM, or until the dancing ends!
Location: Vasa Park Ballroom, 3560 W Lake Samammish Pkwy SE, Bellevue WA 98008
Parking:There is ample parking right by the ballroom.

Please bring fruit and/or dessert to share.

TICKETS

PLEASE NOTE THAT WE CANNOT GUARANTEE TICKETS WILL BE AVAILABLE AT THE DOOR AND THAT ANY ON-SITE TICKETS WILL COST EXTRA. PLEASE PURCHASE YOUR TICKETS NOW TO GUARANTEE YOUR SPOT!

Tickets are available for purchase here:

https://navruz2020.brownpapertickets.com/

The cost for this event is $25 for ages 11-64; $10 for seniors 65+ and children 6-10; and free for ages 5 and under. Please contact us at navruz@seattle-tashkent.org to inquire about our ticket pricing for disabled people.

Your company can also reserve a VIP Table for 10 people at $500. The VIP table includes centrally located premium sitting and a specially reserved table, allowing members of your company to sit together without hassle. For VIP reservations, please email navruz@seattle-tashkent.org.

You must present a PRINTED ticket to be admitted, so please print your ticket ahead of time and bring it with you. Rakhmat!

In Memoriam: STSCA Founder Professor Ilse Cirtautas

We are deeply saddened to share with you the loss of our Founder Emeritus and long-time Vice-President, Professor Ilse Cirtautas. Professor Cirtautas, known to many in the Uzbek community as “Ilse-opa”, was instrumental in the founding of the Seattle-Tashkent Sister City Association, and was a fierce advocate for Uzbek-language studies and exchanges during her many years of teaching at the University of Washington.

Professor Cirtautas first traveled to Tashkent in May 1972 to do research at the Academy of Sciences, where she surprised the Uzbeks with her familiarity with the Uzbek language and customs. While in Tashkent, she met with the deputy director of the Uzbek Friendship Society, with whom she discussed the possibility of establishing a sister-city relationship. After her return to Seattle, Professor Cirtautas learned that in November of that year Tashkent had accepted Seattle as its sister city. She met with Seattle Mayor Wes Uhlman, who asked her to serve as the first member of the Seattle-Tashkent sister-city committee.

She returned to Tashkent many times over the years, both as a representative of the committee and to support academic exchanges and library institutions. She passionately promoted the use of the Uzbek language, brought numerous Uzbek scholars to the University of Washington, and founded a scholarship program for UW students to study in Tashkent. 

Ilse-opa will be deeply missed, but her legacy will live on through the continued work of the STSCA and the many, many people, both in Seattle and in Tashkent, whose lives she touched!

Join Us for our End-of-Summer Picnic!

Come celebrate the end of summer with the Seattle-Tashkent Sister City Association at our annual picnic! Enjoy freshly-cooked Uzbek plov, fun children’s activities, good dance music, and more!

This year’s picnic will be held from 1-6 PM in the North Shelter at Gene Coulon Memorial Beach Park, located at 1201 Lake Washington Blvd N., Renton, WA. This year’s event is free, but we will be charging $10 for plov, so please bring money with you if you would like to have plov.

Please also plan to arrive at the beginning to make sure you get plov, and bring fruit and/or dessert to share. Please also RSVP at https://stscapicnic2019.brownpapertickets.com/ so that we know how much plov to make.

We look forward to seeing you there!
–The STSCA Board

Navruz 2019 a Rousing Success!

Katta rakhmat to everyone who helped make STSCA’s Navruz 2019 celebration such a big success! Our intrepid Board of Directors was assisted by dedicated volunteers, colorful and talented performers, and skilled plov chefs in making this year’s event one of the best ever! See this page for our full collection of pictures and videos.

Tickets Now on Sale for Navruz 2019!

Please join us for our 21st annual Navruz celebration on Saturday, March 23, 2019, at the Vasa Park Ballroom in Bellevue. The event will be full of fun with delicious Central Asian food and entertainment! Join us for a festive meal, dancing, fashion show, and more as we usher in spring!

DETAILS

Date: Saturday, March 23, 2019
Time: 1 PM – 5:30 PM, or until the dancing ends!
Location: Vasa Park Ballroom, 3560 W Lake Samammish Pkwy SE, Bellevue WA 98008
Directions:http://www.vasaparkresort.com/contacts.html
Parking:There is ample parking right by the ballroom.

Please bring fruit and/or dessert to share.

TICKETS

PLEASE NOTE THAT WE CANNOT GUARANTEE TICKETS WILL BE AVAILABLE AT THE DOOR AND THAT ANY ON-SITE TICKETS WILL COST EXTRA. PLEASE PURCHASE YOUR TICKETS NOW TO GUARANTEE YOUR SPOT!

Tickets are available for purchase here:

https://navruz2019.brownpapertickets.com/

The cost for this event is $25 for ages 11-64; $10 for seniors 65+ and children 6-10; and free for ages 5 and under. Please contact us at navruz@seattle-tashkent.org to inquire about our ticket pricing for disabled people.

Your company can also reserve a VIP Table for 10 people at $500. The VIP table includes centrally located premium sitting and a specially reserved table, allowing members of your company to sit together without hassle. For VIP reservations, please email navruz@seattle-tashkent.org.

You must present a PRINTED ticket to be admitted, so please print your ticket ahead of time and bring it with you. Rahmat!