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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!

Come Join Us for the STSCA Annual Meeting!

Please join us for the Seattle-Tashkent Sister Association’s Annual Meeting on Tuesday, November 27, from 6:30 to 8:30 PM, in the North Star Dining Room at North Seattle College.

Come hear from members of our hugely successful 45th-anniversary delegation to Tashkent about their experiences, and see pictures from their epic trip! You will also have the opportunity to meet our Board of Directors; hear about our activities for the past year; nominate yourself to join the Board, help elect new Directors; and enjoy light refreshments.

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

You’re Invited to the Ethnic Heritage Council’s 4th Annual Ethnic Potluck Picnic!

You’re Invited to the Ethnic Heritage Council’s 4th Annual Ethnic Potluck Picnic, this year in conjunction with Seattle’s Sister City Associations!

Join in ethnic-themed games! Enjoy cultural performances! Invite your family and friends! Meet new friends from our multi-ethnic communities! Share your ethnic and cultural heritage!

When

SUNDAY, AUGUST 12, 2018, 2–5 pm

Where

United Indians of All Tribes Foundation | Daybreak Star Indian Cultural Center 5011 Bernie Whitebear Way in Seattle’s Discovery Park

RSVP by August 9 with your name(s) to rsvp@ethnicheritagecouncil.org

Bring an ethnic or favorite dish or dessert to share!

You’ll have a chance to tell us about the tradition behind the food you’ve brought…and your dish may win a prize! We’ll have prizes for the MOST INTERESTING INGREDIENTS, MOST FLAVORFUL, and the MOST COLORFUL dishes!

Directions

The Daybreak Star Indian Cultural Center is located on 20 acres in Seattle’s Discovery Park in the Magnolia neighborhood. The address for Discovery Park is: 3801 West Government Way, Seattle 98199. Once inside the park, follow the signs directing to Daybreak Star.

To travel by Seattle Metro Bus, take #33 towards Magnolia from 4th and Pike/Pine to the final stop. Follow the signs directing the .4 mile walk to Daybreak Star, or follow the directions here:

http://www.unitedindians.org/contact-info-search/hours-location-directions/

STSCA to Host Open World Tourism-Promotion Delegation

STSCA will soon host a delegation representing Uzbekistan’s tourism sector from June 1-9, 2018. The delegation is coming to Seattle through the auspices of the Open World Leadership Center, a US legislative branch agency.

The delegation of four includes Mr. Furqat Rakhimov, Mr. Bakhordirjon Rustamjonovich Susarov, Mr. Erkin Ollomovich Yakubov, and Ms. Mahliyo Karimova. The group is accompanied by Ms. Saida Chorieva, a bicultural facilitator, and Mr. Elmurad Kasym, a bilingual translator.

Prior to their arrival in Seattle, the delegates will have an orientation in Washington, D.C. on Capitol Hill. Delegates will also have a policy meeting with staff from Senator Maria Cantwell (WA)’s office.

In Seattle, delegates will collaborate on best practices for tourism promotion. Delegates will meet with local tourism officials and industry leaders in the greater Seattle area. Their activities will include meeting with Visit Seattle and Representative Gael Tarleton about Washington state’s new tourism bill; visiting Rick Steves’ Europe Travel Center; meetings with MIR Corporation and other local tourism companies; a visit to South Seattle College to learn about their hospitality management program; a visit to the City of Langley to meet with local officials and to learn how the city promotes Whidbey Island as a tourism destination; meeting with the Trade Development Alliance of Greater Seattle to learn about the Seattle metro economy and to exchange information; and other activities. The delegation will stay in the homes of local residents, serving as hospitality hosts.

More than 27,000 current and future leaders from post-Soviet era countries have participated in an Open World exchange program. Open World offers one of the most effective U.S. exchange programs to promote mutually beneficial options for depolarized engagement between future national leaders.

About Open World

Open World Leadership Center, a US legislative branch agency, supports Congressional outreach for Members of Congress and conducts exchanges that establish lasting professional relationships between emerging leaders and their U.S. counterparts in democratic institutions. Delegates are provided with extensive exposure to American politics, civic life, and are hosted by American families. In 1999, Congress established Open World. Since then, more than 27,000 Eurasian leaders are alumni of Open World. To learn more about Open World, please visit their site here:

http://www.openworld.gov