Past Events

This page details past selected STSCA events by year.


Uzbek Ambassador to UN to Speak in Seattle!
Please join us for a special event with the Ambassador of Uzbekistan to the United Nations and Consul General at the UN for Uzbekistan!

When: Monday, January 9th, 5:30pm-7 pm
Where: University of Washington campus, Seattle–Thomson Hall, Room 317
Cost: Free, no need to RSVP

This event features Murad Askarov, Ambassador of Uzbekistan to the United Nations. He’ll talk about Silk Road tourism as well as current events in Uzbekistan and Central Asia.

Other special guests include Consul General at the UN for Uzbekistan, Dr. Durbek Amanov, and Gary Furlong, Honorary Consul General for the Republic of Uzbekistan.


Voice of America Airs Series on Seattle-Tashkent Sister City Association
Wednesday, November 30, 2011 – Voice of America Uzbek journalist Navbahor Imamova visted Seattle this fall to research and shoot a series of reports on Seattle, and Seattle’s historic sister-city relationship with Tashkent. The fourth in her VOA series began airing worldwide today, with a 10-minute video report with Seattle city officials: former Mayor Wes Uhlman and Seattle City Councilmember Sally Clark.

In the first report, Imamova does an extended interview with Gary Furlong, Uzbek Honorary Consul General. In the second report, she interviews Helen Holter, Dan Peterson, and Margaret Hopstein. The third report features an Uzbek family in Seattle–Anton Seyduzov, Lola Zakhorova, and their children–as well as Annie Lucas of MIR Corporation. Here are the links (note that the articles are in Uzbek):

Part 1: Report on Seattle-Uzbek relations, with Consul General Gary Furlong

Part 2: Report on Seattle-Tashkent Sister City relationship, with Helen Holter, Dan Peterson, and Margaret Hopstein

Part 3: Report on Uzbek family, with Lola Zakhorova and Anton Seyduzov; and on STSCA with Annie Lucas of MIR Corporation

Part 4: Report with Seattle city officials, including former Mayor Wes Uhlman and Seattle City Councilmember Sally Clark

Part 5: Report on University of Washington faculty’s vital contributions to Seattle-Tashkent sister-city relations, featuring Prof. Ilse Cirtautus

Part 6: Report with University of Washington Central Asia students


Uzbek Honor for City Councilmember Ms. Jan Drago
Seattle City Councilmember Ms. Jan Drago has been a longtime friend of the STSCA. The Uzbekistan embassy in Washington, D.C. has just honored and recognized her for her work in support of the positive relations between Seattle and Tashkent and the country of Uzbekistan.

There was a special ceremony at the Uzbek embassy on January 17, 2009, to present to Ms. Drago the Embassy’s and Ambassador’s Special Appreciation Award in “recognition of her outstanding efforts and commitment to developing Seattle-Tashkent Sister City ties and promoting better understanding between the United States and Uzbekistan.”

The award was presented by Ambassador Abdulaziz Kamilov. The STSCA appreciates Ms. Drago’s longtime support for the STSCA and her friendship. Ms. Drago clearly deserves this recognition and our thanks!

Dan Peterson
President, Seattle-Tashkent Sister City Association


A Grand 35th Anniversary Reunion
To all Seattle-Tashkent alumni: Come celebrate and reminisce!
Saturday, April 5, 2008, from 1pm to 6pm
Roosevelt High School Activity Center
1410 N.E. 66th St.
Seattle, WA 98115
$15 adults, $5 children (under 12)

RSVP today! Volunteer to help set up! RSVP to Dan Peterson, President, at or Rosanne Royer at

Annual Meeting
Thursday, January 31, 2008 – 7:30 pm
North Seattle Community College, North Star Room
College Way North, Seattle, WA

Featuring “Coming to a Theatre Near You: A preview of Two Plays from Tashkent’s Ilkhom Theatre”–a presentation by Kurt Beattie, Artistic Director and Kevin Hughes, Managing Director, ACT Theatre, with video clips of the Ilkhom plays being brought to Seattle by ACT Theatre: White White Black Stork by Elkin Tuichiev and Mark Weil and Ecstasy with the Pomegranate by Mark Weil and D. Tikhomirov.


Annual STSCA Picnic – Thursday, August 9, 2007 – 5:00 pm
Richmond Beach Saltwater Park, Upper Picnic Shelter
2021 NW 190th St. – Shoreline, WA 98177

Join us for a potluck/barbecue in this beautiful park setting. Bring a dish to share or something to grill.  There will be Uzbek food, Uzbek music, and good friends from Seattle’s Central Asian community to share a wonderful evening.  Everyone is welcome.

Driving Directions to Richmond Beach Saltwater Park: From I-5: Take the 175th Street exit (Exit 176) and turn west onto N.175th St (that’s a right coming from the north and a left coming from the south).  Follow 175th to Aurora Ave N. Highway 99 and turn right.  Take Aurora to N. 185th and turn left.  N. 185th becomes N. Richmond Beach Road, which becomes NW 195th.  Turn left onto 20th Ave NW, which becomes NW 190th Street.  Keep going straight and you will end up in the park.

Rotary Presentation, June 6, 2007, Fifth Avenue Theater
Seattle Rotary member David Endicott (former chair of the Seattle/Tashkent Communications Exchange Program) and Dilbar Akhmedova, University of Washington graduate student, collaborated for a brief presentation on the Sufi Muslims of Uzbekistan, also using the opportunity to promote the 2008 celebrations.

Visit of Ambassador Kamilov and his wife, Dr. Rashidova, April 12-15, 2007
Uzbek Ambassador to the United States, Abdulaziz Kamilov and his wife, Dr. Gulnara Rashidova, visited Seattle to attend the University of Washington’s Scholarly Conference. The conference was coordinated by Professor Ilse Cirtautas, Department of Near Eastern Languages and Civilization. The Ambassador and Dr. Rashidova had meetings with The Boeing Company, Governor Gregoire, Mayor Nichols, University of Washington officials, and the STSCA Board, with whom they discussed plans for the 35th anniversary of the sister city relationship. The Ambassador and Dr. Rashidova expressed a strong interest in joint efforts to sponsor a symposium on alternative energy with the Batelle Institute.

Novruz Celebration, March 17, 2007, Sandpoint Conference Center
This was the largest Novruz celebration ever sponsored by the STSCA, with over 150 guests participating. The celebration included traditional foods, speeches, dancing, and music. Uzbek dancing was performed by visiting Uzbek Fulbright program participant, Sitora Khatomova. Central Asian dancing was by Emiko. A wonderful Uzbek puppet show was provided by Sanobar Khotamova, visiting Uzbek Fulbright participant at the University of Washington, and her sister, dancer Sitora Khatomova.

Annual Meeting, March 1, 2007, North Seattle Community College
STSCA members and guests were treated to a lively panel presentation by Dilbar Akhmedova, Sanobar Khotamova, and Christina Szabo on the theme of “Uzbekistan Today.” President Dan Peterson gave a report on plans for the 35th Anniversary celebrations in 2008.