US embassy holds pro-tolerance concert in Tashkent


TASHKENT -- The US embassy in Uzbekistan held a pro-tolerance concert October 13 at its old chancery in Chilanzar, Tashkent, the embassy said in a Monday (October 16) statement.

Around 500 guests attended the event, which was part of the 15th annual worldwide Daniel Pearl World Music Days. The festival honours journalist and musician Daniel Pearl, who was murdered by terrorists in Pakistan in 2002.

"Daniel Pearl World Music Days is an annual global concert network affirming the ideals of tolerance, friendship and our shared humanity," according to the embassy statement.

Performers included Farrukh Zakirov and Yalla, Shahzoda and DJ Piligrim, as well as some rising artists.

"You have it all on one stage -- three generations of amazing music and two glorious cultures, united to celebrate one harmonious humanity," US Deputy Chief of Mission Les Viguerie said in opening remarks.

Since 2002, more than 14,000 performances for Daniel Pearl World Music Days have taken place in 140 countries.

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