Singer Cesaria Evora to Give Grants to Talented Uzbek Youth

'Forum of Culture and Arts of Uzbekistan' Foundation (the Fund Forum)

TASHKENT, Uzbekistan, Nov. 11 /CNW/ - World renowned Portuguese singer, Cesaria Evora and Fund Forums' Chairperson Dr Gulnara Karimova, will give grants to Uzbekistan's talented youth. The joint award ceremony by the Fund Forum and Cesaria Evora for 'Yangi Avlod' (New Generation) children's creativity Festival will be held in Tashkent (Uzbekistan) during the final gala-concert on Tuesday, November 17. The ceremony will be followed by Cesaria Evora's solo music program. This year the project is organized with support from UNICEF.

A unique initiative for children, the 'Yangi Avlod' Festival has been held in Uzbekistan since 2004. The festival has not only become an important way of discovering and supporting gifted children from all regions of Uzbekistan, but presents an opportunity for them to showcase their talents and perform with celebrities at home and in the international arena.

The Festival became the basis for the opening of the Children`s Creativity Centers in Tashkent and Samarkand. In these free centers over 1200 children can study subjects such as computer literacy, acting, painting, needlework, singing, dancing and chess.

Children's creative teams and solo performers from 6 to 14 years old participate with different disciplines, such as classical music, singing, national instruments, dance, fine and applied arts, poetry, literature and theatrical scenarios. In the last five years about 50 thousand children from all regions of Uzbekistan have attended the Festival. About 1500 of them were winners.

Internationally renowned singer Sting while participating in the Art Week Style.Uz 2009 project awarded special grant Diplomas to the 4 best 'Yangi Avlod' laureates, acknowledging their talents and motivating them for further development.

The final gala-concert by 'Yangi Avlod' 2009 participants is dedicated to the 20th anniversary of the adoption of the UN 'On the Right of the Child Convention' and in this framework we have announced, in partnership with local UNICEF office, a competition themed "Me and my right for self-expression" for children participating in two categories; Fine and Applied Arts and Poetry, literature and theatrical scripts.

The final gala concert is being held at one of the major concert halls in Tashkent and its program consists of the Festival finalists' performances and Uzbek stars from music and the arts.

Cesaria Evora previously performed in Tashkent when invited by the Fund Forum to give a concert dedicated to 16th anniversary of Uzbekistan's independence.

SOURCE FUND FORUM.UZ

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