News from Boulder-Dushanbe Sister Cities
Navruz 2020 : Due to public health concerns , our March 21 , 2020 Navruz celebration is canceled . Look for notices about a possible September festival.
Tajikistan Tour September 2020
Tentative Travel Itinerary : We will fly to Tashkent Uzbekistan, and spend a day there. Uzbekistan is the only country in Central Asia that seems to be making the transition from the Soviet system to, perhaps, a democracy. I have only spent a few hours in Tashkent recently, and am looking forward to a few more hours there. The next day we drive to Samarkand, where we would spend a day and a half, wandering through the fascinating 15th Century Registan and the tomb of Tamarlane and other spots.
Then on to the border city of Penjakent, Tajikistan, and the ancient ruins of Sarazm. After a visit to the Seven Lakes region, we head to Dushanbe, where we do some official visits, to the mayor’s office and the embassy, and visit the Friendship Center and the Hissar fortress south of the city. Then over the mountains to the city of Khujand, visiting the artists that have spent months in Boulder working on the Teahouse, and getting a lot of local flavor. After two days there, we head back to Tashkent and fly home. Contact us for updates and more information on this travel opportunity.
Open World 2020
Tajikistan - Sports for at Risk Youth
The Government of Tajikistan realizes the importance of athletics and sports for its youth and has established a Committee on Youth Affairs and Sports to manage facilities for sport and exercise. The purpose of this program is for the delegates to learn how to use sports to encourage young people to focus on improving their lives and communities, and especially how to use sporting activities to inspire young people to stay away from gangs, extremism, drugs and crime.