Turkmen Days 2
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A free ticket guarantees you admission to the event up until 15 minutes before show time. At that point, we will let people without tickets into the show and a ticket will no longer guarantee you admission. (The Kiva is large, so this shouldn't be a problem, but just in case!)
Ten years ago 78 visiting Turkmen artists came to New Mexico and performed a remarkable pageant in the ballroom of the Hyatt Hotel downtown. That was the largest Turkmen group to ever come to the United States, and it only visited two cities—Washington DC and Albuquerque. Inspired by a recent visit to Turkmenistan by Albuquerque Mayor Tim Keller, the Turkmen government is sending 45 artists to visit Albuquerque for another beautiful night of sharing their culture. Albuquerque is the only city in the United States that will host these visiting artists!
Since its twinning in 1990, Albuquerque and Ashgabat have enjoyed many different cultural exchanges, which established friendships and connections upon which future collaborations could be built. Business and government leaders from Turkmenistan have come to Albuquerque as part of the US State Department sponsored Open World program, as well as the remarkable cultural exchange of a decade ago.
The performance on October 24 will highlight this spirit of collaboration. Turkmen dancers showcasing traditional dance and music of the famous Silk Road will be joined by local artists highlighting Albuquerque diverse cultural heritage.
Sponsors for the concert, as well as providing hospitality for our Turkmen guests, include the City of Albuquerque, Albuquerque Sister Cities Foundation and AMP Concerts.