The Roof of the World Festival
From 1st to 3rd August 2014 the Roof of the World Festival was held in the Central Park of Khorog, capital of the Gorno-Badakhshan Autonomous Region in Tajikistanís Pamirs Region attracting around 10.000 spectators. The Roof of the World Festival, a cultural festival celebrating folk music and dance of Central Asia, is an annual event organized by local and international organizations active in Tajikistan since 2009. Over the years participants have come from Tajikistan, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Afghanistan, Pakistan and China. Guests, however, also included artists from Germany, the USA and other countries.
The festival program includes music and dance performances, workshops, crafts exhibitions and documentary film shows. The aim of the festival is to preserve cultural heritage, to promote cultural exchange across borders and to offer a cultural experience to the residents of Khorog. Last but not least, the festival aims at encouraging cultural tourism, domestically and internationally to bring people from near and far to Khorog, the Pamirs to experience Central Asia at its best.