On June 6, 2022, the first Dushanbe Water Festival took place in the capital’s Navruzgoh Park of Culture and Recreation.

It was a celebration honoring water as the basis of life, well-being and prosperity, as well as a great opportunity for the guests- participants of the conference to get acquainted with the rich history, culture, art, traditions of the Tajik people, as well as to spend a pleasant interesting evening in a friendly and festive atmosphere.

The festival was organized by the Government of the Republic of Tajikistan within the framework of the Second High-level International Conference on the International Decade of Action “Water for Sustainable Development”, 2018-2028, which takes place in Dushanbe from 6 to 9 June this year.

The main goal of the Dushanbe Water Festival was to raise public awareness of the value of water as a vital resource, careful attitude to it and its preservation for future generations. Along with positive messages, the Festival pointed out the existing problems and challenges and the need to mobilize efforts to overcome them.

The Festival demonstrated the policy and practice of Tajikistan as a leading country in promoting water issues on the global agenda, as well as attracting the attention of the world community to the UN Water Conference, which will be held in 2023 under the chairmanship of the Republic of Tajikistan and the Kingdom of the Netherlands. It is worth noting that the UN Water Conference in 2023 is expected to be historic and will accelerate actions to achieve the water goals of the global Development Agenda.

The Dushanbe Water Festival consisted of five components. The Festival program included an exhibition of folk crafts and creativity, an exhibition of dishes of Tajik national cuisine and other countries of the world, an exhibition of various types of drinking water, a concert program with the participation of leading masters of the country’s art, a fashion show of Tajik national clothes and other show programs.