Raqs-e Qalam – World Silk Road Calligraphy Festival

Day 6 (25 Jan 2020) ‌View Exhibition

🇷🇸 Serbia, 🇧🇦 Bosnia and Herzegovina,🇮🇷 Mashhad City Iran

The Silk Road is mostly known as the highway of trade and economic deals. But a look at the history of the people who lived in such ancient and vast land demonstrates that the Silk Road was not the only trade and economic route. The route has also been the place to exchange thoughts, ideas and love songs, besides being known as the path of dialogue and peace and the land of literature and etiquette in where people knew the lifestyle of living peacefully together, also their poets have whispered romantic and humane messages all over the country which cause different religions coexist for many years. Life was full of cheerful and pleasant colour and freshness in these lands. The Silk Road Warp and weft are still unique and captivating in the world, but perhaps one of the most important characteristics of people of these lands is their love to knowledge and books. That is why the art of writing in the Silk Road is ancient and more than a thousand years old. Book layout represents the peak of a civilisation’s respect for writing, science and knowledge. Letters and words art is honourable and heavenly in this land. This is the land of dance of words and pen dancing. Dancing pens narrate the glory of ancient civilizations here. The Silk Road calligraphers have been narrators of peace and humanity for centuries. With the dance of their pens, they call human beings to friendship and dialogue. Calligraphy is our identity, not only ours but also civilisations which honouring knowledge and value books. This art can call hearts towards cognition, knowledge and dialogue in such hard times when the abnormal sound of violence and war can be heard from every corner. 

The First Virtual International Exhibition and Conference on Calligraphy along the Silk Road Countries

The National Commission for UNESCO is proud to welcome peace which is written in history of the Silk Road. Artists who are good messengers and friends with pen dancing and the most beautiful sayings of the elders of their land. The Pen Dance Exhibition and Scientific Conference is an attempt to connect the calligraphers of the world. In this great conference, calligraphers of ancient civilizations from all over the world come together to show the glory of art. Simultaneously with the exhibition, thinkers and artists who are expert in calligraphy around the world will tell about the latest developments in this important art in their homeland. UNESCO considers its most significant goal to dry up the roots of war in the human mind. Artists from these disciplines from Africa, Asia, the West and the East of the world peacefully remove people souls from the dust of violence and war by dancing with their writings. According to Maulana Jalaluddin Rumi:

That minstrel by whom the world was filled with rapture, from whose voice wondrous phantasies grew (arose in the minds of those who heard him),

At whose song the bird of the soul would take wing, and at whose note the mind of the spirit would be distraught

Many thanks to all the artists who participated in this great conference. I thank the mayor and managers of Mashhad who are the hosts of this great and global festival. This banquet would not have taken place without the sincere cooperation of the Secretaries General of the UNESCO National Commissions, the efforts of Iran’s cultural advisors and the hard-working colleagues in the UNESCO National Commission. Hopefully, Covid19 era will end quickly and we will host all the artists in Iran and shake hands with each other and talk openly, without a mask.

Your great efforts are praiseworthy and we appreciate your exertion.

Secretary Genetal of National Commission-UNESCO
Hojjatullah Ayoubi

Raqse-Qalam International Calligraphy Exhibition Schedule

  • Day 1 (20 Jan 2020) → 🇦🇿 Azerbaijan, 🇫🇷 France, 🇰🇿 Kazakhstan, 🇪🇸 Spain, 🇹🇯 Tajikistan, 🇺🇿 Uzbekistan, 🇵🇱 Poland, 🇮🇷Iran
  • Day 2 (21 Jan 2020) → 🇰🇷 South Korea, 🇯🇵 Japan, 🇨🇳 China, 🇮🇳 India, 🇸🇬 Singapore, 🇲🇳 Mongolia
  • Day 3 (22 Jan 2020) → 🇸🇾 Syria, 🇦🇪 UAE, 🇹🇷 Turkey, 🇷🇺 Russia, 🇴🇲 Oman, 🇰🇼 Kuwait, 🇱🇧 Lebanon
  • Day 4 (23 Jan 2020) → 🇯🇴 Jordan, 🇲🇦 Morocco, 🇩🇿 Algeria, 🇪🇬 Egypt, 🇹🇳 Tunisia
  • Day 5 (24 Jan 2020) → 🇵🇰 Pakistan, 🇦🇫 Afghanistan, 🇮🇶 Iraq
  • Day 6 (25 Jan 2020) → 🇷🇸 Serbia, 🇧🇦 Bosnia and Herzegovina,🇮🇷 Mashhad City Iran

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