DUSHANBE, March 22, Asia-Plus: The efforts and collaboration of AKDN with the Government of Tajikistan and the Government of Afghanistan has led to organize 2 mega Tajik-Afghan cross-border concerts to celebrate the Navrouz Festival.
In this regard the first event was organised on 20th March as singers and musicians from Tajikistan crossed the border at the site of the Friendship Bridge in Khorog and performed traditional songs and dances for audiences on the other side of the Panj River in village of Bashor, Afghanistan. Similarily, on March 21, Afghan performers have participated a traditional concert program in Khorog.
Despite a common linguistic and cultural heritage between inhabitants of the Tajikistan and Afghanistan, social and economic connections between them have been minimal for the past seventy years. The Cross-Border Concert is an experience and culture sharing initiative intended to foster regional cooperation. Better understanding amongst the peoples of neighboring countries is seen as a cornerstone of future stability throughout Central Asia. Cultural relations are regarded as a way of building confidence and trust that can in turn lead to wider cross-border cooperation on alleviating poverty and promoting economic growth.