Iranian children’s Friendship Week in Turkmenistan 2009

Upated on :June 6, 2009

Country: Turkmenistan

Date: 10/19/2009 to 10/23/2009

Persons dispatched: Maral Sayyadchi, Lili DolatAbadi, Robabe Kalati, Shahruz Ba’i


Iranian children’s Friendship Week commenced in Turkmenistan, Ashgabat in collaboration with Kanoon International Affairs and the I.R. Iran Cultural Center in Turkmenistan, in the hall of The City Puppet Theater Center with the seating capacity of 350 attended by the ambassadors of Germany, Poland, Korea, Pakistan, Turkey, and Tajikistan, the chiefs of the host country including the head of the library and that of the Children Association, the Islamic Republic of Iran cultural attaché in Turkmenistan, and Turkmen families, children and adolescents. It started off with the speech of Mr. Khujayov, the chief of Turkmenistan puppet theater, with that of the Iran ambassador to Turkmenistan, together with the language- learning children and adolescents’ performing the two countries national anthems in Turkmen and Farsi , and having Iran children’s friendship message read out in both languages. The opening ceremony was broadcast on Turkmenistan TV and Radio International Broadcasting’s Channel 4, a multilingual channel with Farsi as one of its languages. The news on this program was published in the newspaper “Turkmenistan” as well.


An exhibition was held of KANOON Publishing Center books for children and young adults, the educational books of The Iran Language Institute Farsi Department, entertainments, Sara and Dara dolls in local costumes, the illustrations of KANOON books, children and young adults’ paintings, photographs, along with an introduction of The Iran Language Institute and its services provided for Farsi language learners.


Workshops of painting with stamps, previously engraved sheets, and with painting brushes using acrylic paint and Ecoline were held, together with those of monoprinting, pottery and forming three-dimensional shapes out of it, paper folding, paper glove dolls, sponge finger puppets, cloth and woolen, whirligigs, and jewelry making with beads, wires and stones.

Film screening:

The animation “It’s pouring splash splosh” was screened, along with KANOON short and long films.


–          a visit to the traditional out-of-town weekly bazaar named  “Jygyldyk “  ( Tolkuchka )

–          a visit to Ashgabat Academy Of Arts ( the children and adolescents’ art school )


The horse is the symbol of nobility and beauty in Turkmen culture. Of the interesting programs of the workshops was that of having horses made out of colored cardboard, long sticks of wood, woolen and ribbon in which there were about 70 horses made by the children. With the parents being present at the enclosure of the Ashgabat puppet theater building, two horses were chosen as the swiftest ones, and the entire children were given gifts.

Moreover, in a part of the programs of workshops, the children wrote literary texts regarding Turkmenistan renowned poets, the stories “The Ruler’s gift” and “The Three Sisters” were narrated to the Farsi- speaking attendees, and the children reproduced the stories as creative plays.

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