The festival, Novruz (also known in various countries as Neuruz, Nauryz, Navruz, Novruz, Nooruz or Nowruz), is a renowned celebration of the coming of spring, and it is widely celebrated in various Central Asian countries (and thus the spelling of the name may vary). At its core, the event encompasses ideas of peace, charity, purity and love. Historically, the significance of this holiday was at par with the celebration of the coming of a new year - the blossoming and awakening of nature was treated as the period of rebirth and a time of new beginnings.
In London, representatives of various organisations and societies combined their efforts to carry this tradition onwards. The success of this venture grew every year, and became widely regarded as the Central Asian Spring Festival in London (CASF).
The festival is represented by 9 cultures with representatives participating from Azerbaijan, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Uzbekistan, Iran, Turkey, Eastern China and Afghanistan.
This year marks the ninth annual CASF celebration, with the festival being held in its usual place, on the grounds of the University College London (Gower Street). The organisers are confident that based on the turnout of previous years the event is likely to attract at least around 2,000 attendees.
On the day of the event, guests will be entertained by a variety of performances, various fun cultural activities (Koresh wrestling competition, tug-of-war, backgammon championship) and a cultural exhibition. More importantly, all guests will be offered a variety of remarkable and exotic dishes of Central Asian cultures - plov, cooked by an Uzbek cook on the spot, samsa, manty, qurutob, pakhlava and much more.
Once the Festival is finished, most of the profits generated are either retained by the non-profit organisation for future events or donated to charities in the Central Asian region. Historically, the CASF Team made donations to orphan homes, educational programmes and disadvantaged children with various medical conditions.
One of the prime objectives of CASF is to promote Central Asian culture in the UK. We aim to raise awareness about the region by organizing cultural and educational events. Plans for 2018 include organizing cultural workshops in an attempt to educate attendees about Central Asian music, literature, cuisine, art and other parts of culture.
It is with great pleasure that we now extend a warm welcome to everyone to join the wide celebration of the Central Asian Spring Festival!