In cooperation with creative individuals and other interested parties among the donor community, our organization, Amesha Spenta initiated the first small-scale, localized “Roof of the World” Festival in Khorog, Tajikistan back in 2008. Over the years, Amesha Spenta expanded the annual festival to regional level with a broader perspective of regional cooperation and involvement by inviting musicians, dancers and artisans from neighboring mountain societies of Central and South Asia and other places along the historic Silk Road and even beyond. As a result, the festival became one of the key agents of change in promoting and building peaceful environment for cultural exchange and preserving of various cultural traditions and pluralistic cultural values among the populations living across in the Central and South Asian regions.
The event provided a rare opportunity for all participants coming across the state frontiers to express artistic talents and demonstrate their own culture-specific creative skills in performing music and dances in multi-cultural environment. Along with music and artistic performance, traditional food and musical instruments as well as handicrafts products, master classes, and documentary films of the countries of participants were also at display for the world to see. This festival has raised awareness on the need to protect and promote distinct modes of cultural expression as historical heritage of the region. The festival helped both to re-invigorate and reanimate the disappearing cultural traditions, promote pluralism in the area. The synergy with tourism sector contributed to economic development and improved peoples lives.