It was a celebration of NAWRUZ yesterday at MUSE Gallery at the Brussels’s Sablon ! 

We celebrated the New Year, which co-insided with the Spring Equinox and is often a time when people of Eurasia wish each other prosperity and new beginnings! 

March 21st marks the start of the New Year under the name of NAWRUZ, which means “new day” in Persian, when a variety of rituals, ceremonies and other cultural events take place for a period of 6 weeks! “Nawruz” is pronounced differently in each country of the region! It was put on the UNESCO’s list of the immaterial cultural heritage in 2010! 

The celebration of Nawruz © Yelena21

These practices support cultural diversity and tolerance, contribute to building community solidarity and peace! They are transformed from older to younger generations through pro-active participation! Many participated in our festive soirée of Nawruz actively, where we were gathered around “the table” and enjoyed Eurasian delights such as “baursaki” and “samsa”! 

We showcased unique pieces of nomadic jewelry from NURDOS (Nurdos Aliaskarov), a prominent jewellery designer from Kazakhstan and opened an exhibition of his works, which will be a part of Brussels Contemporary Jewellery Week as well at the end of this April! With our finissage on the 27th of April! 

The jewellery collection was complemented by a small selection of vintage chopans (traditional silk coats) from Central-Asia! We, the organizers, were wearing them!

The dombra player © Yelena21

A young student from Kazakhstan, Islambek, played folklore melodies on a traditional instrument “dombra” for the public.

I am very thankful to the owner of MUSE Gallery Stephane Cauchies, who hosted us yesterday and will be a part of Brussels Jewellery Week’s parkour! Also to all our friends, colleagues and lovers of Nawruz, who came yesterday to celebrate this spring feast with us! We are looking forward to the end of April, when we will showcase a bigger collection and top selection from Nurdos Aliaskarov during Brussels Jewellery Week!

Muse Gallery in Brussels, 30 Rue des Minimes, 1000 Bruxelles.

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