Dushanbe hosts Regional Go Viral Festival Dedicated to Innovation and Creativity  

Dushanbe, Tajikistan, May 11, 2022 – The Central Asia Go Viral Network and the U.S. Embassy in Dushanbe invites enthusiasts and experts from the media, business, culture, and technology sectors to join the three-day Go Viral Tajikistan innovation festival May 13-15, 2022 at the Hyatt Regency Hotel in Dushanbe.  The full schedule for the festival is available at: http://festival.goviral.kz.

Since 2017, the Go Viral Network has empowered journalists, entrepreneurs, filmmakers, and musicians to use media, culture, business, and technology to connect with the world.

This theme of this year’s Go Viral 2022 Festival is: Search. Invent. Solve.  Over 50 speakers at the Festival will represent companies and organizations including Alif Bank, Ilmhona, MDO Humo, Coca-Cola, and Amazon.  Participating social media influencers include Rafael Gulov, Orzu Isoev, Zarnigor Makhmudova, and Faridun Khairullozoda.  Creative industry representatives include Farrukh Negmatzade, architect Oyat Shakuri, art manager Diana Rakhmanova, Oogway Comics Group, and Afghan artist Omar Hamm.  Live performances include Daler Nazarov, Jasur Khalilov, DJ Firdavs Isoev, Melody Rangers band, the ITCC Afghan band, and The Daze band, in addition to live theatre performances and art exhibitions.

American entrepreneur Brandon Andrews will attend Go Viral in person and deliver keynote remarks and a master class.  Brandon is co-founder of Gauge, an AI-driven mobile market research platform connecting brands to consumers and influencers to identify opportunities and avoid mistakes.  Named a Global Innovation Fellow by the U.S. Department of State, he has traveled the world speaking on entrepreneurship and innovation.

Go Viral Tajikistan Ambassador Manizha Babakulova stated that the Go Viral community has doubled in the last year. “We have brought together creators, specialists from several industries, and like-minded people to contribute to the development of society for successful collaborations. This festival is a celebration of a huge community”.

Noting U.S. support for the Festival, Ambassador John Mark Pommersheim stated “The Go Viral Festival represents the best of Tajik and American innovation. We are proud to help bring together so many creative thinkers to shape our countries’ futures for the next 30 years.”

International and local sponsors of the 2022 Dushanbe Festival include Spirit of America, Coca-Cola, Asia+, YourTJ, and TCell.  The Go Viral 2022 Festival is planned to be organized in Dushanbe, Tashkent, Bishkek, Almaty, and Ashgabat cities from May 13 until July 2.

For media inquiries, please reach out to Go Viral Ambassador in Tajikistan, Manizha Babakulova, via email at manizha@iwpr.net or phone number at 901-10-79-48.

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The Go Viral Network is implemented by IWPR and funded by the U.S. Department of State and U.S. Diplomatic Missions in Central Asia.