The Go Viral Festival will be held for the first time in Khujand on October 22, 23 and 24

On October 22, 23 and 24, the Go Viral Khujand “Mini Fest” will bring together two dozen outstanding speakers from the spheres of business, media, culture and technology.

Entrepreneurs, developers, artists, comedians, poets, musicians, and other professionals will share their experiences to strengthen the network of Tajik creative communities.

Attendees from across Sughd Province will discover new talents, tell stories, share knowledge, and inspire new achievements.  On Sunday, the last day of the festival, chefs from Panjikent, Isfara and Khujand will participate in a “Battle of Pilaf.”

The main goal of the festival will be to empower participants from Sughd Oblast and across Tajikistan with a platform to share their ideas with the world.

The Go Viral Khujand Mini Fest will be hosted by American Space Khujand, located on Kalandarova street 56. Online broadcasting of performances is also provided on the GoViralTJ social media pages.

You can register here:

The full list of speakers can be found on Go Viral’s Instagram and Facebook pages. There may be minor changes in the program.

To comply with Covid-19 preventive standards, the festival will host a limited number of participants and require mask wearing.

Go Viral is a project funded and supported by the US Diplomatic Mission to Tajikistan  The U.S. Embassy to Dushanbe is proud to celebrate 30 years of Tajik independence by supporting innovative Tajiks who represent the country’s future. 

Go Viral Mini Fest Khujand Program:


22 October, Friday

from 15:30 to 20:00

15: 30-16: 00 * Registration

16:00 -16: 10 * Festival opening

16: 10-17: 30 * Technology and business:

– Dilshod Niezov, co-founder of the Silk Road Professionals IT company

– Bakhtiyor Kadyrov, Director, Wooppay Tajikistan

– Azam Akhrulloev, creator of the footwear brand

17: 30-18: 00 Catering and networking

18: 00-18: 30 Exhibition opening

* Exhibition of works by SogdArt. Adiba Dusmatova, designer, curator of the exhibition

18: 30-19: 30

* Panel discussion “The realities of journalism in the Sughd region.”

– Jamshed Marupov, journalist, fact-checker;

– Juraboy Shavkatovich, photographer;

19: 30-20: 00 * Musical number

– Firdavs Kholnazarov, musician

23 October, Saturday

From 14:00 to 18:30

15: 00-15: 30

* Collection and registration

15: 30-15: 40

* Opening of the second day

– Chaz Martin, Founder of GoViral

15: 40-17: 30 Workshops:

– Timur Sharipov, Oogway Comics. Comics: Where to Start?

– Sevara Kadyrova, young artist. “Imagination is enough to draw”;

– Firuz Karachaev (Smuzi TV), blogger, comedian. “What is Instagram pumping?”;

– Shahzoda Sultanova (Shazen), photographer. “How to turn a hobby into a profession”.

17: 30-18: 00 Pizza time and networking

18: 00-18: 30

* Munira Tursunova, presentation “The story of the first woman sculptor.”

18: 30-19: 30

* Creative evening “Pearls of the Modern East”.

– Zebunisso Rasulzade, poet, writer;

– Nasiba Mirpochoeva, director of EWB, co-founder of SogdArt;

– Erkin Kholmatov, programmer

18: 30-19: 30

* Panel discussion “Humor as a Mass Media”

– Khabib Bakhriddinov, stand-up;

– Zanjabil Bro, bloggers, viners;

– Sharifjon Sattorzoda (Hovalingi), Red Stand Up;

– moderator – Dilnoza Mirzomamadova, coordinator of IWPR media projects.

24 October, Sunday

From 10:00 to 14:30

* Collection and registration

10:00 – 10:20

* Opening: Karnay and Surnay

10:00 – 13:00

* Master class live. Cooking Isfara, Panjikent and Khujand pilaf. Moderators: Rafael Gulov and Umeda Jurazoda.

11:00 – 12:00

– Musical accompaniment and master class of a quartet of folk instruments


10:30 – 12:30 Parallel activities while cooking pilaf:

* Outdoors:

– Food court

– Master classes with family and children

– Zebunisso Solieva, Healthy lifestyle


10:30 – 12:30

* Umeda Pulatova, Director of IT-RUN. Master class with children “An interesting and creative activity accessible to everyone”

* Nasiba Khodzhaeva, master class with children: “Innovative methods in education.”

10:30 – 12:30 American Space Dushanbe

* Nilufar Muradova. “How the IT-gap format popularizes IT-professions”

* Firdavs Yorov. Workshop “How to create VR tours”

– Exhibition of paintings “Flowers of Paradise. Flowers of Paradise “. The curator of the exhibition is Mufiza Kenzhaeva.

12: 30-13: 00 Closing of the festival

13: 00-13: 30 Pilaf tasting

13: 30-14: 30 48 Hours Watching movies

* Participation in the competition 48 hours – American Center in Penjikent.