The Silk Road

Legendary Past and Present

"The ancient Silk Road is of the past but its multicultural spirit is more relevant then ever"

Chinghis Aitmatov


The desire to track down a myth became a lifetime project, whereby the adventure `Silk Road´ can be experienced in many different ways:
Right in the middle of sand ocean of the Takla Makan, when the caravan stands in front of a "Pompeji of the desert", one of those places of ancient times shrouded in mystery and preserved by the dry sand, or in one of the bazaars in remote oases with their oriental mixture of ancient craftsmanship and vibrating atmosphere of odours and sounds; but also in caves cut into the rocks at the bottom of the "heavenly mountains" (Tien Shan) with artful paintings telling us about the Silk Road like in a picture book.

But the Silk Road is not only nostalgic past. For quite a time now there is the vision of a new Silk Road, a modern link between East and West, from Europe to China. This vision not only fuels the imagination of poets like the Kirghiz writer Chinghis Aitmatov but also of politicians of all kinds who beleive this to have great economical potential. But an exchange only limited to economy is not enough to revive the function of the old Silk Road which brought people of different cultures together. The dialogue - this is exactly what the Silk Road teaches us - must take place on a much broader base and must go deeper.

This insight stands at the beginning of "Roads of Dialogue", the latest Silk Road project of Bruno Baumann, which sets a mark with a spectacular caravan of culture.

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