British-Uzbek Society WM Branch Launch

Launch of the West Midlands Branch of the British Uzbek Society

The launch of the West Midlands branch of the British-Uzbek Society (BUS) took place on Thursday 8th November at The Waterhall Gallery Chamberlain Square, Birmingham B3 3DH during the celebration event of the new WE (West and East) partnership; an educational collaboration between organisations from a wide global cultural spectrum.   Dr. Hartley Booth OBE, Chairman of the British-Uzbek Society addressed the new and potential members of the society in Birmingham for the first time. The launch was supported by the Uzbek Embassy of the Republic of Uzbekistan in the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland with the welcoming address of  H.E. Mr. Akbarov Otabek, Ambassador of Uzbekistan to the United Kingdom.

The only official British-Uzbek Society was established in 2001 as a Charitable organisation by a group of prominent people in the UK, including business, academic and artistic communities and with the support of the Embassy of Uzbekistan in London. The President of the Society is Lord Ponsonby. Dr Hartley Booth is the Chairman of the Society, and the Vice-Chairman is Dr Shirin Akiner (Professor of SOAS, University of London). The BUS welcomes all individuals interested in economy, history and culture of Uzbekistan and Central Asia to promote friendship and business links through discussion forums, social and cultural events.

The showcase evening at the Waterfall Gallery featured a plethora of fresh new design talent from the Uzbekistan, UK and Russia enriching the city of Birmingham’s creative identity. The event was the result of collaboration between Birmingham Metropolitan College, The SISF (Social Initiatives Support Foundation) – Uzbekistan, The Tashkent Institute of Textile and Light Industry – Uzbekistan, URU Connect, The Socio-Economic Development Center (SABR) – Uzbekistan, The Haven Wolverhampton and The Regional Women’s Enterprise Support Fund – Russia.

The Tashkent Institute of Textile and Light Industry, Uzbekistan delivered a beautiful fashion show presenting the work of young Uzbek designers (pictures on

If you are interested in joining the British Uzbek Society please write to URU Connect is the official contact for the West Midlands branch of the British-Uzbek Society. Please contact us for information on the activities in West Midlands.