Cross-regional and Blogosphere
On 7-14 July 2013 the hospitable yurt camp of the Taijiquan Federation of Kyrgyzstan located on the picturesque southern shore of Issyk Kul, hosted the 5th anniversary event ‘Lazy Art’ which assembled a couple of dozens of Central Asian contemporary artists and curators.
In early July 2013, the Turkish city of Eskişehir hosted the ‘Days of Turkmenistan Culture’ event.
Japanese photography critic Kotaro Iizawa’s curated global traveling photo exhibition made its way to Central Asia in July 2013.
From July 3rd – 21st, in Tajikistan’s capital city Dushanbe, the Embassy of Japan, together with the National Library of Tajikistan and Japan Foundation, hosted the photo exhibition “Tohoku — Through the Eyes of Japanese Photographers.”
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When I was asked to write a review of the collection of poems by Zhyldyz Baizakova called The Songs of the Dark Fire, I did not expect it to be an interesting and educating experience.
A big announcement over at NewEurasia’s long-standing brother-site, The Registan. Essentially, the team from the last few years has broken up. Some are moving onto new careers; others are plowing forward with their present ones; but either way, their ability to blog has been and shall be curtailed. It’s the passing of an era.
The Turkish World Writers and Artists Association (TÜRKSAV) shall be having its 17th annual “World Service Awards” at the end of this month. Twelve people, institutions and organizations from shall countries will be awarded in a ceremony held within the context of “Turkish Day” in the USA.
Click “read more” to see the winners and get contact information for the event.
‘Come to the Russian stand, I’ll meet you there’, says Hamid Ismailov, a writer from Uzbekistan, the head of the BBC Central Asian and Caucasus Service, a quiet and soft-spoken gentleman in a black velveteen jacket. It’s the last day of the London Book Fair 2013, and I’m visiting the huge Earls Court Exhibition to meet Hamid-aka and Marat Akhmedjanov, perhaps, the leading publisher about all things Central Asian, at least in the UK.
Editor’s note: What, if any, is the connection between the Boston bombings and Kyrgyzstan? NewEurasia’s Schwartz suspects not much. What will be more interesting, he says, is how online forums shall start thinking about the possible linkages.
During the dramatic events in Boston, I have sat on the sidelines somewhat bemused. I am still waiting for a clear picture to emerge. I am not a security expert, so I shall refrain from speculating on the nature of the attacks (which, I imagine from a terrorism perspective seem kind of, well, aimless and incompetent); rather, of more interest is the Eurasia connection.
Private orphanage “Meerim Bulagy” which located in the village of Ak-Bulun, Tyup district of Issyk-Kul region of Kyrgyzstan, was famous for applying psychological, physical and sexual violence, and forced change of religion on the children
And we would also like to remind our readers that this edition of the Alpamysh is based upon H.B. Paksoy’s critical academic edition in English. Go check it out if you’re curious to learn more about the editorial and conceptual history behind the epic. :-)