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Curtain Call Coming Soon?
Written by , Thursday, 24 Apr, 2014 – 15:04 | No Comment

Remember Turkmenbashi Saparmurat Niyazov shutting down opera and ballet, and annihilating the Turkmen State Philharmonia in Turkmenistan back in 2001? Then you won’t be too much surprised of the recent news from their Uzbek neighbors: Uzbekbashi Islam Karimov’s regime is liquidating the Uzbek State Philarmonia and the Artistic Union of Performance Ensembles under the Ministry of Culture and Sport. Employees of the both organizations received notifications and are hopeless to find adequate jobs in the nearest future.

“Well, now all [of them] will head to [Kazakhstan to] sing in Kazakh restaurants…”
Zhan Kaumen

If in the case with Turkmenbashi, he was quite straight about the reason of shutting down the shrines of culture in Turkmenistan, the Government of Uzbekistan is not really explaining, just clarifying that this is due to “Approved Structure of the Central Apparatus of the Ministry of Culture and Sports.” Really? Read the full story »

Jazz fest for Bishkek citizens
Written by , Wednesday, 23 Apr, 2014 – 10:22 | No Comment

The 9th annual international festival “Jazz_Bishkek_Spring” was held in Bishkek during three days. 10 music groups from 7 countries participated in the event.

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Bulat Minzhilkiev commemoration meeting
Written by , Wednesday, 23 Apr, 2014 – 10:22 | No Comment

Evening concentrated to the memory of People’s Artist of the USSR Bulat Minzhilkiev will be held on April 23 at the Kyrgyz National Opera and Ballet Theater named after A. Maldybaev.

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“Novellasia” competition’s selectees short-list
Written by , Tuesday, 22 Apr, 2014 – 13:07 | No Comment

“Novellasia”‘s jury chairman Alex Ulko has announced a short-list of 15 authors. Five of these will go on to be chosen as the main winners on 1 May, the other ten becoming runners-up.

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Roman Catholics of Uzbekistan Celebrate Easter
Written by , Tuesday, 22 Apr, 2014 – 11:30 | No Comment

On Easter Eve Catholics of Tashkent and Tashkent Region, as well as from other regions of Uzbekistan gathered in the Catholic Church of Holy Jesus to celebrate one of the greatest holidays of Christianity, Easter. The ceremony started with a bonfire and candles lighting followed by readings from Old Testament and New Testament in Russian, English, Polish and Korean. The ceremony also included baptism of new Catholics, catechumens who passed at least a year of catechesis studies.

The ceremony was led by Bishop Jerzy Maculewicz.

There are approximately 2,000-2,500 Roman Catholics in Uzbekistan, concentrated mainly in Tashkent, Tashkent Region, Samarkand and Fergana Valley. Congregations mainly consist of ethnic Polish, Luthuanian, French, Letts, French and German descendants of those who served for Tsarist Russia Read the full story »

Alexei Ulko: “The author’s love of the text should be obvious”
Written by , Monday, 21 Apr, 2014 – 8:35 | No Comment

Very soon results of the feature competition among citizens of Central Asia “Novellasia” will be summarized. Tomorrow the short-list with 15 nominees will be announced, and the final selection of 5 winners will be made on May 1, 2014. Now I invite you to meet with the chairman of the jury, culture expert with extensive knowledge of Central Asia – Alexei Ulko.

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Pilaf Fest in Tashkent
Written by , Friday, 18 Apr, 2014 – 11:30 | No Comment

Pilaf – is an important part of Uzbek culture, as much as a beer for the Germans or a tea for Englishmen. There are numerous varieties of pilaf and his recipes. And it is not surprising that in Tashkent annually held Pilaf Festival, where masters, called  ”oshpaz” are demonstrating their art.

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New perfomance at Mayakovski theatre
Written by , Friday, 18 Apr, 2014 – 8:16 | No Comment

Russian Drama Theater named after Vladimir Mayakovski in Dushanbe will stage soon the performance based on the early stories by Anton Pavlovich Chehov. “The early stories by Antosha Chehonte” will contain such stories as by Chehov as: “Diplomat”, “Naughty boy”, “Offer”, “Long tongue ” and others. The director of the performance is Nadejda Slavnaya. Nadejda is the specialist from Russia (Irkutsk). I managed to attend the rehearsal of the performance and shortly talk with the director.

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International award ceremony “Jilo” was held in Dushanbe
Written by , Thursday, 17 Apr, 2014 – 8:39 | No Comment

The results of international contest “Jilo” were announced in Dushanbe on April 12. The award “Jilo” is given annually since 2012 for the contribution in art and culture of Persian-speaking nations.

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«I am not a big fan of Persian literature, I think it is too «sweet»
Written by , Monday, 14 Apr, 2014 – 7:27 | No Comment

NewEurasia competition in a social network Facebook gifted new reader Amazon Kindle PaperWhite to one of the residents of Central Asia. Sergei Proshkin from Tajikistan told us what he is going to do with his prize, and at the same time expressed his opinion about literature and «Novellasia» competition.

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