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Dushanbe Ethno-Jazz Festival music gigs
Written by , Monday, 30 Jun, 2014 – 19:24 | No Comment

In one of my previous posts I have already written about Dushanbe Ethno – Jazz Festival that took place from 15th to 18th of May 2014. From now I’ll post a few videos of different groups that performed at the festival. To begin I would like to post the video with the music band I liked most of all during the festival  and that is music project “Mizrob” from Dushanbe.

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History of the Kyrgyz language and writing
Written by , Monday, 30 Jun, 2014 – 8:31 | No Comment

The book “History of the Kyrgyz language and writing” by Kyrgyz author Gulzhamal Zhamankulova was published in Bishkek. Read the full story »

Jewish Synagogue in Bukhara
Written by , Sunday, 29 Jun, 2014 – 23:47 | No Comment

If you are in Bukhara, make sure you visit the Bukharan Jews synagogue not far from Lyab-i-Havuz. It’s one of the oldest Bukharan synagogues with the copies of the Torah as old as few centuries. There’s one that is approximately 1000 years old, according to the guard of the religious site.

There are few more synagogues in Bukhara but this one is, probably, the most interesting and has a longer history than others.

Nowadays there are approximately 25-30 Bukhara Jews families of what was approximately 40,000 back in the end of 1980s. Nonetheless, the synagogue witnesses crowds on big religious holidays.

Rabbi Aron Siyanov or Dan Siyanov, if they are there would be happy to give you a tour, as well as tell you the story of the visits of former Secretary of State Madeleine Albright, and Hillary Clinton back in a day when she was the First Lady.

Uzbek emerging rap star expresses attitude toward drag stage persona Conchita Wurst
Written by , Sunday, 29 Jun, 2014 – 14:12 | No Comment

It’s interesting how sometimes people from societies, where homosexuality is criminalized and LGBT communities are at high risk, after becoming ‘famous’ in their little stupid circles, claim they are expressing people’s opinion.

MC Doni, a newcommer for Black Star Inc. label, released his single dedicated to his beard. The song is focused against drag stage persona Conchita Wurst, Austrian female singer with a beard who won Eurovision Song Contest 2014.

MC Doni's version of Conchita
MC Doni’s version of Conchita

MC Doni, who’s ethnic Uzbek from Uzbekistan (just like Timati, the founder of Black Star Inc.) where male homosexuality is punished with imprisonment up to three years, suggests that if one doesn’t have a beard then he’s are a loser, but if one doesn’t have male genitals but wears a beard, then he’s not a man. Plus, women will say “Yes!” to those men who have beards. Pretty clear, right?

“If you shaved you beard, then cut your penis like Conchita”
Timati, Boroda

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Sugar Deficit: Back in U.S.S.R.
Written by , Saturday, 28 Jun, 2014 – 1:49 | One Comment

Uzbekistan is facing another deficit issue: sugar. If a week ago it was available for a regular price, approximately 2,500-3,000 Uzbekl sums, nowadays the price has risen to 3,200 in stores and 5,000 at bazaars.

Why to pay more? When you buy it at a store, you should wait in a queue for at least 30-40 minutes, and — surprise — you won’t get more than two (!) kilograms per person. Plus, you have to buy it outside of a market itself, on a specially-arranged territory. Moreover, a police guy controls everything to make sure people don’t fight or kill each other over sugar. Craziness? Sad but true!

But if you got to a bazaar, you can buy as many kilos as you want for a high price.

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Sumalak festival 2014
Written by , Thursday, 26 Jun, 2014 – 14:49 | No Comment

Uzbek authorities try to make the country more attractive to foreigners. But problems potential tourists face, including the difficulty of the Uzbek visa, horrible border control service etc.

At the end of April, Uzbekstourism and their partners organized an annual Sumalak Festival. The main target group of this event is diplomatic corps and foreigners who work in Uzbekistan.

It was quite an event with beautiful dances, delicious food, fashion show and exciting athmosphere. By visiting this event I became more sure that Uzbekistan could do much better than just 1 million tourists per year.

Let’s hope Uzbektourism (i.e. central government) will realize the importance to develop the tourism sector sooner than later and ease the entrance for foreigners. At the end of the day, it’s for country’s economy. For their personal income as well.

Viva Uzbekistan and its tourism sector! Read the full story »

Visual Arts сompetition “Exit Permit” is extended until July 14!
Written by , Thursday, 26 Jun, 2014 – 9:25 | No Comment

Transitions Online, an English-language magazine covering Eastern Europe and the former Soviet Union, and NewEurasia, Central Asia’s first and largest citizen-journalism network, are looking for the most promising visual artists in Central Asia to participate in our new competition for the visual arts, “Exit Permit.”

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Flashmob “Kyrgyz biy” in the center of Bishkek
Written by , Thursday, 26 Jun, 2014 – 7:51 | No Comment

Flashmob “Kyrgyz biy” dedicated to the Kyrgyz traditional dances was organized at the platform before the Kyrgyz State Historical Museum.

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Moynaq: The Graveyard of Ships and Hopes
Written by , Tuesday, 24 Jun, 2014 – 14:52 | One Comment

neweurasia reports from the place which was called “the worst place on earth” by The Sunday Times Magazine in 2010.

We are in Moynaq, once an important sea port, which witnessed one of the planet’s most severe environmental disasters, the Aral Sea shrinkage.

According to data collected, one of the world’s four largest lakes till mid 1960s, the Aral Sea has shrunk to just 10 % of its original size.

Here are some pictures of what Moynaq ‘seashore’ looks like today. Read the full story »

Eco Fair “Free market”
Written by , Tuesday, 24 Jun, 2014 – 8:51 | No Comment

An eco-fair “Frimarket” was organized 7th of June , at the Children Park of Dushanbe.

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