Culture and History
The third finalist of “Novellasia” literary competition Tolibshohi Davlat told us about his dreams and the difficult path of life, which led him to the writing art. Read the full story »
On March 25, Lokhuti theatre of Dushanbe has hosted the Tajikistan bodybuiding championship 2014. Enjoy the video report and some photos.
Swedish avant-garde psychedelic rock band VED completed their tour across Central Asia.
Sovereign Publishing in New York (USA) published Bermet Bukasheva’s novel “Mira” (“Worlds”) based on the real events happened in Kyrgyzstan.
Concert of the Sweden music band VED took place in Dushanbe Gurminj museum of musical instruments on May 17th 2014. The concert was organized in the framework of the international action Museum Night and the concert free entrance event.
In the heart of the Shakh-i-Zinda ensemble, there is a place that is believed to be the last refuge of Kusam ibn Abbas, Prophet Muhammad’s cousin.
Initially, the tomb of Kusam ibn Abbas was the starting point of what is now the world-known Shakh-i-Zinda. Today the ensemble is one of the most popular places for tourists. It is really worth a visit to get closer to the historical monument that was built during 11-12th centuries, and consists of a mosque, mausoleum and a little prayer room.
But mainly, this is a pilgrimage site for people of Samarkand and other cities of Uzbekistan and Central Asian region.
Shakh-i-Zinda is Persian for “The Living King,” tribute to the relative of Prophet Muhammad. People of Samarkand believe that the holy spirit keeps protects them. Thus, Kusam ibn Abbas has never died. Read the full story »
Today we offer you to get acquainted with another finalist of the “Novellasia” literary competition – Seed Yanyshev, who won thanks to his collection of short stories.
On May 10 the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Uzbekistan organized annual Festival of Cultures-2014 at their Diplomatic Receptions House (“Дом дипломатических приёмов”). Foreign embassies and diplomatic missions accredited in Uzbekistan use this opportunity to present their culture to the guests of the event: diplomats, Uzbek officials, local counterparts.
It’s the time of the year when embassies gather on one ground, with their own booths, and are not divided by their political views (sigh!). For example, the U.S. embassy booth was right next to the Belorussian one, while the Iranians were sitting next to Italy and France. Read the full story »
Five Central Asian writers became the best authors of the “Novellasia” competition. Works of the winners will be published soon in English and Russian languages on our website. And for now we offer you to get acquainted with each of the finalists!