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Political thriller about the revolutions in Kyrgyzstan was released in the USA
Written by , Sunday, 25 May, 2014 – 21:43 | No Comment

Sovereign Publishing in New York (USA) published Bermet Bukasheva’s novel “Mira” (“Worlds”) based on the real events happened in Kyrgyzstan.

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Psychodelic VED in Dushanbe
Written by , Saturday, 24 May, 2014 – 9:37 | No Comment

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.

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neweurasia’s Pilgrimage to the “Living King”
Written by , Friday, 23 May, 2014 – 14:19 | No Comment

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 »

Seed Yanyshev: “I sang for ten years and became a famous singer… among friends”
Written by , Thursday, 22 May, 2014 – 8:15 | No Comment

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.

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MFA Gathers Embassies for Festival of Cultures
Written by , Tuesday, 20 May, 2014 – 15:12 | One Comment

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 »

“Novellasia” finalist: “When I write – I feel that I am alive”
Written by , Monday, 19 May, 2014 – 8:12 | One Comment

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!

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Battle Skillzzz
Written by , Saturday, 17 May, 2014 – 8:05 | No Comment

Seventh annual festival of street dance Battle Skillzzz was held in Bishkek. The event brings together the best dancers in Kyrgyzstan, who compete with each other in various categories.

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Le Régistan est mort, vive le Régistan?
Written by , Friday, 16 May, 2014 – 13:53 | One Comment

“Le Régistan est mort, vive le Régistan?” is a paraphrase of
“The king is dead, long live the king!”

Tourists visiting Samarkand for the past few weeks have most probably noticed construction works at one of the main historical sites of the city, Registan square. According to Ozodlik, RFE/RL’s Uzbek Service, sources report that construction works seriously affected this historical monument. Same sources reported that approximately 5 billion Uzbek Sums (more than $2,2 million) were spent on the whole process.

Now it’s obvious why Samarkand authorities were in such a rush – International Academic Conference, “The Historical Legacy of Scientists and Thinkers of the Medieval East, Its Role and Significance for the Modern Civilization.”

Well, in Samarkand, conferences and meetings with participation of foreigners take place annually, if not quarterly. This type of preps were more than those for “regular” guests. So, in fact all the efforts were to please His Majesty President Karimov’s visit and participation in the conference.

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Aiyl-Agro 2014
Written by , Thursday, 15 May, 2014 – 22:48 | No Comment

II International agro-industrial exhibition AIYL-AGRO 2014 was started in Bishkek.

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Street Art Festival
Written by , Thursday, 15 May, 2014 – 7:59 | No Comment

Street Art Festival will be held  in different parts of Kyrgyzstan from May 12 to 17, 2014 with the support of the U.S. Embassy. It will bring together American dance group Rennie Harris Puremovement and painter and graffiti artist Gabriel Specter.

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