On December 7 presentation of book of the great Kyrgyz poet Alykul Osmonov was held at the Embassy of the Kyrgyz Republic in Russia. Read the full story »
This past weekend, Elyor Nematov and I went to Osh to deliver NewEurasia’s three-day workshop on photojournalism. In fact, calling it a workshop on “photojournalism” is a bit deceptive, since it was much more than just an extended seminar on the technicalities of using photographic and videographic equipment. Elyor explained the principles of creating a photo-story, and he also elaborated the philosophical implications of what it really meant to be a photo-journalist.
This was the third and final workshop of our current arts and culture project, which has been supported by Hivos Foundation. Unfortunately, I’ve been hearing from various sources that our adventure in Osh may very well have been one of the foundation’s last direct endeavors in Central Asia. After 19 years of hard work in the region, it’s perhaps a fitting end for them, too. A cornerstone of Hivos’ mission has been to break down barriers, foster discussion, and in general promote pluralism, and it was precisely these kinds of things which Elyor elaborated upon, both from a philosophical perspective and a technical one. As he put it, the photo-journalist’s duty is not just to record events, but to break down the subject-object divide. In this respect, the photo-story, with its essay-like to meditate upon and explore all the different facets of an issue, is the photo-journalists’ most unique creation and tool.
Moreover, Osh proved to be a perfect site for our workshop. This was my first time visiting that city, and in just a few days, I was nearly overwhelmed with its ethnic and ideological complexity. Osh is more than just an ancient, tiny city in the middle of the Eurasian landmass. With a metropolitan area of almost half a million souls, and with a history that stretches back into the shadows of Central Asia’s early history, the city has long been touted as a melting pot of cultures, almost an archetype of Silk Road and Soviet internationalism. Consequently, Osh emerges as a dual-sided symbol, of what the Kyrgyz call “маданият” — civilization — and what Kyrgyzstan could be. The two sides of this symbol need not be mutually co-exclusive, much less violently so, although controversies continue to swirl around them as a consequence of the June 2010 events.
Evening dedicated to the memory of the Kyrgyz writer, journalist and screenwriter Leonid Dyadyuchenko was held on December 5, 2013 at Russian Book House in Bishkek. Read the full story »
International exhibition “Morning freshness in the country of high mountains” was held at the Exhibition Hall of the Kyrgyz Republic’s Union of Artists “The Oak Park” named after S.A. Chuikov. It was running for two weeks between 18-30th November 2013 on the occasion of the official visit of President of the Kyrgyz Republic, Almazbek Atambayev, to the Republic of Korea.
Musical-educational concert “Music is the soul of nation” was held on November 24 at the Kyrgyz National Conservatory in Bishkek. Culture of the Korean diaspora in Kyrgyzstan was presented at the concert. Read the full story »
NewEurasia announces a free workshop on arts/culture photojournalism in Osh. Professional and amateur journalists, students, bloggers and civil society activists are invited to participate.
The workshop shall teach participants the fundamentals of photojournalism, both in terms of theory and practice, with concrete examples from the history of the field. Participants will also learn skills in identifying and developing local photo-stories.
The workshop will be held 7-9 Decemnber in English and Russian. It will be conducted by Elyor Nematov, an up-and-coming photojournalist from Uzbekistan who is based in Bishkek.
Photo exhibition on violence against women “Don’t be afraid, don’t be silent” was held between 22-24th November 2013 at one of the shopping malls of Bishkek.
The second Open Central Asia Book Forum & Literature Festival was held between 7-11th November 2013 in both London and Cambridge. Following on from the first event, held in Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan, in 2012, the organisers focused on bringing the works of Central Asian authors and illustrators to the UK to give local audiences a taste of the talent that is emanating from the region.
Talented Kyrgyz citizens won prizes at the II Open Central Asia Book Forum and Literature Festival in the United Kingdom. Read the full story »