Works of the Kyrgyz writer Chingiz Aitmatov will be included in a large-scale almanac under the Russian cultural-humanitarian “Library of Eurasia Classicists” Project. Read the full story »
Kyrgyz-Russian Slavic University (KRSU) named after B. N. Yeltsin in Bishkek released a two-volume chrestomathy for Russian speaking educational institutions called “Kyrgyz Heroic Epic “Manas”, “Semetey” and “Seytek”. Read the full story »
Kyrgyzstan is little country, beside this fact there is a lot of diversity if nationalities and cultures among population of 5 millions people.
We invited people with 2-5 different nationalities. Enjoy.
Photographer: Reyhan Turdieva
Calendar “Shyrdak is my poetry” was released in Kyrgyzstan. It includes photographs of beautiful ornaments of famous Kyrgyz felt carpets.
Exhibition of the Kyrgyz folk artist, Taalay Kurmanov, who is a Master with capital “M”, is held in Bishkek at the Exhibition Hall of the Kyrgyz Republic’s Union of Artists “The Oak Park” named after S.A. Chuikov.
In early December the city of Mogilev (Belarus) gave the status of “The Cultural Capital of CIS” to the cities of Osh (Kyrgyzstan) and Almaty (Kazakhstan). Read the full story »
Ministry of Labor, Youth and Migration of the Kyrgyz Republic announces acceptance of documents for receiving the State Youth Award named after Chingiz Aimatov for 2011-2012. Read the full story »
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 »