Around this time three years ago, I posted about the video game “Metro 2033″, based on the novel by Russian journalist Dmitry Glukhovsky. The sequel (“Last Light”) has just been released, thus prompting this post. The setting of the series is an underground society founded by survivors of a nuclear war that was waged in 2013 (yikes!). They scrape by in the Moscow subway system, which has transformed into an almost Biblical sheol. NewEurasia’s snobbish managing editor Sanjar says, “it’s no War and Peace”. Sure, sure. But speaking as a person who’s probably imbibed way too much post-apocalyptic fiction since childhood, Glukhovsky and his compatriots at 4A Games have made one of the more engrossing scenarios in the genre. The series mixes mysticism, science fiction, and politics in an unusual way. It’s also nice to see some Eurasian sensibilities injected into Western popular culture; we’ve been surely lacking it since the Seventies.
On May 7th, 2013, Dushanbe museum of musical instruments after Gurminj Zavkibekov has hosted an epic concert by Tashkent based music band Tears of the Sun.
While Uzbekistan secretly prohibit rock’n'roll, and the men with guitars are rolling back into the underground, Uzbek women takes rock music in their cute hands!
Last weekend in Bishkek city were held the series of important cultural events. One of the highlights was the International Festival of Jazz music “Jazz_Bishkek_Spring” – 2013. In order to help you to plunge yourself into the atmosphere of lively and never growing old music, I offer you a photo report from the three days of the Festival.
The Orthodox Holy Dormition Cathedral in Tashkent has organized the First International Orthodox Exhibition “From the good life to the welfare and prosperity.” In the course of this exhibition visitors from various monasteries, churches and other Christian organizations from CIS were selling a variety of goods in the Cathedral.
On March 23, 2013 Gurminj museum of musical instruments, in Dushanbe, has hosted the opening of the season of music concerts. The opening was devoted to Navruz selebration. Following music bans of traditional music, ethno-rock and ethno-pop styles performed on the open air stage of the museum:
I may have had a slight geek-out with the Almaty metro today, visiting all the stations (there’s only 7 at present) to see what they looked like. It was worth it, I reckon. London might have the oldest underground train system, but Moscow, St Petersburg and Almaty win on grandioseness – and Almaty also wins for fewest people using it, which is a big plus point as far as I’m concerned :)
The most interesting young rock band from Uzbekistan, All Tomorrow’s Parties, played on 29 March solo concert entitled “On the roof” at the IlkhomRockFest in Tashkent.
You can use their Facebook page to find more information about band and their music.
Here is photo report from the gig – take a look on the most impressive Uzbek rock talents.
All photos by Svetlana Ten.
Form Fabruary 23rd till March 17, 2013 Moscow Bolshoy circus arrived in Dushanbe with the program “In the world of tamed animals.” As far as I know, the tour was extended and the Moscow circus is still in Dushanbe, while Dushanbe circus building is still full of visitors.
Fotos by N. Azizova
Editor’s note: Photos by Begimai Sataeva
Recently, a surprising place in nature Kumtor media coverage only from a negative point of view. From a political point of view about this place says a lot. If you look at it from the point of view of a tourist open completely different species.
In the south-eastern Kyrgyzstan, on the heights of the Tien Shan, near the glacier is a unique gold mine – Kumtor. On arrival at the Kumtor not accustomed to hard for people to breathe, stay accompanied by constant dizziness, because Kumtor is located at over 4000 meters above sea level. All year round field sweeps snow. Round, every day, you can see flocks ranging over argali. Hungry wolves often eat at the office of Kumtor. Depth of the wells and the extent technology is enormous.
This can be seen in the following pictures: