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:
Although not an official holiday of the European Union, that didn’t stop the European Parliament in Brussels from partying hard to commemorate Nawrúz this year. My friend and colleague Kawa Ahangari, a Kurdish secularist/federalist activist from Iran, has provided NewEurasia with a cache of photos from the event, which saw representatives from across the Iranian-Central Asian world, from Azerbaijan and Iraqi Kurdistan in the west to Tajikistan in the east.
This year on International Women’s Day (8th March) weather in Bishkek was unusually cold. However, it had no impact on the celebration of this wonderful holiday. Residents of Bishkek city and its visitors were walking all day, taking pictures on the central square of the city, and were congratulating their favorite women!
Below is the photoreport from the snowy streets of Bishkek on the 8th of March, 2013:
I want to share with you impressions of the many contrasts in Turkmenistan by citizen-journalists I know. Except for two from Flickr (but I’m reassured are under Creative Commons licensing), I publish these photos with explicit permission from their owners, who must stay anonymous.
Photo #1:Ashgabat is forever under construction, and everything is glistening marble. Always new government ministries everywhere, and elite apartments for the government coterie that cost cost around 100,000-200,000 USD (!). There are some rumors these days that even the pedestrian walkways in the main quarters shall be re-paved with marble. This is all to impression of lightning-fast development in the “era of happiness of the stable state”. But it is false impression, mis-spending money that could be used to increase living standards, healthcare, education, etc.
Photo #2: Only a few blocks away from marble facade are vast colonies of crumbling Soviet-era residential blocs. Many of these are in process of being bulldozed to make way for more marble extravaganza. Kicked-out residents are given new homes in the outskirts of the city. A sharp contrast exists between the center and the periphery. It was always sort of there, even during the Soviet days, but now much more visible, much more pronounced. You notice that the same people of one city live completely different lives and are faced everyday with different realities.
Night club Manhattan in Dushanbe has hosted a concert devoted to the celebration of the Dushanbe Rock Day on February 23rd, 2013. The date is invented by the organizers but that fact does not affect that result and does not make the rock party less cool then it was. Thanks to the organizers and to the musicians for the high quality sound! It has been the best organized rock concert on my memory for the last two years.
The rock is alive in Dushanbe and the guys have proved it!
See the photoreport from the event: