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How sounds the glacier?
Written by , Thursday, 13 Jun, 2013 – 20:08 | No Comment

On the breakup of the exhibition «Refresh», long-suffering roof of «Ilkhom» theatre welcomes its first concert – «Music of glacier» by ensemble Omnibus and brothers Teichmann and Alois Späth. Great personal thanks to organizers for it, so far as small basement of theatre could hardly seat about two hundred persons who wanted to see the concert. More, the atmosphere and the space of the roof are favorable for such kind of events. Return to music…

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“Street Fest 3″ in Bishkek
Written by , Tuesday, 4 Jun, 2013 – 12:37 | No Comment

On June 2, in the capital of Kyrgyzstan was held the popular festival of the street culture “Street Fest 3″. For the third time the festival gathered representatives of the “urban” youth subculture. This day on the Old Square in Bishkek were demonstrations and competitions almost in all fields of the street culture, such as parkour, BMX, skating, graffiti, street dance, break dance, rap, beatbox, street ball, and the final concert of the participants of the festival and artists.

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Best DJ TJ
Written by , Friday, 24 May, 2013 – 15:10 | No Comment

Festival – contest for the best DJ of Tajikistan – Best DJ TJ.

Music no-stop marathon that lasted for 5 hours in “Serena hotel – Dushanbe” back yard gathered DJs from all over Tajikistan. DJ Hamer form Khujand city has become the winner of the contest.

The organizer of the event is  the fellow of the music management fellowship program of Bactria Cultural Centre (Dushanbe)

Watch the video and  see the pictures from the event

When will Metro 2033 come to Almaty or Tashkent, or for that matter, New York?
Written by , Tuesday, 14 May, 2013 – 18:57 | 2 Comments

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.

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Tears of the Sun in Dushanbe
Written by , Friday, 10 May, 2013 – 19:52 | No Comment

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.

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ROCKing Uzbek women
Written by , Wednesday, 24 Apr, 2013 – 18:38 | No Comment

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!

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“Jazz_Bishkek_Spring” – 2013
Written by , Tuesday, 23 Apr, 2013 – 20:20 | No Comment

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.

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Driving the Traders from the Temple
Written by , Thursday, 11 Apr, 2013 – 9:37 | No Comment

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.

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Concerts season opening in Gurminj Museum
Written by , Saturday, 6 Apr, 2013 – 8:42 | No Comment

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:

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Inside Almaty’s spellbinding — and utterly empty — new metro
Written by , Thursday, 4 Apr, 2013 – 23:23 | 2 Comments

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 :)