Loki completes a series of publications about contemporary art exhibitions under the title “Based on a true story”, which were held in Dushanbe since December 2012
Read the full story »
The Central Asia was infected with Harlem Shake virus! Watch our special compilation with best Harlem Shakes from our region! Kazkahstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistam, Turkmenistam and Uzbekistan are going mad!
Read the full story »
On February 20th, 2013 in Almaty (Kazakhstan) the space L.E.S. has hosted the presentation of the exhibition “Winter” that will be presented at the Central Asian Pavilion at the 55th Venice Biennale of contemporary art in June, 2013. I would like to give a short information about the content of the event.
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:
Alex Ulko continues his series of works about Central Asian architecture. Today he will discuss highly important architectural forms as statues and sculptures erected in the past 20 or so years across the region.
I was going down the stairs at one of the subways of the central part Dushanbe city. I was going in the stream of people not paying attention to what is going on around me. Suddenly there came something that has stopped me. I heard a faint sound of dutor and throaty voice, singing a poetical song. It was a gurgulihon.
The famous Gurminj museum in Dushanbe held two jam sessions on 19 and 25 January 2013. On the first of them met each other folk and spiritual musicians from Badakhshan (“Samo” band) and Dushanbe musicians of different genres of alternative and foreign amateur musicians residing in Tajikistan. Traditional melodies and rhythms of Badakhshan were the basis for the cultural exchange.
The second jam was devoted to the blues jam improvisations. This jam connected musicians from Tajikistan (Dushanbe and Badakhshan), and Switzerland, playing ethno-rock and jazz. Both events were organized with help of interns of Bactria Cultural Center. These jam sessions will also be organized in April and June of this year.
Editor’s note: Loki walked through the streets of Dushanbe, and made special report – watch, how people of Tajikistan celebrate New Year!
This was originally posted by NewEurasia.net partner, Kanal PIK.
In late July, the Tajik military sent troops to the semi-autonomous province of Gorno-Badakhshan, claiming it was seeking the arrest of members of a criminal gang responsible for the assassination of Major-General Abdullo Nazarov, the head of the Tajik State National Security Committee (GKNB) in the province. Dozens were killed in the operation, with estimates of casualties as high as 200.
In the following weeks, government forces occupied the region. One of the main leaders of the forces resisting Dushanbe, Tolib Ayombekov, surrendered on Aug. 12. Ten days later, after voluntarily disarming his militia, local leader Imumnazarov was killed, allegedly at the hands of government forces.
Many questions remain about what led to this sudden confrontation, how exactly it went down and what’s next for Tajikistan. Bordering China, Afghanistan and Kyrgyzstan, the province was the site of furious fighting during Tajikistan’s bloody civil war, and also serves as a major drug-trafficking route. To learn more, I got in touch with an analyst with extensive knowledge of the province and its history, but who, due to the sensitivity of the issue, spoke to me under the alias Man Nistam.