The other day I met with Maria Antonova, the director of the American University of Central Asia’s First Year Seminar. A child of Perestroika, she emigrated to the United States for many years before returning here for her present gig. When she left Bishkek, the city was, in her words, “a crucible of a tiny intelligentsia in the mountains”. As she recalled, this demographic core was largely derived from intellectuals and professionals sent from St. Petersburg during the Soviet period. I, myself, have met many of them and their grandchildren. The ones I’ve met are largely pensioners today, working bit…
In August 2014, two mountain climbers from Tashkent ascended the “seventhousander” Peak Lenin over the classic rout through Peak Razdelnaya (Peak Dividing). According to the Russian grading system, this rout, 5А, is considerably hard.
Two ambitious filmmakers from Kyrgyzstan and the United States have launched a Kickstarter campaign for Culmination, an action / thriller feature film set in Kyrgyzstan.
NEW YORK – When Akram and Sevara Muradova won the lottery they did not expect to struggle for the next year. But their first months in the U.S. after winning the green card lottery and immigrating from Uzbekistan were difficult.
On November 5, Ambassador Krol and the Director of the State Archeological and History Museum, Abdurashid Zakrilayev, inaugurated an exhibition of restored archeological artifacts at the Bukhara State Archeological and History Museum “Ark” in Bukhara.
This year the 150th anniversary of the great Kyrgyz poet and prominent komuzist Toktogul Satylganov is celebrated in all corners of Kyrgyzstan.
UNICEF Uzbekistan jointly with the Rahimov’s Studio of Ceramics conducts The Clay Toy Festival dedicated to the 25th anniversary of the Convention on the Rights of the Child (CRC). It will be held on October 17-19, 2014 by organizing a pottery workshop for students of kindergartens and schools of Tashkent City including children from vulnerable groups.
17-31 October, the UN Office in Kyrgyzstan holds exhibition in an unusual format. Works of Kyrgyz artists are presented at the exhibition with paintings made by the children with disabilities.
These days from 16th to 22nd of October the Fourth International Puppet Theatre Festival “Chadory Khayol” is taking place in Dushanbe. The festival will present performances by puppet theatres from Tajikistan, Iran, Turkey, France, Russia, Spain, Belorussia, Azerbaijan, Kyrgyzstan, Kazakhstan.
In Central Asia, censorship of artistic activities or of public representations of their results by and large reflects the complexity of the society. It seems that censorship is too often seen either as a form of ruthless repression by the authorities of the freedom of creative expression or as an ethically justified measure against artists’ unacceptable attempts to trespass on forbidden ground. Thus the public views of censorship become polarised and only social anthropologists seem to have time to examine the mechanism of its functioning. .
This days Dushanbe city is celebrating its 90th anniversary. The mayor of the city has decided to initiated several events in the framework of the celebration of the anniversary. The big handicraft fair has become one of the events.