Tashkent flew on the Origami Wings

While whole world expected Apocalypse on December 21, Tashkent enjoyed rock’n’roll from the band “Origami Wings”. “IlkhomRockFest” gathered full house of  the “Ilkhom” theater, and all the fears connected with so-called “doomsday” inevitably melted! You can find more information about Uzbek band “Origami Wings” in their page on Facebook, where you can also watch a video of this concert. Photos by Munira Alimukhamedova

Your H&M pants, courtesy Karakalpak child labor and the dying Aral Sea

In the Republic of Karakalpakstan, which is part of the Republic of Uzbekistan since the collapse of the USSR, authorities are once again forcing child labor on the cotton fields. In this region of one of the worst ecological disaster in the world and bad economical crisis, child labor aggravates the state of the Karakalpaks.   Headed by Elena Urlaeva, the activists of the Human Rights Alliance of Uzbekistan reported that from September to December in the areas of Uzbekistan and Karakalpakstan there is continued use of child labor on the cotton fields. For example, in late October, activists saw…

1,300 people attend Kyrgyzstan’s first book forum

More than 1,300 people attended 30 events in Bishkek as part of Kyrgyzstan’s first such forum, opened by ex-President of the Kyrgyz Republic, Roza Otunbayeva, and with appearances by international literary stars including Janusz Leon Wisniewski (Poland), Hamid Ismailov (UK and Uzbekistan), and Elchin Safarli (Azerbaijan). The winner of the festival’s literary contest, Zarina Karayeva, and forum organiser Marat Akhmedjanov appeared on the breakfast show of Kyrgyzstan’s NTS television station on 26 November, with coverage also featuring in 20 other media including Vechernii Bishkek, the BBC World Service, K-News, News Asia, The Times of Central Asia, Uzbek and Tajik media,…

The Alpamysh, part 21: Baychobar makes it to the finish line!

After having killed his only son, Karajan approaches the finish line… Seven days passed. Now, from whom do you hear the news? Hear it from the Kalmak, Taysha: “Observers were looking. They could see anyone coming. There was one observer from Taysha Khan, and another from Karajan. They spotted the horse coming. Taysha Khan’s observer said: ‘My Khan’s happiness shall be increased shortly, there will be an end to his worries. [Indeed], Barchin Jan now belongs to the Khan, [for his horse] Tarlan is in sight!’ However, Karajan’s observer [recognized] the gold amulet upon the animal’s neck and declared: ‘Once…

Can democracy close Turkmenistan’s tribal cracks?

Turkmenistan’s internal tribal divisions are rarely discussed, but they are real, and can be seen even in the infrastructure of the country. NewEurasia’s Annasoltan attempts to tackle the issue. “Ultimately, [the problem is not] about nefarious machinations on the part of one Turkmen tribe against all the others,” she writes. “It’s about power, privilege, and corruption, a problem that transcends tribe.”

Rock band from Uzbekistan needs your help!

Tears of the Sun, funk-rock band from Uzbekistan, needs your help! They are launched first-ever crowdfunding campaign in history of Uzbek arts. Right now only 4 days remains until the end of campaign, and business is not doing good! They really need your help, please, support the new step of Uzbek culture, visit their campaign at IndieGogo find more information, and make your contribution! Videos from Tears of the Sun you can find in campaign Gallery

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