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.
This year the 150th anniversary of the great Kyrgyz poet and prominent komuzist Toktogul Satylganov is celebrated in all corners of Kyrgyzstan.
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.
Most of the post-Soviet countries have one similar feature: internationality. People of different nationalities speak different languages, as well as learn other foreign languages. Kyrgyzstan is a perfect example of a country, where people from all over the world feel themselves curious about the local culture and try to become a part of it. Here you can meet Americans, British, Korean, Afghan, Indian, German people – a huge variety of different nationalities, who live, study, work or just travel in Kyrgyzstan.
In Bishkek, an exhibition “Beine” is held at the exhibition hall of the Union of Artists named after Semyon Chuikov. 18 young artists and sculptors of Kyrgyzstan took part in the project. They presented 42 works – portraits and sculptures of famous people of the country.
On September 27, VI Festival of japanese Bon dance was held at the Alley of Youth in Bishkek.
From September 29 to October 2, the 80th anniversary of PEN International Congress will be held in Central Asia, namely in Bishkek for the first time.
First Festival of Design was held in Bishkek. It covers different types of design, starting with fashion design and interior design, and ending with contemporary art.
The first-ever World Nomad Games took place in Kyrgyzstan, September 9-14. Sport delegations from 18 countries participated in this large-scale event.