Bactria’s media fellowship

Loki is telling about documentary film making fellowship that is conducted by one of the cultural centres in Dushanbe

In this post i would like to tell about the activity that is being realised by Dushanbe based organization Bactria Cultural Centre. From January 2013, Bactria conducts so called fellowship program. During 10 month young people are beibg tought the theory and practice of video shouting in general and the documentiry film production in particular.

Presently it is the 7th month of the media fellowship and the activity is at its final stage, when the fellows should shoot 4 documentary films on a topic connected with Tajik music culture.

The point is that the media fellowship is conducted in the framework of a bigger project called “promotion of traditional and ethno-fusion music of Tajikistan. The general objective of the project is thet capacity building for Tajik music stakeholders. So as a part of this capacity building a team media professionals, wiling to work with music, should be educated.

In the framework of the media fellowship the following documentaries should be produced: one under the title “Music bisness  of Tajikistan”, the other is about the Roof of the world international music festival that is annualy conducted in Khorog city, the third film is about music genre gurguli and the forth about a music band called Samо, that practice traditional music.

It is worth mentioning that apart from the media fellowship, the above mentioned project also includes support of music events by providing free music equipment, creation of an internet platform that promotes music of Tajikistan, presentation of Tajik musicians at international music fair Womex 2013, as well as support different production in the spehere of music.

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  • In August 2012, Bactria Cultural Centre started a one year fellowship program for youth willing to get experience and skills in music management. A call for applications was launched late July 2012, and young people interested in music and project management were invited to apply. Six were selected to participate after an intense selection process. The fellowship program is part of the project “Strengthening and Diversification of the Music Production in Tajikistan” (supported by International Fund on the Protection and Promotion of the Diversity of Cultural Expressions, UNESCO)”. Considering the importance of capacity building in music and arts projects management, the initiative is also supported by Global Music Centre (GMC, Finland), providing training, consultancy, equipment and funds.The methodology of the trainings and learning-by-doing process for the fellowship is established and implemented by an international curator, Ekaterina Puzankova, music projects manager at PRO ARTE (Saint-Petersburg, Russia) in liaison with Bactria Cultural Centre.

  • [...] to perform at the anual “Roof of the World” Festival” (Khoroj, Tajikistan). The media trainees of Bactria Cultural Centre (Dushanbe) followed the group, creating a documentary with a road story and concert videos. [...]

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