15th Pomegranate Festival kicks off in Azerbaijan’s Goychay-PHOTO

The traditional 15th Pomegranate Festival kicked off in Azerbaijan’s Goychay, APA’s Shirvan bureau reports.

Exhibitions, compositions, folklore examples were displayed at the holiday celebration.

State and government representatives attended the the holiday event organized by the Executive Power. An exhibition of products made from products grown by people engaged in pomegranate cultivation in more than 25 villages of the region was inspected.

Along with the publications promoting Azerbaijan’s national-moral values, historical past and examples of Eastern literature, books on the development and medical-social philosophy of pomegranate cultivation were also included in the festival.

An exhibition of the schoolchildren’s handicrafts were shown at the festival, folklore examples were performed by Gochay’s women.

It was noted that over 3,308 hectares of new pomegranate orchards were planted in the Goychay district in the last three years, and new production facilities have started operating. Last year, more than 50,000 tons of pomegranates were produced in Goychay.

Pomegranate festival will continue until today evening and tomorrow.

Source: Azeri-Press News Agency

Days of Hungarian Cinema to be held in Kyrgyzstan

The Days of Hungarian Cinema will be held in Kyrgyzstan on October 25-27. The Embassy of Hungary in the Kyrgyz Republic reported.

«Every year, viewers get acquainted with the works of Hungarian film directors, and the works of Márta Mészáros annually take a special place in the hearts of viewers in Kyrgyzstan. After all, she spent her early years in Frunze. This year the director will be represented by the film «Aurora Borealis: Northern Lights» (2017). This is a heart-pounding drama about the secrets that human memory keeps. The work received the Audience Award at the Chicago International Film Festival,» the diplomatic mission reported.

Source: 24.kg News Agency

Fire breaks out at Russian Drama Theater in Bishkek

A fire broke out at the Russian Drama Theater in Bishkek. The press service of the Ministry of Emergency Situations reported.

According to the ministry, four fire teams were involved in its extinguishing.

Theater employees told 24.kg news agency that the fire supposedly started in the wardrobe department. According to preliminary information, a short circuit occurred.

Source: 24.kg News Agency

Naryn hosts International Art and Culture Festival Nomad 2023

The University of Central Asia recently organised a Festival entitled Nomad 2023 – A Living Land in Naryn. The three-day event attracted a diverse audience of artists, filmmakers, writers, and creatives from Kyrgyzstan, Central Asia, and beyond. The festival showcased a range of works that explored the relationship between people and the land, and how this relationship shapes human identity and culture. This central theme promoted sustainable practices and encouraged a deeper understanding of preserving the environment for future generations. The spotlight event was the International Film Festival, which screened a selection of films that explored the theme of land from more than 40 countries and from six continents. The films were judged by a panel of local and international experts. The winning artists were recognised at a special awards night. Another highlight of the festival was the Creative Writing and Digital Experiments Competition, which invited international and regional participants to submit works that explored the theme of land while experimenting with digital prose and composition. The festival also featured exhibitions, and practical workshops on filmmaking, creative writing, and digital art, which were led by experts in their fields. Nomad 2023 facilitated cultural exchange between visitors and the local community, allowing international guests to immerse themselves in the nomadic way of life. This interaction not only empowered mountain communities but also promoted tourism, boosting the local economy. Nomad 2023 served as a catalyst for sustainable development and promoted awareness around environmental conservation in mountain regions. It was a celebration of cultural diversity and unity, where the participants forged connections that transcended borders and languages barriers through their creative expressions. Winners of the International Film Festival Regional Category Best Film Award: Shades of Melancholy, Director Karash Zhanyshov Best Visual Solution: Shades of Melancholy, Director of Photography Bekzat Turatbek uulu Special Jury Prize: Earth, Directors Aliman Toktogulova and Umarjon Jumaev International Category Best Film Award: Bauxite, Director Thamara Pereira Best Visual Solution: Suitcase, Director of Photography Hamed Baghaeian Special Jury Prize: Suitcase, Directors Saman Hosseinpuor and Ako Zandkarimi Winners of the Digital Experiment and Creative Writing Competition Most Outstanding Creative Work: Seaweed by Michiel Turner Most Promising Artist: Deora by Alexandra Bell Most Promising Artist in Central Asia: Currents of the Memory by Darika Urgazieva Jury award for Best Work which most skillfully addressed the competition theme: Ubuntu by Edu Sanchez Lopez

Source: Kyrgyz National News Agency

Bishkek to host Festival of Documentaries on Human Rights

The XVII International Documentary Film Festival on Human Rights Bir Duino — Kyrgyzstan — 2023 will be held in Bishkek from November 27 to December 1. Bir Duino — Kyrgyzstan Human Rights Center reported.

According to the organizers, the festival provides a platform for discussing the documentary truth in the field of human rights, attracting documentarians and experts, local communities and international ones, with the innovative format «Human Rights through Art».

In addition to screenings of documentaries, there will be discussions, round tables and workshops to discuss the situation in the field of human rights in mountain countries and develop practical recommendations for further joint advocacy activities.

The competition program of the festival is represented by films for freedom, dignity, justice and equal participation of citizens in decision-making processes. At least 25 documentaries have been announced, including 11 foreign and 14 national ones.

The festival will be held together with a partner network of human rights defenders, women’s and environmental organizations from around the world and with the involvement of children and youth.

Source: 24.kg News Agency

Actors from Italy, Russia and Georgia to perform at Theater Festival in Bishkek

Kyrgyzstan will host the VIII International IMPULSE Small Forms Theater Festival on September 25-28. The Bishkek City Drama Theater named after Arsen Umuraliyev reported.

Drama artists from different countries will take part in the event.

The festival will be opened with the drama play «Esimde» based on Chingiz Aitmatov’s story «Mother’s Field» (Arsen Umuraliyev Bishkek City Drama Theatre, Kyrgyzstan).

The audience will also see a one-man performance based on Fyodor Dostoevsky’s novel «Netochka» (Chamber Drama Theater, Vologda, Russia), a mystery based on Nina Mazur’s play «Agnes, Will’s Wife» (Tbilisi State Academic Russian Drama Theater named after Griboyedov, Georgia), «Eki Zhashoo» — «Two Lives» (Teatro del Isola, Italy).

Source: 24.kg News Agency

International Small Form Theater Festival to take place in Bishkek on Sept 25-28

The VIII International Theater Festival of Small Forms IMPULSE will be held at the Bishkek City Drama Theater named after A. Umuraliev on September 25-28, Elena Myagkova says with reference to artistic director of the BCDT Aigul Umuralieva. The festival will be attended by figures of dramatic arts from around the world. The festival’s program includes drama play “Esimde” based on the story “Mother’s Field” by Chyngyz Aitmatov (Bishkek City Drama Theater named after A. Umuraliev, Kyrgyzstan), solo performance based on the novel by F. Dostoevsky, mystery based on the play “Agnes, Will’s Wife” by Nina Mazur (Georgia), “Eki Zhashoo” – “Two Lives” (Teatro del Isola, Italy).

Source: Central Asian News Service

TRT World TV channel highlights Azerbaijan’s Great Return to Karabakh

Trkiye’s TRT World TV channel has broadcast a program entitled ‘The Great Return: Karabakh’ highlighting the ongoing reconstruction and restoration works in the Karabakh region of Azerbaijan. Presented by TRT World’s correspondent Oubai Shahbandar who traveled to the region, the program highlights the severe consequences of occupation in Karabakh, destruction of cultural heritage, as well as the revival of cities after 30 years of occupation, which were razed to the ground as a result of neglect and deliberate destruction. The program features impressions of local residents, who have returned to the currently reviving cities of Aghdam, Shusha, Lachin, Fuzuli and Zangilan, as well as remarks by government representatives, business executives, and eco-activists on the progress made in the region. The author mentions that Azerbaijan, which put an end to the 30-year old occupation in the 44-day Patriotic War, have launched the Great Return program. ‘Today, Karabakh is going through a total transformation, with p
eople, who were forced to flee their homes, returning, villages and cities being reconstructed according to the modern standards,’ Oubai Shahbandar says. In his reportage, the author mentions Armenia’s military provocations against Azerbaijan, the post-conflict peace talks, as well as Armenia’s, particularly Armenian separatists’ non-constructive position. The program also includes footages of restoration of the destructed cultural and religious monuments, as well the opening ceremonies of the cultural sites and monuments held during the period of Great Leader Heydar Aliyev’s leadership. The author draws the audience’s attention to Azerbaijani President Ilham Aliyev’s convincing response to Armenian Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan’s claims about Azerbaijan’s closure of the Lachin road at the meeting held in Moscow in May of this year. The author also provides information about the danger posed by landmine contamination to the civilian population and its hindering the return process, saying that, despite this,
Azerbaijan continues the reconstruction and restoration works with determination, and resettlement process has been going forward at a great pace.

Source: Azerbaijan State News Agency