Artist from Belorussia wins prize in the Third International Competition of the “Open Central Asia Book Forum and Literature Festival 2014”


The illustration titled “Kamila’s dreams”, drawn to the story of Rakhim Karimov’s book “Kamila”, and painted by Belorussian artist, Vitaly Bondar, has been recognised as the best in the competition that was held this year between 14-17 November at the Third International Literary Festival «Open Central Asia Book Forum & Literature Festival- 2014 (OCABF-2014) in Almaty, Kazakhstan.

«Оpen Central Asia Book Forum & Literature Festival- 2014» was held by the British publishing house “Hertfordshire Press” with the help of the National State Book Chamber of the Republic of Kazakhstan, the Association of Publishers and Booksellers of Kazakhstan, the “Elena Bezrukova Centre of Training and Consulting”, in partnership with the Ministry of Culture of Kazakhstan, Akimat of Almaty city and the Kazakh Academy of Sport and Tourism.

Among the honoured guests of the festival were: Nick Rowan (UK), Janusz Leon Wisniewski (Poland), Muhtar Shahanov (Kazakhstan), Bolot Shamshiev (Kyrgyzstan) and many others.

As part of OCABF-2014 festival, a literary contest was held among writers in four categories: literary work, translation and illustration for a literature work, as well as the contest among film directors who have created a video or film based on a literary work. 

Additionally there were three other participants in the Literary Work category from Republic of Belorussia:

  1. Tamara Keita-Stankevich – a collection of poems, “The Pros and Cons of Love”
  2. Vladimir Vyazov – fiction story “The Bronze Age”
  3. Poems of Mustafaeva Sevda

The finalists were selected by a special commission that included regional and international experts in the fields of publishing and literature. 

Vitaly Bondar was born in Kalinkovichi city, Belorussia. He is an artist-designer and writer. He graduated from Moscow State Pedagogical Institute named after Krupskaya, Minsk Institute of Business Technology (Computer Aided Design). He is a laureate of many international and national art competitions. His graphic works have been exhibited in 17 countries.

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