Poet from Kyrgyzstan wins prize at the Third International Literary Festival «Open Central Asia Book Forum and Literature Festival 2014″


The poem “Kurmanjan Datka” by Kyrgyz poet, Bubaisha Arstanbekova, took second place in the literary competition that was held this year on 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.

This unique event is aimed at the popularisation of literature on the territory of Central Asia and the promotion of local authors abroad. It seeks to unite writers from all over the world and provide additional information and support to National prose and poetry.

As part of the 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 a contest for film directors who have created a video based on a literary work.

More than 450 authors, representing 20 countries (including the Central Asian countries, Russia, United Kingdom, Romania, United States, Ireland, Germany, Turkey, France, Japan, Ukraine, Georgia) took part in the 2014 contest.

About 30 participants from Kyrgyzstan took part in the Open Central Asia – 2014 contest.

The participants who came through to the final in the category of literary work were:

  1. Bubaisha Arstanbekova – the poem titled “Kurmanjan Datka”
  2. Amin Alaev – story titled “Dzhirgala”

In the video-film category Julia Eff from Kyrgyzstan made it through to the final with the movie “Circles on the water.”

In the category of artistic illustration Alina Strauss made it through to the final with illustrations for the novel “Through the Looking Glass.”

Finalists are selected by a special commission that includes regional and international experts in the field of publishing and literature.

Bubaisha Arstanbekova was born on the 8th of April, in 1961 in the Toktogul village (Osh region). In 1985 she graduated from the Kyrgyz State University named after 50th Anniversary of the USSR (Frunze), philologist, teacher of the Kyrgyz language and literature.  In 2010-2012 she graduated from the Masters “Management of NGOs” in the Academy of Management under the President of the Kyrgyz Republic (Bishkek).

Bubaisha Arstanbekova is the author of the poetry books, “Saga”, which was published in 1999, and “Karegimde Atazhurt”, published in 2008.

Since 2002, the poet has worked writing the poem, Kurmanjan Datka. For 12 years she has been working on the study of historical data of Alai queen.

In the poem Bubaisha Arstanbekova recreates the chronology of Kurmanjan Datka’s life from the cradle to the grave. This unique poem describes the national customs and traditions of the Kyrgyz people.

The poem is expected to be published in Kyrgyz, Russian and English.

You can find details on the website: http://www.rus.ocabookforum.com/

And our Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/ocabookforum 

Video of OCABF-2012http://youtu.be/Ck0MIvqpm3g

Promo video of OCABF-2014http://youtu.be/LWDbWT9xVr8

Video of OCABF-2014: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WT9PSs0rx-o


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