The Eurasian Creative Guild (London) is a public non-profit organisation, a new meeting place for creative talents. As an actual and virtual association, the Guild generates a framework within which creative people from across the board can come together and discuss their work. Indeed, the Guild has already enlisted dozens of significant cultural figures from across the globe due to its proactive support for writers, musicians, illustrators, graphic designers, sculptors and poets along with anyone who considers themselves to be creative and is seeking promotion of their work around the globe and a mutually beneficial cooperation. The Eurasian Creative Guild’s projects include the OCA MAGAZINE, the international contest, festival and forum “Open Eurasia Literature Festival and Book Forum”, the “Open Central Asia International Orzu Arts Festival”, the annual “100 Outstanding People of Eurasia” compendium, and the annual Almanac (a collection written by Eurasian Creative Guild members). Roughly 40 events take place each year within the framework of festivals held in London and the Eurasian region.

Supporting by the publishing house, Hertfordshire Press, over the past few months the Guild has expanded the boundaries of its activities, organising a host of interesting events at which people from the world of arts and culture were able to find reliable partners.

David Parry in Almaty

In September 2016, as part of a promotional tour, the current chairman of the Eurasian Creative Guild, popular Welsh author, poet and playwright, David William Parry visited Almaty (Kazakhstan) to give a presentation on his new book “The grammar of witchcraft”. In his book, Parry talks about the spiritual world and the destiny of man, touching on the themes of magic and the ethnic traditions of the Anglo-Saxon people. During a meeting with the author, participants learnt not only about his work, but also about the writer’s sources of inspiration and how he started upon his creative journey.

Sölvi Fannar in Almaty

In September 2016, Sölvi Fannar, a member of Advisory Board of Eurasian Creative Guild also visited Almaty. Referred to as Iceland’s ‘Bruce Lee,’ Fanner is an actor, dancer, writer, poet, model and athlete. Today, he is involved in numerous film and television projects, including the popular television series “Game of Thrones.” During meetings, Sölvi Fannar spoke about his impressions of the local culture, creativity and shared his thoughts on Eurasian cinema. Participants at the events spoke with the actor about art and the best locations to shoot a movie.

Abu-Sufyan in Astana

On 4 October 2016, a book presentation was held in Astana by modern Dagestani author Abu-Sufyan. “His collection of poetry entitled “Crane” was published in English in 2016 by Hertfordshire Press. In his book, written in a bright and unique style, Abu-Sufyan covers such topics as responsibility towards nature, hope and the essence of life. Conveying the charm of nature, these eloquent poems tell of the changing of the seasons and ultimately the generations with the dreamlike, heart-wrenching quality of a fairy-tale. Despite the fact that the book is marketed for children, as noted by numerous literary critics, Abu-Sufyan’s book is a work for all ages.

Bringing together representatives of European and Asian cultures, the presentation by the Dagestani author was coordinated through a British organisation in the heart of the Kazakh capital. The cooperation of creative throughout the entire Eurasian region is the main mission of Eurasian Creative Guild, who staged a presentation within the framework of this event. During a lively discussion, representatives of Guild fielded questions from fans of contemporary literature.

The Eurasian Creative Guild has been joined by hundreds of creative people from different corners of the world, and the city of Astana is no exception. “The Eurasian Creative Guild facilitates the opportunity to express oneself, to meet interesting people from all over the world and expand one’s creative range,” said Astana-based Evgeniya Gorobets.

The idea of cooperation with Guild members inspired the President of the Pero Fund, Elden Sarybay, who on behalf of his organisation expressed its intention to join the ranks of the Guild. The Pero Fund acts as the organiser of open evenings for lovers of poetry.

Pen Club Spain

As part of his role as Vice-Chairman of the Eurasian Creative Guild, Marat Akhmedjanov visited the picturesque town of Santiago de Compostela in Spain. During his meeting with the local pen club, Akhmedjanov spoke about the projects of ECG. Participants at the presentation were able to ask questions on publishing, literature and organising creative events.

The Desert of Forbidden Art

Another city where an event was held by the ECG is Minsk in Belarus, which the film about Igor Savitsky, “The Desert of Forbidden Art” was shown. The documentary draws the audience’s attention to the character of Savitsky: human, humble, fearless and enterprising. Through his obsessive passion for art, over half a century ago he founded the State Art Museum of the Republic of Karakalpakstan. The museum houses a priceless collection of paintings and works of applied art from all over Central Asia and the wider former-USSR. The movie preview was attended by Belarusian writers, poets, artists and other leaders in the fields of art and culture. A question and answer session with the makers of the film and a presentation from the Eurasian Creative Guild were also held. 

Meeting in Moscow

In October 2016, with support from the publishing house Hertfordshire Press, Vice-Chairman of Eurasian Creative Guild, Marat Akhmedjanov spoke in Moscow about the current and future projects of Guild and how to become a part of the international team. Special attention was given to the fifth international literary festival “Open Eurasian Literature festival & Book Forum 2016,” which was held in London in November. The event was attended by Moscow writers, poets and artists. Guest participants at the event included Yuri Molchanov from the International Union of Writers, famous publisher and writer, Natalia Kolyshkin, and well-known writer, poet and actor, Arthur Gafiatullin.

After the presentation, the book “Thirteen steps towards the fate of Erika Klaus” by famous Kyrgyz writer and playwright Kazat Akmatov as published by the British-based Hertfordshire Press was raffled off. The lucky winner of the prize was Tatiana Madievsky.

David Parry

In October 2016, in the Minsk bookstore Lohvinau, an online presentation of books and a workshop by British poet and playwright David Parry was held.

The evening saw fans of poetry gather to become acquainted with the author. Parry presented his book “The Grammar of Witchcraft,” which has already won the hearts of many readers. The book was recently published in London by Hertfordshire Press. During the meeting, Parry held a workshop and spoke about inspiration and shared the secrets of success in the literary business. The conversation was both lively and stimulating. Following the success of this event, David Parry will now be attending the Minsk International Book Exhibition-Fair which will be held in February 2017.

Photo exhibition “Iznanka” (“Wrong Side)

A project dedicated to the lives of single mothers, this exhibition tells the stories of women who raise their children alone, highlighting the taboos and clichés that society imposes upon them. The exhibition touches upon questions of duty, conformity, isolation and loneliness.

Anna Kondratyeva is a photographer and a mother of two. Her love of photography blossomed with the birth of her first child. Kondratyeva became absorbed by the idea of capturing emotions in images and freezing time through the lense. Through her work she shows the many facets of motherhood. Anna Kondratyeva is also involved in charitable, social and non-profit projects to support the “Belarusian Children’s Hospice” and “SOS – Village Belarusian”.