The Eurasian Creative Guild (London) is a public non-profit organization which serves to unite creative talents around the world.
Between January and March, the representatives of the ECG visited; Almaty, Astana, Bishkek, Dublin, Edinburgh, Kiev, London, Minsk, Nicosia, Oslo, Paphos, and Paris. During these visits, members in each of these locations discussed the Guild’s projects; including Open Central Asia Magazine, the Orzu Arts Festival, the “100 Outstanding People of Eurasia” compendium, the annual almanac, as well as the “Open Eurasia Literature Festival and Book Forum”.
During these visits representatives of the ECG also shared new developments in its series of books published through Hertfordshire Press. One such book was 40 Temples, which was presented by Marina Mikhailovskaya, in Dublin. Marina was also joined by Stephen M. Bland, a British journalist who specialises in Central Asia, as well as the Vice-Chairman of the ECG, Marat Akhmedjanov. Through various presentations during the day and original poetry readings, the participating Irish guests were able to learn more about the region’s vibrant culture and history.
Lastly, on March 12th, Gruntler’s International (Reunion) Poetry Festival was held in the Yunus Emre Enstitüsü in London. It was here that Stephen presented his book, Does it Yurt? Travels in Central Asia or How I Came to Love the Stans; with the audience he shared that he was motivated by wanting ‘to see the diversity that the world has to offer and understand as much of it as possible’. Throughout his engaging multimedia presentation, Stephen highlighted Central Asia’s rich and varied contributions to the modern world; ranging from Ibn Sina’s Oanun medical textbook which was first published in 1025 and used in Europe until the 17th Century, and Muhammad ibn Musa al-Khwarizmi, who gave rise to modern mathematics.