“Vibrant Navruz and Iftar Celebrations in London: A Cultural Extravaganza”

The Navruz and iftar celebrations held in London were a resounding success, marking a vibrant start to the year’s festivities. The event was organized and sponsored by the Eurasian Creative Guild, London (ECG), OCA magazine and Orzu Arts, and served as the inaugural event in a series of celebrations marking the 15th anniversary of OCA magazine.

The event was moderated by Marat Akhmedjanov, founder of ECG and vice chairman, and began with a warm welcome speech by Marta Brassart, chairwoman of ECG. The celebration featured a range of captivating presentations and performances, including the book launch of “Ahriman, Lord of Darkness” by Gulsifat Shakhidi, a revered Tajik writer and guardian of Guild. Additionally, Nadejda Tanova, a Gagausian poetess from Moldova and Nurym Taibek from Kazakhstan presented their evocative poems featured in the current edition of the “Voices of Friends” poetry almanac.

The event also showcased the talents of Natasha Hart MBE, an ECG ambassador, who presented a moving song dedicated to mothers. Estonian singer Laura premiered two new songs dedicated to love and London, while Orzu Arts presented the enchanting performances of national dance by Yukutai Sharapova from Kyrgyzstan and music performance from Sherhon group, Uzbekistan.

Moreover, an exciting highlight of the event was the presentation of the new graphic book “Elish and Wicker Tale” created by Tatar-Uzbek artist, Timur Akhmedjanov.
Raza Syed was honored with the Barbara Navrocka medal by the Londyn Poezia foundation for his unwavering support of creative individuals and excellence in reporting. The award was presented by ECG chairman, Marta Brassart.

The venue and hospitality for the event were graciously provided by the Yunus Emre Institute London, while the delicious cuisine was expertly prepared by Oshpaz and dedicated volunteers. The event attracted over 70 esteemed guests, creating an atmosphere of cultural exchange and creative enrichment. Follow us on Instagram @eurasian_creative_guild

London, March 18, 2024