“101 zážitkov z Kazachstanu”,a new book about Kazakhstan in Slovak

Hertfordshire Press, a leading British publishing house, in cooperation with the Embassy of the Republic of Kazakhstan in the Slovak Republic and the national company Kazakh Tourism, published one of the first books about Kazakhstan in the Slovak language called “101 zážitkov z Kazachstanu” (101 experiences from Kazakhstan). “101 zážitkov z Kazachstanu” is a vivid […]

THE DIVINITY OF COGNAC

In Moldova the term Divin (distilled wine) is used to denote a local cognac made by the classical French production process (a method of double distillation of wine in Charentais pot-stills) with obligatory ageing in oak barrels. Since the term cognac is copyrighted by the French, no other nation has a legal right to call […]

Attention! All Aboard

250km/h, speed of Uzbekistan’s finest train, the Afrosiyob The early morning sun shone definitively through the dust-covered, weathered window pane, as our train trundled through a landscape of hillside foliage. We were on a journey from Uzbekistan’s capital, Tashkent towards the great Silk Road city of Kokand, now the perfect introduction to the Fergana Valley […]

Georgia: Looking Towards the West

Georgia is a land of contradictions, of plenty and of poverty, looking to propel itself into the future by delving into the past. Lingering spectres of the Soviet-era continue to clash against the pressures of modernity as this unique place attempts to shape its identity in the 21st century. As the birthplace of Stalin, an […]

Forging Ahead Despite the Headwinds

Interview: Erlan Idrissov Ambassador of Kazakhstan to the United Kingdom AlthoughKazakhstan’s Ambassador to the United Kingdom, H.E. Erlan Idrissov, came from a creative and academic background (his father was a renowned Kazakh journalist, writer, and academic), he chose a very different career path. His father instilled in him the belief in the power of words, […]

Rapid Executive Development Strategy Required to Fuel Azerbaijan’s Transition Away from Oil & Gas

According to The Statistical Committee of the Republic of Azerbaijan, the non-oil sector in Azerbaijan accounted for 36.84 % of GDP in 2019. The traditional reliance on oil and gas has triggered the government to invest heavily in non-oil sectors, including transportation & logistics, tourism and agriculture. In the meantime, priorities and tasks were set […]

Meeting of two twins cities: Stevenage and Shymkent Online book presentation “City Blooming for 2200 Years”

This year marks 30 years since the establishment of twinning relations between the cities of Shymkent and Stevenage. As part of the strengthening of educational and cultural relationships, as well as the development of bilateral cooperation between cities, at the initiative of the publishing house “Hertfordshire Press” the book  “City Blooming for 2200 Years” was […]

Student from Rugby illustrates a graphic novel based on an Azerbajanian award-winning writer’s story devoted to children with Autism

A young artist working in partnership with the publishing-house, Hertfordshire Press (UK), has published the “Elish and the Wicker Tale” comic book, intended to support children with autism.ISBN: 978-1-913356-19-4 What unites people from all over the world in spite of the nationality, religion and the language? The fact that we all were children and weall […]

AWARD-WINNING ASHGABAT

The fact that numerous erected buildings in Ashgabat city have become award-winning architectural competitions held at the international level, serves as clear evidence of the huge progress achieved in the development of the Turkmen capital. From far away you can see a monument in honour of the famous “Yanardag” horse and next to it is […]

Victory Day. 75 years of memories

War. How do you feel about it? The Second World War is still one of the darkest pages of human history. There remain a lot of secrets, rumours, mistakes and past grievances driving international discussions about who won the war. It wouldn’t be wise to say that there were no political ambitions and economic reasons […]

Sardobinsky Dam Breach – A Loud Wake-Up Call

The catastrophic breach of the dam earlier this year provides the perfect opportunity for the Uzbek government to learn from and improve its energy policy towards a sustainable future that goes hand in hand with economic reforms in the country. By Iain Watt, IGI Solutions, regional expert in water security Early in the morning of […]

Silk Road Revisited : Review Material

You can now order your copy today for £35!  Suite 125, 43 Bedford Street, Covent Garden London WC2E 9HA United Kingdom www.hertfordshirepress.com  Phone: + 44 (0) 7738615720  E-Mail: publisher@ocamagazine.com The Silk Road Revisited The Silk Road Revisited is an enticing new book that invites the reader to take an exceptional cultural and historical journey throughout Europe, Persia, Central Asia and China along one […]

A Focus on Agricultural Research Development Interview: Yespolov Tlektes

Yespolov Tlektes is the Vice President and Academic at the National Academy of Sciences in the Republic of Kazakhstan. He is also the Chairman of the Board-Rector of the Kazakh National Agrarian Research University. He is also an academic of the Russian Agricultural Academy, the National Academy of Agrarian Sciences of Ukraine. His scientific work […]

OCA PEOPLE: KHALIDA AKHMEDZHANOVA

OCA Magazine:  Tell us about yourself and your work/creativity Khalida Abdulkhakovna: My life was such that literature was my teacher. Our class teacher, Lidia Afanasyevna Vorobyova, was a teacher of Russian language and literature. She managed to develop in me a love of fiction. I was very fond of writing essays, and on any topic. […]

OCA PEOPLE: ILONA REEVES

OCA Magazine: Tell us about yourself and your activity / work Ilona Reeves: I am a musician, social activist, teacher and writer. Since my early childhood, I have loved and have been very much attached to the world of literature, but life brought me into the field of music. I graduated from the Belorussian Academy […]

OCA PEOPLE: CAROLINE WALTON

OCA Magazine: Tell us about yourself and your activity/work Caroline Walton: A Londoner born and bred, I am a Russian to English translator and editor. Translation is more than just knowing two languages – the translator has to be able to write well in their own language. I am also an author of books on […]

OCA PEOPLE: ZAURE TOREKHAN

OCA Magazine: Tell us about yourself and your creative activity Zaure Torekhan: My name is Zaure Torekhan, I am a writer and screenwriter, author of youth books and writing courses from Nur Sultan, Kazakhstan. My career began in 2014, when I wrote my debut fantasy “Amina Turan in the Nomad World”. In the same year, […]

OCA PEOPLE: YELENA ASLANYAN

OCA Magazine: Tell us about yourself and your activity / work  Yelena Aslanyan: Born in 1961, father was an engineer, mother is a doctor, by the way, my mother still works as a doctor in a clinic, she was recently awarded an honorary diploma. I live in Yerevan, married, have an adult son and a […]

OCA PEOPLE: XANDRA SILANTYE

OCA Magazine: Tell us about yourself and your activity / work? Xandra Silantyeis : I’m a writer, composer, journalist, screenwriter, director, author of psi-projects: “Pregnant Lectures”, “Hearty Podcasts”, publisher, editor, public figure, festival organizer, system psychologist, nutritionist, director of the Interlegal Public Fund and the Publishing Magisterium of the same name which publishes the Kazakhstan […]

OCA PEOPLE: TIMUR AKHMEDJANOV

OCA Magazine: Tell us about yourself and your activity / work? Timur Akhmedjanov : My name is Timur Akhmedjanov and I’ve recently finished high-school at Rugby School Thailand. I enjoy art in general as well as drawing, however the comic-book medium interests me the most. I also like anything relating to ‘film’ and I’m hoping […]

OCA PEOPLE: NATALIA LOSKUTOVA

OCA Magazine: Tell us about yourself and your activity / work Natalia Loskutova: Natalia Corshun was born in the Moscow region. She has graduated from Plekhanov Russian University of Economics and Lomonosov Moscow State University. She is a member of the Russian Union of Writers. All her life is filled with travelling. She passed the […]

OCA PEOPLE: NATALIE BAYS

OCA Magazine: Tell us about yourself and your activity / work Natalie Bays: I am a cultural project manager based in the outskirts of East London and I have thirteen years of experience working in participatory and community arts. During my degree study at Chelsea College of Art & Design in London I founded an […]

OCA PEOPLE: NADIA OLEFIR

OCA Magazine: Tell us about yourself and your creative work Nadia Olefir: My main profession is graphic designer. I live in the environment of fonts, slogans, pictures and their relationships. After I moved to Japan, my focus gradually shifted from graphic design to modern art. I entered another world with different laws of gravity. I […]

OCA PEOPLE: ELENA LOBOVA

OCA Magazine: Tell us about yourself and your creative activity Elena Lobova : My creative work started with drawings. I started drawing when I was 3 years old and I already did it consciously. I still remember my mother’s reaction when I showed her my first drawing which illustrated a field, a stack of hay, […]

OCA PEOPLE: LAURA HAMILTON

OCA Magazine: Tell us about yourself and your creative activity Laura Hamilton: As director of the prestigious Collins Gallery at the University of Strathclyde, Glasgow, from 1988 until its closure in 2013, I originated exhibitions and events related to contemporary Fine and Applied Art by artists from throughout the world. Now freelance and employing skills […]

OCA PEOPLE: MIKHAIL ANANOV

OCA Magazine: Tell us about yourself and your creative work. Mikhail Ananov: I’m a poet, a poetry translator, prose writer, playwright, literary critic, journalist, publicist, theorist, sonetologist and I am also engaged in mathematical modeling in the field of poetic art. I’m a member of several creative unions, including international ones: Union of Writers of […]

OCA PEOPLE: GUMER KARIMOV

OCA Magazine: What is “Eurasianism” for you? Gumer Karimov: This is everything for me: the philosophy of life, its meaning, my whole worldview. I am from Ufa, the capital of Bashkortostan. My nationality is Tatar. Fifty years ago, at twenty-two years I left my homeland to continue my education at the Faculty of Philosophy at […]

OCA PEOPLE: ZHANNA SHVYDKAYA

Tell us about yourself and your activity / work I am a writer and blogger from Saint-Petersburg and my credo is to create beauty and awaken mindfulness.  By profession, I am a journalist and public relations specialist. Working in the field of communication, I contribute to the advancement of science, education and professional communities, and […]

OCA PEOPLE: Emil Guzairov

Emil Guzairov was born in Russia. He’s engaged in graphics, painting, architecture, graphic design, and book engineering. He designs interiors and private houses. He also draws illustrations, designs and publishes in limited editions author’s books in the genre “Artist’s Book” and “Book Art”. He came up with unusual book designs and non-standard stylistic solutions. He […]

From Disney to Almaty. Interview with Max Howard

Max Howard is a famous Disney producer, who has produced numerous bestsellers such as “Who Framed Roger Rabbit”, “Saving Santa’, “The Little Mermaid”, “Aladdin”, “Beauty and the Beast”, and “The Lion King”. He recently visited Kazakhstan for the “Almaty film festival” and gave a series of master classes. OCA therefore took the opportunity to speak […]

OCA PEOPLE – The brightest representatives of the creative intelligentsia of Eurasia on the pages of the British magazine

Welcome to this edition of OCA magazine. OCA is one of the world’s few truly international magazines, focusing on a host of people and events from countries across Eurasia. And thank goodness for it! International communication always mattered but right now it seems absolutely vital at a time when the pandemic means so many of […]

Khojaly – A Tragic Artistic Inspiration

February 1992 saw the single worst atrocity committed during the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict. The Khojaly Massacre took the lives of 613 civilians. The death toll included 106 women, 63 children and 70 elderly people.  Despite this tragedy, and many other instances of unimaginable brutality, Azerbaijan always looks for peaceful resolution of this unresolved conflict. This has […]

Baku in call to strengthen humanitarian development

“The expansion and further development of international humanitarian cooperation is the key factor in an effective response to contemporary challenges and threats, and enables the accessibility and expanded application of contemporary management and production technologies, ensuring the well-being of present and future generations.” Taken from the final declaration of the fourth Baku International Humanitarian Forum […]

Ernst Theodor Wilhelm Hoffmann: Artist, Composer, Writer

A creator of the Nutcracker. An adult fairy tale’s author. The development of the Romanticism in Russian literature (1800-1820) is inextricably linked with the disenchantment in rational basis of the Enlightenment and the search for idealism, to make the world a better place, which is reflected in the works of two European authors: Walter Scott […]

10 Questions with Malika Sharipova, a founder and director of CARE CSR

  Interview with Malika Sharipova Malika Sharipova is a founder and director of CARE CSR. She is a CSR and sustainability specialist holding two MSc degrees in Social Responsibility and Sustainability (Aston Business School, UK) and in Management (KEDGE Business School, France) with international experience. Striving to advocate sustainable and responsible practices among businesses in […]

The ‘Silk Road’ Exposed: Why it was never a single road, had little to do with silk, and rarely set about linking East with West

‘History is written by the victors’. So it is disappointing many commentators fail to follow this through and challenge the bias inherent in a ‘victorious’ narrative. The historiography of the ‘Silk Road’ is a significant case in point. Originating in Central Eurasia as small-scale tracks on the steppes, the route developed into the pre-industrial world’s […]

Three Central Asia Travel Highlights

Often overlooked by your classic holiday maker, Central Asia has always exercised a powerful fascination over a certain kind of traveler. Home to some of the most ancient cultures and breathtaking landscapes on earth, it is nevertheless only lightly trodden by wanderers and merchants. But traffic on the silk road is once again picking up. […]

Sovereign Parametric Catastrophe Bonds as means to address the protection gap in emerging countries

Summary Of the $232bn. of economic losses from natural disasters in 2019, only $71bn. was insured. 35% level of catastrophe risk coverage in advanced countries downsizes to only 6% in emerging economies. Out of existing disaster risk finance arrangements, the Sovereign Parametric Catastrophe Bonds seem to be the most viable instrument for the ECIS region. […]

Animal Movies and Action Men Interview with Hollywood Celebrity Monty Cox

Cox is a veteran in the entertainment industry. He is an internationally recognized, award-winning, Exotic Animal Trainer, 2nd Unit Director, Stunt Co-ordinator, Actor and Stuntman. He grew up in a trailer court in Oakland, California and his father was a merchant marine so often at sea.  With little money to support the family, his mother […]

Projective graphics through the eyes of an art critic

“Imagination is more important than knowledge,” — those words of Einstein might describe Yelena Bezrukova’s approach to art. She herself confesses that she has no professional training in art – she is entirely self-taught. But this has not been an obstacle to her pioneering the concept of projective graphics!  But then the whole idea of […]

Turkmenistan-an emering force in sport

Multi-sport games such as the Olympics are familiar to us all. Every four years the eyes of the world focus towards a major city such as London, Rio or Beijing as the finest athletes on the planet pit their skills in a media-frenzied cauldron of sporting excellence. Such games formats are not unique to the […]

Tajikistan and the United States of America: Gardening a Tree of Friendship

A message from H.E. Mr. Farhod SALIM, Ambassador of Tajikistan to the United States of America The Republic of Tajikistan and the United States of America celebrated 25th anniversary of bilateral relationship in 2016. The United States was among the first countries to recognize the independence of Tajikistan in 1991. Since the establishment of bilateral […]

The American View: EXPO-2017 People are the source of future energy

In the capital of Kazakhstan, Astana, the international specialized exhibition “Expo-2017” has finished its work. It has continued for 3 months since 10’th of June to 10’th of September. There were 115 countries and 22 international organizations who has participated in EXPO. The exhibition was been visited by about 3 million people. The theme of […]

Fashion Project: ON THE GREAT SILK ROAD…

Motto: “World without national or government borders! We are one! We are a single field!” The Photo project, “On the Great Silk Road”, is a showcase of diverse eastern women living in Kazakhstan. This manifold is shown as a gallery of feminine types through images in eastern outfits. These are stylized eastern images of modern […]

Sharaf Rashidov’s 100th birth anniversary: remembering the Uzbek statesman and a writer

This year marks the 100th anniversary since birth of Sharaf R. Rashidov, the first secretary of the Uzbek communist party (in office from 1959 until 1983). Rashidov was born on November the 6th 1917, the day before the Bolsheviks under Lenin seized power in Russia. His birthday seems symbolical as he would become the highest […]

AidEx: Coming Together to Achieve More

Open Central Asia interviews Nicholas Rutherford, founder of AidEx For this quarterly edition OCA met Nicholas Rutherford, the founder and event director of AidEx – the world’s leading platform in aid and development sector. It comprises a conference, exhibition and networking opportunities with high-profile aid and development professionals from around the world.  Today, AidEx is […]

Back in the USSR: The Spirit of Beatlemania in Kazakhstan

The site of a Silk Road oasis laid waste by the Mongols, the modern history of Almaty began with the construction of a Russian piedmont fort in 1854, around which a minor provincial centre grew. Upon hearing that Trotsky had been exiled to Alma-Ata in 1928, one of his enemies quipped that ‘even if he […]

Sculpting “Brand Kazakhstan” for its Next Step on the International Stage

The quest for international recognition drives many emerging markets. Kazakhstan has undoubtedly been better at it than many. The country has spent great effort and money building up an image as a modern state whose leaders can sit at the top table with world leaders. This effort at branding has been driven by the Kazakh […]

One Belt, One Road: One Myth?

China’s gargantuan Silk Road Economic Belt and the 21st-century Maritime Silk Road initiative, ‘One Belt, One Road’ for short, promises much. President Xi Jinping has hailed its proposed super-grid of rail track, oil and gas pipelines, superhighways and shipping facilities as this century’s economic game-changer, a project that will bring about ‘a new type of […]

RETRACING ATKINSON’S HISTORIC JOURNEY TO KHI-GOL

On 23 May 1851, the English explorer Thomas Witlam Atkinson, along with his wife Lucy and two-year-old son Alatau – along with several Cossacks and Buryat guides – set out from Irkutsk in Eastern Siberia on a journey that would take them to some of the remotest and wildest places in the world. Their first […]

EURASIAN CREATIVE GUILD: 3 MONTHS AROUND THE WORLD

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; […]

Eurasian Creative Guild Internship 

In 2016 Eurasian Creative Guild has conducted two internships. The first internship was held in Bishkek, from February until April, where 8 interns tried their hands at 8 different specializations: office manager, specialist in marketing and books promotion, editor-journalist, event coordinator, publisher’s assistant, SMM and PR specialist, project-manager and book promo. The selection process in […]

The Marzia Zakiryanova Prize

On August 1st 1991, Marzia Zakiryanova’s life had been split in two through a single twist of fate which left this mother of two small children disabled. Narrating her tale of self-conquest, the author speaks about how she managed to hold her family together and win the respect and recognition of people around her. By […]

The Sara Ishanturaeva Prize

Sara Ishanturaeva was a renowned theatre and film actress, People’s Artist of the USSR and icon of dramatic art in Soviet Uzbekistan. Along with holding an extensive resume of outstanding roles in plays such as Ostrovskii’s Thunderstorm and Shakespeare’s Hamlet and Othello, Sara was also the deputy to the 2nd, 3rd and 4th convocations of […]

Celebration Marks Quincentenary of Belarusian and Eastern European Book Printing

To mark the 500th anniversary of Francis Skaryna’s translation of the bible into Belarusian, on the 27th February 2017, the British Library in London hosted an event. Speakers included His Excellency Sergei Aleinik, Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of Belarus in the UK, Professor Roman Motulsky, Director of the National Library of Belarus, and Dr Kristian […]

Turkey: Eurasia’s Three-Sided Jigsaw Piece

Geographically linked to three major surrounding regions, Europe, the Middle East and the Caucasus, Turkey is the three-sided piece of the Eurasian jigsaw puzzle. Having been at the heart of the Eastern Roman and Ottoman Empires, the country’s history is especially representative of this unique and composite identity.  Yusuf Akçura, a Russian-born Crimean Tatar intellectual […]

The Wizards of the Emerald City

Belarus’ National Academy of Science has learned how to grow emeralds. It might sound like magic, but our chat with Andrei Soldatov, who is head of the Department of Physics and Ultra-Strong Materials, will explain the science behind this remarkable achievement. OCA: In Belarus there are apparently no naturally occurring jewels. Is this the reason […]

Azamat (Aza) Sydykov: Polyphony Rules the World

Kyrgyzstan may be better known for its welcoming people and spectacular nomadic mountain scenery if it is known at all, however there is no shortage of talent emerging from this small Central Asian country. Open Central Asia speaks to a young and upcoming talented musician from the Kyrgyz capital, Bishkek, to follow the story of […]

The Real Game of Thrones: At the World Nomad Games

On the 2nd of September Solvi Fannar arrived in Kyrgyzstan, in the heart of Central Asia, for the Second World Nomad Games. This year athletes from 62 countries in the world came together in Cholpon-Ata, Kyrgyzstan to compete in 26 different sports.  Solvi decided to compete himself in the Mas-Wrestling tournament. He was very impressed […]

The Armenian Kitchen

Scientists believe the Armenian kitchen is one of the oldest cuisines in Asia, and the most ancient in Transcaucasia. Many ways of cooking dishes and different utensils were passed onto neighbouring peoples, such as the Georgians and Azerbaijanis. Recipes are passed from generation to generation, often remaining unchanged over the centuries.  The dishes found in […]

Spotlight on The Eurasian Creative Guild (London)

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 […]

Poetry before Prose. Interview with the winner of the Arkadiy Bezrukov Prize at the Open Eurasian Book Forum and Literature Festival

OCA: Pavel, you graduated from the geography department of the Novosibirsk State Pedagogical University. Did your studies help in the writing of your story? Pavel Shumov: I was lucky, I chose to study in this field and it has organically become my life. Geography as a profession is impossible without expeditions, hiking, trips etc, where […]

From death row to the Moon. An informal conversation with Barys Kit

Barys Kit is a 106-year-old Belarusian-American scientist, astrophysicist, physicist, mathematician, chemist, rocket scientist and developer of a space fuel based on liquid hydrogen which made moon flights possible for the United States. Mr. Kit’s name was included in a time capsule detailing the greatest scientists in the world of cosmonautics, which was immured in Washington […]

Crimean Tatar Novelist Emerges from the Shadows Cengiz Dağcı

“The War was not our War! And this war of not ours had found us somewhere, somehow. It took us by its severe storm and threw us where we are right now!”  Cengiz Dağcı said and added, ‘Fifty years! Fifty years away from my homeland, it became a wound that never heals…That wound never healed, […]

The science of success ! Interview with top perfumer Vlad Rekunov

Vlad Rekunov is a perfumer and Director of the Association of Manufacturers of Perfumes and Cosmetics. His mentor, Sophia Grojsman – recipient of the “Living Legend Award” from the American Society of Perfumers – has created dozens of best-selling perfumes for the likes of Yves Saint Laurent, Lancôme and Calvin Klein. OCA: Tell our readers […]

Settling down to Belarussian life- Post sanctions. Interview with the United Kingdom Ambassador to Belarus

Ms. Gibb is Her Majesty’s Ambassador United Kingdom in Belarus (Since January 2016). OCA: You’ve spent almost a year in Belarus now. What have you seen so far and how do you find the environment you find yourself in? Do any parts remind you of Britain? FG: I’ve been here just over nine months. I arrived in […]

Guildhall sparkles again to Kazakh Classic

On the 19th of November, a Kazakh Classic Concert was held at London’s prestigious Guildhall to commemorate the 25th anniversary of the independence of the Republic of Kazakhstan. The event was held in association with the embassy of the Republic of Kazakhstan in Great Britain, Kazakh Gala Limited and the Eurasian Group Companies. The concert […]

Yerlan Sydykov: It’s Our Way. And We are to Overcome It.

Yerlan Sydykov, chancellor of the Eurasian National University named after Lev Nikolayevich Gumilyov (Kazakhstan, Astana), may not be a name familiar to those outside Central Asia, but many in the cultural community across the world will likely have come across his work at some point. Last year, his book “Shakarim” was presented at the University […]

David Parry Makes Historic Kyrgyz Visit

David Parry, the Chairman of Eurasian Creative Guild (London) made his first visit to Kyrgyzstan from 13th till 23rd of September, 2016. On September 18th, famous British poet, playwright and member of the Royal society of Arts, presented his book The Grammar of Witchcraft at the American University of Central Asia (AUCA) in Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan. […]

Festival-Contest “Ethno Art Fest” Dedicated to the 25th Anniversary of the Commonwealth of Independent States

On the Day of National Unity, 4th November 2016, the representative office of Rosstorudnichestvo in London hosted the International ethnographic festival-competition “Ethno Art Fest” organised by the “Ethnographic Art” section and the company «Ethno Art Fest». The event was dedicated to the 25th anniversary of the Commonwealth of Independent States. Various events took place in […]

No Art is too small. Interview with minaturist painter Olim Kamalov

Olim Kalimov is one of the few miniaturist painters in Tajikistan. Demonstrating his own specific comprehension of Persian miniature classical art, Kamalov’s works encapsulate his knowledge of tradition, as seen in his use of colour and his fine brushwork. The inimitable beauty of the miniature comes from the refined lines, the brilliance and genteless of […]

Post-Soviet Women in Transition—Azerbaijan, Kyrgyzstan and Uzbekistan Compared

There are many common paradoxes and anomalies regarding the position of women in the former Soviet Muslim republics of Azerbaijan, Kyrgyzstan and Uzbekistan. These arise from the Soviet legacy of gender equality on the one hand, and patriarchal traditions on the other. The resurgence of Islam as an identity marker in the new independent era […]

Welcome to Georgia. National tourism awards

Georgia is a small country situated at the crossroad of Europe and Asia, bordered by the Black Sea to the west and the Caucasus Mountains to the north. A land of beautiful and diverse natural attractions, a rich culture and centuries of turbulent history, it’s no surprise that the country attracts the attention of tourists […]

MIKHAIL SHVYDKOY RUSSIAN SPECIAL ENVOY FOR INTERNATIONAL CULTURAL CO-OPERATION

Kyrgyz-born Mikhail Shvydkoy is no ordinary diplomat. Since 2008, he has been the Special Envoy for International Cultural Cooperation to President Dmitry Medvedev, which followed a stint as the Minister of Culture of the Russian Federation. Before becoming Minister of Culture, however, Shvydkoy held many prestigious positions, including editor-in-chief of Channel 5 and later Chairman […]

Latest events from The European Azerbaijan Society

The European Azerbaijan Society (TEAS) is a UK-registered pan-European foundation dedicated to raising awareness of Azerbaijan and fostering closer economic, political and cultural links between that country and the nations of Europe. In addition to promoting the positive aspects of Azerbaijan, TEAS also highlights the plight of the 875,000 refugees and Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) […]

From Scotland, Via The Soviets, To The Stans Interview with Baroness Alison Suttie

Born and brought up in Hawick, in the Scottish Borders, Baroness Alison Suttie is perhaps not the most likely of fluent Russian speakers you might expect to meet. However, having graduated from Edinburgh’s Heriot-Watt University in 1990 with a degree in French and Russian she then went on to study at Voronezh University in the […]

Think Dubna, Think High Technological Business

In the end of October 2015 OCA magazine were invited to Russian Federation, Science city Dubna, Moscow Region, organized by Ross Sotrudnichestvo, Mayor of Dubna city and Moscow region governor and  been introduced ….for different aspects of live in Dubna city, such as high technology, Special Economic zone and it’s benefits, Joint Institute for Nuclear […]

CATBIG Hosts Central Asian Ambassadors

On 6th July 2015 British Expertise International held a meeting dedicated to the economic, political and commercial situation in the Central Asian countries. The guests of honour at the event were the British Ambassadors to Georgia, Kazakhstan and Turkmenistan. Alexandra Hall has been British Ambassador to Georgia since September 2013. Alexandra spoke to CATBIG members […]

Water For Life: Outcomes of the International Water Conference held in Tajikistan

On June 25th the Embassy of the Republic of Tajikistan in London conducted a round table discussion devoted to outcomes of the High-Level International Conference on the implementation of the International Decade for Action “Water for Life”, which was held in Dushanbe from June 9th to 11th. The round table was attended by the representatives […]