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 […]

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 […]