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EVENT- Middle Eastern Film Festival, April 14-23, New York City

Posted by: Rameen Moshref <rameenm(a)aol.com>
Posted: 14 Apr 2006


EVENT- Middle Eastern Film Festival, April 14-23, New York City

Festival Program, Schedule, and Venues

Friday, April 14 - Anthology Film Archives

6:30 PM Pasolini Pa*Palestine, Ayreen Anastas, USA, Palestine, 2005, 58 min, 
Mini-DV US Premiere (Director Expected to Attend) In Arabic w/English S/T

Followed by:

A New Day in Old Sana'a, Bader Ben Hirsi, Yemen, 2005, 86 min, 35mm, NY 
Premiere (Director Expected to Attend) In Arabic w/English S/T

9:30 PM Zaina, Rider of the Atlas, Bourlem Guerdjou, France, Morocco, 
Algeria, 2005, 100 min, 35mm, In Arabic and French w/English S/T

Saturday, April 15 - Anthology Film Archives

3:00 PM ZOZO, Josef Fares, Lebanon, Sweden, UK, Denmark, 2005, 103 min, 
35mm, In Arabic and Swedish w/English S/T

5:00 PM Passion, Mohamed Malas, Syria, Tunisia, France, Syria, 2005, 98 min, 
35mm, NY Premiere, In Arabic w/English S/T

7:00 PM Waiting, Rashid Masharawi, France, Palestine, 2005, 130 min, 35mm, 
NY Premiere In Arabic w/English S/T

9:30 PM Sex and Philosophy, Mohsen Makhmalbaf, Iran, France, Tajikistan, 
2005, 105 min, 35mm US Premiere In Tajik w/English S/T

Sunday, April 16 - Anthology Film Archives

3:00 PM Bab el Web, Merzak Allouache, Algeria, France, 2004, 99 min, 35mm NY 
Premiere In Arabic and French w/English S/T

5:00 PM Tarfaya, Daoud Aoulad Syad, Morocco, France, 2004, 97 min, 35mm NY 
Premiere In Arabic w/English S/T

7:00 PM Pakistan's Double Game, Claudio von Planta & Sharmeen Obaid Chinoy, 
Pakistan, 2005, 24 min, DigiBeta In English and Urdu w/English S/T

Followed by:

Zaman: The Man from the Reeds, Amer Alwan, Iraq, 2003, 76 min, 35mm, NY 
Premiere In Arabic w/English S/T

9:30 PM Downtown Girls, Mohamed Khan, Egypt, 2005, 92 min, 35mm, US Premiere 
In Arabic w/English S/T

Monday, April 17 - Anthology Film Archives

7:00 PM The Miseducation of Pakistan, Sayid Ali Nasir, Pakis tan, 30 min, 
DVD, US Premiere In Urdu w/English S/T

Followed by:

The Gaze, Nour-Eddine Lakhmari, Morocco, Norway, 2005, 87 min, 35mm, NY 
Premiere In Arabic and French w/English S/T

9:30 PM Earth and Ashes, Atiq Rahimi, Afghanistan, France, 2004, 103 min, 
35mm, NY Premiere In Pashtu w/English S/T

Tuesday, April 18 - Anthology Film Archives

7:00 PM Yasmin's Song, Najwa Najjar, Palestine, 2005, 19 min, DigiBeta, US 
Premiere In Arabic w/English S/T

Followed by:

State of Love, Saad Hendawi, Egypt, 2005, 90 min, 35mm, US Premiere, In 
Arabic w/English S/T (Director Expected to Attend)

9:30 PM Lust Sayid, Ali Nasir, Pakistan, 2004, 3 min, DVD, US Premiere

Pariah, Sehban Zaidi, USA, Pakistan, 2004, 13 min, Mini-DV, US Premiere

Followed by:

Ahlaam, Mohamed Al-Daradji, Iraq, United Kingdom, Netherlands, 2005, 108 
min, 35mm In Arabic w/English S/T (Director Expected to Attend)

Wednesday, April 19 - Tribeca Cinemas

6:30 PM Your Dark Hair Ihsan, Tala Hadid, Morocco, USA, Mexico, 2005, 13 
min, Beta In Arabic w/English S/T

Marjoun and the Flying Headscarf, Susan Youssef, USA, 2005, 10 min, Beta

Followed by:

Heads and Tails, Kamla Abou-Zekry, Egypt, 2005, 86 min, 35mm, US Premiere In 
Arabic w/English S/T

9:00 PM Where To, Karim Fanous, Egypt, USA, 2005, 12 min, DVD, In Arabic 
w/English S/T

Followed by:

The Sleeping Child, Yasmine Kassari, Morocco, Belgium, 2004, 95 min, 35mm, 
NY Premiere In French, Berber, and Arabic w/English S/T

Thursday, April 20 - Tribeca Cinemas

6:30 PM Under the Ceiling, Nidal Al-Dibs, Syria, 2005, 95 min, 35mm, NY 
Premiere In Arabic w/English S/T (Mohamed Al-Ahmed, President of the Syrian 
Film Organization, Expected to Attend)

8:30 PM We Are All Fine, Bijan Mirbagheri, Iran, 2005, 90 min, 35mm, NY 
Premiere, In Farsi w/English S/T

Friday, April 21 - Tribeca Cinemas

6:00 PM When All Were Asleep, Fereydoun Hasanpour, Iran, 2006, 84 min, 35mm, 
US Premiere In Farsi w/English S/T

8:00 PM Yasmin, Kenny Glenaan, United Kingdom, Pakistan, 2004, 87 min, 35mm, 
In English and Urdu w/English S/T

8:30 PM Dinner Gala at Alwan ($100/Ticket)

Saturday, April 22 - NYU Cantor Film Center

2:30 PM Bosta, Philippe Aractingi, Lebanon, 2005, 142 min, 35mm, In Arabic 
w/English S/T

5:30 PM Gazelle's Blood, Mohamed Yasin, Egypt, 2005, 110 min, 35 mm, World 
Premiere In Arabic w/English S/T (Lead Actress Youssra Expected to Attend)

8:00 PM Public Relations, Samir Zikra, Syria, 2005, 140 min, 35mm, World 
Premiere In Arabic w/English S/T (Director Expected to Attend)

Sunday, April 23 - NYU Cantor Film Center

2:00 PM Since You Left, Mohamed Bakri, Palestine, 2005, 58 min, Beta US 
Premiere In Arabic w/English S/T (Director Expected to Attend)

3:30 PM Angel's Fall, Semih Kaplanoglu, Turkey, Greece, 2005, 98 min, 35mm, 
NY Premiere In Turkish w/English S/T

5:45 PM Bab'Aziz, Nacer Khemir, Tunisia, Iran, France, Germany, 2005, 96 
min, 35mm, NY Premiere, In Arabic w/English S/T (Director Expected to Attend)

8:15 PM The Embassy in the Building, Amr Arafa, Egypt, 2005, 111 min, 35mm, 
US Premiere In Arabic w/English S/T (Lead Actor Adel Imam Expected to Attend)

Anthology Film Archive
32 2nd Ave at 2nd St.
F to 2nd Avenue
6 to Astor Place
R, W to 8 St.

Tribeca Cinemas
54 Varick St. at Laight St.
1,9, A,C,E to Canal St.

Cantor Film Center
36 East 8 St. 
6 to Astor Place
R, W to 8 St.A,C,E to West 4 St.

Gala Reception at Alwan
$100/Ticket
R.S.V.P to mfreij01(a)yahoo.com and cdayash(a)yahoo.com
Web: http://www.alwanforthearts.org/directions.html

Film Synopses:

6:30 PM Pasolini Pa*Palestine Ayreen Anastas, USA, Palestine, 2005, 58 min, 
Mini-DV US Premiere (Director Expected to Attend)

Pasolini Pa* Palestine retraces Pasolini's trip to Palestine seeking 
locations for his 1963 film 'The Gospel According to Matthew.' It uses his 
script as a route map and superimposes on the current landscape, creating 
contradictions and breaks between the visual and the audible, the expected 
and the real. The video explores the question of repetition. For Heidegger 
Wiederholung 'repetition, retrieval,' is one of the terms he uses for the 
appropriate attitude towards the past. 'By the Wiederholung of a basic 
problem we understand the disclosure of its original, so far hidden 
possibilities.&rdquo; The project proposes a conversation and a dialogue 
with Passolini, especially his 'Poem for the Third World,' remembering that 
discutere 'to smash to pieces' is the Latin root of dialogue, discussion. 
The piece does not criticize Pasolini, but reveals unnoticed possibilities 
in his thought and works back to the experiences; that inspired it. In 
Arabic w/English S/T

Followed by:

A New Day in Old Sana'a, Bader Ben Hirsi, Yemen, 2005, 86 min, 35mm, NY 
Premiere (Director Expected to Attend)

In this highly romantic tale, Tariq, the handsome young son of a wealthy and 
respected aristocrat, is about to marry the naive Bilqis, eldest daughter of 
a prominent and powerful judge. Although they have never met, the match 
seems ideal and both families are overjoyed. But when Tariq is wandering the 
streets late one night, he spots a beautiful young woman wearing the lovely 
white dress he'd sent his fiance as a gift. He falls madly in love with her, 
assuming she is his betrothed. But things are not quite what they seem and 
soon the young groom finds himself having to make the devastating choice 
between following his heart and protecting his family's honor. Hailed as the 
first feature from Yemen, this beautifully photographed film uses the 
ancient city of Sana'a as its exquisite setting. Winner of the Best Film 
Award at the Cairo International Film Festival. In Arabic w/English S/T

9:30 PM Zaina, Rider of the Atlas, Bourlem Guerdjou, France, Morocco, 
Algeria, 2005, 100 min, 35mm

A winner at the Locarno International Film Festival, this mixture of 
fairytale and high adventure set in the mountains of Morocco starts with the 
funeral of Selma, mother of 11-year-old Zaina. Previously, Selma had won a 
horse race forcing her husband Mustapha to disown her; and, when passing 
through town on his way to the latest race, he is confronted by the daughter 
he never knew. When Overlord Omar el-Mansour demands custody of Zaina, 
Mustapha flees toward Marrakesh gradually bonding with his daughter whilst 
being pursued by the evil Omar. In Arabic and French w/English S/T

Saturday, April 15 - Anthology Film Archives

3:00 PM ZOZO, Josef Fares, Lebanon, Sweden, UK, Denmark, 2005, 103 min, 35mm

Despite the increased shelling in his hometown, life seems normal for 
ten-year-old Zozo. It's 1987 and civil war is raging in Beirut. Any day now 
the proper papers will arrive for his family to leave Lebanon and join his 
grandparents in Sweden. But the day the papers arrive, Zozo's story becomes 
one of survival and coming-of-age under extraordinary circumstances. With 
little but his wits and his family's passports, Zozo makes his way to the 
airport. Along the way, he befr iends a chick who talks to him and a girl 
who distracts him in a fantasy-like world. The likelihood of Zozo making it 
out of the country is slim. 'Zozo' is partly autobiographical: Fares was 
born in Lebanon and moved to Sweden when he was ten. In Arabic and Swedish 
w/English S/T

5:00 PM Passion, Mohamed Malas, Syria, Tunisia, France, 2005, 98 min, 35mm 
NY Premiere

When her husband Adnan takes a second job as a cab driver, Iman discovers a 
new love for the music of legendary Egyptian singer Umm Kulthum. As her 
infatuation grows, so does her affection for those around her, including her 
three children and her husband of ten years, who becomes increasingly 
alarmed that something has changed in his wife.  After consulting with his 
male relatives, Adnan concludes that she must in love with another man. The 
men meet to decide Iman's fate.  Based on a true incident, director Mohamed 
Malas' riveting new feature examines in meticulous detail the circumstances 
surrounding crimes of passion and the devastation they inflict on everyone 
involved. In Arabic w/English S/T

7:00 PM Waiting, Rashid Masharawi, France, Palestine, 2005, 130 min, 35mm, 
NY Premiere

Ahmad accepts to audition actors for a project financed by the European 
Union at the National Palestinian Theatre. He searches for talent amongst 
the numerous refugee camps in Jordan, Syria and Lebanon. He feels more and 
more that the destiny of these waiting refugees is much the same as his own. 
He asks the actors to act out what best embodies the destiny of their 
people, his own destiny, waiting. In Arabic w/English S/T

9:30 PM Sex and Philosophy, Mohsen Makhmalbaf, France, Iran, Tajikstan, 
2005, 105 min, 35mm US Premiere

On his fortieth birthday, a man decides to precipitate a life crisis by 
introducing his numerous mistresses to each other. The women are shocked to 
discover that they have been romantically involved with the same man.  Total 
honesty is the only answer. One by one the beginning of each affair is 
reviewed. The man and his lovers discuss passion, possession, and time. How 
love blossoms from even the smallest seed. He gives each woman a parting 
gift -- a stopwatch --and asks them to measure each minute of true love that 
they experience. The women leave. The man is alone. Later, the fourth woman 
calls him and they arrange to meet at her house, where he finds the tables 
turned: he is now one of four lovers.  Unable to handle the new situation, 
the men argue and depart. The man is left alone again. In Tajik w/English S/T

Sunday, April 16 - Anthology Film Archives

3:00 PM Bab el Web, Merzak Allouache, Algeria, France, 2004, 99 min, 35mm, 
NY Premiere

Two bickering brothers, a French ingenue who is more than she appears, a 
lowlife gangster who bets on illicit ram fights, and a local ccentric with 
an uncanny knack for being hit by automobiles. Anything can happen in 
Algiers' Bab el-Oued district of the Casbah, and it often does. The action 
starts when a local vendor, known on the Internet as atrix, invites his 
electronic chat room partner, a young woman living in Paris, to visit him in 
the heart of Algiers. To his surprise Laurence accepts, leaving him only 
days to prepare for her arrival; including finding a way to get his mother 
and sister out of the house for a week.  He solicits his brother to raise 
money to execute his scheme, but things get complicated when his guest 
arrives from the north. This film is simultaneously comedy, drama, and a 
compelling portrait of life in Algeria. Outstanding acting performances and 
steady directing balance humor with the tough realities of Algerian life. In 
Arabic and French w/English S/T

5:00 PM Tarfaya, Daoud Aoulad Syad, Morocco, France, 2004, 97 min, 35mm NY 
Premiere

The beautifully shot, hypnotically-paced Tarfaya focuses on the torment of 
North African immigrants trying to slip into Europe. Miriam (Touria Alaoui) 
arrives in Tarfaya looking for the smuggler who is supposed to ferry her to 
Spain. But those seeking clandestine passage are always vulnerable, and 
everyone she meets seems duplicitous and deceitful. What little money she 
has is stolen, and help from the police chief (Mohamed Majd) comes at its 
own price. Miriam is courted by Hassan (Mohamed Bastaoui), but blinded by 
the mirage of a better life on 'The Continent,' she spurns him. Like all 
those seeking safe passage, she will have to learn that much more than an 
expanse of water separates the Moroccan sea port from Europe. In Arabic 
w/English S/T

7:00 PM Pakistan's Double Game, Claudio von Planta & Sharmeen Obaid Chinoy, 
Pakistan, 2005, 24 min, DigiBeta

Pakistan is a frontline state in America's war against terrorism. Since 
September 2001, Pakistan has arrested top Al Qaeda operatives and has 
launched a drive to eradicate terrorism from its soil. Reporter Sharmeen 
Obaid Chinoy travels across her native country of Pakistan to gauge the 
reactions of ordinary citizens who feel that their president is selling out 
to the west.

Followed by:

Zaman: The Man from the Reeds, Amer Alwan, Iraq, 2003, 76 min, 35mm, NY 
Premiere

Zaman and his wife, Najma, have built their happy life together in their 
house of reeds and, though childless, adopted a boy, Yacine who was orphaned 
by the 1991 Gulf War. They have lived a quiet, contented existence until 
Najma falls ill. The local doctor tells them she needs surgery or some 
special medicine he does not have. And so Zaman sets off in his small boat 
and journeys out of the Marshes to Baghdad in search of the precious cure. 
Thus begins the journey of salvation and discovery for 'Zaman, the Man from 
the Reeds.' This sweet and sad story about love and devotion, hope and fear 
is the first film from Iraq in fifteen years. In Arabic w/English S/T

9:30 PM Downtown Girls, Mohamed Khan, Egypt, 2005, 92 min, 35mm, US Premiere

Menna Shalaby and Hend Sabry are Banat West El-Balad (Downtown Girls) in 
Mohamed Khan's return to mainstream cinema. In this tale about marginalized 
Egyptians, Shalaby plays Yasmine, a hairdresser who works in a downtown 
beauty shop. While taking the subway, she meets Joumana (Sabry), who works 
around the corner, and the two instantly become close friends. The problem 
is that Yasmine is a pathological liar who can't tell the truth about her 
work or family even to her shy boyfriend Samir, played by Khaled Abul-Naga. 
In Arabic w/English S/T

Monday, April 17 - Anthology Film Archives

7:00 PM The Miseducation of Pakistan, Sayid Ali Nasir, Pakistan, 30 min, 
DVD, US Premiere

This short film offers a controversial probe into the corruption and 
nepotism of the education system in Pakistan. In Urdu w/English S/T

Followed by:

The Gaze, Nour-Eddine Lakhmari, Morocco, Norway, 2005, 87 min, 35mm, NY 
Premiere

Preparing a retrospective at a fashionable gallery, 70-year-old Tueis 
realizes that something is missing in the exhibition. He returns to Morocco 
where as a 19-year-old soldier and photographer for the French army, he 
witnessed atrocities committed by the troops. He took photos, but has never 
before dared to publish them. 'Le Regard' is primarily a journey in the 
landscape of one person's guilt, passivity and powerlessness, touching all 
those involved: Aida in Morocco, with a son born out of wedlock; Reda, who 
has wasted away his life; the villagers, who accept a salary from the 
factory which is slowly killing them; the French soldiers, who first 
committed and later concealed their crimes; and especially Albert, who 
ultimately failed to perform his moral duty.  In Arabic and French w/English 
S/T

9:30 PM Earth and Ashes, Atiq Rahimi, Afghanistan, France, 2004, 103 min, 
35mm, NY Premiere

Dastaguir sits on the side of the road, his young grandson, Yassin, at his 
side. A desolate Afghan landscape stretches out around him - a 
half-demolished bridge, a dry riverbed below and a dusty road that reaches 
its vanishing point on the horizon. That road leads to a far-off coalmine, 
Dastaguir's dreaded destination. He is on a painful journey to see his son, 
the child's father, who works in the mine. He must tell him that their 
village has been bombed and his entire family killed. The old man is torn 
between his own remorse, his unbearable solitude and codes of honor deeply 
engrained in the Afghan soul. As he struggles with so many conflicting 
emotions, Dastaguir encounters several strangers along the way. There's the 
sentry house guard, the philosophical roadside merchant, the mysterious 
veiled woman who waits endlessly, and other victims of this nameless war 
that goes on somewhere off-screen. In Pashtu w/English S/T

Tuesday, April 18 - Anthology Film Archives

7:00 PM Yasmin's Song, Najwa Najjar, Palestine, 2005, 19 min, DigiBeta, US 
Premiere

Ziyad is a young Palestinian man who sells flowers in the nearby village. He 
is in love with Yasmine, a young Palestinian girl from the village. At night 
they meet in secret away from eyes of disapproving villagers; and while 
Yasmine's parents are busy arranging her future, an unexpected happening 
changes everyone's lives. In Arabic w/English S/T

Followed by:

State of Love, Saad Hendawi, Egypt, 2005, 90 min, 35 mm, US Premiere 
(Director Expected to Attend)

A box-office hit in its native Egypt, 'State of Love' is a post 9/11 love 
story looking at Arabs in the West, and is a successful depiction of the 
dilemmas and challenges facing a generation all too often lost in 
translation amidst all the talk of dialogues between two civilizations.  In 
Arabic w/English S/T

9:30 PM Lust, Sayid Ali Nasir, Pakistan, 2004, 3 min, DVD US Premiere

A chilling confession by Pakistan's most notorious serial killer and 
pedophile over a collage of stills give a glimpse into the man's life in 
Lahore.

Pariah, Sehban Zaidi, USA, Pakistan, 2004, 13 min, Mini-DV, US Premiere

A US soldier stumbles on a Pakistani man in a frozen tundra. The two lost 
men and their interactions symbolize the state of the world.

Followed by:

Ahlaam, Mohamed Al-Daradji, Iraq, United Kingdom, Netherlands, 2005, 108 
min, 35mm (Director Expected to Attend)

Set one day before and after the fall of Baghdad, 'ahlaam' (the dream) tells 
the story of a young girl brutally damaged at the hands of the regime and 
her experiences of the chaos and wonder of post-Saddam Iraq. Ahlaam is 
confined to a mental institute after witnessing the violent arrest of her 
soon-to-be husband on their wedding day and lives her confined existence in 
a state of delusion and abuse. After her hospital is destroyed by a bomb, 
she is liberated and roams the streets and rubble at the mercy of looting 
crowds and opportunists. All the while, her family with help from a young 
doctor from the mental institute, seek the escaped patient amidst the 
turmoil of a city in anarchy. In Arabic w/English S/T

Wednesday, April 19 - Tribeca Cinemas

6:30 PM Your Dark Hair Ihsan, Tala Hadid, USA, Morocco, Mexico, 2005, 13 
min, Beta

A man returns to his native city to rediscover his past and the mother he 
lost as a child. In Arabic w/English S/T

Marjoun and the Flying Headscarf, Susan Youssef, USA, 2005, 10 min, Beta

An Arab-American girl must come to terms with her sexuality while balancing 
the mores of two different cultures. The narrative explores veiling, 
spirituality, and domestic violence.

Followed by:

Heads and Tails, Kamla Abou-Zekry, Egypt, 2005, 86 min, 35mm US
Premiere

Helmed by Kamla Abou-Zekry, Heads and Tails stars Hend Sabry who appears as 
a girl called He nd. She dreams of becoming a star and ends up falling in 
love with her tough acting coach, played by Mahmoud Hemeida. The latter is 
still recovering from the discovery of his wife's infidelity. In Arabic 
w/English S/T

9:00 PM Where To, Karim Fanous, Egypt, US, 2005, 12 min, DVD

A middle-aged New York cab driver from Egypt picks up a fellow Egyptian, 
arriving in the city for the first time in pursuit of the American Dream. 
They have a conversation that will help each of them come to a realization 
about their life choices. In Arabic w/English S/T

Followed by:

The Sleeping Child, Yasmine Kassari, Belgium, Morocco, 2004, 95 min, 35mm, 
NY Premiere

A day after their wedding in the countryside of north-eastern Morocco, a 
young bride, Zainab is left alone by her husband as he joins his country-men 
to work clandestinely in Europe. Zainab discovers that she is pregnant. Not 
wanting her baby to be born before her husband's return, she prolongs 
pregnancy. Time passes; her husband does not return. In French, Berber, and 
Arabic w/English S/T

Thursday, April 20 - Tribeca Cinemas

6:30 PM Under the Ceiling, Nidal Al Dibs, Syria, 2005, 95 min, 35mm, NY 
Premiere (Mohamed Al-Ahmed, President of the Syrian Film Organization, 
Expected to Attend)

Marwan shares his Damascus apartment with his friend, an author, who dies 
beneath the apartment's leaky ceiling. Beneath that same ceiling, the day 
before, Marwan's love for the author's young wife Lina came to life. Now 
that Lina's husband is gone, she and Marwan begin making plans for their own 
future, only to find that the past is difficult to overcome. Events of long 
ago interrupt the couple's present hopes as a stream of friends and 
relatives wander into the apartment. Unsuccessful at their attempts to 
re-invent time, Lina and Marwan remain trapped under the apartment ceiling. 
With a challenging chronological randomness and a largely atmospheric feel, 
'Under the Ceiling;' marks an impressive writing and directorial debut for 
Nidal al-Dibs. In Arabic w/English S/T

8:30 PM We Are All Fine, Bijan Mirbagheri, Iran, 2005, 90 min, 35mm, NY 
Premiere

Director Bijan Mirbagheri seems to have taken a cue from American 
independents in this tale of a dysfunctional, middle-class family whose 
private animosities explode when a video camera comes into their midst.  
Oldest son Jamshid has been abroad for six years, leaving his parents, 
siblings, wife and young daughter adrift. When Jamshid sends word that he 
would like his family to prepare a video tape for him, their initial 
attempts at cheer soon devolve into bitter arguments and secret confessions. 
Dexterous cutting between video and 35mm as well as a powerful ensemble cast 
fuel this moving exploration of the consequences of emigration for the 
people left behind. In Farsi w/English S/T

Friday, April 21 - Tribeca Cinemas

6:00 PM When All Were Asleep, Fereydoun Hasanpour, Iran, 2006, 84 min, 35mm, 
US Premiere

After waiting for so many years, Bibi Salimeh, the village's midwife, is 
getting ready for her pilgrimage to Mecca. But as she is bidding the 
villagers farewell, the bad news arrives that she is not allowed to go.  No 
one wants to tell her, except two children who decide to take her on a 
picturesque voyage to realize her dream. In Farsi w/English S/T

8:00 PM Yasmin, Kenny Glenaan, United Kingdom, Pakistan, 2004, 87min, 35mm

Scripted by Simon Beaufoy (The Full Monty, The Darkest Light) after months 
of research and workshops with the Muslim community in the North of England, 
Yasmin's story explores what it means to be Asian, Muslim and British. 
Having rebelled against her Pakistani upbringing as a teenager, the sparkly, 
confident Yasmin (Archie Panjabi of Bend It Like Beckham) has grown adept at 
juggling her Westernized working and social life with her more traditional 
culture at home. But after the attacks of 9/11 she finds herself ostracized 
at work, and increasingly subject to overt Islamophobia. When her husband is 
snatched by the police and held without charge, she finds herself forced to 
re-evaluate her faith, her culture and her relationships. The harsh 
realities of prejudice and discrimination in a climate of poverty and fear 
are never trivialized, but are treated with a refreshing degree of humor, 
irony, and understatement. In English and Urdu w/English S/T

8:30 PM Dinner Gala at Alwan ($100/ticket)

Saturday, April 22 - NYU Cantor Film Center

2:30 PM Bosta, Philippe Aractingi, Lebanon, 2005, 142 min, 35mm

'Bosta' (the name of a bus) features some of the most popular actors, 
dancers, and choreographers in the Arab world. It is the first post-war 
Lebanese musical with contemporary Middle East, and more precisely Lebanese 
rhythms, such as the Debke dance, which is at the foreground of Lebanese 
national folklore. It is also the first film to be funded entirely by 
private Lebanese investors, representing a breakthrough in terms of 
production, because Lebanese films, as in many Middle East and African 
countries, rely on western cultural funds. The music of 'Bosta' has also 
been a great challenge. It joins the talents of local composers, such as Ali 
el Khatib, and the Afro Celt Sound System, a British group from Peter 
Gabriel's label 'Real World'. Such collaboration is the first in a local 
film production. In Arabic w/English S/T

5:30 PM Gazelle's Blood, Mohamed Yasin, Egypt, 2005, 110 min, 35 mm, World 
Premiere (Lead Actress Youssra Expected to Attend)

Written and produced by the acclaimed Wahid Hamed and directed by Mohammed 
Yasin, this drama gathers Mona Zaki with veteran stars Nour El-Sherif and 
Youssra. The film offers portraits of characters from a cross-section of 
Egyptian society and traces the roots of social upheaval by shedding light 
on the reasons that drive an unemployed young man (Amr Waked) to join a 
radical organization. El-Sherif plays the role of ex-con artist Gaber, who 
tries to pay his dues by helping poor people, while Youssra depicts an 
aristocratic woman isolated from the problems of the quotidien. In Arabic 
w/English S/T

8:00 PM Public Relations, Samir Zikra, Syria, 2005, 140 min, 35mm, World 
Premiere (Director Expected to Attend)

A special relationship between a woman and two men: the woman is a tourist 
guide who takes tourist groups from different countries to Syria's 
archaeological sites. One of the two men is an influential businessman who 
is secretly married to the tourist guide and wants her to get an abortion. 
The other man is the one whom the guide has met during one of her tours. She 
falls in love with him as he appears witty, modest, and friendly. But she 
later finds out that he is only a caricature image of her secret businessman 
husband. This special relationship between the woman and the two men 
highlights privacy in our society and its contradictions, the interaction of 
interests and passions, producing a special ambience which controls the 
action and movements of the characters. In Arabic w/English S/T

Sunday, April 23 - NYU Cantor Film Center

2:00 Since You Left, Mohamed Bakri, Palestine, 2005, 58 min, Beta, US Premiere

A docu-drama that is at once biographical and political recounting through 
interviews and footage (including very rare and personal ones of Emil 
Habibi) that go back 30 years, the travails and hardships, dreams and hopes 
that engross the Palestinian filmmaker, Mohammed Bakri. This film essay 
moves between life amidst the conflict in his own land, the effects of 
experiences of the Gulf War and September 11, as well as the surge in 
religious discourse discourse on the surrounding reality.

3:30 PM Angel's Fall, Semih Kaplanoglu, Turkey, Greece, 2005, 98 min, 35 mm, 
NY Premiere

Zeynep's days are spent working as a hotel housekeeper. Her nights are 
hellish due to her father's inappropriate behavior. The only person with 
whom she can build a relationship is Mustafa, a young man who works at the 
same hotel and who is interested in Zeynep. Though she never responds to the 
interest of this younger man, she does not put him off either. Zeynep is 
trying to escape from the vicious circle in which she finds herself. In 
another part of the city, Selcuk, a sound technician, is struggling with the 
guilt he feels over the recent death of his wife.  The suitcase that 
contains Selcuk's wife's clothes will change Zeynep's fate in a most 
unexpected manner. In Turkish w/English S/T

5:45 PM Bab'Aziz, Nacer Khemir, Tunisia, Iran, France, Germany, 2005, 96 
min, 35mm, NY Premiere (Director Expected to Attend)

Two figures are lost in an ocean of sand: Ishtar, a lively little girl, and 
her grandfather Bab'Aziz, a blind dervish. Their goal is to find the great 
reunion of dervishes that takes place every thirty years. As they cross the 
endless expanse of burning-freezing sand, they encounter other people. 
Osman, aching for the beautiful young women he found at the bottom of a 
well; Zaid, whose singing seduced a ravishing beauty he has lost; the 
Prince, who gives up his realm to become a dervish. The desert is the 
dervish's friend; however, in due time it unlocks its secret to Bab'Aziz: 
the gathering place. The elderly man kisses his granddaughter one last time 
before sending her off with Zaid into the wild colors and bewitching sounds 
of the gathering. For Bab'Aziz, time has come to f use with the sand, to 
become part of the many stories and legends that swirl through the desert 
like a dream within another dream, as infinite as the grains of sand. In 
Arabic w/English S/T

8:15 PM The Embassy in the Building, Amr Arafa, Egypt, 2005, 111 min, 35 mm, 
US Premiere (Lead Actor Adel Imam Expected to Attend)

The film revolves around a petrol engineer, who has lived in Dubai for a 
quarter of a century and finally returns home to Egypt only to discover that 
the Israeli Embassy is located right next door to his apartment. In Arabic 
w/English S/T

Major Sponsors:

Lower Manhattan Cultural Council
Mosaic Foundation
Columbia University Middle East Institute
Egyptian Film Center
Syrian National Film Organization
Third I
Persian Cultural Foundation
Rush Graphics
Aramica
Persian Mirror
Iranian American Society of New York
Afghan Communicator www.afghancommunicator.com
Damascus Bakery
Prudential Douglas Elliman Real Estate
Council for the National Interest
Dreams of a Nation
Moon and Stars Projects 

EVENT- Uzbek Art and Crafts Exhibition, March 29-30, Columbia University, New York City

Posted by: Farkhod Muradov <fsm2103(a)columbia.edu>
Posted: 28 Mar 2006


EVENT- Uzbek Art and Crafts Exhibition, March 29-30, Columbia U., New York City

Columbia University
School of International and Public Affairs
Harriman Institute
Eurasia Initiative/Central Asian Group and Global Uzbek Council

present:

Uzbek Art and Crafts (Two days only)

featuring

Master of traditional ceramics from Rishtan, Uzbekistan - Usta Rustam Usmanov

What: Exhibition: Uzbek art, ceramics, fabrics, decorative tile, hand 
embroidery, wood carving, chased copper and Uzbek miniature


Where: 4th floor Lobby, SIPA building (420 W. 118th St., New York, NY, 10027)

When: Two days only - 9am-5pm, Wednesday and Thursday (March 29th and 30th)

Everyone Welcome!

No RSVP necessary, for further info and questions, please email Farkhod 
Muradov at fsm2103(a)columbia.edu

Farkhod S. Muradov
Columbia University
International Finance and Business
E-mail: fsm2103(a)columbia.edu
Tel: 917.656.5893

EVENT- Folk Music of Afghanistan, March 31, New York City

Posted by: Rameen Moshref <rameenm(a)aol.com>
Posted: 28 Mar 2006


EVENT- Folk Music of Afghanistan, March 31, New York City

World Music Institute presents:

Friday, March 31, 2006
8:00PM

Folk Music of Afghanistan
Vaheed Kaacemy & Quraishi

Symphony Space
95th & Broadway
New York, NY

$40, $30 (WMI Friends: $35, $26 / Students with college ID: &15)
Tickets & Info: 212-545-7536

Highly respected performers in the Afghan community come together to perform 
a program of rarely heard folk songs from various regions of Afghanistan. 
Featured are the popular singer Vaheed Kaacemy, who comes from a famous 
family of musicians; Quraishi, who has helped to preserve and reinterpret 
Afghan music and rekindle interest in the rubab (a short-necked lute that is 
the national instrument of Afghanistan; and Chetram Sahni (dohl), a master 
of folk rhythms.

CALL FOR PARTICIPATION- e-Network of Academia in Social Sciences (e-nass)

Posted by: Murat Cemrek <cemrek(a)yahoo.com>
Posted: 27 Mar 2006


CALL FOR PARTICIPATION- e-Network of Academia in Social Sciences (e-nass)

Call for Subscriptions: e-Network of Academia in Social Sciences (e-nass)

e-nass: e-Network of Academia in Social Sciences

This e-network aims to deepen communication to prompt further 
inter/trans/multi-disciplinary dialogue within academic community of social 
sciences, including professionals and students. The members are 
enthusiastically encouraged to contribute any relevant announcements of Call 
for Papers, Fellowships/Scholarships, Conferences, Graduate Programs, 
Websites, Publications, Summer Schools, Jobs, Internships and etc. valuable 
for the target group. Thus, if you have any scholarly announcement 
concerning social sciences, please do not hesitate to share it within this 
global academic network.

The list is essentially generalist to cover all branches of social sciences 
within a wide geographical range of Eurasia from the mist-shrouded steppes 
of Central Asia to the sun-drenched European shores neighbouring choppy 
Atlantic but neither neglecting the oasis-ornamented Middle East nor the 
rugged-mountains of Balkans and provides numerous links useful for research. 
 Although the primary language of the list is English, contributions in 
other languages of Latin script are highly welcome.

The list, however, discourages any form of discussion or commercial-minded 
advertisement. In order to protect e-nass subscribers vis-a-vis the 
virus-spreading, hoax and spam type of e-mails, the list is moderated. Since 
the e-mails containing attachments are automatically refused, will you be so 
kind to post your announcements in the text format.

Murat Cemrek, PhD
e-nass moderator

Subscribe: e-nass-subscribe(a)yahoogroups.com
Website: http://groups.yahoo.com/group/e-nass/

CALL FOR PARTICIPATION- Host Families and Coordinators for Students from Eurasia

Posted by: Tatyana Taratynova <taratynova(a)americancouncils.org>
Posted: 27 Mar 2006


CALL FOR PARTICIPATION- Host Families & Coordinators for Students from Eurasia

Dear Colleagues and Friends of International Exchange,

Help contribute to a peaceful world and mutual understanding by housing or 
helping host an international student.

The American Councils for International Education, a non-profit organization 
committed to international education in the countries of Russia and Eurasia, 
is looking for interested families as well as coordinators to facilitate and 
host foreign exchange students in the U.S. for the 2006-07 school year. 
These students have undergone a competitive process to earn the right to 
represent their countries in these programs. Each student speaks English and 
is eager to learn about American Culture. These one-year scholarship-based 
programs funded by the US State Department to encourage learning and 
understanding between Americans and people from Eurasia, include a monthly 
stipend, incidental funds and medical insurance.

 - Future Leaders Exchange Program (FLEX) for students from Russia and Eurasia
 - Youth Exchange and Study Program (YES) for students from Afghanistan
 - American Serbia and Montenegro Leadership Exchange (A-SMYLE)

We are looking for coordinators willing to facilitate the student's stay in 
the host family, helping them adapt to the American schools, as well as 
maintaining contact with the American Councils about the progress of the 
student.

We are looking for host families willing to provide students with a loving 
and supportive environment, a place to sleep (sharing a room is okay), meals 
and snacks, and a quiet place to study. All types of families, in which 
English is the primary language used at home, are welcomed including those 
with teenagers or younger children in at home, retirees, 'empty nesters,' 
and single parent families.

What Are the Benefits for You:

 - Partake in historic programs sponsored by our government.
 - Share our culture with people from other countries.
 - Break stereotypes and create positive impressions about America.
 - Learn about cultures of the world on a personal level.

More information on the programs can be found at www.americancouncils.org. 
If interested, please contact us at inbound(a)americancouncils.org or by 
phone: (202) 833-7522.

Tatyana Taratynova
Program Assistant, Inbound Programs
American Councils for International Education: ACTR/ACCELS
1776 Massachusetts Ave., NW #700
Washington, D.C. 20036
USA
Tel: 202-833-7522
Fax: 202-833-7523

EVENT- Armenian Films, Silver Lake Film Festival, March 24-29, Los Angeles, CA

Posted by: Nader Rastegar <bameq(a)yahoo.com>
Posted: 23 Mar 2006


EVENT- Armenian Films, Silver Lake Film Festival, March 24-29, Los Angeles, CA

Beyond the Diaspora: Armenian Film Makers from Around the World at the Sixth 
Silver Lake Film Festival 2006

Opening Night:

Date - Friday, March 24, 2006
Time - 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM

Location:

ArcLight Cinema Lounge
6360, West Sunset Blvd. [One block West of Vine]
Hollywood, California
USA

Screenings are from March 24th to March 29th, 2006, at the same location as 
identified above.

Tickets:

US$11.Advance tickets to screenings can be purchased by calling: 
323-464-4226 OR at: <http://www.silverlakefilmfestival.org/tickets.html>.

Silver Lake Film Festival, Los Angeles, California, is the leading 
independent film and video festival.  This Year, the Festival features more 
than 200 films - including 85 Premiers.

Eastside Los Angeles' large Armenian ethnic population inspired this 
original program of 'diaspora films' by filmmakers of Armenian descent who 
are born and work and live outside their homeland, Armenia.  Filmmakers in 
the series hail from France, Ukraine, Canada, and U.S.

Armenian Cinema, much like Armenian culture, is produced both in the 
homeland and in the diaspora.  The Armenian cinematic tradition stretches 
back over 90 years to 1911, when the burial of the prelate Catholicos 
Matheus II was captured on celluloid.

The Armenian film studio Haikino began operations in Yerevan in March! 1924. 
Since then, there have been fruitful periods and relatively difficult times 
in film production in the homeland, reflecting the political stability or 
turmoil of Armenia, the Caucasus or the broader region. In parallel, and 
mostly as a result of mass migration due to the Genocide of 1915, Armenians 
were dispersed to different parts of the world creating an extensive 
diaspora, of which the United States has the highest concentration in numbers.

Subsequent generations produced filmmakers scattered throughout the globe 
with an eclectic harvest of films. This program is a small sampling of 
diaspora Armenian filmmakers.  Some of them treat Armenian issues, while 
others handle general human interest stories.

Schedule & Descriptive Information at:
www.silverlakerfilmfestival.org

5:45 PM on Friday, March 24, 2006:

Three Documentaries:
 - 'Right to Exit' - USA, 2003, 53 mins.; U.S. Premiere.
Director/ Producer: Anna Terean
Screenwriter/Producer: Artur Armin
 - 'Karaoke Dreams' - USA, 2006, 44 mins.; U.S. Premiere.
Director/editor/camera/co-producer: Rob Davidian
 - 'Hammer and Flame' - UK, 2004, 10 mins.; U.S. Premiere.
Director: Vaughan Pilikian
Producer: Justin Meiland
Winner of the Golden Apricot, Best Documentary, Yerevan 2005; and Best 
Foreign Short, Malescorto, 2005.

7:15 PM on Saturday, March 25, 2006:

 - 'Garine Torossian Retrospective' - Los Angeles Premiere.
Garine Torossian was born in Beirut, Lebanon, of Armenian origin and moved 
to Canada in 1979.  Retrospectives of her work have taken place at New 
York's Museum of Modern Art, Armenia's Cinematheque, Berlin Arsenal and 
Telluride Film Festival.
 - 'Sparklehorse' - 16 mm, 1999, 9 mins.
Honorable Mention Berlin International Film Festival 2000.
 - 'Dust' - 16 mm, 2000, 6 mins.
 - 'Babies On The Sun' - 16 mm, 2001, 5 mins.
 - 'Nostalgic' - Winner of Panorama short film prize, Berlin International 
Film Festival, 2002.
 - 'Shadowy Encounters' - 16 mm, 2002, 15 mins.
 - 'Garden In Khorkhom' - 16 mm, 2003, 14mins.
 - 'Sandias Eustacy' - DVD, 2004, 6mins.
 - 'Hypnotize/Mezmerize' System of a Down' - DVD, 2005, 14 mins.
Produced by: SonyBMG.

5:30 PM on Tuesday, March 28, 2006:

Three Short Films on Identity - Introduced by Nora Armani:
 - 'The Medlar Tree - Diary of an Unemployed Woman' - France, 2004, 36 
mins.; U.S. Premiere.
Director/ Screenwriter: Isabelle Ouzounian
Producer: Flagrant Delit Productions
 - 'The Garden of Khorkom' / 'Le Jardin de Khorkom' - France, 1998, 20 
mins.; U.S. Premiere.
Director/ Screenwriter: Isabelle Ouzounian
Producer: G.R.E.C.
 - 'Worm/ Vort' - USA, 2005, 32 mins.; Los Angeles Premiere.
Director: James Martin
Writer: Shahe Mankerian
Producers: Jaymes Wheeler, Soseh Haroutounian, Yeghia Tchakmakian, Shahe 
Mankerian, Yvette Khalafian.

10:15 PM on Wednesday, March 29, 2006:

 - 'The Night is Bright' / a/k/a 'Bright is the Night' - Ukraine, 2004, 98 
mins.; U.S. Premiere.
Director: Roman Balayan
Screenwriters: Rustam Ibragimbekov, Roman Balayan
Producer:  Makdos Film
 - 'Armenian Lullaby' - USA, 2005, 6 mins.; Los Angeles Premiere.
Director/Producer: Irina Patkanian
Author of Poem: Rafael Patkanian (1830-1892)

Information:

Nora Armani
Curator / Producer / Director/ Actor
Armenian Film Makers Program
Silver Lake Film Festival
E-Mails: noraarmani(a)yahoo.com, info(a)noraarmani.com
Tel: New York: +917-318-2290; Paris: +33-(0)-6-76-71-94-65
Web: www.noraarmani.com

On the Couch with Nora Armani

Sponsors:

RightHome
Armenian Theatre Commpany
AIWA (Armenian Intern! ational Women's Association)
ADAA (Armenian Dramatic Arts Alliance)
Molorak Films
Pride Funding
Naregatsi Institute
The Joan Quinn Profiles
United Annter Films
Parev Productions

EVENT- Kyrgyz Cultural Performances, March 22, University of Wisconsin-Madison

Posted by: Uli Schamiloglu <uschamil(a)wisc.edu>
Posted: 22 Mar 2006


EVENT- Kyrgyz Cultural Performances, March 22, University of Wisconsin-Madison

Come celebrate Nawruz - Central Asian New Year - with a FREE performance of 
music from Kyrgyzstan!

Kyrgyz Cultural Performances - Manas
Ryspai Isakov, Akylbek Kasabolotov, Helen Faller

Wednesday, March 22, 2006 - 8:00 pm

Great Hall of the Memorial Union (800 Langdon Street, Madison, WI)

Two renowned performers from the Central Asian republic of Kyrgyzstan will 
treat you to episodes from the magnificent Kyrgyz national epic Manas. A 
trilogy said to be over a thousand years old, Manas contains over a half a 
million lines and is considered the longest recorded epic in the world. It 
focuses on the lives - from miraculous birth to glorious death - of three 
generations of ancient heroes: Manas, his son Semetey, and Semetey's son 
Seytek. Episodes of Manas colorfully depict the valiant exploits of these 
and other brave warriors - their magnificent feasts, weddings, and of course 
countless glorious raging battles.

Watching an epic singer of Manas - or manaschy - perform is an unparalleled 
spectacle. A manaschy does not just recite the stories from the epic.  
Rather, he or she goes into a trance and momentarily lives with the 
characters, acting out their triumphs and tragedies while sharing them with 
the audience.

Kyrgyz Cultural Performances further enriches the mystical experience of 
seeing Manas presented in a concert setting. While Manas is traditionally 
performed without accompaniment, our production innovatively incorporates a 
Kyrgyz folk musician. As the manaschy recites, employing a catalogue of 
gestures and facial expressions to emphasize certain moments of the epic, 
the musician improvises upon Kyrgyz musical themes, changing instruments and 
timbres according to what the actions occurring in the epic evoke for him.

The two performers will be accompanied by Dr. Helen M. Faller, an 
anthropologist who specializes in Central Asian culture. Dr. Faller will 
present the program and facilitate a brief question-and-answer session at 
the end of the performance.

This concert is free and open to the public. Sponsored by CREECA (the Center 
for Russia, East Europe, and Central Asia at the University of Wisconsin), 
the Central Asia Student Association, and the Central Asian Studies Program, 
with generous financial support from the Kemper K. Knapp bequest.

FFI: CREECA 608-262-3379 / events(a)creeca.wisc.edu

Jennifer Ryan Tishler
Associate Director
Center for Russia, East Europe, and Central Asia (CREECA)
210 Ingraham Hall, 1155 Observatory Drive
Madison, WI 53706
USA
Tel: 608-262-3379
Fax. 608-890-0267
Web: http://www.wisc.edu/creeca

Uli Schamiloglu
Professor of Turkic & Central Eurasian Studies
Department of Languages and Cultures of Asia
1254 Van Hise, 1220 Linden Drive
Madison, WI 53706
USA
Tel: 1-608-262-7141 (office), 1-608-262-3012 (department)
Fax: 1-608-265-3538
Email: uschamil(a)wisc.edu
LCA website: <http://lca.wisc.edu/>lca.wisc.edu

EVENT- Crossroads On-Line Photo Exhibition on Central Asia

Posted by: Christopher Herwig <chris(a)herwigphoto.com>
Posted: 21 Mar 2006


EVENT- Crossroads On-Line Photo Exhibition on Central Asia

Crossroads

A photographic journey through Central Asia - a region historically, 
culturally, geographically and now politically at the crossroads.

Web: www.herwigphoto.com

An online photo exhibition by photographer Christopher Herwig covering the 
Central Asian countries of Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan 
and Uzbekistan.

The images in this collection represent the enormous scope of human life in 
Central Asia: from nomadic shepherds living in yurts high up on alpine 
pastures to miners in post-Soviet industrial cities; from traders in chaotic 
bazaars to casinos in cosmopolitan cities; from classical ballet to polo 
played with headless goats.  And all of this played out on a natural stage 
of unsurpassed beauty, encompassing burning hot deserts, endless steppe and 
pristine snow-capped mountains.

For more information on the images please contact chris(a)herwigphoto.com

EVENT- Navroz Concert and Exhibition, March 24, University of Cambridge, United Kingdom

Posted by: Nader Rastegar <bameq(a)yahoo.com>
Posted: 17 Mar 2006


EVENT- Navroz Concert and Exhibition, March 24, U. of Cambridge, United Kingdom

Cambridge University's Central Asia Forum presents:

Concerts and Exhibition to celebrate Navroz

March 24, 2006, 6:00 PM

Jesus College Chapel
Jesus College
University of Cambridge
Cambridge
United Kingdom

Nowruz (Navroz) is the Persian word for New Year and it marks the beginning 
of the Spring.  Nowruz is ushered in right at the Spring Equinox.

Nowruz is celebrated in the countries starting from Europe's eastern 
boundaries and all the way across to the Pacific.  Navroz transcends 
religious, ethnic, linguistic, and national divisions and brings people 
together. It showcases the region's rich tradition and mythology for the 
world to experience. Above all else it is an occasion for celebration.

This Event focuses on music from the region with particular contributions 
coming from Kazakhstan, the Kyrgyz Republic, the Uyghur People of Xingjian 
in western China, and Iran. The Exhibition is in the charming medieval 
setting of the Jesus College Chapel.

There will also be a display of Kyrgyz handicraft items as well as a drinks 
reception and refreshments from the Uzbekistan, Kyrgyzstan, Kazakhstan, and 
Iran.

The programme is as follows:

6:00 pm: Kazakh Music Performance by Bakhtiyar Amanzhol, Gulzhan Amanzhol 
         and Saule Nurymbetova.

6:30 pm: Opening of Yerbolat Tolepbay and Ayla Turan exhibition by His 
         Excellency Erlan Idrissov, Ambassador of Kazakhstan to the United
Kingdom.

6:45 pm: London Uyghur Ensemble: Rahima ahmut, Nizamidin Sametov, Stephen 
         Jones, Rachel Harris.

7:15 pm: Presentation of Haft Seen, traditional Iranica display for the 
         Nowruz (Navroz).

7:25 pm: Display of Kyrgyz handicraft items, drinks reception and a 
         selection of refreshments from the region.

8:00 pm: Kyrgyz music performance.

8:30 pm: Viewing of the exhibition and further music entertainment.

Attendance is open to all and complimentary.

For more information please contact:

Dr. S. S. Saxena
University of Cambridge
Jesus College
Cambridge, CB5 8BL
UK
E-mail: sss21(a)cam.ac.uk

Directions:
<http://conference.jesus.cam.ac.uk/maps/index.htm>

Sponsored by:

Embassy of Republic of Kazakhstan
Embassy of Republic of Kyrgyzstan
Embassy of Republic of Uzbekistan
Cambridge University Persian Society
Rastegar Family
Jesus College
University of Cambridge
Many private citizens

EVENT- Ox Games (Buzkashi), March 25, City of Industry, California

Posted by: Rameen Moshref <rameenm(a)aol.com>
Posted: 15 Mar 2006


EVENT- Ox Games (Buzkashi), March 25, City of Industry, California

OX Games (Buzkashi)

Saturday, March 25, 11 am

Industry Hills Expo Center
16200 Temple Avenue
City of Industry, California
USA

Horse OX-USA Inc. has announced the next American match of 'Ox Game' - a 
horseback sport that has been a favorite in Afghanistan for over two 
thousand years - as well as a favorite of U.S. soldiers based overseas. The 
American version of Ox Game is the dream-come-true of Sonny Amin, who for 25 
years has wanted to bring the sport to his new home in America and to see it 
played in every American city.

Ox Game's next match is scheduled for at the Industry Hills Expo Center 
located at 16200 Temple Avenue, City of Industry, in California.

Spectators of Ox Game can watch expert riders, 'Ox-boys', as they play Ox 
Game on beautiful, well-trained and agile horses. Amin observes that 
spectators are often spellbound watching players fighting aggressively for 
the prize - a heavy, burlap, tailed object that serves as a substitute for 
the real goat that was used in the game for two thousand years. In addition, 
the horses seem to be as competitive as the horsemen; they appear to want to 
see their rider seize the prize.

The rules of Ox Game have been Americanized and are similar to a combination 
of basketball and football rules.

Nezam Etemadi
Marketing Director
Horse Ox USA, Inc.
Tel: 858-735-8500
E-mail: nezamudin1(a)gmail.com

EVENT- Workshop and Concert of Kazakh Music, March 27, London

Posted by: Saida Daukeyeva <sdaukeyeva(a)mail.ru>
Posted: 14 Mar 2006


EVENT- Workshop and Concert of Kazakh Music, March 27, London

Workshop and Concert of Kazakh Music

The music of the Kazakhs, a Turkic people of Central Asia, embraces an array 
of instrumental and vocal traditions and distinctive modern composition 
forms. This evening of Kazakh music will feature three recognised musicians 
from Kazakhstan, a singer and performers on folk and modern instruments:

Bakhtiyar Amanzhol
dombra (two-stringed long-necked lute)
sybyzghy (end-blown flute)
shan-qobyz (Jew's harp)

Gulzhan Amanzhol
dombra
qobyz (fiddle with two horsehair strings)
qobyz-prima (fiddle with four metal strings)
zhetygen (zither)

Saule Nurymbetova
singing

Demonstration of the instruments and discussion of playing techniques and 
performance styles at the workshop will be followed by the concert of 
traditional and contemporary Kazakh music.

March 27, 2006
Workshop: 6 pm - 7.30 pm
Concert: 8 pm - 9 pm

Fee: 5 pounds; 3 pounds (workshop or concert only)

Address:

291 Gallery
291 Hackney Road
London E2 8NA
United Kingdom

Tel: Gallery/Admin 020 7613 5676
Email: sdaukeyeva(a)yahoo.com

291 Gallery is situated close to Hoxton Square and the City.

Tube: Liverpool St, Old St & Bethnal Green

Buses: 55 from Old Street & 48 and 26 from Liverpool Street (alight at the 
former Queen Elizabeth Childrens Hospital with a short walk westwards).
Nearest Overground: LiverPool St & Cambridge Heath.

ON-LINE RESOURCE- New Caucasian Studies Website

Posted by: Maxim Barbashin <barbm(a)yandex.ru>
Posted: 14 Mar 2006


ON-LINE RESOURCE- New Caucasian Studies Website

New On-Line Resource:

Center for System and Regional Studies and Prognosis Rostov State 
University, Russia) is pleased to inform list members that the new on-line 
resource is opened. The website at www.kavkazonline.ru aims to provide a 
media-portal for monographs, journals, conferences and other scientific 
events on Caucasian Studies (Kavkazovedenie)

Center for System and Regional Studies and Prognosis
Rostov State University
344006 ul. Pushkinskaya 160, Apt. 208
Rostov-on-Don
Russia

E-mail: center(a)ippk.rsu.ru
Web: www.ippk.rsu.ru

ON-LINE RESOURCE- TyvaWiki Tyvan Language and Culture Website

Posted by: Stacey Doljack Borsody <hjernespiser(a)yahoo.com>
Posted: 8 Mar 2006


ON-LINE RESOURCE- TyvaWiki Tyvan Language and Culture Website

A new website, devoted to Tuva, has been recently created. TyvaWiki is a 
documentation project intended to collect and disseminate information about 
Tuva in English. The site is designed for the promotion, use, and education 
of the Tuvan language on the Internet.  The wiki software paradigm is 
leveraged for this purpose, allowing anyone to participate in the creation.

Visit us at http://www.tyvawiki.org.  We especially invite the participation 
of native speakers.

Sincerely,
Stacey Doljack Borsody

EVENT- Spring Festival of all Turkic Speaking Nations, March 20, Columbia University

Posted by: Muhtor Adashev <muhtoradashev(a)yahoo.co.uk>
Posted: 7 Mar 2006


EVENT- Spring Festival of all Turkic Speaking Nations, March 20, Columbia Univ.

Turkish Student Association and Eurasia Initiative of Columbia University 
with the support of Columbia University's Language Resource Center, Middle 
East Institute and the Harriman Institute and Central Eurasian American 
Foundation present the Spring Festival of all Turkic Speaking Nations.

The Program includes the Concert by the representatives of Azeri, Turkish, 
Uzbek, Kyrghyz, Turkmen and Kazakh performers as well as the food from the 
cuisines of these nations.

Free admission. Everyone is Welcome.

March 20, 2006

The Earl Hall Center
Earl Hall Auditorium
2980 Broadway MC 2008
Columbia University
New York, NY 10027
USA

For further info and questions, please contact Muhtor Adashev at: 
mba2111(a)columbia.edu.

ON-LINE RESOURCE- Cotton Sector in Central Asia Conference Materials

Posted by: Jane Savory <js64(a)SOAS.AC.UK>
Posted: 7 Mar 2006


ON-LINE RESOURCE- Cotton Sector in Central Asia Conference Materials

On 3-4 November 2005, the Centre of Contemporary Central Asia and the 
Caucasus, School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS), University of 
London held a conference entitled 'Cotton Sector in Central Asia: Economic 
policy and development challenges'.

Now the materials of this conference (conference programme, summaries of 
papers, PowerPoint presentations, list of participants) are available online 
at:

http://www.soas.ac.uk/centres/centreinfo.cfm?navid=1030#Anchor-In-44591

The full text format publication is forthcoming.

For further information please contact Jane Savory on js64(a)soas.ac.uk

EVENT- Music and Voices of Central Asia, March 21, Columbia University, New York City

Posted by: Caralyn Spector <chspector(a)gmail.com>
Posted: 6 Mar 2006


EVENT- Music and Voices of Central Asia, March 21, Columbia University, NY City

Aga Khan Music Initiative in Central Asia and Columbia Univeristy Arts 
Initiative present:

Music Of Central Asia
Via Kabul: Central Asia Without Borders

The March 2006 USA tour of Music and Voices of Central Asia features an epic 
reciter who channels the voice of a warrior in a thousand-year-old Kyrgyz 
poem thirty times longer than the Iliad (and is often recited from memory 
for eight hours or more); and a komuz virtuoso whose instrumental acrobatics 
make Jimi Hendrix look like a lightweight.

The tour - presented and curated by the Aga Khan Music Initiative in Central 
Asia - features three groups of performers: Tengir-Too , from Kyrgyzstan, 
The Academy of Shashmaqam, from Tajikistan, and Homayun Sakhi and Taryalai 
Hashimi, from Afghanistan (via California). All of these performers are 
featured on Music of Central Asia, volumes 1-3, to be released by 
Smithsonian Folkways in March 2006.

In New York City:

March 21, Columbia University at the Miller Theater (116th and B'way; 8 PM; 
tickets $25) 212-854-7799

For  more information go to:

http://www.cuarts.com/arts_on_campus/via_kabul_central_asian_music.html

ON-LINE RESOURCE- Silk Road Society Web Site Forum now Online

Posted by: Nick Rowan <rowandavisuk(a)hotmail.com>
Posted: 3 Mar 2006


ON-LINE RESOURCE- Silk Road Society Web Site Forum now Online

Members please note that the discussion forum for The Silk Road Society is 
now online at www.travelthesilkroad.org.

Just register for free and you can start to discuss general information on 
the silk road and travel tips and hints!

We are also seeking competent moderators for the forum so if you would be 
interested please e-mail nick(a)travelthesilkroad.org We hope that members 
will make this a unique resource related not only to travelling the region 
but also to helping promote it's Historical past.

The Silk Road Society (UK) aims to raise awareness in the UK of the regions 
of Eastern Europe, Central Asia and China through which the ancient Silk  
Roads traversed.

The website at www.travelthesilkroad.org will provide a forum for discussion 
on a range topics related to the Silk Road from travel and photography to 
charity work and academic historical research. The Society is run as a free 
club for members and we encourage your active participation in its development.

For more information please contact Nick Rowan, nick(a)travelthesilkroad.org

Nick Rowan
Managing Director & Jeweller
Rowan Davis Jewellery Ltd

PO Box 383
Farnham, Surrey, GU9 8WD
United Kingdom
Tel. +44 (0)7876 632750

EVENT- Kings of the Sky - Film about Uyghur Acrobats, Georgetown, Feb. 28

Posted by: James Millward <millwarj(a)georgetown.edu>
Posted: 28 Feb 2006


EVENT- Kings of the Sky - Film about Uyghur Acrobats, Georgetown, Feb. 28

FilmCERES

a series of the Center for Eurasian, Russian and East European Studies

presents

Kings of the Sky
A film by Deborah Stratman

This film follows Adil Hoxur and other members of a Uyghur acrobatic
troupe on a tour of cities and towns in Xinjiang, in Chinese Central
Asia.  Adiljan is a famous high-wire artist, and the film shows him
walking a tightrope between buildings, across the Yangzi Gorges, and
over the hazardous political territory inhabited by Uyghurs in China
today.  (In early 2004, several members of Adil's troupe defected
while on tour in Canada.)  Besides phenomenal acrobatic footage, the
film provides a unique glimpse into life in Eastern Turkestan, as the
Xinjiang region is known to many.

A discussion with Professor James Millward of the Department of
History will follow the film.

Tuesday, February 28, 2006
5:30 PM
Intercultural Center (ICC) 115
Georgetown University

Pizza and soft drinks will be provided.


  

EVENT- Kyrgyz Cultural Performances Project, March 6-10, Columbia University, NY City

Posted by: Rafis Abazov <polra99(a)hotmail.com>
Posted: 24 Feb 2006


EVENT- Kyrgyz Cultural Performances Project, March 6-10, Columbia U., NY City

The Harriman Institute at Columbia University presents Central Asian 
University Residencies: the Kyrgyz Cultural Performances Project in 
collaboration with the Central Asian Cultural Exchange (CACE) and the 
Embassy of the Kyrgyz Republic in the United States.

March 6 through March 10, 2006

Kyrgyz Cultural Performances is a series of residencies at U.S. universities 
and cultural institutions. The participants are Dr. Helen Faller, an 
anthropologist who specializes in Central Asia and international exchange, 
and two Kyrgyz performers - Rysbai Isakov, a renowned singer of the Kyrgyz 
national epic Manas and Akylbek Kasabolotov, a virtuoso folk musician.  
During their residencies, these two performers will teach audiences about 
Kyrgyz oral literature and musical traditions, with Dr. Faller introducing 
their work and providing interpretative contextualization.

Isakov and Kasabolotov will perform a concert at Columbia on Thursday, March 
9th at 6:30pm (Kellogg Center, 15th Floor, International Affairs Building).  
A trilogy said to be over a thousand years old, Manas contains over a half a 
million lines and is considered the longest recorded epic in the world. It 
focuses on the lives - from miraculous birth to glorious death - of three 
generations of ancient heroes: Manas, his son Semetey, and Semetey's son 
Seytek. Episodes of Manas colorfully depict the valiant exploits of these 
and other brave warriors - their magnificent feasts, weddings, and of course 
countless glorious raging battles. This performance will enrich the mystical 
experience of seeing Manas presented in a concert setting. While Manas is 
traditionally performed without accompaniment, this production innovatively 
incorporates a Kyrgyz folk musician. As the manaschy recites, employing a 
catalogue of gestures and facial expressions to emphasize certain moments of 
the epic, the musician improvises upon Kyrgyz musical themes, changing 
instruments and timbres according to what the actions occurring in the epic 
evoke for him.

The Kyrgyz Manas Workshop will be held on Tuesday, March 7th at 6:30pm (Room 
1219 International Affairs Building). It will be led by Rysbai Isakov, 
Akylbek Kasabolov and Dr. Faller. Dr. Faller will provide the audience with 
background on the Manas. Background topics will include a brief history of 
the Manas, a description of the traditional settings in which it is recited, 
and a synopsis of the episode the audience is about to hear. Isakov and 
Kasabolotov will teach the audience some key gestures and recurring words 
used in reciting the Manas.

The core mission of Central Asian University Residencies is to use art 
exchanges to increase cross-cultural understanding between people in the 
United States and the culturally Muslim regions of the former Soviet Union.  
These regions include the countries of Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, 
and Uzbekistan in Central Asia; Azerbaijan in the Caucasus; and Muslim 
regions of the Russian Federation.

The project takes a novel approach to teaching Americans about Central Asian 
cultures. Using face-to-face contact with cultural ambassadors from Central 
Asia, it exposes U.S. audiences to information about Muslims and Islam that 
is sensational without being sensationalist.

For further information and for educational resources, please see 
http://www.harrimaninstitute.org/programs/central_asian_events.html.

International Affairs Building, Mail Code 3345
420 West 118th Street
New York, NY 10027
USA
Tel: 212-854-9713
Fax 212-666-3481

EVENT- Theatre, Dance, Film and Music Festival, March 8-25, Hamburg, Germany

Posted by: Kerstin Klenke <kerstin.klenke(a)web.de>
Posted: 20 Feb 2006


EVENT- Theatre, Dance, Film and Music Festival, March 8-25, Hamburg, Germany

Polycentral 2006
March 8-25

Jarrestr. 20
Kampnagel Hamburg
22303 Hamburg
Germany
Web: www.kampnagel.de
E-mail: tickets(a)kampnagel.de

Dance, Theatre, and Music from Central Asia, the Middle East and Turkey from 
March 8th to March 25th at Kampnagel

The common feature of Asia Minor, the Middle East and Central Asia is that 
their stage art is a cultural "terra incognita" for Western Europeans.

Twice before the [k] theme "polycentral" successfully presented to us what 
others see as contemporary art.

This time we proudly present among others: new and old Dancing Dervishes 
from Istanbul; bewitching overtone singers from Ulaanbaatar and modern 
dramatic shamans from Kazakhstan.

We are welcoming artists from:

Iran
Turkey
Iraq/Egypt
Mongolia
Turkmenistan
Uzbekistan
Kazakhstan

Amir Reza Koohestani (Iran)

Amid the Clouds
Play/ German premiere (in Farsi, with German subtitles)

March 8, 8:00 pm, [k1], ca. 70 min.

March 9 and 10, 9:00 pm

Discussion with the audience after the performance on March 9th

Price group F. Supported by: Goethe-Institut

Imour and Zina from the Iranian provinces have not yet met, but they are 
travelling along the same road. The pair have one thing in common: Imour 
does not know his father, and Zina does not know the father of the child she 
is carrying. There's something else: both are on the run, and both are stuck 
in a French refugee camp on the Pas-de-Calais, which day after day swallows 
some of their fellow refugees, those who give up their last crumbs of 
resistance and finally, powerlessly, surrender to its heavy waves.

The 27-year-old, internationally acclaimed author and director Amir Reza 
Koohestani is interested in the incredible moments of happiness that can 
occur anywhere in the world and yet are bound to be followed by equally deep 
mourning and sadness. He manages to combine the great Persian narrative 
tradition with the reality of a refugee camp. The strength of his words and 
the almost shy impressiveness of the actors lead you to the bottom of your 
soul. An intensive theatrical experience!

Emre Koyuncuoglu (Turkey)

Home Sweet Home - Hamburg
Dance / Performance (Turkish with German subtitles)

March 9 to 11, 7:30 pm, [k2], ca. 60 min.

Discussion with the audience after the performance on March 10.

Price group E

Can Europe be a home for Turkey? Emre Koyuncuoglu forms the portrait of a 
young woman between tradition and modern times using film sequences, dance 
scenes and music.  Turkish immigrants from Hamburg augment the Istanbul 
ensemble and give this production, already successful in many European 
countries, a special relevance to the present.

The dedicated dramatist manages to combine voices and images, themes and 
genres artistically in her multi-media work as well as building the bridge 
from the Bosporus to the Alster.
Naseer Shamma (Iraq/Egypt)

Concert

March 11, 9:00 pm, [k1], ca. 105 min. with intermission

Discussion with the audience after the concert
Admission: 15/10 Euros
Supported by: Goethe-Institut

The coveted award "Best Oud-Player in the Arab World", was given to Naseer 
Shamma last October in Oman. Naseer Shamma was born in 1963 in Kut, a 
village on the Tigris River in Iraq. Educated in Baghdad, he took the post 
of Director of the Arab Centre for the Oud in Cairo in 1999.  His 
compositions are culturally unique. The oud is called he "Queen of 
instruments" in the Arab World and Shamma can play it best. He performs on 
the oud in a manner which combines the ancient methods of Babylonian prayers 
with his own modern compositions.

Naseer Shamma expressly dedicates his work to peace in his home country.

Egschiglen (Mongolia)

Sound of Mongolia
Concert

March 14, 8:00 pm, [k2], ca. 80 min.

Discussion with the audience after the concert
Admission: 15/10 Euros

The solo vocalist Amartuwshin Baasandorj sings in khomii style which is 
almost unbelievable for German ears. Khomii is a special throat singing in 
which the overtones are modulated while singing the base melody. It leaves 
you speachless. Can you believe that one voice can produce such low and high 
sounds at the same time? On his journey through the sound dimensions of 
Central Asia Amartuwshin Baasandorj is accompanied by instruments like the 
horse head violin and the swan throat flute.

The band EGSCHIGLEN ("Beautiful melody") was founded in 1991 by master 
students of the conservatory of Ulaanbaatar. The musicians are focusing on 
contemporary music of Mongolia and searching systematically for the sound 
dimensions of this repertory with their traditional instruments and the 
Central Asian vocal techniques. The music is formed by its landscape and the 
way of life of its people. An extraordinary experience!

5. Sokak Tiyatrosu (Turkey)
(5th Street Theatre)

Ashura
Musical theatre / German premiere (Turkish with English subtitles)
March 17 und 18, 7:30 pm, [k1], ca. 70 min.

Discussion with the audience after the show on March 18

Price group F

"Ashura" is a composition of folk songs and lullabys, mourning and wedding 
songs. Sung in Armenish, Turkish, Zaza, Hebrew, Arabic, Kurdish, and Syrian 
they bring to our attention the many ways in which languages, religions and 
cultures have pressured and destroyed each other in the past.

No other Turkish theatre company has achieved such unambiguous recognition 
within the last few years as the group around Mustafa and Ovul Avkiran. 
Their brilliant production with outstanding Turkish soloists is an artistic 
pleasure as well as a call for tolerance and reconciliation.
Whirling Dervishes

Galata Mevlivi Music and Sema Ensemble (Turkey)
Contemplating in ecstasy

and

Ziya Azazi (Turkey)
Dervish in Progress

Dance

March 17 and 18, 9:00 pm, [k2], ca. 95 min. with intermission

Discussion with the audience after the performance on March 17.

Price group G

>From religion to ritual and from ritual to art:

>From religion to ritual and from ritual to art: two worlds will meet tonight 
that are inspired by the same source: We will begin with the "Galata Mevlivi 
Music and Sema Ensemble" that looks back on a 700-year-old tradition. The 
religious brothers of the mystical Sufism show the world famous Whirling 
Dervishes in its original form as a religious ritual.

After the break Ziya Azazi an outstanding contemporary dancer presents his 
fascinating new interpretation of the spin dance which was celebrated on 
Kampnagel last year already.  Awara Theatre (Turkmenistan)

King Lear
Theatre (Turkmenish with an introduction and aids for understanding)

March 23 - 25, 7:30 pm, [kmh], ca. 60 min.

Discussion with the audience after the performance on March 23.

Price group E. Supported by: Goethe-Institut

Anna Mele is a highly respected and well liked artist in Central Asia.  The 
only performance to date of the Turkmen actor in Germany five years ago was 
described as "stirring", "thrilling" and "magnificent" by the German press.

The director and actor from Ashgabat enters the small stage with only a 
rolled up carpet under his arm. That is all he needs to bring Shakespeare's 
"King Lear" to life with the imagination of a great oriental narrator and 
the techniques of the Russian school of theatre. A great parable of the 
crazy rulers of this world.

Theatre Eski Masjid (Uzbekistan)

Raksu S'amo
Theatre with music / German premiere (Uzbekish with an introduction and aids 
for understanding)

March 24 - 25, 8:00 pm, [k2], ca. 80 min.

Discussion with the audience after the performance on March 25.

Price group E. Supported by: Goethe-Institut

The theatre Eski Masjid is working in the deep provinces, it manages however 
to find international recognition. Since the end of the Russian domination 
the search for their own theatre language is obvious in Uzbekistan. The 
current production Raksu S'amo (Heavenly Dance) is the gentle modernisation 
of a well-known epos. Director Ovlyakhuli Khodjakhuli has been devoting a 
lot of his time to the cultures of this region forgotten by the Western 
critics. Contemporary themes are melting with mystical legends, dances and 
singing into a strange (for us) and fascinating piece of art within this 
production. 
Kyzyl Traktor (Kasachstan)

The Dream of Chenghiskhan
An evening with the artist collective "Red Tractor" (with an introduction in 
German and English. Film and Performance without words.)

March 24 - 25, 9:00 pm, [k1], ca. 90 min.

Discussion with the audience after the performance on March 24.

Price group G

You can hardly ever experience a night like that in a German theatre: 
gathered around a yurte (a nomadic tent) the audience meets the far away 
world of Moldakul Narymbetov, Almagul Menlibaeva and their friends.  "Kyzyl 
Traktor" is a loose connection of artists of various genres.  Their shaman 
influenced theatre rituals and films are dedicated to the conflict between 
reckless industrialisation and nature's dignity. After Menlibaeva's 
impressive short films, Narymbetov and his assistant will do a shaman 
impovisation.

As it is custom in Kazakhstan we will serve polv (a rice dish) and vodka for 
artists and guests afterwards.

Supporting Programme

Discussion

Witnesses of change
On the situation of contemporary art in Central Asia

March 25, 4:00 pm [k2]
Free admission

With:

 - Ovlyakhuli Khodyakhuli (director, Uzbekistan)
 - Simon Tordjman (until recently French cultural attache in Uzbekistan)
 - Anna Mele (actor and director, Turkmenistan)
 - Florent Le Duc (until recently director of the Bactria Cultural Centre in 
   Dushanbe/Tadschikistan)
 - Almagul Menlibaeva (video artist, Kazakhstan)

Host: Honne Dohrmann

Since the end of the Soviet Union the young national states of Kazakhstan, 
Uzbekistan, Tadzhikistan, Kirghizia, and Turkmenistan have been fighting for 
their place in the world. After the euphoria of the new start that was 
followed by a slow process of democratisation the conditions for art have 
worsened in many places. But the better exchange with the rest of the world 
inspires many artists with new ideas.

Poly-Party

7 Euros / reduced 5 Euros

Free admission with a theatre ticket of the same day.

March 11, 8:00 pm
Poly-Party with DJ Serdal, a famous radio DJ, firing up the atmosphere with 
Persian and Turkish grooves

March 18, 9:00 pm
Poly-Party with DJ Erkan, who has the power to move the Kampnagel dance 
floor with Turkish specialties

March 25, 10:30 pm
Poly-Party with DJ Porto
Worldbeats from the power behind the legendary opening night parties at 
Kampnagel

Film

In cooperation with the Alabama Cinema
Tel: +49 40 28 80 30 70
Web: www.alabama-kino.de

Prices:
5.50 Euros / Reduced 5 Euros

A Time for Drunken Horses (Zeit der trunkenen Pferde)
Iran 2000, D: Bahman Ghobadi, 82 min., Farsi with German subtitles
March 12, 4:00 pm

Five orphans are fighting for survival in a Kurdish mountain village.  They 
are too poor to afford the operation that the deformed Madi needs.  Madi's 
siblings try to find the money for his operation by any means necessary, 
including smuggling, marriage, and extremely hard physical labor. Rojin the 
oldest sister wants to get married to an Iraqi who in turn will pay for 
Madi's operation. When this fails Ayub joins a gang that smuggles tyres into 
Iraq...

The Story of the Weeping Camel (Die Geschichte vom weinenden Kamel)
Germany 2003, D: Byambasuren Davaa, Luigi Falorni, 91 min., PG,
Mongolian with German subtitles
March 15, 6:30 pm

Four generations of a Mongolian nomadic family are living in three yurts. A 
camel belonging to the family delivers (and rejects) a rare white calf. 
Desperate to save the calf, the herders send their two sons on a journey 
through the desert to find a musician in accordance with an ancient ritual. 
When a violinist arrives at the camp, the family hopes the sound of his 
horse-head violin will find a way into the mother camel's heart and help her 
calf to survive. Beautifully filmed on location in Mongolia.

Head-On (Gegen die Wand)
Germany 2003, D: Fatih Akin, 121 min., PG 12
March 19, 4:00 pm

The strange love story of two Turkish-born people from Hamburg: Sibel wants 
to free herself of her Turkish family and tries to persuade the 
self-destructive alcoholic Cahit to marry her. In a relationship that begins 
from convenience, Sibel and Cahit's fall towards each other happens slowly 
and inevitably, while always managing to surprise. Only when a catastrophe 
happens do they start to think clearly.

"Head-On" won the Golden Bear at the 2004 Berlin Film Festival and Best 
European Film of 2004.

Information and Ticket Reservations:

Admission fees Polycentral 2006:

Price groups E, F, G:

Advanced box-office 14 Euros, 16 Euros, 18 Euros
Advanced box-office (reduced): 7.5 Euros, 10 Euros, 10 Euros
Advanced box-office (youth up to 14 years): 5 Euros, 5 Euros, 5 Euros

Box-office, 17 Euros, 20 Euros, 22 Euros
Box-office reduced*, 7.5 Euros, 10 Euros, 10 Euros
Box-office (youth up to 14 years): 6 Euros, 6 Euros , 6 Euros

The card: 9 Euros, 10 Euros, 11 Euros

Students, unemployed, handicapped persons, pensioners, and men doing 
military or civil service qualify for the reduced rate if they provide 
appropriate ID. These rates are only available at Kampnagel

Tel: +49 40 27 09 49 49
Fax: +49 40 27 09 49 62

Hours:
Monday to Friday 1:00-7:00 pm
Weekends and holidays 4:00-7:00 pm

Web: www.kampnagel.de
E-mail: tickets(a)kampnagel.de

Address:
Jarrestr. 20
Kampnagel Hamburg
22303 Hamburg
Germany

You can pay your ticket by credit card (Visa/Master), bank transfer or bank 
cheque.

Upon request, we can mail you your paid ticket or hold it for you at the box 
office until a few minutes before the start of the show. For our advanced 
ticket service we charge a fee of 2 Euros.

For group tickets call: +49 40 27 09 49 49

EVENT- Evening of Current Art and Culture of Central Asia, Feb. 27, Prague

Posted by: Janyl Chytyrbaeva <ChytyrbaevaJ(a)rferl.org>
Posted: 17 Feb 2006


EVENT- Evening of Current Art and Culture of Central Asia, Feb. 27, Prague

Experimental space Roxy/NoD and Lemurie TAZ present:

An opportunity for those interested in Central Asia to watch via Internet a 
special event devoted to the modern and traditional arts and culture of the 
region.

Monday, February 27, 7:30 PM

Experimental Space Roxy/NoD
Dlouha 33
Prague, Czech Republic

The thematic evening will include:

Screening of contemporary video art project Sacred Places, shot in 
Kazakhstan, Uzbekistan, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan and Kyrgyzstan - 
http://www.universes-in-universe.de/islam/eng/2004/09/videoidentity/

Performance by the Central Asian Prague Ensemble:

Abdigani Zhiyenbay (Kazakhstan) dombra, tar, vocal
Asadullo Saifi (Afghanistan) accordion, vocal
Janyl Jusubjan (Kyrgyzstan) komuz
Berrak Yedek (Turkey) dance
Murad Rakhimov (Turkmenistan) dutar, Indian harmonium
Firuza Djakfar (Tajikistan) dance
Laili Abdigani (Kazakhstan) dombra
Sanat Sharipov (Uzbekistan) doira

Presentation of Central Asian film excerpts and music videos from the 
upcoming 2006 Music on Film Film on Music (MOFFOM) Festival

Discussion on the culture and politics of Central Asia with journalists from 
Radio Free Europe and other guests

Sampling of Kazakh cuisine

In cooperation with the internet radio station LEMURIE T.A.Z. the entire 
programme will be broadcast live at http://www.lemurie.cz on Monday, 
February 27, 19:30 PM, Central European time.

More information can be found at:

www.roxy.cz
www.lemurie.cz
www.moffom.org

Contact:

Zuzana Dudova - chief dramaturg, Experimental Space Roxy/NoD
E-mail: zuzana(a)roxy.cz
Tel: +420-224826296

EVENT- Presentation of Food and Culture of Kyrgyzstan, Feb. 20, Columbia University, New York

Posted by: Rafis Abazov <polra99(a)hotmail.com>
Posted: 17 Feb 2006


EVENT- Presentation of Food and Culture of Kyrgyzstan, Feb. 20, Columbia U., NY

Central Asia Group (CAG), Eurasia Initiative (EI) student groups and EPD 
Workshop on Kyrgyzstan with the support of the Harriman Institute and SIPASA,
School of International and Public Affairs (SIPA) at Columbia University

Present:

Kymyz: Fermented Horse Milk

The very first public tasting in the US of Kyrgyzstan's favorite drink

Kyrgyz favorite drink kymyz is made from horse milk which is poured into a 
special leather bag - and is then stirred with a special wooden stick which 
is called "pishkek". The name of this stick is given to the current capital 
of the Republic

Program:

1. Presentation on health benefits of drinking horse milk
2. Photo slide show
3. Traditional Kyrgyz music
4. Exhibit of Kyrgyz carpets and handicraft
5. Costume show
6. Tasting of traditional drinks and dishes

Menu:

1. Kymyz - fermented horse milk (delivered directly from Bishkek)
2. Borsok - fried pastries
3. Chak-Chak - sweet desert
4. Batyr-Nan - traditional flat bread
5. Ikra - caviar

When:

Monday, February 20, 2006
18:00-21:00

Where:

Student Lounge, 6th Floor
International Affairs Building
Columbia University
420 West 118th Street
New York, NY 10027
USA

Free Admission. Everyone Welcome!

For further info and questions, please contact Rafis Abazov at:
ra2044(a)columbia.edu
or Talant Sultanov at: tis2102(a)columbia.edu.

EVENT- Kyrgyz Cultural Performances, University Residencies Project

Posted by: Helen Faller <hmfaller(a)hotmail.com>
Posted: 16 Feb 2006


EVENT- Kyrgyz Cultural Performances, University Residencies Project

A Thousand Years on the Silk Road: Epic Poetry and Music from the Kyrgyz 
Republic

A unique opportunity to learn about Central Asian culture directly from two 
immensely talented Kyrgyz performers, who have traveled to the US expressly 
for the purpose of participating in the Central Asian University Residencies 
Program.

Rysbai Isakov - Epic Singer

Akylbek Kasabolotov - Musician

Dr. Helen Faller - Anthropologist

Rysbai Isakov, a laureate epic singer, will perform episodes from the Kyrgyz 
national epic Manas, the longest in the world at over half a million lines.

Akylbek Kasabolotov, a member of Kyrgyzstan's Tengir Too Ensemble, will 
share his country's unique nomadic musical traditions.

Dr. Helen Faller, an anthropologist specializing in Central Asia, provides 
cultural background and contextualization.

February 17 - March 28, 2006

Austin, TX February 17 - February 25

Laramie, WY February - March 4

New York, NY March 5 - March 11

Philadelphia, PA March 12 - March 18

Madison, WI March 19 - March 23

Chicago, IL March 24 - March 28

In collaboration with the Embassy of the Kyrgyz Republic and the Central 
Asian Cultural Exchange.

Sponsored by the Silkroad Foundation and The University of Texas at Austin, 
the University of Wyoming, Columbia University, the University of 
Pennsylvania, the University of Wisconsin-Madison, and the University of 
Chicago.

For more information or detailed schedules please contact Dr. Faller at 
helen(a)mosaiqa.com

ON-LINE RESOURCE- Silk Road Society Web Site

Posted by: Rowan Davis <rowandavisuk(a)hotmail.com>
Posted: 14 Feb 2006


ON-LINE RESOURCE- Silk Road Society Web Site

The Silk Road Society (UK) aims to raise awareness in the UK of the regions 
of Eastern Europe, Central Asia and China through which the ancient Silk 
Roads traversed.

The website at www.travelthesilkroad.org will provide a forum for discussion 
on a range topics related to the Silk Road from travel and photography to 
charity work and academic historical research. The Society is run as a free 
club for members and we encourage your active participation in its development.

For more information please contact Nick Rowan, nick(a)travelthesilkroad.org.

EVENT- Readings of 'The Railway,' Hamid Ismailov and Robert Chandler, London

Posted by: Robert Chandler <kcf19(a)dial.pipex.com>
Posted: 13 Feb 2006


EVENT- Readings of 'The Railway,' Hamid Ismailov and Robert Chandler, London

The Railway - Two Introductory Readings

Hamid Ismailov's novel, The Railway, translated from Russian by Robert 
Chandler, will be published by Harvill Secker on 2 March 2006.

In the steppe near Tashkent they came upon a never-ending ladder with wooden 
rungs and iron rails and that stretched across the earth from horizon to 
horizon. (...) Whistling and thundering, a snake-like wonder hurtled past 
them, packed both on the inside and on top with infidels shouting and waving 
their hands. 'The End of the World!' thought both Mahmud-Hodja the Sunni and 
Djebral the Shiite.

Set between 1900 and 1980, The Railway introduces to us the inhabitants of 
the small town of Gilas in Uzbekistan.  Among those whose stories we hear 
are Mefody-Jurisprudence, the town's alcoholic intellectual; Father Ioann, a 
Russian priest; Kara-Musayev the Younger, the chief of police; and 
Umarali-Moneybags, the old moneylender. Their colourful lives offer a unique 
picture of a land populated by outgoing Mullahs, incoming Bolsheviks, and a 
plethora of Uzbeks, Russians, Persians, Jews, Koreans, Tatars and Gypsies. 
The Railway is full of colour.  Fusing literary sophistication with a naive 
delight in storytelling, it chronicles the dramatic changes felt throughout 
Central Asia in the early twentieth century.

Hamid Ismailov was forced to flee his homeland.  He came to London in 1994 
and is now head of the BBC Central Asia Service. He has published many books 
in Russia and Uzbekistan.  The Railway is his first novel to be translated 
into English.  Robert Chandler's Russian Short Stories from Pushkin to Buida 
is published by Penguin Classics and his co-translations of Andrey Platonov 
have won several prizes.

1. March 8, 2006, 5.30 pm: reading with Robert Chandler & Hamid Ismailov; 
   snacks and wine.  Free.  St Benet's Chapel, Queen Mary College, Mile End 
   Road, E1 4NS (Mile End tube).
   RSVP: events(a)qmul.ac.uk

2. April 4, 2006, 6.30 pm: reading by Robert Chandler & Hamid Ismailov, 
   music from Uzbek musicians. Leighton House, 12 Holland Park Road, W14 8LZ 
   (High St. Kensington tube). Free - but RSVP essential:
   kcf19(a)dial.pipex.com

EVENT- Kyrgyz Cultural Performances Project, March 6-10, Columbia University, NY City

Posted by: Rafis Abazov <polra99(a)hotmail.com>
Posted: 24 Feb 2006


EVENT- Kyrgyz Cultural Performances Project, March 6-10, Columbia U., NY City

The Harriman Institute at Columbia University presents Central Asian 
University Residencies: the Kyrgyz Cultural Performances Project in 
collaboration with the Central Asian Cultural Exchange (CACE) and the 
Embassy of the Kyrgyz Republic in the United States.

March 6 through March 10, 2006

Kyrgyz Cultural Performances is a series of residencies at U.S. universities 
and cultural institutions. The participants are Dr. Helen Faller, an 
anthropologist who specializes in Central Asia and international exchange, 
and two Kyrgyz performers - Rysbai Isakov, a renowned singer of the Kyrgyz 
national epic Manas and Akylbek Kasabolotov, a virtuoso folk musician.  
During their residencies, these two performers will teach audiences about 
Kyrgyz oral literature and musical traditions, with Dr. Faller introducing 
their work and providing interpretative contextualization.

Isakov and Kasabolotov will perform a concert at Columbia on Thursday, March 
9th at 6:30pm (Kellogg Center, 15th Floor, International Affairs Building).  
A trilogy said to be over a thousand years old, Manas contains over a half a 
million lines and is considered the longest recorded epic in the world. It 
focuses on the lives - from miraculous birth to glorious death - of three 
generations of ancient heroes: Manas, his son Semetey, and Semetey's son 
Seytek. Episodes of Manas colorfully depict the valiant exploits of these 
and other brave warriors - their magnificent feasts, weddings, and of course 
countless glorious raging battles. This performance will enrich the mystical 
experience of seeing Manas presented in a concert setting. While Manas is 
traditionally performed without accompaniment, this production innovatively 
incorporates a Kyrgyz folk musician. As the manaschy recites, employing a 
catalogue of gestures and facial expressions to emphasize certain moments of 
the epic, the musician improvises upon Kyrgyz musical themes, changing 
instruments and timbres according to what the actions occurring in the epic 
evoke for him.

The Kyrgyz Manas Workshop will be held on Tuesday, March 7th at 6:30pm (Room 
1219 International Affairs Building). It will be led by Rysbai Isakov, 
Akylbek Kasabolov and Dr. Faller. Dr. Faller will provide the audience with 
background on the Manas. Background topics will include a brief history of 
the Manas, a description of the traditional settings in which it is recited, 
and a synopsis of the episode the audience is about to hear. Isakov and 
Kasabolotov will teach the audience some key gestures and recurring words 
used in reciting the Manas.

The core mission of Central Asian University Residencies is to use art 
exchanges to increase cross-cultural understanding between people in the 
United States and the culturally Muslim regions of the former Soviet Union.  
These regions include the countries of Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, 
and Uzbekistan in Central Asia; Azerbaijan in the Caucasus; and Muslim 
regions of the Russian Federation.

The project takes a novel approach to teaching Americans about Central Asian 
cultures. Using face-to-face contact with cultural ambassadors from Central 
Asia, it exposes U.S. audiences to information about Muslims and Islam that 
is sensational without being sensationalist.

For further information and for educational resources, please see 
http://www.harrimaninstitute.org/programs/central_asian_events.html.

International Affairs Building, Mail Code 3345
420 West 118th Street
New York, NY 10027
USA
Tel: 212-854-9713
Fax 212-666-3481

EVENT- Theatre, Dance, Film and Music Festival, March 8-25, Hamburg, Germany

Posted by: Kerstin Klenke <kerstin.klenke(a)web.de>
Posted: 20 Feb 2006


EVENT- Theatre, Dance, Film and Music Festival, March 8-25, Hamburg, Germany

Polycentral 2006
March 8-25

Jarrestr. 20
Kampnagel Hamburg
22303 Hamburg
Germany
Web: www.kampnagel.de
E-mail: tickets(a)kampnagel.de

Dance, Theatre, and Music from Central Asia, the Middle East and Turkey from 
March 8th to March 25th at Kampnagel

The common feature of Asia Minor, the Middle East and Central Asia is that 
their stage art is a cultural "terra incognita" for Western Europeans.

Twice before the [k] theme "polycentral" successfully presented to us what 
others see as contemporary art.

This time we proudly present among others: new and old Dancing Dervishes 
from Istanbul; bewitching overtone singers from Ulaanbaatar and modern 
dramatic shamans from Kazakhstan.

We are welcoming artists from:

Iran
Turkey
Iraq/Egypt
Mongolia
Turkmenistan
Uzbekistan
Kazakhstan

Amir Reza Koohestani (Iran)

Amid the Clouds
Play/ German premiere (in Farsi, with German subtitles)

March 8, 8:00 pm, [k1], ca. 70 min.

March 9 and 10, 9:00 pm

Discussion with the audience after the performance on March 9th

Price group F. Supported by: Goethe-Institut

Imour and Zina from the Iranian provinces have not yet met, but they are 
travelling along the same road. The pair have one thing in common: Imour 
does not know his father, and Zina does not know the father of the child she 
is carrying. There's something else: both are on the run, and both are stuck 
in a French refugee camp on the Pas-de-Calais, which day after day swallows 
some of their fellow refugees, those who give up their last crumbs of 
resistance and finally, powerlessly, surrender to its heavy waves.

The 27-year-old, internationally acclaimed author and director Amir Reza 
Koohestani is interested in the incredible moments of happiness that can 
occur anywhere in the world and yet are bound to be followed by equally deep 
mourning and sadness. He manages to combine the great Persian narrative 
tradition with the reality of a refugee camp. The strength of his words and 
the almost shy impressiveness of the actors lead you to the bottom of your 
soul. An intensive theatrical experience!

Emre Koyuncuoglu (Turkey)

Home Sweet Home - Hamburg
Dance / Performance (Turkish with German subtitles)

March 9 to 11, 7:30 pm, [k2], ca. 60 min.

Discussion with the audience after the performance on March 10.

Price group E

Can Europe be a home for Turkey? Emre Koyuncuoglu forms the portrait of a 
young woman between tradition and modern times using film sequences, dance 
scenes and music.  Turkish immigrants from Hamburg augment the Istanbul 
ensemble and give this production, already successful in many European 
countries, a special relevance to the present.

The dedicated dramatist manages to combine voices and images, themes and 
genres artistically in her multi-media work as well as building the bridge 
from the Bosporus to the Alster.
Naseer Shamma (Iraq/Egypt)

Concert

March 11, 9:00 pm, [k1], ca. 105 min. with intermission

Discussion with the audience after the concert
Admission: 15/10 Euros
Supported by: Goethe-Institut

The coveted award "Best Oud-Player in the Arab World", was given to Naseer 
Shamma last October in Oman. Naseer Shamma was born in 1963 in Kut, a 
village on the Tigris River in Iraq. Educated in Baghdad, he took the post 
of Director of the Arab Centre for the Oud in Cairo in 1999.  His 
compositions are culturally unique. The oud is called he "Queen of 
instruments" in the Arab World and Shamma can play it best. He performs on 
the oud in a manner which combines the ancient methods of Babylonian prayers 
with his own modern compositions.

Naseer Shamma expressly dedicates his work to peace in his home country.

Egschiglen (Mongolia)

Sound of Mongolia
Concert

March 14, 8:00 pm, [k2], ca. 80 min.

Discussion with the audience after the concert
Admission: 15/10 Euros

The solo vocalist Amartuwshin Baasandorj sings in khomii style which is 
almost unbelievable for German ears. Khomii is a special throat singing in 
which the overtones are modulated while singing the base melody. It leaves 
you speachless. Can you believe that one voice can produce such low and high 
sounds at the same time? On his journey through the sound dimensions of 
Central Asia Amartuwshin Baasandorj is accompanied by instruments like the 
horse head violin and the swan throat flute.

The band EGSCHIGLEN ("Beautiful melody") was founded in 1991 by master 
students of the conservatory of Ulaanbaatar. The musicians are focusing on 
contemporary music of Mongolia and searching systematically for the sound 
dimensions of this repertory with their traditional instruments and the 
Central Asian vocal techniques. The music is formed by its landscape and the 
way of life of its people. An extraordinary experience!

5. Sokak Tiyatrosu (Turkey)
(5th Street Theatre)

Ashura
Musical theatre / German premiere (Turkish with English subtitles)
March 17 und 18, 7:30 pm, [k1], ca. 70 min.

Discussion with the audience after the show on March 18

Price group F

"Ashura" is a composition of folk songs and lullabys, mourning and wedding 
songs. Sung in Armenish, Turkish, Zaza, Hebrew, Arabic, Kurdish, and Syrian 
they bring to our attention the many ways in which languages, religions and 
cultures have pressured and destroyed each other in the past.

No other Turkish theatre company has achieved such unambiguous recognition 
within the last few years as the group around Mustafa and Ovul Avkiran. 
Their brilliant production with outstanding Turkish soloists is an artistic 
pleasure as well as a call for tolerance and reconciliation.
Whirling Dervishes

Galata Mevlivi Music and Sema Ensemble (Turkey)
Contemplating in ecstasy

and

Ziya Azazi (Turkey)
Dervish in Progress

Dance

March 17 and 18, 9:00 pm, [k2], ca. 95 min. with intermission

Discussion with the audience after the performance on March 17.

Price group G

>From religion to ritual and from ritual to art:

>From religion to ritual and from ritual to art: two worlds will meet tonight 
that are inspired by the same source: We will begin with the "Galata Mevlivi 
Music and Sema Ensemble" that looks back on a 700-year-old tradition. The 
religious brothers of the mystical Sufism show the world famous Whirling 
Dervishes in its original form as a religious ritual.

After the break Ziya Azazi an outstanding contemporary dancer presents his 
fascinating new interpretation of the spin dance which was celebrated on 
Kampnagel last year already.  Awara Theatre (Turkmenistan)

King Lear
Theatre (Turkmenish with an introduction and aids for understanding)

March 23 - 25, 7:30 pm, [kmh], ca. 60 min.

Discussion with the audience after the performance on March 23.

Price group E. Supported by: Goethe-Institut

Anna Mele is a highly respected and well liked artist in Central Asia.  The 
only performance to date of the Turkmen actor in Germany five years ago was 
described as "stirring", "thrilling" and "magnificent" by the German press.

The director and actor from Ashgabat enters the small stage with only a 
rolled up carpet under his arm. That is all he needs to bring Shakespeare's 
"King Lear" to life with the imagination of a great oriental narrator and 
the techniques of the Russian school of theatre. A great parable of the 
crazy rulers of this world.

Theatre Eski Masjid (Uzbekistan)

Raksu S'amo
Theatre with music / German premiere (Uzbekish with an introduction and aids 
for understanding)

March 24 - 25, 8:00 pm, [k2], ca. 80 min.

Discussion with the audience after the performance on March 25.

Price group E. Supported by: Goethe-Institut

The theatre Eski Masjid is working in the deep provinces, it manages however 
to find international recognition. Since the end of the Russian domination 
the search for their own theatre language is obvious in Uzbekistan. The 
current production Raksu S'amo (Heavenly Dance) is the gentle modernisation 
of a well-known epos. Director Ovlyakhuli Khodjakhuli has been devoting a 
lot of his time to the cultures of this region forgotten by the Western 
critics. Contemporary themes are melting with mystical legends, dances and 
singing into a strange (for us) and fascinating piece of art within this 
production. 
Kyzyl Traktor (Kasachstan)

The Dream of Chenghiskhan
An evening with the artist collective "Red Tractor" (with an introduction in 
German and English. Film and Performance without words.)

March 24 - 25, 9:00 pm, [k1], ca. 90 min.

Discussion with the audience after the performance on March 24.

Price group G

You can hardly ever experience a night like that in a German theatre: 
gathered around a yurte (a nomadic tent) the audience meets the far away 
world of Moldakul Narymbetov, Almagul Menlibaeva and their friends.  "Kyzyl 
Traktor" is a loose connection of artists of various genres.  Their shaman 
influenced theatre rituals and films are dedicated to the conflict between 
reckless industrialisation and nature's dignity. After Menlibaeva's 
impressive short films, Narymbetov and his assistant will do a shaman 
impovisation.

As it is custom in Kazakhstan we will serve polv (a rice dish) and vodka for 
artists and guests afterwards.

Supporting Programme

Discussion

Witnesses of change
On the situation of contemporary art in Central Asia

March 25, 4:00 pm [k2]
Free admission

With:

 - Ovlyakhuli Khodyakhuli (director, Uzbekistan)
 - Simon Tordjman (until recently French cultural attache in Uzbekistan)
 - Anna Mele (actor and director, Turkmenistan)
 - Florent Le Duc (until recently director of the Bactria Cultural Centre in 
   Dushanbe/Tadschikistan)
 - Almagul Menlibaeva (video artist, Kazakhstan)

Host: Honne Dohrmann

Since the end of the Soviet Union the young national states of Kazakhstan, 
Uzbekistan, Tadzhikistan, Kirghizia, and Turkmenistan have been fighting for 
their place in the world. After the euphoria of the new start that was 
followed by a slow process of democratisation the conditions for art have 
worsened in many places. But the better exchange with the rest of the world 
inspires many artists with new ideas.

Poly-Party

7 Euros / reduced 5 Euros

Free admission with a theatre ticket of the same day.

March 11, 8:00 pm
Poly-Party with DJ Serdal, a famous radio DJ, firing up the atmosphere with 
Persian and Turkish grooves

March 18, 9:00 pm
Poly-Party with DJ Erkan, who has the power to move the Kampnagel dance 
floor with Turkish specialties

March 25, 10:30 pm
Poly-Party with DJ Porto
Worldbeats from the power behind the legendary opening night parties at 
Kampnagel

Film

In cooperation with the Alabama Cinema
Tel: +49 40 28 80 30 70
Web: www.alabama-kino.de

Prices:
5.50 Euros / Reduced 5 Euros

A Time for Drunken Horses (Zeit der trunkenen Pferde)
Iran 2000, D: Bahman Ghobadi, 82 min., Farsi with German subtitles
March 12, 4:00 pm

Five orphans are fighting for survival in a Kurdish mountain village.  They 
are too poor to afford the operation that the deformed Madi needs.  Madi's 
siblings try to find the money for his operation by any means necessary, 
including smuggling, marriage, and extremely hard physical labor. Rojin the 
oldest sister wants to get married to an Iraqi who in turn will pay for 
Madi's operation. When this fails Ayub joins a gang that smuggles tyres into 
Iraq...

The Story of the Weeping Camel (Die Geschichte vom weinenden Kamel)
Germany 2003, D: Byambasuren Davaa, Luigi Falorni, 91 min., PG,
Mongolian with German subtitles
March 15, 6:30 pm

Four generations of a Mongolian nomadic family are living in three yurts. A 
camel belonging to the family delivers (and rejects) a rare white calf. 
Desperate to save the calf, the herders send their two sons on a journey 
through the desert to find a musician in accordance with an ancient ritual. 
When a violinist arrives at the camp, the family hopes the sound of his 
horse-head violin will find a way into the mother camel's heart and help her 
calf to survive. Beautifully filmed on location in Mongolia.

Head-On (Gegen die Wand)
Germany 2003, D: Fatih Akin, 121 min., PG 12
March 19, 4:00 pm

The strange love story of two Turkish-born people from Hamburg: Sibel wants 
to free herself of her Turkish family and tries to persuade the 
self-destructive alcoholic Cahit to marry her. In a relationship that begins 
from convenience, Sibel and Cahit's fall towards each other happens slowly 
and inevitably, while always managing to surprise. Only when a catastrophe 
happens do they start to think clearly.

"Head-On" won the Golden Bear at the 2004 Berlin Film Festival and Best 
European Film of 2004.

Information and Ticket Reservations:

Admission fees Polycentral 2006:

Price groups E, F, G:

Advanced box-office 14 Euros, 16 Euros, 18 Euros
Advanced box-office (reduced): 7.5 Euros, 10 Euros, 10 Euros
Advanced box-office (youth up to 14 years): 5 Euros, 5 Euros, 5 Euros

Box-office, 17 Euros, 20 Euros, 22 Euros
Box-office reduced*, 7.5 Euros, 10 Euros, 10 Euros
Box-office (youth up to 14 years): 6 Euros, 6 Euros , 6 Euros

The card: 9 Euros, 10 Euros, 11 Euros

Students, unemployed, handicapped persons, pensioners, and men doing 
military or civil service qualify for the reduced rate if they provide 
appropriate ID. These rates are only available at Kampnagel

Tel: +49 40 27 09 49 49
Fax: +49 40 27 09 49 62

Hours:
Monday to Friday 1:00-7:00 pm
Weekends and holidays 4:00-7:00 pm

Web: www.kampnagel.de
E-mail: tickets(a)kampnagel.de

Address:
Jarrestr. 20
Kampnagel Hamburg
22303 Hamburg
Germany

You can pay your ticket by credit card (Visa/Master), bank transfer or bank 
cheque.

Upon request, we can mail you your paid ticket or hold it for you at the box 
office until a few minutes before the start of the show. For our advanced 
ticket service we charge a fee of 2 Euros.

For group tickets call: +49 40 27 09 49 49

EVENT- Evening of Current Art and Culture of Central Asia, Feb. 27, Prague

Posted by: Janyl Chytyrbaeva <ChytyrbaevaJ(a)rferl.org>
Posted: 17 Feb 2006


EVENT- Evening of Current Art and Culture of Central Asia, Feb. 27, Prague

Experimental space Roxy/NoD and Lemurie TAZ present:

An opportunity for those interested in Central Asia to watch via Internet a 
special event devoted to the modern and traditional arts and culture of the 
region.

Monday, February 27, 7:30 PM

Experimental Space Roxy/NoD
Dlouha 33
Prague, Czech Republic

The thematic evening will include:

Screening of contemporary video art project Sacred Places, shot in 
Kazakhstan, Uzbekistan, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan and Kyrgyzstan - 
http://www.universes-in-universe.de/islam/eng/2004/09/videoidentity/

Performance by the Central Asian Prague Ensemble:

Abdigani Zhiyenbay (Kazakhstan) dombra, tar, vocal
Asadullo Saifi (Afghanistan) accordion, vocal
Janyl Jusubjan (Kyrgyzstan) komuz
Berrak Yedek (Turkey) dance
Murad Rakhimov (Turkmenistan) dutar, Indian harmonium
Firuza Djakfar (Tajikistan) dance
Laili Abdigani (Kazakhstan) dombra
Sanat Sharipov (Uzbekistan) doira

Presentation of Central Asian film excerpts and music videos from the 
upcoming 2006 Music on Film Film on Music (MOFFOM) Festival

Discussion on the culture and politics of Central Asia with journalists from 
Radio Free Europe and other guests

Sampling of Kazakh cuisine

In cooperation with the internet radio station LEMURIE T.A.Z. the entire 
programme will be broadcast live at http://www.lemurie.cz on Monday, 
February 27, 19:30 PM, Central European time.

More information can be found at:

www.roxy.cz
www.lemurie.cz
www.moffom.org

Contact:

Zuzana Dudova - chief dramaturg, Experimental Space Roxy/NoD
E-mail: zuzana(a)roxy.cz
Tel: +420-224826296

EVENT- Presentation of Food and Culture of Kyrgyzstan, Feb. 20, Columbia University, New York

Posted by: Rafis Abazov <polra99(a)hotmail.com>
Posted: 17 Feb 2006


EVENT- Presentation of Food and Culture of Kyrgyzstan, Feb. 20, Columbia U., NY

Central Asia Group (CAG), Eurasia Initiative (EI) student groups and EPD 
Workshop on Kyrgyzstan with the support of the Harriman Institute and SIPASA,
School of International and Public Affairs (SIPA) at Columbia University

Present:

Kymyz: Fermented Horse Milk

The very first public tasting in the US of Kyrgyzstan's favorite drink

Kyrgyz favorite drink kymyz is made from horse milk which is poured into a 
special leather bag - and is then stirred with a special wooden stick which 
is called "pishkek". The name of this stick is given to the current capital 
of the Republic

Program:

1. Presentation on health benefits of drinking horse milk
2. Photo slide show
3. Traditional Kyrgyz music
4. Exhibit of Kyrgyz carpets and handicraft
5. Costume show
6. Tasting of traditional drinks and dishes

Menu:

1. Kymyz - fermented horse milk (delivered directly from Bishkek)
2. Borsok - fried pastries
3. Chak-Chak - sweet desert
4. Batyr-Nan - traditional flat bread
5. Ikra - caviar

When:

Monday, February 20, 2006
18:00-21:00

Where:

Student Lounge, 6th Floor
International Affairs Building
Columbia University
420 West 118th Street
New York, NY 10027
USA

Free Admission. Everyone Welcome!

For further info and questions, please contact Rafis Abazov at:
ra2044(a)columbia.edu
or Talant Sultanov at: tis2102(a)columbia.edu.

EVENT- Kyrgyz Cultural Performances, University Residencies Project

Posted by: Helen Faller <hmfaller(a)hotmail.com>
Posted: 16 Feb 2006


EVENT- Kyrgyz Cultural Performances, University Residencies Project

A Thousand Years on the Silk Road: Epic Poetry and Music from the Kyrgyz 
Republic

A unique opportunity to learn about Central Asian culture directly from two 
immensely talented Kyrgyz performers, who have traveled to the US expressly 
for the purpose of participating in the Central Asian University Residencies 
Program.

Rysbai Isakov - Epic Singer

Akylbek Kasabolotov - Musician

Dr. Helen Faller - Anthropologist

Rysbai Isakov, a laureate epic singer, will perform episodes from the Kyrgyz 
national epic Manas, the longest in the world at over half a million lines.

Akylbek Kasabolotov, a member of Kyrgyzstan's Tengir Too Ensemble, will 
share his country's unique nomadic musical traditions.

Dr. Helen Faller, an anthropologist specializing in Central Asia, provides 
cultural background and contextualization.

February 17 - March 28, 2006

Austin, TX February 17 - February 25

Laramie, WY February - March 4

New York, NY March 5 - March 11

Philadelphia, PA March 12 - March 18

Madison, WI March 19 - March 23

Chicago, IL March 24 - March 28

In collaboration with the Embassy of the Kyrgyz Republic and the Central 
Asian Cultural Exchange.

Sponsored by the Silkroad Foundation and The University of Texas at Austin, 
the University of Wyoming, Columbia University, the University of 
Pennsylvania, the University of Wisconsin-Madison, and the University of 
Chicago.

For more information or detailed schedules please contact Dr. Faller at 
helen(a)mosaiqa.com

ON-LINE RESOURCE- Silk Road Society Web Site

Posted by: Rowan Davis <rowandavisuk(a)hotmail.com>
Posted: 14 Feb 2006


ON-LINE RESOURCE- Silk Road Society Web Site

The Silk Road Society (UK) aims to raise awareness in the UK of the regions 
of Eastern Europe, Central Asia and China through which the ancient Silk 
Roads traversed.

The website at www.travelthesilkroad.org will provide a forum for discussion 
on a range topics related to the Silk Road from travel and photography to 
charity work and academic historical research. The Society is run as a free 
club for members and we encourage your active participation in its development.

For more information please contact Nick Rowan, nick(a)travelthesilkroad.org.

EVENT- Readings of 'The Railway,' Hamid Ismailov and Robert Chandler, London

Posted by: Robert Chandler <kcf19(a)dial.pipex.com>
Posted: 13 Feb 2006


EVENT- Readings of 'The Railway,' Hamid Ismailov and Robert Chandler, London

The Railway - Two Introductory Readings

Hamid Ismailov's novel, The Railway, translated from Russian by Robert 
Chandler, will be published by Harvill Secker on 2 March 2006.

In the steppe near Tashkent they came upon a never-ending ladder with wooden 
rungs and iron rails and that stretched across the earth from horizon to 
horizon. (...) Whistling and thundering, a snake-like wonder hurtled past 
them, packed both on the inside and on top with infidels shouting and waving 
their hands. 'The End of the World!' thought both Mahmud-Hodja the Sunni and 
Djebral the Shiite.

Set between 1900 and 1980, The Railway introduces to us the inhabitants of 
the small town of Gilas in Uzbekistan.  Among those whose stories we hear 
are Mefody-Jurisprudence, the town's alcoholic intellectual; Father Ioann, a 
Russian priest; Kara-Musayev the Younger, the chief of police; and 
Umarali-Moneybags, the old moneylender. Their colourful lives offer a unique 
picture of a land populated by outgoing Mullahs, incoming Bolsheviks, and a 
plethora of Uzbeks, Russians, Persians, Jews, Koreans, Tatars and Gypsies. 
The Railway is full of colour.  Fusing literary sophistication with a naive 
delight in storytelling, it chronicles the dramatic changes felt throughout 
Central Asia in the early twentieth century.

Hamid Ismailov was forced to flee his homeland.  He came to London in 1994 
and is now head of the BBC Central Asia Service. He has published many books 
in Russia and Uzbekistan.  The Railway is his first novel to be translated 
into English.  Robert Chandler's Russian Short Stories from Pushkin to Buida 
is published by Penguin Classics and his co-translations of Andrey Platonov 
have won several prizes.

1. March 8, 2006, 5.30 pm: reading with Robert Chandler & Hamid Ismailov; 
   snacks and wine.  Free.  St Benet's Chapel, Queen Mary College, Mile End 
   Road, E1 4NS (Mile End tube).
   RSVP: events(a)qmul.ac.uk

2. April 4, 2006, 6.30 pm: reading by Robert Chandler & Hamid Ismailov, 
   music from Uzbek musicians. Leighton House, 12 Holland Park Road, W14 8LZ 
   (High St. Kensington tube). Free - but RSVP essential:
   kcf19(a)dial.pipex.com

SEEKING PARTNERSHIP- Georgian University Seeking Exchange Partners in US and Europe

Posted by: Ken Goff <kgoff(a)guss.ge>
Posted: 9 Feb 2006


SEEKING PARTNERSHIP- Georgian Univ. Seeking Exchange Partners in US and Europe

My name is Ken Goff and I am an American who is working in Tbilisi as the 
dean of the School of Languages of the Georgian University of Social Sciences.

Our university is seeking to create student-exchange partnerships with 
universities in the United States and Europe.  We can provide Georgian 
language lessons using the latest methodology and produce original materials 
to suit the specific needs of your students.

The materials will be designed by specialists in the teaching of languages 
from our school's methodology center.  These materials will reflect the 
latest developments in communicative methodology and be aimed at adult 
learners.

The lessons will be conducted by Georgians who have served as Language and 
Cross Cultural facilitators for the US Peace Corps.  They have years of 
experience working with adult students of varying backgrounds and abilities. 
 They are familiar with the needs and expectations of Americans, and can 
teach Georgian culture as well as language.

In addition, the School of Languages can offer instruction in other regional 
languages, such as Russian, Armenian, and Azeri if desired.

I am looking forward to hearing from you.

Ken Goff
E-Mail: kgoff(a)guss.ge

PHOTO EXHIBIT- Faces of the Tulip Revolution, Columbia University, New York City

Posted by: Rafis Abazov <polra99(a)hotmail.com>
Posted: 25 Jan 2006


PHOTO EXHIBIT- Faces of the Tulip Revolution, Columbia University, New York, NY

The Harriman Institute and Eurasia Initiative Student Club
School of International and Public Affairs (SIPA) at Columbia University 
present:

Faces of the Tulip Revolution: Photo Exhibit Dedicated to the One-Year 
Anniversary of Kyrgyzstan's Tulip Revolution

The Tulip Revolution refers to the overthrow of President Askar Akayev and 
his government in the Central Asian republic of Kyrgyzstan after the 
parliamentary elections of February 27 and of March 13, 2005. The revolution 
sought the end of rule by Akayev and by his family and associates, who, 
according to popular opinion, had become increasingly corrupt and 
authoritarian.

When:

Starting January 22, 2006 - March 23, 2006

Where:

Harriman Institute, Room 1219
International Affairs Building
Columbia University
420 West 118th Street
New York, NY 10027
USA

Free Admission. Everyone Welcome!

For further info and questions, please contact:

Rafis Abazov <ra2044(a)columbia.edu>
Talant Sultanov <tis2102(a)columbia.edu>
Alla Aachkov <ar2052(a)columbia.edu>

CALL FOR PARTICIPATION- Seeking Bloggers for neweurasia.net Website

Posted by: Ben Paarmann <benpaarmann(a)gmx.net>
Posted: 20 Jan 2006


CALL FOR PARTICIPATION- Seeking Bloggers for neweurasia.net Website

neweurasia (www.neweurasia.net), a weblog network covering Central Asia and 
the Caucasus, is seeking young scholars of the region who are excited to 
contribute analysis, opinion, and insight to a vibrant and growing online 
community.

Our goal is to link interested young academics from throughout the world 
with their peers in Central Asia and the Caucasus. To realize this 
objective, we have set up individual country blogs for each of the countries 
in the region, and reach out to as many local contributors as possible.

By letting them publish their ideas, news stories and analyses directly via 
a blog, we promote and disseminate information on Central Asia beyond the 
mainstream media, but also beyond long (and at times inaccessible) academic 
journals.

Our network has already facilitated interaction and informed dialogue 
between students in Central Asia and the Caucasus with others based in the 
United States and Europe.  By synthesizing firsthand experiences with 
academic analysis and current reporting, neweurasia brings a uniquely 
informed perspective to the online community.

We are looking for interested students and young academics from around the 
world, and especially from the respective countries, to write about Armenia, 
Azerbaijan, Georgia, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan and 
Uzbekistan; or about matters of regional significance to be published on our 
main webpage (www.neweurasia.net).

Visit us at www.neweurasia.net and explore our country weblogs from there, 
or go directly to e.g. http://kazakhstan.neweurasia.net.

If you are interested in joining the neweurasia team, please send a brief 
email summarizing your background, regional focus, and contact information 
to info(a)neweurasia.net.

Ben Paarmann
E-mail: neweurasia.net or info(a)neweurasia.net

FILM- Gobi Women Song, Documentary about Mongolian Women

Posted by: Sas Carey <sas.carey(a)verizon.net>
Posted: 20 Jan 2006


FILM- Gobi Women Song, Documentary about Mongolian Women

Gobi Women Song, a 72- minute personal documentary produced and directed by 
Sas Carey, shows the colorful and harsh life of nomadic women in Mongolia's 
Gobi Desert. It captures a transitional moment, one that has occurred in all 
cultures, which decides the future lives, environment, and lifestyle of its 
people. The stories--told in the voices of five women--give a close-up of 
their lives, their thoughts, their work and the song their souls sing every 
day living this ancient lifestyle. It was filmed from 2001-2004.

After March 1st, the director is available to take this educational 
documentary wherever it may be helpful, for instance, to colleges and 
universities. She offers an opportunity to meet with classes on Women's 
Studies, Anthropology, Complementary Healing, Sustainable Living, Central 
Asian nomads, and/or Mongolia, and to do a lecture and film showing.

Sas Carey, RN, M.Ed. has been connected to Mongolia since her first trip in 
1994. During her frequent trips there, she has studied Mongolian Medicine, 
worked for the UN, donated laboratories to five rural hospitals, and taken 
vitamins to Dukha reindeer herders--in addition to making the film Gobi 
Women Song. All her work (except UN) is volunteer and possible only because 
of generous donations through the Mongolian Medicine Project and Ecologia.

Web:

http://www.lifenergyheal.com/mongolia and 
http://www.virtualfoundation.org/projects/index_fadvsearch.html

Mongolian Medicine Project
248 Washington St. Ext.
Middlebury, VT 05753
USA
Tel: (802)388-1301
E-mail: sas(a)lifenergyheal.com

CALL FOR NOMINATIONS- 2006 Developing Countries Prize, Deadline Dec. 31, 2005

Posted by: Jenniver Sehring <Jenniver.Sehring(a)zeu.uni-giessen.de>
Posted: 21 Dec 2005


CALL FOR NOMINATIONS- 2006 Developing Countries Prize, Deadline Dec. 31, 2005

Call for Nominations: Deadline December 31, 2005

The Justus-Liebig-University Giessen, together with KfW in Frankfurt, awards 
its Developing Countries Prize 2006 for scientific work on the topic "Good 
Governance". The prize is endowed with 5,000 Euros. It can be awarded to 
individuals as well as organizations. Also a dissertation (1,500 Euros) and 
two master or comparable theses (500 Euros each) are honoured.

Nominations for the 2006 prize should be submitted with an explanatory 
statement of not more than one page. In addition, the following will be 
required: up to two significant publications upon which the entry is based; 
a publication list; a curriculum vitae for individuals and a self-portrayal 
for institutions.  Individuals and institutions may not apply on their own 
behalf.

Dissertations and master or comparable theses should have been completed 
since the year 2002. All universities or scientific universities are 
eligible to propose dissertations or theses. As candidates may not apply on 
their own behalf we require the proposed dissertation or thesis to be 
supported by a brief opinion describing what makes it particularly worthy of 
the prize. In addition, a curriculum vitae will be required.

Please note that only applications and work in German or English can be 
considered.

Nominations will be accepted until December 31, 2005 and are to be sent to:

Kuratorium "Entwicklungslaenderpreis",
c/o Der Praesident
Justus-Liebig-Universitaet Giessen
Ludwigstrasse 23
D-35390 Giessen
Germany

Further detailed information is available on the homepage:

http://www.uni-giessen.de/preise

Or contact: Matthias.Hoeher(a)zeu.uni-giessen.de

EVENT- Uzbek Art and Crafts Exhibition, Dec. 15-16, Columbia University, NY City

Posted by: Rafis Abazov <polra99(a)yahoo.com>
Posted: 14 Dec 2005


EVENT- Uzbek Art & Crafts Exhibition, Dec. 15-16, Columbia University, NY City

Columbia University
School of International and Public Affairs
Harriman Institute
Eurasia Initiative and Global Uzbek Council

present:

Uzbek Art and Crafts (Two days only)

featuring

Special guest from Uzbekistan - Tashkent Craftsman - Askhat Usto

What: Exhibition: Uzbek art, ceramics, fabrics, glass, hand embroidery, wood 
carving, painting, chased copper and Uzbek miniature

Where: 4th floor, SIPA building

When: Two days only - Thursday and Friday (December 15th and 16th), Opening 
Presentation and Remarks at 10am

Everyone Welcome!

FYI: No RSVP necessary, for further info and questions, please email Farkhod 
Muradov at fsm2103(a)columbia.edu

CONCERT- Afghan Concert, Tajik-Uzbek Dance Performance, Dec. 31, Anaheim, CA

Posted by: Rameen Moshref <rameenm(a)aol.com>
Posted: 13 Dec 2005


CONCERT- Afghan Concert, Tajik-Uzbek Dance Performance, Dec. 31, Anaheim, CA

Saturday, Dec. 31, 2005

Farhad Darya live in concert + Tajik-Uzbek Ey Sanam Dance Group

Anaheim Covention Center
800 West Katella Ave
Anaheim, CA 92802
USA

Info: 310.892-5255

Regular Tix: $45
VIP Tix: $75

Buy online at www.ticketmaster.com

www.ticketmaster.com/event/09003B6AC5B94307?artistid=1000159&majorcatid=1000
1&minorcatid=5

For more info., go to:

www.farhaddarya.info/images/LA_poster_2006-big.jpg

CONCERT- Yedil Husainov, Kazakh Traditional Music, Dec. 17, Vienna, Virginia

Posted by: Roman Vassilenko <info(a)kazakhembus.com>
Posted: 12 Dec 2005


CONCERT- Yedil Husainov, Kazakh Traditional Music, Dec. 17, Vienna, Virginia

Yedil Khussainov in Virginia!

Performance

Yedil Khussainov, an accomplished composer and performer, is coming to 
JamminJava cafe in the heart of town of Vienna to give his only solo 
performance in Virginia. The concert will have two parts. In the first part 
Yedil will play on ancient Kazakh and Central Asian nomads' instruments and 
show his mastery of unique throat singing. This part will feature Yedil's 
compositions performed in traditional styles.

In the second part, Yedil will perform his songs and instrumental pieces, 
which can be described as a fusion of modern western styles and Kazakh folk 
music. If you love music but haven't ever been exposed to Central Asian folk 
music, this will blow your mind!

After the concert, Yedil will be happy to answer your questions and sign 
autographs. Come to a concert and have good time!

Don't forget to bring some cash, Yedil's CDs and souvenirs from Central Asia 
will be on sale.

Important:

Video recording will not be allowed during the performance.

Tickets:

Buy tickets in advance (through December 16, 2005) at a discounted price for 
20$.

Buy tickets at the venue on the day of performance for 30$ (cash only).

Contacts:

For event information and advance ticket sales, please, visit a web site 
http://members.cox.net/yedil_concert/ or send e-mail to yedil_concert(a)cox.net.

When?

1:30pm (EST), December 17, 2005.

Where?

JamminJava cafe
227 Maple Ave E
Vienna, VA, 22180
USA

Media Contact:

Roman Y. Vassilenko
Counselor (Assistant to the Ambassador and Press Secretary)
Embassy of Kazakhstan to the USA and Canada
1401 16th Street, NW
Washington, DC 20036
USA
Tel: 202 232 5488, ext. 104
Fax: 202 232 5845
Web: www.kazakhembus.com

EVENT- Photo Exhibition, Uzbekistan: Heart of Central Asia, Dec. 7-20, Tashkent

Posted by: Ctr. for Economic Research <pr-assistant(a)cer.uz>
Posted: 5 Dec 2005


EVENT- Photo Exhibition, Uzbekistan: Heart of Central Asia, Dec. 7-20, Tashkent

Photo Exhibition "Uzbekistan - Heart of Central Asia. Reflections of 
Development"

December 7-20, 2005
Fine Arts Gallery of National Bank of Uzbekistan
Tashkent, Uzbekistan

Uzbekistan Chamber of Commerce and Industry and Economic Review magazine 
with the support of the United Nations Development Programme have undertaken 
an effort to reveal one more perspective of development process in 
Uzbekistan by arranging the Photo Exhibition "Uzbekistan - Heart of Central 
Asia: Reflections of Development". The opening ceremony of the Photo 
Exhibition "Uzbekistan - Heart of Central Asia: Reflections of Development" 
will be held on December 6, 2005 at the Marble Hall of the Fine Arts Gallery 
of the National Bank of the Republic of Uzbekistan.

This Exhibition will represent the current development process as it is seen 
form outside, by foreign diplomats and businessmen, residents of Uzbekistan 
traveling across the country and dealing with lots of people. In this 
regard, we would like to invite you and your colleagues to participate in 
the above mentioned exhibition sharing your selection of photos to be 
presented at the exhibition. We believe this would be another important 
initiative to learn better about the country and thus contribute to further 
promoted development dialogue and cooperation.

FILM- Uzbek Film "Tulips in Snow [Qor quynida lola]," Dec. 6, Columbia U., NY City

Posted by: Rafis Abazov <polra99(a)yahoo.com>
Posted: 5 Dec 2005


FILM- Uzbek Film "Tulips in Snow [Qor quynida lola]," Dec. 6, Columbia U., NY


Columbia University's Harriman Institute, Eurasia Initiative and 
Turkistan-American Association

Present:

Uzbek film festival and screening of the second movie:

Qor quynida lola (Tulips in snow)
2004, Director L. Tuychiev, M. Shahobutdinov)

L. Tuychiev and M. Shahobutdinov created televisionary scene through 
dramaturgic composition and division in short stories - "Mother", "Child", 
"Father" - imply stylistics of television serial. Two actors' (S. Umarov and 
Z. Muminova) work at close-up and low-speed dynamics of action in some 
episodes remind television film (the film is made in video.). Alongside with 
all creative searches and art solutions, there is a definite smack of "TV 
product". The movie has won Grand prize in cinema festival in Central Asia 
and started the journey to renowned festivals. (Review from Farkhod S. Muradov)

Place:

Room 1219, Harriman Institute
SIPA building, Columbia University
420 West, 118th Street
New York, NY 10027

Date and time:

06.30 p.m. Tuesday, December 6, 2005

Everyone Welcome!

FYI: No RSVP necessary, for further info and questions, please email Rafiz 
Abazov - ra2044(a)columbia.edu or Farkhod Muradov - fsm2103(a)columbia.edu

NEW MAILING LIST- Azerbaijani Studies Yahoogroup

Posted by: Farid Guliyev <fareedaz(a)yahoo.com>
Posted: 30 Nov 2005


NEW MAILING LIST- Azerbaijani Studies Yahoogroup

Dear all,

If you want to get a free access to an interesting collection of 
papers/articles written on various aspects of Azerbaijani politics, if you 
want your voice and opinion to be heard by others, if you have an idea of 
writing about Azerbaijan and want to get a feedback, then feel free to write 
to fareedaz(a)yahoo.com so that we can include you to our Azerbaijani Studies 
yahoogroup. The purpose of this listserv is to bring together local and 
foreign students interested in exploring political institutions, political 
processes and political developments in Azerbaijan.

Farid Guliyev
Azerbaijani Studies yahoogroup
Web: http://groups.yahoo.com/group/Azerbaijani_Studies/

NEW MAILING LIST- Open Caucasus E-Mail List

Posted by: Nenad Bumbic <nbumbic(a)gmail.com>
Posted: 29 Nov 2005


NEW MAILING LIST- Open Caucasus E-Mail List

Open Caucasus is a distribution list encompassing activists, academics, 
researchers, students and others from or interested in Caucasus. Open 
Caucasus is intended to serve as a network for the exchange of academic 
information on the Caucasus's and to disseminate information about study 
sessions, conferences and other activities related to the region.

You can subscribe to Open Caucasus by sending a blank email to 
opencaucasus-subscribe(a)yahoogroups.com or by visiting Open Caucasus home 
page - http://groups.yahoo.com/group/opencaucasus

Kind regards
Nenad Bumbic
Open Caucasus, moderator
Belgrade
Serbia

EVENT- OPEN ASIA 10th Anniversary Celebration, Dec. 10, Paris, France

Posted by: Guissou Jahangiri <guissoujahangiri(a)hotmail.com>
Posted: 28 Nov 2005


EVENT- OPEN ASIA 10th Anniversary Celebration, Dec. 10, Paris, France

OPEN ASIA celebrates its tenth anniversary
Saturday December 10, 2005

at ENSCI: 48 rue St Sabin, 75011 Paris, France

You are cordially invited to a cultural journey in Middle Asia which will 
take you from the steppes of Central Asia to Iran and through Afghanistan

in collaboration with Central Asia Initiatives

Film projection, concert, art-video, slide-show, debate, exhibition-sale of 
contemporary Central Asian sculptures et paintings and books, and the 
installation of a yourt.

Central Asian buffet and music

Film Projection starting at 18h30
Evening starting at 20H

l'ENSCI (Ecole Superieure de Creation Industrielle) 48 rue St Sabin, 75011 
Paris (Metro Breguet-Sabin, Chemin-Vert ou Bastille, bus lignes 69 arret 
Breguet-Sabin, 20,29,65 arret Pasteur-Wagner).

Muborak Sharipova
Executive Director
OPEN ASIA
Tel/Fax : (33) 1 47 97 32 97
Mob: (33) 6 62 15 32 97
E-mail: openasiafrance(a)hotmail.com
Web Site: http://oainternational.free.fr

EVENT- Uzbek Cultural Event, Dec. 10, American University, Washington, D.C.

Posted by: Odil Ruzaliev <uzland(a)mail.ru>
Posted: 28 Nov 2005


EVENT- Uzbek Cultural Event, Dec. 10, American University, Washington, D.C.

Global Uzbek Council is holding its first public event in Washington, DC on 
December 10 - An Evening of Uzbek Culture in Washington.

December 10, 2005, 4:00 pm

American University
Mary Graydon Center
4400 Massachusetts Avenue, NW
Washington, DC

Global Uzbek Council is a not-for-profit organization established in DC this 
year by a group of Uzbek professionals.

More about this event you can learn from GUC web-site at 
http://www.gucweb.org/event.html

GUC members, a number of US government officials, members of Congress, 
analysts from think-tanks and members of other US and international 
organizations are expected to attend the event at American University.

Part of the funds raised during the event will be sent to an orphanage in 
the Aral Sea region of Karakalpakstan.

For more information, contact Umid Gafurov at pas(a)gucweb.org

FILM FESTIVAL- Uzbek Film Festival, Nov. 15, Harriman Institute, New York City

Posted by: R. Abazov <polra99(a)yahoo.com>
Posted: 14 Nov 2005


FILM FESTIVAL- Uzbek Film Festival, Nov. 15, Harriman Institute, New York City

Harriman Institute, Eurasia Initiative and Turkistan-American Association

Presents:

Uzbek Movies festival opening reception and screening of the movie

Voiz (The Orator)

2000, Director Jusuf Razykov

Yusup Razikov's crystal-clear and mordantly funny political comedy gets 
right to the heart of the bizarre mismatch between Soviet communist 
aspirations and human realities. In the early 1920s, a gentle Uzbek man who 
inherits three adoring young wives from his late brother is unexpectedly 
called to the stage during a rally, and reveals a gift for oratory. He is 
catapulted into the absurd and often treacherous world of Soviet politics, 
and keeps on speechifying to protect himself and his beloved wives. Every 
new twist in this colorful, theatrically stylized film nudges the hero and 
the viewer to another level of strangely twisted logic (Review from Seagull 
Film festival "Films from along the Silk Road")

Place:

Room 1219, Harriman Institute,
SIPA building, Columbia University
420 West, 188th Street
New York, NY 10027

Date and time:

06.00 p.m. Tuesday - November 15, 2005

ON-LINE RESOURCE- Institute of Water Problems and Hydropower Website Launch

Posted by: Institute of Water Problems <iwp(a)istc.kg>
Posted: 2 Nov 2005


ON-LINE RESOURCE- Institute of Water Problems & Hydropower Website Launch

We are pleased to inform you about our official website launching. It is
available both in English and Russian and accessible from the following URL:
http://www.caresd.net/iwp.

We hope that you find our website helpful and interesting. We would
appreciate your cooperation in disseminating information about the website.

Please feel free to write to us at iwp(a)istc.kg for any comments or questions 
that you may have.

Sincerely yours,
Dushen Mamatkanov, Director

Institute of Water Problems and Hydropower
National Academy of Sciences of the Kyrgyz Republic

533, Frunze Street
720033 Bishkek
Kyrgyz Republic
Tel.: 996 (312) 21 45 72
Fax: 996 (312) 21 06 74
E-mail: iwp(a)istc.kg
Web: www.caresd.net/iwp

NOTICE- The Harvard Program on Central Asia and Caucasus Is Moving

Posted by: John Schoeberlein <centasia(a)fas.harvard.edu>
Posted: 22 Aug 2005


NOTICE- The Harvard Program on Central Asia and Caucasus Is Moving

Dear Colleagues:

This is to let you know that we will be moving this week.  The office will 
be closed from this Thursday through Tuesday, August 30.  Please note that 
we will not be able to receive any e-mail or phone calls to the program 
during that period.

Our new location will be:

Harvard Program on Central Asia and the Caucasus
Davis Center for Russian and Eurasian Studies
1730 Cambridge St., CGIS-South, Room S327
Cambridge, MA 02138
USA

For those of you who remember our old location in Coolidge Hall (which was 
torn down to accommodate the new CGIS buildings), we will be across the 
street from where Coolidge Hall used to stand, on Cambridge St.  For those 
who are unfamiliar with that area and who wish to visit us in our new 
location, feel free to contact us via e-mail or telephone after Aug. 30, 
2005 and we will provide you with directions to our new offices.

Our new building is called the "Center for Government and International 
Studies - South," or simply "CGIS-South."

Our telephone numbers, e-mail addresses, and website addresses remain the same.

Sincerely,

John Schoeberlein

___________________________________________________________________________
Dr. John S. Schoeberlein \ Director
Program on Central Asia and the Caucasus
Davis Center \ Harvard University
1730 Cambridge St., CGIS-South, Room S327 \ Cambridge, MA 02139 \ USA
tel.: +1/617-496-2643  fax: +1/617-495-8319
centasia(a)fas.harvard.edu
Central Asia Program website: http://centasia.fas.harvard.edu
<Central Eurasian Studies World Wide>: http://cesww.fas.harvard.edu
<Central-Eurasia-L> Editorial Addr:
<CE-L>Archive: http://cesww.fas.harvard.edu/CESWW_Central-Eurasia-L.html
___________________________________________________________________________

CALL FOR PARTICIPATION- Nat'l Geographic All Roads Art Market, Oct. 2005, Washington DC

Posted by: Rameen Moshref <rameenm(a)aol.com>
Posted: 10 Aug 2005


CALL FOR PARTICIPATION- Nat'l Geographic All Roads Art Market, October, Wash DC

Greetings from the National Geographic All Roads Film Project!

The All Roads Film Project is a National Geographic initiative supporting 
films by and about indigenous groups and under-represented minority culture 
filmmakers. Launched in 2004, the All Roads Film Festival is a multimedia 
event comprised of cutting-edge film, photography, live music, and art from 
cultures around the world, offering the audience an opportunity to immerse 
themselves in a cultural experience that is both entertaining and deeply 
personal. To complement the films appearing in the festival, we are 
featuring the All Roads Art Market which brings together artists and vendors 
from indigenous and minority cultures to showcase their cultural heritage 
through their artwork.

Event: All Roads Art Market

Location: National Geographic headquarters, Washington, D.C.

Date & Time: October 1st and 2nd, 11:00am to 6:00pm

We are looking for artisans/vendors from indigenous or under-represented 
minority communities interested in selling their arts and crafts at the All 
Roads Art Market. The artwork can be traditional or contemporary, as long as 
it is a rendering of the culture represented by the artist or participant. 
Space is free and available on a first-come, first-served basis. However, 
National Geographic regrets that travel and lodging expenses cannot be 
covered. All sales generated at the event will go directly to the artisans.

If you are interested in participating in the Art Market, we will need to 
receive descriptions of your artwork, a biography or resume and photographs 
of the artwork before August 12th 2005 at the following address, or by email 
at: allroads(a)ngs.org (please add "Art Market" in the subject line).  If you 
are from a first nation's community, we request that you include this 
information in your biography as well.

For more information on the All Roads Film Festival, please visit our 
website at: http://www.nationalgeographic.com/allroads

All Roads Film Project
National Geographic Society
1145 17th Street, NW. M2106
Washington, DC  20036-4688
USA
Telephone: 202-862-8279
Fax: 202-775-6126
E-mail: allroads(a)ngs.org

FILM- The Mystery of Afghan Gold Documentary, History Channel, August 25

Posted by: Bactrian Gold <bactriangold(a)yahoo.com>
Posted: 9 Aug 2005


FILM- The Mystery of Afghan Gold Documentary, History Channel, August 25

Television Channel: History Channel

Show: The Mystery of Afghan Gold

Description:

A documentary on the recent rediscovery of the Tilla-Teppe (Golden Mound) 
treasures in Afghanistan.  A treasure of 21,000 ancient gold coins and 
artifacts, rivaled in value only by the riches of King Tut, are discovered 
in Afghanistan in 1978 and placed in a vault in a Kabul museum. Seven men 
are entrusted with keys to the vault and then dispersed around the world, 
their identities protected by museum staffers who endure beatings and 
threats to their families.  Invading Russians and oppressive Taliban rulers 
try desperately to penetrate the vault, to no avail. What would become of 
the treasure? This special reveals how the incredible story of the Afghan 
gold ended - a story to rival any of the great treasure hunts of history.

Date: August 25, 2005

Time: 9am

Duration: (120 min.)

Be sure to check your local listings for the exact air time.

Click on Below Link to Order the DVD:

http://store.aetv.com/html/product/index.jhtml?id=73962

CALL FOR PARTICIPATION- Internet Forum on Problems of Russian Federalism

Posted by: Olga Romanova <olga.romanova(a)ilpp.ru>
Posted: 9 Aug 2005


CALL FOR PARTICIPATION- Internet Forum on Problems of Russian Federalism

Dear Colleagues,

We are pleased to invite you to join our Internet Forum on the web-site of 
the Institute for Law and Public Policy:

http://www.ilpp.ru/projects/forum/forum.html!

The Forum is aimed at a wide audience: not only at legislators and 
specialists, but at all those interested in the problems of federalism. It 
is part of the project "Federalism and Regional Legislative Assemblies in 
the Russian Federation", implemented by the Institute and the East-West 
Parliamentary Practice Project in co-operation with the Dutch Parliament 
(2005-2007).

For more information see http://www.ilpp.ru/projects/index.html.

We would be very pleased if you express your point of view in the Forum!

Olga Romanova
Project coordinator
Institute for Law and Public Policy
PO Box 224 Moscow
101 000 Moscow
Russia
Tel. 928 00 20; 564 86 83
Fax: 921 07 33

NEW E-MAIL LIST- New E-mail List for OSI's Open Forum Speaker Series

Posted by: Jocelyn Ziemian <jziemian(a)sorosny.org>
Posted: 21 Jul 2005


NEW E-MAIL LIST- New E-mail List for OSI's Open Forum Speaker Series

The Open Society Institute's Open Forum speaker series is introducing a new 
email listserv format for notifying subscribers about upcoming events.

The Open Forum speaker series aims to enhance policy debate on key issues 
facing Central Asia, the South Caucasus, and the Middle East, and to raise 
public awareness of important developments in these regions. Bi-monthly Open 
Forum events are held in New York and Washington, DC and are attended by 
leading policymakers, scholars, NGO staff, and journalists. The series is 
sponsored by OSI's Central Eurasia Project and Middle East Initiatives.

We hope to reach as wide an audience as possible, so please share our 
announcements with colleagues or friends who might be interested in regional 
developments. All events are free and open to the public. Recaps and audio 
of the forums are often available at http://www.soros.org/initiatives/cep.

If you have any questions about the Open Forum speaker series, or if you 
would like to add an address to the mailing list, please contact Anu 
Kangaspunta at 212-548-0179 or akangaspunta(a)sorosny.org.

Thank you for your continued interest in the series, and we look forward to 
your participation.

Open Society Institute
400 West 59th Street
New York, NY 10019
USA

Tel: 212/548-0600
Fax: 212/548-4679

ON-LINE RESOURCE- Origins of Kazakh Culture, Available on Web

Posted by: R. Charles Weller <ara-cahcrc.com(a)fas.harvard.edu>
Posted: 18 Jul 2005


ON-LINE RESOURCE- Origins of Kazakh Culture, Available on Web

For those interested, the following resource is now available for reading 
and downloading from the web:

Chapter One, "Origins of Kazakh Culture" from the book "Historical 
Development of Kazakh National Culture" by Tursin Hafizuhli Gabitov, 
Zhusipbek Mutalipov and Aktolkin Kulsarieva (English translation by R. 
Charles Weller), 2005.

You can access this document via: www.ara-cahcrc.com/CAHCRC under the 
"Projects and Publications" link near the bottom of the page.

Feedback on the material itself and/or the translation is welcome via 
rcw(a)ara-cahcrc.com

ON-LINE RESOURCE- On-Line Resources on Central Asia

Posted by: Jeff Spurr <spurr(a)fas.harvard.edu>
Posted: 14 Jul 2005


ON-LINE RESOURCE- On-Line Resources on Central Asia

1. Photographic resources at the Conway Library of the Courtauld Institute 
   online, particularly Robert Byron photographs

2. The Islamic Art Network, Photographic and textual resources on Islamic
   architecture in Cairo, etc.

3. Afghanistan Cultural Heritage web site, Sloan Library, University of North
   Carolina


1. Conway Library, Courtauld Institute, at:

http://www.artandarchitecture.org.uk/

This collection is notable as the repository of Robert Byron's 
exceptionally important negatives from his visit to Iran and Afghanistan 
which led to his contribution on Timurid Architecture in A.U. Popes, 
Survey...  These are now online.  An advanced search under "Robert Byron" 
plus "Iran Afghanistan" yields 437 results, unfortunately, rather oddly 
ordered "alphabetically", sometimes  by name of monument (including 
"Anonymous masuoleum"), but also by such improbable headings as "Arcade. 
Garden. Tomb of Saadi".  Consequently, the place indications by each 
monument in the list indicate other possible modes of searching, which 
might produce useful results.

A search under "T. E. Lawrence" yields 22 results, which include portrait 
busts and French chateaux, but also Qasr al-Kharana in Jordan.

A search under "James Robertson", the important early photographer based in 
Istanbul (active career ca. 1850-1858), yields 25 results (by Robertson or 
Robertson in partnership with Felice Beato).  On the other hand, a search 
under "Istanbul" results in 204 images by various photographers.

2. The Islamic Art Network, sponsored by the Thesaurus Islamicus 
Foundation, at:

http://www.islamic-art.org/Network/IAN.asp

The Islamic Art Network is a project undertaken by the Thesaurus Islamicus 
Foundation, a charitable, non-profit foundation that was established to 
advance, support and promote the protection, preservation, study and 
dissemination of the Islamic intellectual, cultural and artistic patrimony 
by any means deemed appropriate.

The Network currently consists of the following sections:

Comite Bulletins

The Bulletins are a standard resource for the study of the Islamic 
architecture of Cairo as they describe the restoration work on all its 
Islamic monuments between 1882 -1953 by the Comite de Conservation des 
Monuments de l'Art Arabe. They include photographs, drawings, and plans of 
buildings that have disappeared and of others distorted by later 
restoration work. For this reason they are invaluable. They also have full 
descriptions of these monuments and their historical backgrounds.

This also includes an independent List of Plates, by monument, although, 
unlike the otherwise extremely rational organization  of this site, there 
appears to be no rhyme or reason to the order of the illustrated monuments

Photo Archive

A team of photographers have been documenting photographically the Islamic 
monuments of Cairo for the digital photo archive of the Network. The aim is 
to cover all of Cairo and then the rest of Egypt. The second step will be 
recording the monuments around the Islamic world, with cities such as Fez, 
Istanbul, Damascus and Isfahan fully exhibited.

This searchable archive has the indispensable features of a active Monument 
Name directory, Comite Monument Number directory, Founding Era directory, 
and Monument Type directory.  It also has the somewhat less useful 
Architectural Detail/Form directory

Creswell's Cairo: Then and Now

An exhibition that was organised to honour one of the founders of the 
discipline of Islamic Art and Architecture History, Professor Sir Keppel 
Archibald Cameron Creswell, and to commemorate his efforts in documenting 
Islamic buildings not only in Cairo but all over the Muslim world.

The Islamic Art Network has taken a selection of the black and white 
photographs from the Creswell Collection at the Rare Books and Special 
Collections Library at the American University in Cairo, and matched these 
with colour photographs shot from an identical perspective in the year 
2003. The Exhibition was inaugurated on December 22nd 2003 by Dr. Zahi 
Hawass, Secretary General of the Supreme Council of Antiquities.

Books Online

The Islamic Art Network is planning to make books on Islamic art and 
architecture that have gone out of print digitally available through its 
website. The first book that has been added to our website is the monograph 
on the mosque of Sultan Hasan written by Max Herz Pasha in 1899 entitled 
Mosquee du Sultan Hassan au Caire.

Articles Online

As a source of reference the Network has several rare articles online. The 
topics of the articles range from woodwork, numismatics, and architecture 
to pottery. The first step was the digitisation of the articles published 
in the Bulletins and Memoires of the Institut d'Egypte.

Technical Glossary

This glossary is composed of all the terms common in the field of Islamic 
art and architecture including Islamic dynasties, craftsmen vocabulary, 
endowment deeds' vocabulary, etc.

3. Afghanistan Cultural Heritage, at:

http://www.lib.unc.edu/art/afghanart.html

This is an extraordinarily compendious guide to every conceivable online 
resource concerning Afghanistan's cultural heritage, divided into the 
following categories

Museum Directories and Topographical Guides
Museum Catalogs/Sites
Web Sites: Gateways, Art and Cultural Heritage Sites
Selected Bibliography
Encyclopedias
Monographs
Selected Bibliographies for Afghanistan
Other Bibliographies, Indexes and Abstracts
Bibliographies on the Internet
Selected Art Journals
Selected Histories, Travel Accounts, and Early Works


Jeffrey B. Spurr
Islamic and Middle East Specialist
Aga Khan Program for Islamic Architecture
Fine Arts Library, Harvard University
Fogg Art Museum
32 Quincy St.
Cambridge, MA 02138-3802
Phone: +1 (617) 495-3372
Fax: +1 (617) 496-4889

Web:

http://hcl.harvard.edu/finearts/aga_khan.html
http://hcl.harvard.edu/finearts/Islamicclassification/index.html
http://hcl.harvard.edu/finearts/semitic_photo.html
http://hcl.harvard.edu/finearts/SemiticPhotos/HSM%20Report%20Full.pdf
http://archnet.org/lobby.tcl
http://archnet.org/library/documents/one-document.tcl?document_id'41
http://archnet.org/library/documents/one-document.tcl?document_id'42

EXHIBIT- The Bible in the Armenian Tradition, Armenian Library and Museum, Watertown, MA

Posted by: Armenian Library and Museum <armenianlma(a)yahoo.com>
Posted: 7 Jul 2005


EXHIBIT- The Bible in the Armenian Tradition, Watertown, MA

ASTVATSASHUNCH

or

The Breath of God: Monks, Merchants and Missionaries
(The Bible in the Armenian Tradition)

Current Exhibit

Through October 30 2005

at:

The Armenian Library & Museum of America
65 Main Street
Watertown, MA 02472
USA

In 2006 the Armenian people celebrate the 1600th anniversary of the
Armenian alphabet and the Armenian bible. The "Breath of God" breathes
firmly among the Armenian people. You can see "The Breath of God" and many
other remarkable stories at the Armenian Library and Museum of America (ALMA).

Museum Hours: Thursday 6pm-9pm, Friday - Sunday 1pm-5pm.

ALMA is located in the heart of the Watertown Square at 65 Main Street,
Watertown MA 02472

For directions, call 617 926 2562 ext 1.

Armenian Library and Museum of America, Inc. 
65 Main Street
Watertown MA 02472
USA

Tel: 617 926 2562
Fax: 617 926 0175
Web: www.almainc.org

CALL FOR FEEDBACK- Possible Project on Muslim Philanthropy, Aspen Institute

Posted by: Zahra Jamal <jamal(a)fas.harvard.edu>
Posted: 6 Jul 2005


CALL FOR FEEDBACK- Possible Project on Muslim Philanthropy, Aspen Institute

Dear Colleagues:

I am writing to request your advice regarding a project I am working on at 
the Aspen Institute this summer.  Specifically, I have been asked to do 
background work for a possible project on Muslim philanthropy for the 
Nonprofit Sector and Philanthropy Program (NSPP) at the Aspen Institute.

The NSPP brings together nonprofit experts from the research, practice, and 
policy communities for research and discussion on topics of interest largely 
in the American nonprofit world; communicates research findings to 
appropriate audiences; and works with other organizations to improve 
relevant practices and policies.

At present, we are brainstorming ideas as to what a broad project on Muslim 
philanthropy might look like.  While we strive to include Muslims and Muslim 
organizations generally, we hope that you can offer perspectives from the 
point of view of the Muslim Central Asian states, which are often glossed 
over in analyses of the Muslim world.  To that end, we are requesting your 
advice as we develop the outlines and directions that this project might 
take.  We are particularly interested in relevant policy issues impacting 
Muslim philanthropy in the United States and abroad.

Some topics that we feel might be addressed in a broad project on Muslim 
philanthropy include:

1) Islam and philanthropy: to dialogue with policymakers, foundation 
   leaders, and others about the historical, juridical, social, and
theological 
   aspects of the ethical dimensions of giving in Islam, and to highlight the 
   multiple, complex relationships between multiple formal and informal 
   manifestations of Muslim philanthropy and the state in the US and in Muslim 
   countries today.

2) Anti-terrorism and Post-9/11 policies: to examine comparatively how 
   organizations of differing size, scope, and faith background, and how 
   individual donors and volunteers are affected by and in turn affect
relevant 
   US policies (e.g. USA PATRIOT Act of 2001, International Emergency Economic 
   Powers Act, Executive Order 13224, and the Treasury Department's 
   Anti-Terrorist Financing Guidelines: Voluntary Best Practices for US-Based 
   Charities).

3) Foundation Policy and Practice: to consider how American foundations have 
   accommodated new government policies, and the realities of Muslim 
   philanthropy nationally and globally.  How do these changes in foundation 
   activity affect their relations with government, businesses, and civil 
   society in the US and in the Muslim world?  Are foundations following
the US 
   government's lead or are they staking out different positions?  How does 
   this affect the enabling environment in the US and in the Muslim world?  
   What is the role of the media in these shifting relations?

4) Global philanthropy: American nonprofits' relations with public, private, 
   and third sectors in Muslim societies abroad to understand how American and 
   Muslim nonprofits, and individuals are engaged in giving for the benefit of 
   Muslim communities abroad, and how this giving can/does play a role in 
   shaping US foreign policy. Can philanthropy be a means to provide services 
   to those in need, and also to build bridges with governments and local 
   non-governmental organizations abroad?  What fiscal and regulatory 
   frameworks can/do guide this process?

The long-term impacts of a broader project on Muslim philanthropy could:

1) strengthen institutions of civil society by increasing transparency and 
   accountability of nonprofits, and by enhancing nonprofit-government 
   dialogues and relations in the US and in the Muslim world;

2) enhance the enabling environment for Muslims and other faith groups and 
   international nonprofits in America;

3) influence and/or develop nonprofit educational materials with attention 
   to local or culturally-based understandings of giving, which could be used 
   in schools, nonprofit organizations, and other audiences nationally and 
   internationally; and

4) extend inter-faith and intra-faith dialogue beyond the proverbial 
   boardroom, to have tangible, institutional, and perhaps policy-oriented 
   results.

I would be very appreciative if you would please comment on what you feel a 
project on Muslim philanthropy might entail from the perspective of the 
Central Asian states, and what impact such a project might have for the 
nonprofit world, as well as for US and foreign policies and relations.  Do 
you have any specific suggestions on how to amend, improve, or add to the 
list of discussion topics? In what ways might you be willing to be involved 
in the development of the project and bringing it to fruition?

Thank you very much for your time and consideration.  I sincerely appreciate 
any advice you can offer.  Please feel free to me email me at 
nspphearst(a)aspeninstitute.org , or I would be happy to set up a time to 
speak with you by phone.

Sincerely,

Zahra Jamal

Hearst Scholar
Nonprofit Sector & Philanthropy Program
The Aspen Institute
One Dupont Circle NW, Suite 700
Washington, D.C. 20036
USA
Tel: 202.721.2329 ext. 2902
Email: nspphearst(a)aspeninstitute.org
Web: http://www.nonprofitresearch.org; http://www.aspeninstitute.org/nspp

CALL FOR PARTICIPATION- Trans-Boundary Relations in Central Asia, E-Discussion

Posted by: Nigmet Ibadildin <nigmet(a)kimep.kz>
Posted: 20 Jun 2005


CALL FOR PARTICIPATION- Trans-Boundary Relations in Central Asia, E-Discussion

Dear colleagues,

As a moderator of a forum on the "Central Asian Gateway" portal I invite you 
to take part in e-discussion on "Trans boundary relations in Central Asia: 
private investments, migration, exchange of know-how and healthcare" that 
was opened within the framework of general topic on the forum devoted to the 
problems of integration in Central Asia. The discussion starts on June 20th 
and will last for a month after which the summary of the forum will be made. 
 Regional integration is being discussed for years, including the 
discussions on the highest official level, but the real process is not seen. 
Much has been said about the barriers to integration, the importance of 
integration for the countries of the region in the long term and a lack of 
political will on the part of the ruling elites. Nevertheless, the theme of 
regional integration remains important, actual, and one cannot escape it 
considering perspectives for the feature of each of the countries at 
question and the region as a whole.

Some examples of the integration are obvious but much more room for 
improvement remains. Water supply to the region is still an issue because 
rivers start in the mountains of Kyrgyzstan and Tajikistan however main 
consumption goes on in Kazakhstan and Uzbekistan. Transit of goods and 
energy is another area for common business projects and interdependency.  
Migration from poor regions to the more affluent ones and expansion of the 
capital from one country to other ones are also require some consideration.  
Political refugees issue in the post Soviet area needs to be solved 
immediately.

The theme offered for discussion on the open forum will allow one to comment 
on a wide range of questions and identify potentially productive and 
prospective paths to activation of integration of Central Asian states in 
the following spheres:

 - Business and joined projects;
 - Private investments protection;
 - Prospects of regional specialization;
 - Migration, legal and illegal, refugees and gastarbeiters;
 - Demographic and healthcare problems and the ways to solve them;
 - Cooperation in the sphere of education;
 - any other questions that are relevant and seem appropriate for discussion 
   to the participants of the forum.

I invite you to take an active participation in the forum discussions and 
express my gratitude to all participants of the forum.

Sincerely yours,
Nigmet Ibadildin Moderator

ON-LINE RESOURCE- Report on Bishkek Turmoil, Central Asia Media Online

Posted by: Aida Moldobaeva <moldobaeva(a)centralasiamedia.org>
Posted: 20 Jun 2005


ON-LINE RESOURCE- Report on Bishkek Turmoil, Central Asia Media Online

The Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan Turmoil Video is available in English as a free 
download

Central Asia Media Online (CAMOL) is happy to present you our new service. 
Now you can download KYRGYSTAN TV News reports by Kyrgyz journalists from 
Independent Bishkek Television (NBT-IBT www.nbt.kg) in light ASF video 
format for minimal price.

You may watch free trailers at http://www.centralasiamedia.org

Now you can download:

1. the Bishkek Turmoil report (June 17, 2005) FREE in ENGLISH;

2. Short film about development of the Bishkek Counter-Revolutionary turmoil 
   with comments in RUSSIAN.

Presently, we release our TV news in Russian.

Regular TV news videoclips in ENGLISH and KYRGYZ will be available soon.

If you have any questions, comments, please, contact us at any of the emails 
below.

Best regards,

Aida Moldobaeva
191, Bokonbaev St., Office 16,
Bishkek 720040
Kyrgyzstan

Phone: 996.312.983425
Email: moldobaeva(a)centralasiamedia.org and/or nurlan(a)centralasiamedia.org
Web: http://www.centralasiamedia.org

CALL FOR PARTICIPATION- Host Families for Students from Eurasia, Afghanistan

Posted by: David Burns <Burns(a)americancouncils.org>
Posted: 17 Jun 2005


CALL FOR PARTICIPATION- Host Families for Students from Eurasia, Afghanistan

Dear Colleagues and Friends of International Exchange,

American Councils-ACTR/ACCELS, a non-profit organization committed to 
international education in Eurasia and Afghanistan, is looking for a few 
interested families to host high school foreign exchange students for the 
2005/2006 school year. These students are participating in two programs:

1. Future Leaders Exchange Program (FLEX), a scholarship program funded by 
   the US State Department to encourage learning and understanding between 
   Americans and students from  the former Soviet Union.

2. Youth Exchange and Study Program (YES) also funded by the State 
   Department to bring students from Afghanistan to study in the US for a year.

More information on the programs can be found at www.americancouncils.org

Students have undergone a competitive process to earn the right to represent 
their countries in these programs. Each student speaks English and is eager 
to learn about American Culture and be a good ambassador of their country. 
We are looking for families willing to host who are able to provide students 
with a loving and supportive environment, a place to sleep (sharing a room 
is okay), meals and snacks, as you would normally provide a member of your 
family and a quiet place to study. All types of families are welcomed 
including those with teenagers or younger children in the home, retirees, 
"empty nesters," and single parent families.

What are the benefits for you to host?

 - Partake in historic programs sponsored by our government. 
 - Share our culture with people from other countries. 
 - Create positive impressions about America and Americans, breaking 
   stereotypes. 
 - Learn about cultures of the world on a personal level. 
 - Receive a $50/month tax deduction.

American Councils provides the following for students:

 - $300 incidental fund, in addition for YES-Afghanistan students $325 
   clothing allowance
 - $300 enrichment fund
 - $100 emergency fund
 - $125 monthly stipend
 - medical insurance

We have coordinators in the following states: AK, AZ, CA, CO, CT, DC, IA, 
KS, LA, MD, ME, MI, MT, NY, OK, PA, VA, WA, WI

Please forward this to anyone you may think is interested.

For more information please contact us at: inbound(a)americancouncils.org or 
by phone: (202) 833 7522

Yours in peace and mutual understanding,

Benjamin Gaylord
Tatyana Taratynova
Inbound Programs

ON-LINE RESOURCE- On-Line Kyrgyz TV News in Video Format

Posted by: Aida Moldobaeva <moldobaeva(a)centralasiamedia.org>
Posted: 15 Jun 2005


ON-LINE RESOURCE- On-Line Kyrgyz TV News in Video Format

To All Interested in development of the Post-Revolutionary Kyrgyzstan and 
Election Period:

CO-Project by the Central Asia Media On-Line Foundation in cooperation with 
Independent Bishkek Television.

Now you can download TV news as VIDEO file (in ASF format) directly from the 
Internet at www.CentralAsiaMedia.org or 
www.centralasiamedia.org/televisioncentrasia/eng.htm

Today's (June 14, 2005) Video-Reports (News Agenda):

 - Press Conference by Ms. Elmira Surabaldieva, the elder daughter of 
   Parliament Deputy assassinated recently. She presented her version of the 
   real reason of the assassination of her father blaming present authorities.
 - Continuation of investigation on the Akaevs' property and financial crimes.
 - Attack on K. Bakiev's electoral office - comments by security personnel.

The videofile:

1. Is presented in light ASF format;
2. Totally makes 4 m. 12 sec., 10,2 MB and downloadable (to save on your 
   hard disk) in 1-2 minutes with DSL/Cable connection.
3. Language: Russian

Please, enjoy. If you have any comments, suggestions or questions, please, 
do not hesitate to contact us.

IMPORTANT: If some of our viewers would like to watch Kyrgyz news in 
English, please, participate in our survey contacting us by any of the 
emails below. In the Subject line, please, indicate just one word -"YES". 
We'll try to do our best to get the news for you in English.

Sincerely yours,

Central Asia Media Foundation (CAMOL)
191, Bokonbaev St., Office 16,
Bishkek 720040
Kyrgyzstan
Phone: +996.312.983425
Email: nurlan(a)centralasiamedia.org
Email: moldobaeva(a)centralasiamedia.org
Web: www.centralasiamedia.org

ON-LINE RESOURCE- Williams Afghan Media Project Website

Posted by: Jeff Spurr <spurr(a)fas.harvard.edu>
Posted: 3 Jun 2005


ON-LINE RESOURCE- Williams Afghan Media Project Website

Introduction to the Williams Afghan Media Project (WAMP) website, available at:

http://contentdm.williams.edu/wamp/web/information.htm

The Williams Afghan Media Project (WAMP) is an online resource for the study 
of Afghanistan. In addition to helping to preserve and make available 
resources related to Afghanistan, WAMP also provides a site for exploring 
Afghanistan's cultural legacy, historical development, and present 
situation.  To that end, WAMP sponsors and supports multimedia projects that 
utilize audiovisual tools to illustrate and explain Afghanistan's rich 
traditions and often tragic past, as well as ongoing efforts to rebuild the 
country after a quarter century of conflict.

Three photo collections that document in image and sound Afghan history and 
society from the late 19th century through the Soviet occupation represent 
the heart of the WAMP website:

 - The Khalilullah Enayat Seraj (KES) collection of photographs taken 
   between the late 19th century and 1930,
 - The Louis and Nancy Hatch Dupree collection of slides taken between 1949 
   and 1987, and
 - The Afghan Media Resource Center (AMRC) collection of photographs and 
   slides taken between 1987 and 1992.

ON-LINE RESOURCE- Web Site for Socio-Economic Statistics in Uzbekistan

Posted by: Ctr. for Economic Research <pr-assistant(a)cer.uz>
Posted: 2 Jun 2005


ON-LINE RESOURCE- Web Site for Socio-Economic Statistics in Uzbekistan

Uzbekistan Socio-Economic Statistics Web-site, www.statistics.uz, was 
launched on June 1, 2005.

The web-site was developed by the Center for Economic Research (CER) within 
the framework of UNDP Statistical Project Initiative (SPI) and Uzbekistan 
Development Gateway synergy project of UNDP, Development Gateway Foundation 
and World Bank. The main objective of the web-site is to provide free 
on-line access to relevant periodically updated indicators of economic and 
social development of Uzbekistan in the context of Millennium Development 
Goals (MDG).

The web-site is to present comprehensive picture of human development in 
Uzbekistan by using figures and facts, conduct comparison of current changes 
in Uzbekistan with the progress to be achieved within the framework of the 
national MDGs, contribute to reduction of costs and enhancing the culture of 
obtaining socio-economic information, ensuring reliability of official 
statistics by providing open access through modern ICT.

The web-site is designed for various categories of users, in particular 
government officials, development experts, representatives of international, 
regional and national development agencies, students, representatives of 
civil society organizations, and all individuals interested in 
socio-economic development and Uzbekistan progress in achieving Millennium 
Development Goals.

For additional information please contact:

Nodirbek Ibragimov
Resourse Mobilization and Communications Officer
5, tupik 1, Usman Nosir St.
Tashkent 700070
Republic of Uzbekistan
Tel: (998 71) 151 25 56
Fax: (998 71) 151 25 48
E-mail: Nodirbek.Ibragimov(a)cer.uz
Web: http://www.cer.uz

ON-LINE RESOURCE- New Website on Gender Issues, Uzbekistan Development Gateway

Posted by: Tim Symonds <tim.symonds(a)shevolution.com>
Posted: 26 May 2005


ON-LINE RESOURCE- New Website on Gender Issues, Uzbekistan Development Gateway

Circulated by Lesley Abdela's UK offices (lesley.abdela(a)shevolution.com)

Uzbekistan Launches National Website on Gender Issues

A new website on gender issues in Uzbekistan was officially launched in 
April within the framework of the Uzbekistan Development Gateway. The site 
covers the theoretical, methodological, and practical aspects of gender 
issues. It includes links to statistics and analyses, news, events, best 
practices and other information. The site is a joint initiative of the 
Uzbekistan Development Gateway, the Center for Economic Research (a project 
of the Government of Uzbekistan and the UNDP), the UNDP Country Office in 
Uzbekistan, and a number of gender practitioners.

Visit: http://www.gendergateway.uz

EVENT- Azeri Kamancha Concert, June 11, Washington DC

Posted by: Mahir Iskender - USACC <miskender(a)usacc.org>
Posted: 17 May 2005


A Concert Featuring an Undiscovered Treasure: the Kamancha of Azerbaijan

Saturday, June 11, 2005 at 7 PM

Gaston Hall, Georgetown University
37th and O Street, N.W.
Washington, D.C. 20057
USA

Join us for a magical evening of live music from a distant land. Listen 
enraptured as haunting melodies featuring the Azerbaijani kamancha, piano 
and percussion evoke the historical role of Azerbaijan as a gateway between 
the East and the West.

A concert of unprecedented musical arrangements performed by two recognized 
masters: Svetlana Aliyeva (Acclaimed Pianist) and Imamyar Hasanov (Kamancha 
Virtuoso)

Please call (202) 333 8702 or order tickets online at www.kamancha.com

For More Information Visit: http://www.kamancha.com

Sponsors:

Azerbaijan Trade and Cultural Center in Washington DC and Georgetown 
University's Professionals in East European and Eurasian Studies Student 
Organization

ON-LINE DISCUSSION- Challenges and Opportunities for Integration in Central Asia

Posted by: Central Asian Gateway <CAGateway(a)cer.uz>
Posted: 12 May 2005


E-Discussion Launch:

Institutional and Political Challenges and Opportunities for Integration in 
Central Asia
16 May - 16 June 2005

Dear colleagues,

The Central Asian Gateway Portal invites you to take part in an online 
discussion on the following issue: Institutional and Political Challenges 
and Opportunities for Integration in Central Asia.

Whilst the challenges for integration faced are immense, there is also a 
real potential to overcome these barriers. The common Soviet history, 
political conflicts, institutional problems and legal issues are all 
considerable barriers to integration The role of the forum is to help to 
find ways to turn these points of divergence into points of convergence.

Forum participation is welcome on any issue of regional integration. Each 
week a new theme will be discussed, as a way of guiding the discussion on 
regional co-operation. It is envisaged that by focusing on specific issues 
and then feeding this specific debate into a more general analysis of 
regional development issues, that we can better understand the 
"Institutional and Political Challenges and Opportunities for Integration in 
Central Asia".

Specifically we will be discussing:

 - The potential for the creation of supranational structures, (a Union of 
   the Central Asian states) or intergovernmental agreements (CACO, SCO, etc.)
 - How existing institutions can play a role in furthering regional integration
 - Drug and crime control across borders
 - The historical challenges to integration
 - Any other issue that you find interesting or important.

This e-discussion will feature special comments and papers 'by invitation' 
from International and Domestic experts working in Central Asia. We welcome 
input from all those individuals living and working in or studying Central 
Asia and CA issues.

The first topic for discussion is "The potential for the creation of 
supranational structures". This issue is chosen because of the importance of 
institutions in promoting economic growth and livelihoods of those in the 
region. Also, because it reflects some of the greatest challenges to 
regional integration. With politically structures inherited from the Soviet 
era, national rivalries with competing claims, and the continued importance 
of the state in all five economies, this case study should promote lively 
debate.

The discussion is being moderated by Mr. Caleb Wall, Doctoral Fellow, 
Economic and Ecological Restructuring of Land and Water Use in the Khorezm 
Region Project, Uzbekistan. We would highly appreciate your participation on 
the Central Asian Gateway Forum and your contribution to discussion the ways 
of Central Asian integration.

Central Asian Gateway Component
URL: http://www.cagateway.org
E-mail: cagateway(a)cer.uz

CALL FOR APPLICATIONS- Volunteer Instructors, Scholars for Action, Bishkek

Posted by: Ryan Podolsky <ryan(a)learningenterprises.org>
Posted: 11 May 2005


Join the Scholars for Action (SfA) Pilot Program in Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan this 
summer.

Scholars for Action is recruiting energetic professors and post docs from 
the United States and Europe to serve as Volunteer Instructors in its 
six-week pilot program in Bishkek this summer (program dates: June 1 - July 
15, 2005).

We encourage participation from scholars representing a broad range of 
disciplines - philosophy, sociology, economics, political science, history 
and others that emphasize critical thought and rigorous inquiry.  The coup 
that ousted authoritarian President Askar Akayev from power on March 24, 
2005 has added a greater sense of urgency and promise to SfA's mission.  
Akayev's flight from Kyrgyzstan has made SfA's goals -- to educate a new 
generation of leaders and foster democratic growth -- more feasible, 
relevant and important to achieve.  In addition, SfA volunteers will have 
the unprecedented opportunity to witness a key moment in Kyrgyzstan's 
history, as its post-revolution presidential election is set to take place 
in July.  A more comprehensive note on the stability of post-coup Kyrgyzstan 
and the safety of SfA volunteers may be found at the end of this bulletin.

Pilot-Program Brief:

SfA is launching an academic enrichment program that sends Volunteer 
Instructors to teach seminar-style courses to university students in 
Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan.  The program will serve approximately 180 Central Asian 
university students with highly functional English language skills, many of 
whom have past academic experience abroad.

In continuity with the mission of SfA's parent organization, Learning 
Enterprises, the program will be free of charge for both its 
volunteer-instructors and its students.  Round-trip airfare and living costs 
will be provided by SfA.

Volunteer instructors will teach seminar-style classes, emphasizing critical 
thinking and rigorous empirical methods of inquiry as a means of promoting 
intellectual growth. Instructors will incorporate Socratic teaching methods 
that utilize effective discussion, weigh individual accountability and 
challenge students at a level of academic exploration largely unavailable to 
them in the past.

When: June 1 - July 15, 2005
Where: Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan

To learn more about SfA's logistical and instructional teams, mission, and 
target community, please visit our website: www.scholarsforaction.org

SFA'S Mission:

To serve the citizens of non-democracies by promoting an alternative 
education model that emphasizes critical thinking and analysis: Research 
suggests that linkages to the West greatly increase the possibility for a 
non-democratic society to successfully transition to democracy. Two 
determinants are key in that process: a population that is educated in the 
West and/or substantive exposure to people who have received a Western-style 
education (cf. Levitsky and Way, 2004). SfA will bring aspects of both to 
program participants in order to achieve its long-term goal of encouraging 
democratic transitions through building a critical and active citizenry and 
increased linkages with the West.  The students targeted are those most 
likely to emerge as leaders in both the governmental and non-governmental 
spheres.

To benefit the Community of Scholars by providing a service outlet for their 
expertise, the opportunity to present their work to a non-Western audience, 
and by promoting collaboration among scholars of diverse academic 
disciplines. The Community of Scholars has access to only a limited number 
of community service outlets in the United States and Europe that allow them 
to employ their most precious commodities--to teach and inspire.

In a non-Western academic environment, scholars can better assess both the 
adaptability and accessibility of their work, and their individual 
approaches to teaching.  Finally, SfA provides a unique opportunity for 
scholars to work closely with colleagues from across the rigid walls that 
exist between academic disciplines.

While instructors will have teaching obligations, ample time will be allowed 
for the scholars to conduct their own research.  The organizers of SfA 
possess a wealth of local contacts, who can be employed to aid research 
efforts.

International Partner:

We are very excited that The Soros Foundation's Invisible College, 
Kyrgyzstan (ICK), called the School of Future Elite, will be collaborating 
with Scholars for Action as its local partner. The School of Future Elite 
was established in 1997 as a supplementary scholarship and tutorial program. 
ICK annually enrolls approximately 45 undergraduates in its 2-3 year social 
sciences and humanities program. Their purpose, similar to that of Scholars 
for Action, is to provide Central Asian university students with an outlet 
to engage in rigorous intellectual exploration and growth.  More broadly, 
ICK is part of the International Higher Education Support Program network of 
the Open Society Institute (OSI) that promotes "the advancement of higher 
education with the humanities and social sciences." With their purpose and 
goals in accord, the collaboration of SfA and ICK will greatly increase the 
accessibility of this type of education to Central Asian students.

To learn more about Invisible College, Kyrgyzstan's School of Future Elite, 
please visit the website:

http://www.soros.org/initiatives/hesp/focus_areas/institutional/invisible_co
lleges

Apply to SFA'S Pilot Program in Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan:

Scholars for Action is recruiting energetic professors and post-docs from 
the United States and Europe. We encourage participation by scholars from a 
range of disciplines: philosophy, sociology, economics, political science, 
history, and others than emphasize critical thought and rigorous inquiry. If 
you are interested in applying to be a volunteer instructor, please send an 
e-mail titled "Application for SfA Volunteer Instructor," with:

1) A one-paragraph bio
2) A short course description
3) A proposed syllabus to: Ryan Podolsky: ryan(a)learningenterprises.org

This is a last-call for applications.  Please submit applications ASAP.  
Remaining teaching positions will be assigned on a rolling basis.

A Note on SFA'S Parent Organization:

The SfA pilot will be launched by Learning Enterprises (LE), a non-profit 
with 13 years of experience in international education. Founded in 1992, LE 
has sent hundreds of university students abroad to teach English language 
and technology skills to youth in small, under-resourced communities. LE 
currently operates programs in Hungary, Slovakia, Croatia, Romania, 
Mauritius, Mexico, China and Panama, and will launch new programs in Russia, 
Indonesia, and India, in a partnership with The Learning Foundation India.

To learn more about Learning Enterprises please visit the website: 
www.learningenterprises.org


To learn more about The Learning Foundation India please visit the website: 
www.tlfi.org

Safety and Stability in Post-Coup Kyrgyzstan:

On March 26, less than forty-eight hours after demonstrators prompted the 
flight of President Askar Akaev and the collapse of his regime, Ryan 
Podolsky, Executive Director of Learning Enterprises and Founder of the SfA 
initiative and its pilot project, traveled to Bishkek to meet with 
Kyrgyzstan's leading democratic activists, and members of the international 
aid communities, including the in-country directors of NDI, IRI, Freedom 
House, Soros Foundation, SfA's local partner organization, ICK, journalists, 
political activists, and others.  SfA has deemed the situation stable and 
fit for the presence of international volunteers.  Of course, travel to and 
work in Kyrgyzstan does entail more risk than everyday life.  But 
Kyrgyzstan's post-coup environment is not acutely unstable.  All Kyrgyz 
ministries are functioning at their pre-coup capacities, the federal 
financial institutions are intact, banks are in operation, businesses open 
as usual, and foreigners treated in the same manner as they were six months 
ago.  If anything, SfA will be afforded considerable liberties in its 
actions that may have been more difficulty under the close scrutiny of 
President Akaev.

We hope you will join us in our efforts and adventures!

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EVENT- 10th Central Asian Dance Camp, June 13-19, Washington DC Area

Posted by: Jessica Byler <jessica(a)worldartsfocus.org>
Posted: 10 May 2005


Event / Performing Arts / History / Culture

10th Annual Central Asian Dance Camp: "Exploring Afro-Asiatic Connections"

Who: Sponsored by the Uzbek Dance and Culture Society and World Arts Focus

Contact: Jessica Byler, Tel: 301-699-1819, E-mail: jessica(a)worldartsfocus.org

When:

Monday through Friday, June 13 - June 17, 2005
Daytime sessions 10 AM - 5 PM; evenings 7 - 9 PM

Sunday Workshop June 18, 2005 11 AM - 5 PM

Where:

Joe's Movement Emporium
3802 34th St. (just over the DC city line at Rhode Island Avenue)
Mt. Rainier, Maryland 20712
USA
Tel: 301-699-1819

Website:

http://www.uzbekdance.org
http://www.worldartsfocus.org

Camp Will Explore Central Asian, North African Dance Traditions

Located at opposite ends of the Islamic World, Central Asia and North Africa 
possess rich and distinct cultures. Yet in spite of these differences, their 
traditional dances share some intriguing similarities. These similarities 
will be the focus of the 10th Annual Central Asian Dance Camp, "Exploring 
Afro-Asiatic Connections," scheduled to take place June 13 to 19, 2005, at 
Joe's Movement Emporium in Mt. Rainier, Maryland.

Central Asian Dance Camp (CADC) participants will have the opportunity to 
explore the historical, artistic and spiritual links between North Africa 
and Central Asia with two of the leading representatives of these 
traditions, Amel Tafsout and Qizlarhon Dustmuhamedova.  Dancer, scholar and 
musician, Tafsout is a native of Algeria of Berber extract. Dustmuhamedova 
has earned the title of People's Artist of Uzbekistan where she lives in the 
capital, Tashkent. Both women have performed and taught on several 
continents, winning critical acclaim for their artistry.

Central Asian dance forms - such as Uzbek, Tadjik, Uighur, and Afghan - 
primarily focus on the upper torso; the hands, arms and face are especially 
expressive. Wrist circles, hand undulations and shifting arm patterns create 
intricate spatial designs around the body and above the head. Portions of 
the dance often take place with the performer kneeling on the floor, 
requiring a graceful ascent and descent. Spins and turns, ranging from 
simple to complex, are also characteristic of the style.

North African dance is equally complex, with legacies from Arab, Berber, and 
Sub-Saharan peoples, as well as historic influences from the Baghdad court 
and points East, in the ancient Persian Empire. Distinctive rhythms propel 
compelling movements of the torso, hips, feet, arms, and hands. At times the 
dances are sensuous and earthy, yet often deeply spiritual, suggesting a 
profound connection with nature.

It is precisely the historical connections between Central Asian and North 
African dance which will be explored during the CADC. The distinctive use of 
arms, hands, head, torso, along with other elements, are "kinetic markers," 
according to Uzbek Dance and Culture Society President, Laurel Victoria 
Gray. "The shared movement vocabulary is not evident in many of the dance 
genres found in the lands which lie in between these two regions. This 
suggests that the dance forms traveled west from the Baghdad court with 
musicians, artists and scholars who, beginning in the 8th century, traveled 
to Cordoba, capital of the Islamic empire of Al-Andalous."

Tafsout will introduce the basics of Algerian Rai, as well as Andalusian 
stylings and the dance of the celebrated Ouled Nail tribe, whose photographs 
appeared in the National Geographic magazine almost 100 years ago  Two 
Central Asian genres -- Uzbek and Afghan dance -- will be presented by 
Dustmuhamedova during the week. Gray will teach Persian Classical dance.

Daily sessions on culture and costuming will connect the dance to 
traditional life and clothing. The week will culminate with ritual dance 
session drawing from spiritual traditions of North Africa and Central Asia.

While the primary training is in women's dances and traditions, a special 
Thursday evening session will focus on Uzbek menus dances, known for their 
bold machismo.

Gina Capossela, a graduate student in dance at American University, 
discovered the CADC in 2004. She encourages non-specialists to attend 
because "the technical challenges of Uzbek dance will enhance a dancer's 
range of movement, expression, control and balance while deepening cultural 
understanding."

The Uzbek Dance and Culture Society founded the Central Asian Dance Camp in 
1995 to encourage the study of these rare forms in the United States. The 
very first camps were held in Santa Fe, New Mexico, often with light 
attendance, and one year the camp was suspended.

By moving the event to the East Coast, enrollment immediately improved. The 
CADC has been presented at different venues in the Metro DC area, including 
the Embassy of Uzbekistan in 2000. This year marks the first time that these 
classes will be offered at Joe's Movement Emporium. "We are looking forward 
to holding the camp in Mt. Rainier," said Gray. "These dances are all about 
community and connectedness; this neighborhood is perfect for fostering that 
spirit. We plan to decorate the studio space in Central Asian style to 
enhance the sense of true cultural immersion.

One highlight for dancers and non-dancers alike will be an afternoon concert 
featuring the guest instructors and DC's award winning Silk Road Dance 
Company at the National Geographic Museum at Explorer's Hall on Saturday, 
June 18, at 1:15 PM. The performance, part of an afternoon of events marking 
the observation of the UNHCR World Refugee Day, is free and open to the public.

10th Annual Central Asian Dance Camp Schedule:

Classes run from 10:00 AM to 5:00 PM each day of camp. All classes are held 
at Joe's Movement Emporium.

Monday, June 13

10:00 AM - 12:30 PM Amel: Rai, popular social dance from Algeria
12:30 PM - 2:00 PM Lunch break
2:00 PM - 2:30 PM Cultural presentation: Algerian Berber traditions
2:30 PM - 5:00 PM Qizlarhon: Ferghana Uzbek choreography

Evening Session:

7:00 PM - 9:00 PM Amel: Algerian Rai Dance

Tuesday, June 14

10:00 AM - 12:30 PM Qizlarhon: Ferghana Choreography, continued
12:30 PM - 2:00 PM Lunch break
2:00 PM - 2:30 PM Cultural presentation: Central Asian Costumes
2:30 PM - 5:00 PM Amel: Review Algerian Rai

Evening Session:

7:00 PM - 9:00 PM Qizlarhon: Introduction to Ferghana Uzbek Dance

Wednesday, June 15

10:00 AM - 12:30 PM Amel: Andalusian dance
12:30 PM - 2:00 PM Lunch break
2:00 PM - 2:30 PM Cultural presentation: Andalusian Historical Connection
2:30 PM - 5:00 PM Qizlarhon: Afghani Choreography

Evening Session:

7:00 PM - 9:00 PM Amel: Introduction to North African Tribal Dance

Thursday, June 16

10:00 AM - 12:30 PM Qizlarhon: Afghani Choreography, continued
12:30 PM - 2:00 PM Lunch break
2:00 PM - 2:30 PM Cultural presentation: Story telling session
2:30 PM - 5:00 PM Amel: Review Andalusian Dance

Evening Session:

7:00 PM - 9:00 PM Qizlarhon: Uzbek Men's Dance

Friday, June 17

10:00 AM - 12:30 PM Laurel: Persian Classical Dance
12:30 PM - 2:00 PM Lunch at the studio
2:00 PM - 2:30 PM Cultural presentation: Sufism in North Africa & Central Asia
2:30 PM - 5:00 PM Qizlarhon: Review Ferghana and Afghani choreographies

Evening Session:

7:00 PM - 9:00 PM Ritual Dance session fusing North African and Central 
Asian spiritual traditions

Concert:

Saturday, June 18 1:15 - 2:00 PM
International World Refugee Day
National Geographic Museum at Explorer's Hall
1145 17th Street NW
Washington, DC

Sunday, June 19

11:00 AM - 1:30 PM Qizlarhon: Uzbek Folk Dance
3:00 PM - 5:30 PM Amel: North African Tribal Dance Traditions

Fee Schedule:

$90 per day session
$375 for the week of daytime sessions*
$30 per evening session
$60 for Sunday workshop

Daytime camp fees include detailed cultural information handouts and copies 
of class music.

EVENT- Central Asia Pavilion at Venice Biennale, June-Nov. 2005, Italy

Posted by: Leeza Ahmady <ahmadyarts(a)earthlink.net>
Posted: 3 May 2005


Central Asian Pavilion:

Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan and Uzbekistan
Venice Biennale, June 10 - November 6, 2005

Friends and Colleagues,

As you are aware, I have been active among a number of artists, curators, 
and organizations working to close the gap that exists in the international 
art scene by bringing Central Asian art practitioners and the scattered and 
unidentified artists of this Diaspora into the global art spotlight. On 
behalf of Kurama Art gallery, (Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan) I am pleased to inform 
you that for the first time in the history of Venice Biennale several 
nations of Central Asia will be participating in this year's exhibitions.

Looking forward to seeing you at the Central Asian Pavilion in Venice!

Also, do not miss first time official participant: Afghan pavilion (more 
info to follow soon)

Leeza Ahmady

Central Asian Pavilion Address:

Palazzo Pisani
Canareggio 6103/A
Palazzo Pisani,
Venice, Italy

Artists:

Kazakhstan:

Sergey Maslov
Yelena Vorobyeva
Viktor Vorobyev
Rustam Khalfin
Julia Tikhonova
Almagul Menlibayeva
Erbossyn Meldibekov
Abilsaid Atabekov

Kyrgyzstan:

Muratbek Djumaliev
Gulnara Asmalieva
Roman Maskalev
Maxim Boronilov

Uzbekistan:

Alexander Nikolaev
Vyacheslav Akhunov
Sergey Tychina

Curator: Viktor Misiano
Organizer: Kurama Art gallery (Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan)

For more information contact: kuramagallery(a)mail.ru

The propriety of this attempt is defined not only by the cultural and 
historic peculiarity of these countries, but also by their ethnic and art 
originality. Interest towards this region might be motivated by the fact 
that these countries are a part of modernity. Being a subject of the Soviet 
modernization, Central Asia was a key participant of various collisions and 
bearer of historic experience of the XX century. At the same time collisions 
and experience of post communist period transformed it into the full member 
of global order. Thus, also in art, being a part of art reform of Russian 
avantguard, Central Asian artists created their original context, their own 
perspective towards contemporary art discourse. (Viktor Misiano)

LIBRARY RESOURCE- Rosanne Klass Collection on Afghanistan, SAIS, Johns Hopkins Univ.

Posted by: Central Asia-Caucasus Institute <caci2(a)jhuadig.admin.jhu.edu>
Posted: 2 May 2005


The Rosanne Klass Collection on Afghanistan and the Soviet-Afghan War

The Paul H. Nitze School of Advanced International Studies at the Johns 
Hopkins University gratefully acknowledges a gift from Ms. Rosanne Klass of 
New York of her archives and collection on Afghanistan and the Soviet-Afghan 
War. Ms. Klass, an internationally-recognized expert in the field, founded 
and headed (1980 - 1991) the Afghanistan Information Center at Freedom House.

In addition to books and journals, her massive archive contains ephemera of 
all kinds, published and unpublished, in many languages and from many 
sources: manuscripts, notes, reports, posters, video cassettes, press 
clippings, records of two major NGOs, and rare and even unique documents. 
Internationally, it is one of the largest such collections in private hands. 
This is an extraordinary gift to the scholars of SAIS, and is particularly 
relevant to the work of the Central Asia-Caucasus Institute, SAIS' 
internationally renowned center for the study of the Greater Central Asian 
region of which Afghanistan is the heart.

Rosanne Klass lived and taught in Afghanistan, and has been following events 
there for more than four decades and has written widely about them. In 1978 
she predicted the Soviet invasion. She is the author and editor of two books 
on Afghanistan; Afghanistan -- The Great Game Revisited is the standard 
one-volume reference on the war. She has also written for many publications, 
including Foreign Affairs, the New York Times, Asia, and Les Nouvelles 
d'Afghanistan, and has lectured widely in the U.S. and Europe. In 1980, she 
joined Freedom House and established the Afghanistan Information Center; it 
became the chief non-governmental source of information on the war for 
journalists, the media, and the public, and an independent resource 
consulted by members of the Senate and House and offices of the Pentagon, 
the White House and the State Department, and the UN, several European and 
Asian governments, and many Afghan Resistance organizations and leaders. A 
founder of the Afghanistan Relief Committee in 1979/80, she served as its 
vice president for programs (1980-1996). Her personal and professional 
history and networks of connections uniquely positioned her to collect 
information of all kinds and develop the collection that is coming to SAIS.

Dr. Frederick Starr, Chairman of the Central Asia-Causasus Institute joins 
Dean Einhorn in expressing his appreciation for the gift of the Klass 
Collection to SAIS and Johns Hopkins. "The immense inherent value of this 
collection is further enhanced by the luster of Rosanne Klass' own 
discerning and insightful writing on Afghanistan."

Ms. Klass will be a visiting research associate with SAIS, Johns Hopkins 
University during academic year 2005-2006.

The School and the University are grateful to Judith Hernstadt (also of New 
York) for introducing Ms. Klass to SAIS and for helping to generate private 
funding to sustain the collection.  Ms. Hernstadt has made a leadership 
commitment to publicize, transport and maintain the collection at Johns 
Hopkins.

The Klass collection will be maintained by the university's Milton S. 
Eisenhower Library located on the Homewood campus in Baltimore. The 
collection will be accessible to scholars throughout Johns Hopkins as well 
as to scholars from other institutions for use in the special collections 
department at the Eisenhower library. Inquiries about accessing the 
collection may be directed to Ms. Margaret Burri, (410) 516-8348. 
mnburri(a)jhu.edu.

The Milton S. Eisenhower library and its collections at the Hutzler Reading 
Room, the Garrett Library and the George Peabody Library comprise the 
Sheridan Libraries of the Johns Hopkins University.

SAIS is one of the country's leading graduate schools devoted to the study 
of international relations.  Located along Embassy Row in Washington's 
Dupont Circle area, the school enrolls more than 500 full-time graduate 
students and mid-career professionals and has trained more than 11,000 
alumni in all aspects of international affairs.

CALL FOR NOMINATIONS- SSRC Summer Inst. on Teaching Islam in Eurasia, Additional Info.

Posted by: Anthony Koliha <Koliha(a)ssrc.org>
Posted: 29 Apr 2005


Summer Institutes on Teaching Islam in Eurasia

Seeking Faculty Members from Kyrgyzstan, Kazakhstan, Tadjikistan, 
Uzbekistan, and Tatarstan (Russia)

Full Funding Provided

Application Deadline:

Preference given to applications received by April 28, 2005, but 
applications will continue to be accepted until mid-May, 2005.

Dear Friends,

The SSRC Eurasia Program has just received support from the Open Society 
Institute s Higher Education Support Program (HESP) for a series of three 
summer institutes entitled Teaching Islam in Eurasia.  We are currently 
looking for approximately 20 junior faculty members from universities 
throughout the Eurasia region (particularly in Kyrgyzstan, Kazakhstan, 
Tadjikistan, Uzbekistan, and Russia s Tatarstan region).  These individuals 
should possess English (though individuals with Russian will be accommodated 
when necessary) and should currently teach or be interested in teaching 
about Islam (from a religious, social, cultural, political or related 
perspective).

Selected participants will be expected to participate in all three summer 
institutes of approximately two-weeks each. The first will take place this 
summer in Kazan, Russia from June 20-July 3, 2005.  The SSRC expects to 
gather a diverse group of participants from throughout Eurasia, representing 
various types of universities and programs from Islamic studies, to Oriental 
studies, to the social sciences and humanities.  Leading scholars from the 
Eurasia, Europe and the United States will act as lecturers, discussants, 
and mentors during the summer months and in the inter-session periods.

You may download an application from the program's web site at:

<http://www.ssrc.org/programs/eurasia/>

You may direct any and all questions to Anthony Koliha, Assistant Director 
of the Eurasia Program, at koliha(a)ssrc.org.

Sincerely,

Anthony Koliha
Assistant Director, Eurasia Program
Social Science Research Council
810 Seventh Avenue, 31st Floor
New York, NY 10019
USA
Tel: (212) 377-2700 ext. 459

Fax: (212) 377-2727

CALL FOR NOMINATIONS- Teaching Islam in Eurasia, SSRC Summer Institutes

Posted by: Anthony Koliha <Koliha(a)ssrc.org>
Posted: 20 Apr 2005


Invitation to Nominate Participants for SSRC Series of Summer Institutes on 
"Teaching Islam In Eurasia," Beginning in Kazan, Russia, June 20, 2005.

Dear Colleagues,

On behalf of the Social Science Research Council's Eurasia Program, I would 
like to invite you to nominate junior faculty from institutes of higher 
education throughout the Eurasia region, and particularly from Kyrgyzstan, 
Uzbekistan, Kazakhstan, Tadjikistan, and Russia's region of Tatarstan, to 
participate as fellows in a series of summer institutes on "Teaching Islam 
in Eurasia."  With funding from the Open Society Institute's Higher 
Education Support Program (HESP), the SSRC Eurasia Program plans to organize 
a series of three summer institutes, which will explore, through 
inter-disciplinary perspectives, the conceptual, methodological and 
pedagogical challenges in teaching about Islam in Eurasia, as religion, as 
cultural identity and as socio-political movements.  These institutes (to be 
held in the summers of 2005, 2006, 2007) and complementary inter-session 
activities will address institutional development, curricular resources and 
student needs.  The institutes will not only provide a forum and catalyst 
for the sharing of expertise among individual teachers across Russia and 
Central Asia, but they will also further local and international networking 
opportunities and the sharing of both research and teaching methods among 
all participants and their institutions.

The first two-week Summer Institute will be held on June 20-July 3, 2005 at 
the Institute of Oriental Studies at Kazan State University in Kazan, 
Russia.  Leading faculty from the United States, Europe and Eurasia will 
participate as lecturers, discussants and mentors; however, all participants 
will be expected to actively share their knowledge with one another, playing 
increasingly active roles as the program progresses.

The SSRC is looking for approximately 20 junior faculty members to take part 
in this three-year project.  Candidates should currently hold teaching 
positions at institutions of higher education in the Eurasia region, 
preferably in one of the above-listed countries.  We are looking for 
individuals with diverse backgrounds and experiences in teaching Islam 
and/or about Islam.  Applicants should hold an advanced degree (Ph.D.) or 
equivalent as conforms to the standards of their home institutions, and they 
may be from social science or humanities departments at state or private 
universities, from departments or centers of Oriental Studies, or from 
Islamic institutes or universities. Their institutions should have a current 
or planned commitment to developing courses or programs focused on Islam in 
the Eurasian context.

We rely on your help in identifying strong candidates to profit from this 
important opportunity. Candidates should not only exhibit strong teaching 
and research skills and experience, but they should also possess the promise 
and ability to successfully institute future change within their home 
institutions as a result of their participation in the summer institutes.  
Candidates should be proficient in English (though some exceptions may be 
made for individuals on a case by case basis).  Most lectures and 
presentations at the Summer Institute will be presented in English; however 
written versions of major lectures will be translated into Russian and 
distributed in advance.  Interpreters will also be available to help with 
translations between Russian and English when necessary.

If you would like to recommend one or more individuals to participate in the 
"Teaching Islam in Eurasia" Summer Institutes, please send us a brief e-mail 
with the full name, contact information, and institutional affiliation of 
the individual/s that you are recommending so that we may follow-up with 
them and encourage them to apply. Due to time constraints, we hope to 
receive the bulk of the applications by April 28, 2005.

Please feel free to contact the Eurasia Program staff with any questions or 
comments you may have regarding this program.  We thank you in advance for 
your time and attention.  You may direct your responses to Anthony Koliha, 
assistant director of the Eurasia Program, at koliha(a)ssrc.org or by phone at 
(212) 377-2700 ext. 459.

Sincerely,
SSRC Eurasia Program Staff

NEW E-MAIL LIST- Kazakhstan Elections and Politics

Posted by: David Mikosz <david_mikosz(a)yahoo.com>
Posted: 20 Apr 2005


NEW E-MAIL LIST- Kazakhstan Elections and Politics

Dear all,

There is a new email list for those interested in sharing news and 
information about Kazakhstan's elections and politics.

You can subscribe by going to this webpage:

http://groups.yahoo.com/group/Kaz-Elections/

with best wishes,

David

Dr. David J. Mikosz
Chief of Party
IFES in the Kyrgyz Republic

EVENT- Sufi Music & Poetry of Central Asia, May 15, New York City

Posted by: Nader Rastegar <bameq(a)yahoo.com>
Posted: 18 Apr 2005


Sufi Music and Poetry of Central Asia: Trance of Devotion by Iran's Hossein 
Omoumi and Madjid Khaladj

Time: 8:00PM, Sunday, May 15, 2005

Contact: Behrad Nakhai <bnk47(a)yahoo.com>

Location: Leonard Nimoy Thalia at Peter Norton Symphony Space; 95th & 
Broadway, New York City

Ticket Price: $25 // $21 WMI Friends

Hossein Omoumi is one of the foremost Persian ney (reed flute) players of 
his generation. A student of master musicians Mahmoud Karimi and Hassan 
Kassai, he has been acclaimed for his tours and recordings with many of 
Iran's major artists, including Parisa. In this rare New York solo 
appearance, he will perform devotional Sufi music and poetry accompanied by 
Madjid Khaladj on percussion.

Hossein Omoumi has taught at many Centers of Music throughout the World - 
especially in the United States and in Europe.  And his Performances have 
been received to critical acclaim.  For Hossein Omoumi's Web Site, visit: 
http://www.omoumi.com/

For his Bio: http://www.omoumi.com/biography1.htm

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