OCAIAF 2017 ~ Press Release

OCAIAF 2017, 5-11th October

London, UK

London’s 2017 Open Central Asia International Arts Festival highlights the best in contemporary arts and culture from this vast region. Curated by Orzu Arts, OCAIAF, now in its second year, brings you outstanding talent from East of the Caspian Sea, with prominent artists and performers from Uzbekistan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan and Turkmenistan alongside friends of OCAIAF from India, Cyprus, Russia and Belarus.

OCAIAF 2016 offered unforgettable film screenings, concerts, lectures and dance workshops from Central Asia and USA. Building on last year’s success, the 2017 festival programme features 6 theatre pieces from 6 countries, 2 independent film screenings, visual and applied arts exhibitions, ethnic-folk concerts, talks by distinguished theatre directors and actors from Central Asia, Eastern Europe and India, alongside regional cuisines and a Central Asian crafts bazaar.

Programme:

OCAIAF 2017, 5-11th October

Venue: The Courtyard theatre

Adress: 40 Pitfield St, London N1 6EU

Nearest tube station: Old Street

                                                                     Theatre groups

5.10.2017

Opening Gala

Starts 18:30 Ends 21:30

1. Welcome speech by festival curators Yuldosh Juraboev, Amita Shankar, Joseph Sanders

2. Welcome speech by Baroness Alison Sattie

3. Welcome speech by Kyrgyzstan’s peoples artist Sultan Raev & award winning director Ovlyakuli Khodjakuli

4. Performance by Orzu Arts & Mugam Central Asia – Guljahon Bais Uzbekistan/Tajikistan/Kyrgyzstan/Turkmenistan

Venue: White room & main theatre space

5. Networking, drinks

6.10.2017

1. 18:00   Opening of the Art Exibition from Central Asia/Uzbekistan, Tajikistan, Kyrgyzstan, Turkmenistan, Kazakhstan & Belarus . White room.

a) Opening speech by festival’s curators Joseph Sanders & Amita Shankar

b) Opening Speech by exhibitions curators.   

2. 19:30 -20:30. Medea. Orzu Arts. Uk/Uzbekistan. In English. Main Space 

3. 20:30 – 22:00 Networking, drinks

7.10.2017

1. 18:00 -22:00 Art Exibition from Central Asia/Uzbekistan, Tajikistan, Kyrgyzstan, Turkmenistan, Kazakhstan & Belarus. White room

2. 19:30 – 20:30 Ilegileg. (White crane) Play by S. Raev. Kyrgyzstan. In Kyrgyz language with English Subtitles. Main theatre space

3. 20:30-22:00. Networking evening. Drinks at the bar

8.10.2017

 1. 18:00 -22:00 Art Exibition from Central Asia/Uzbekistan, Tajikistan, Kyrgyzstan, Turkmenistan, Kazakhstan & Belarus . White room

2. 19:30 -20:30. Marriage . By Gogol, russian classic. .Goodge street theatre. UK/Russia

3. 20:30-22:00. Networking evening. Drinks at the bar

9.10.2017

1. 18:00 -22:00 Art Exibition from Central Asia/Uzbekistan, Tajikistan, Kyrgyzstan, Turkmenistan, Kazakhstan & Belarus. White room

2. 19:30 – 20:30 Marriage 2.Goodge street theatre. UK/Russia

3. 20:30-22:00. Networking evening. Drinks at the bar

10.10.2017

1. 18:00 -22:00 Art Exibition from Central Asia/Uzbekistan, Tajikistan, Kyrgyzstan, Turkmenistan, Kazakhstan & Belarus. White room

2. 19:30 – 20:50 Era Androgyne . Play. Belarus. Physical theatre. Main Space

4. 20:30-22:00 Networking evening. Drinks at the bar

11.10.2017

1. 18:00 -22:00 Art Exibition from Central Asia/Uzbekistan, Tajikistan, Kyrgyzstan, Turkmenistan, Kazakhstan & Belarus . White room

2. 19:00 -20:10 To be or not to be. Film screening. Kazakhstan. In Russian with English subtitles

Closing Gala ( tckts £35 )

To get tickets for the Closing Gala please contact Orzu Arts directly at yjuraboev@gmail.com

21:00 – 00:00 Closing Gala and Award ceremony at Pasha restaurant.

Venue: Pasha Hotel

Address: 158 Camberwell road. SE5 0EE

Nearest tube station: Elephant and Castle

Special Guests of the evening.

a) HE Ambassador of Tajikistan

b) HE Ambassador of Kyrgyzstan

c) Merlene Toh Emerson, MBE UK/China

d) Irina Kara cinema and theatre actress UK/Russia

e) Multi award winning theatre director, associate professor of NSD in India. Turkmenistan, Ovlyakuli Khodjakuli

With love,

Yuldosh Juraboev

Curator and artistic director OCAIAF 2017

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