About the Festival

2nd Open Central Asia International Arts Festival

5-15 October 2017 in London/United Kingdom

To our dear Friends of Central Asia, a very warm welcome!

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,

For London’s 2nd OCAIAF we have a great new venue:

The Courtyard Theatre, 40 Pitfield Street, London N1 6EU. It’s near Old Street Underground Station.

The dates are October 5 to 11 and November 5 to 15.

Join us at The Opening Gala at 6.30pm on 5th October for a colourful evening of folk songs and exotic dances from the steppes and deserts of Central Asia and beyond. And please stay on after for drinks & canapés and meet our amazing guest artists from far away places.

For full details of the venue and artists, please click on the following link:


We recommend you book your tickets ASAP as we are pretty central this year and places are limited. Should you experience any difficulties booking or require further information, please email us on: yjuraboev@gmail.com or yuldosh@orzuarts.org

OCAIAF 2017 is about presenting significant world class art & theatre to London audiences. It is curated by Orzu Arts, UK’s 1st Central Asian Theatre Company. Orzu Arts is a rising power behind expanding cultural exchanges between the West and Central Asia with bold plans for the future.

We are very excited to be sharing this historical moment with you, and deeply appreciate your support by attending our events.

Yuldosh Juraboev

Curator and Co-producer of OCAIAF 2017


Amita Shankar

Executive director & Co-producer of OCAIAF 2017