Programme of the OCAIAF2016


Tickets: Suggested donations £5.  No booking required. 

5 October, 2016 – 7.00pm
The Bowl – film screening from Tajikistan & Sapar – World Nomad Games from Kyrgyzstan
Venue: SOAS Khalili Lecture Theatre,  London, Thornhaugh st, London WC1H 0XG, nearest underground stations Russel Sq, Goodge street. 

Director: Muhiddin Muzaffar
This film tells the story of three generations of a family and their different relationships.

An old man Abdulla lives with his son Khakim, daughter in law Gulandom and his grandson Umed. Abdulla has health issues and is not well, but he is a very kind and friendly person.

Gulandom doesn’t like her father in law and doesn’t go to any length to hide her feelings towards him. One day she serves him food in an old cracked bowl. Quick-witted Umed questions his mother why his grandfather has to eat from a cracked bowl, but Abdulla smoothly escapes the situation and explains to his grandson that the bowl is a magic bowl and it helps him to get better. After a series of events that lead Abdulla to staying in the barn and away from the house, his son Khakim finds out about the story of the magic bowl and attempts to turn the situation around and resolve it, but it might just be too late.

Sapar – World Nomad Games. 5 October, Khalili Lecture Theatre at SOAS, 8.15pm

Director: Gulnara Kasmambet .

This is a documentary film made by BBC Kyrgyz services about Nomad Games festival in Kyrgyzstan. Producer of BBC Kyrgyz services Gulnara Kasmambet travels to Kyrgyzstan with Vladimir Ernandes to watch the first largest Nomad Festival. The program of the World Nomad Games includes games such as Kok-Boru, Toguzkorgool, Kyrgyzkuroshu, Alysh, Oodarysh, At-chabysh, Zhorgo-salysh, Kunanchabysh, Ordo, Kyz-Kuumai. The winners of such national games as tiyinenmey, kulatuu, and salbuurun are also expected to be awarded with medals. The World Nomad Games is an analogue of Olympic, Asian and Paralympic Games. This tourist project aims to develop traditional, national games of many nomadic nations. The project is presented on behalf of Kyrgyzstan.

6 October, 2016 – 7.00pm
London Uyghur Ensemble and Guncha Mameddurdyeva from Turkmenistan
Venue: SOAS Brunei Gallery Theatre, London, Thornhaugh st, London WC1H 0XG, nearest underground stations Russel Sq, Goodge street. 

The UK’s first London-based group performing the music of the Central Asian Uyghurs. Rahima Mahmut’s thrilling vocals are accompanied by an ensemble of long-necked lutes and frame drum. Deeply imbued with the Sufi ethos, its limping rhythms and ecstatic poetry, this easternmost example of the maqam traditions of the Islamic world opens up new musical horizons for its audiences. For the festival the ensemble will be performing a wide range of its repertoire and bring to life these different traditions from this region of Central Asia.

Guncha Mameddurdyeva is a folk musician, singer, bakhshi – storyteller from Turkmenistan. As a child She took her first lessons on dutar, two string traditional instrument  from her mother.
The word “Bakhshi” comes from the Sanskrit bhikshu – teacher. Mongolian Buddhists called bakhshi people who knew Uighur script, that is why in the XIII-XV centuries the word “Bakhshi” was given to scribes.
In the existing system of Bakhshi education the significant place was given to poetry contests.
In Central Asia Bakhshi were the guardians of national music and folk traditions, they also spread the classics.
Music for the Turkmen is a life of people, placed in sound, honest story about the anxieties and joys, suffering and happiness, the beauty of the soul and heart disturbances. It is able to heal wounds, soothe, or pour into a human vitality.
The art of folk singers in the country is highly respected and honoured. Their names are always within hearing, and the history of life’s way is surrounded with mystery and often overgrown with legends.

6 Ocotber 2016, 7:00pm
Venue: Pushkin House, 5a bloomsbury square, wc1a 2ta

Aliya Abykayeva, author of the book Central Asia in Art will appear at Pushkin House in conversation with celebrated Uzbek author, Hamid Ismailov.
Presenting the ‘untold story’ of Soviet Orientalism, Abykayeva-Tiesenhausen reveals the imperial project of the Soviet state, alongside the creation of new art forms in Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan and Uzbekistan.

7 October, 2016 – 7.00pm
Silk Road Dance Company, USA
Venue: SOAS Brunei Gallery Theatre, Thornhaugh St, London, WC1H 0XG, nearest underground stations Russel Sq, Goodge street.
The Silk Road Dance Company and their pioneering performances offer a unique glimpse of the life and art of little known cultures, especially the Islamic world. With an impressive repertoire of more than 130 dances, Silk Road Dance Company offers programs with a depth and breadth reflecting decades of field research and study by Dr. Laurel Gray who has received many awards for her life-time of creative work. Company dancers have also studied and travelled extensively throughout the East, mastering many dance styles. Some rare pieces are part of the company’s Legacy Repertiore; these rare dances are seldom now performed in the countries of origin.

8 October, 2016 – 5.00pm
Lecture by Dr Laurel Gray founder and director Silk Road Dance Company, USA.
Living legacy: Women’s Dance of Uzbekistan
Venue: SOAS. Room B104, Thornhaugh St, London, WC1H 0XG,  nearest underground stations Russel Sq, Goodge street.
Shaped initially by geography and climate, indigenous Uzbek dances embody communal identity and provide an outlet for personal expression. Dance can also reflect social and political developments, especially the evolution of folkdance to professional art dance. These changes can give insight into Uzbek women’s changing status and the development of national identity. And while folk dance continues to be an integral part of Uzbek family and community events, the forces of urbanization and globalization have significantly impacted these traditions.

8 October, 2016 – 7.00pm
40 Days of Silence – film screening from Uzbekistan
Followed by Q&A with director Saodat Ismailova
Venue: SOAS Kamran Djam Lecture Room, Thornhaugh St, London, WC1H 0XG, nearest underground stations Russel Sq, Goodge street.

In an isolated Uzbek village, young Bibicha takes a traditional vow of silence and moves into her grandmother’s old house, along with three other women, to be part of a chilla, or spiritual “quarantine.”In her home, four women from four generations live their day-to-day lives under one roof: a grandmother who married and became a widow when she was just a kid, her oldest daughter who lived in the city and had a child, the granddaughter, out of wedlock, and Bibicha, the aunt and youngest daughter.Saodat Ismailova’s first dramatic feature film, shot on location in the Rangoon Valley in Tajikistan, makes silence it’s foundation and features an ample and keen sense of shadow, light, and color that is worthy of patience and close attention.

16 October, 2016 – 5.00pm
Fool’s Court, play by Konibodom State Drama Theatre, Tajikistan
Venue: The Space Isle of Dogs, 269 Westferry Rd, London E14 3RS, nearest DLR Station Mudchute.
The Court of Madmen, consists of a few devised pieces about Shakespeare’s King Lear and Prince Hamlet in their final days, after King Lear has been expelled from the palace by his daughters and Prince Hamlet has the blood of three of his relatives on his hands, and is wanted by his uncle Claudius.

16 October, 2016 – 7.30pm
Prompter,  play by Bishkek State Youth Theatre, Kyrgyzstan
Venue: The Space Isle of Dogs, 269 Westferry Rd, London E14 3RS,  nearest DLR Station Mudchute.

Prompter is about the life of an actress, a creative person, an artist that is nothing more than the Prompter for the other actors in the theatre. The Prompter has worked all her life in the theatre, she knows everything about everyone in this theatre, and she knows the lines of all the plays almost by heart. She always dreamt of being an actress. When no one is around she goes on stage and plays roles… One day she is on stage again and suddenly the curtains go up and the house is full… It’s her time, her moment.

Prompter is performed by award winner People’s Artist of Kyrgzyzstan Nazira Mambetova.

17 October, 2016 19:00 

From Tian Shan to London – Discover Kyrgyzstan

An evening dedicated to Kyrgyz history and culture . Opening Speaker: Her Excellency Gulnara Iskakova,  Ambassador of the Republic of Kyrgyzstan to Great Britain

Admission free: (Recommended donation: £5)

Panel talks and interviews with music and dance, food and film screening from Kyrgyzstan. The hosts will interview the speakers, discussing Kyrgyzstan, its politics, culture and traditions. Panel: Marat Akhmedjanov,  Svetlana Isakova, Gulnara Kasmambet

Hosts:  Kathy Trevelyan and Yuldosh Juraboev

19 October, 2016 – 7.00pm
Closing Ceremony hosted by DASH Arts at Rich Mix
Venue: Rich Mix, 35-47 Bethnal Green Rd, London, E1 6LA.
Our closing ceremony at Rich Mix is FREE event however reserving seats via email is required .  Emails regarding reserving a seat can be send here:
For the final night of the festival we welcome back Mugam Central Asia who will be performing alongside the OH3 trio from Sweden. Who will be performing a set of jazz/folk fusion based pieces from Uzbekistan and Sweden.

The performance will be followed by a panel discussion of the festival.
Playwright and Theatre Director Sultan Raev (Kyrgyzstan)
Theatre Director Ovlyakuli Khodjakuli (Turkmenistan)
Professor and Drama teacher of University of Arts Khamida Makhmudova (Uzbekistan)
Actor, Director and founder of Orzu Arts Yuldosh Juraboev (London, UK)

20 October, 2016  19:00

OCAF 2016 – Award Ceremony Tickets £25. 

Ticket holders only. 
Nadira Murray, actor and film producer & benefactor of ORZU Arts, has graciously agreed to host this award giving ceremony.
Alongside a 3-course Central Asian dinner, guests will be entertained with live music and Central Asian dance
Venue: Central Asian Restaurant Pasha. 158 Camberwell road, London SE5 0EE
Tables must be booked via tel: 07850525995 or 07728537818
We are delighted to announce Special Guests:
Sarah Berger, actor, founder and artistic director of So &So Art Club
Kathy Trevelyan, actor
Merlene Toh Emerson, Lib Dem Candidate for the London Assembly, MBE