Third “Open Central Asia Book Forum & Literature Festival” kicks off

Third “Open Central Asia Book Forum & Literature Festival” kicks off

Third "Open Central Asia Book Forum & Literature Festival” kicks off

Almaty, Kazakhstan: The third international literature Festival “Open Central Asia Book Forum & Literature Festival” will start tomorrow November 14, 2014.

The annual feature is held by the British publishing house “Hertfordshire Press” to promote literature of Central Asia and Central Asian authors. It seeks to unite writers from all over the world and provide additional information support to National prose and poetry.

The event is supported by the National State Book Chamber of the Republic of Kazakhstan, the Association of Publishers and Booksellers of Kazakhstan, the “Elena Bezrukova Centre of Training and Consulting”, in partnership with the Ministry of Culture of Kazakhstan, Akimat of Almaty city and the Kazakh Academy of Sport and Tourism.

The “Open Central Asia Book Forum and Literature Festival” is an excellent opportunity to meet new people, exchange experiences, share ideas, acquire new knowledge and develop public relations.

The first Central Asian literature festival OCABF took place on November 24-25, 2012 in Bishkek (Kyrgyzstan) and with over 1300 attendees. The festival was opened by the former president of the Kyrgyz Republic – Roza Otunbayeva, and received the highest appreciation from specialists and the public.

The 2013 festival took place in London and Cambridge on November 5-9 offering English audiences a chance to familiarise themselves with the talent and style of Central Asian writers. Both festivals were visited by international literary stars, including Janusz Leon Wisniewski (Poland), Hamid Ismailov (UK and Uzbekistan) and Elchin Safarli (Azerbaijan), among others.

The international literature festival “Open Central Asia Book Forum & Literature Festival” consists of three parts:
1. Literary contest among writers in three categories: literary work, translation and illustration for a literature work, as well as the contest among film directors who have created a video based on a literary work.

The «OCABF-2014» prize fund is a significant $17,000, which will be used for publishing the winner’s book in London, with its further presentation at the annual London Book Fair in 2016 by Hertfordshire Press. Additionally, three other prizes have been confirmed for the Forum 2014:

• Nemat Khelimbetov Award of $10,000 for the winner of the first contest for best video or experimental movie titled «Open Central Asia»;

• Marziya Zakirianova Award of $5,000 for the best female work in any category;

• Nur Mukhammad Award of $3,000 for the best work on a Uigur theme in any category.

More than 450 authors, who represent 20 countries of the world (among which are the Central Asian countries, Russia, United Kingdom, Romania, United States, Ireland, Germany, Turkey, France, Japan, Ukraine, Georgia), have taken part in the 2014 contest.

The winners will be announced on November 16 (at 14.30) at the Awards Ceremony of Winners of the “Open Central Asia” Literary and Video Contest that will take place at the “House of Friendship” (address: Kurmangazi str. 40, Almaty, Kazakhstan).

The 2014 festival program will include the following: screening of films based on literary works from the “Open Central Asia” video contest, book and art exhibitions, book presentations, book readings and meetings with authors.

2. Literature festival, its goal is to introduce international and local writers to the representatives of publishing houses, readers, libraries, educational institutions and mass media.

The guests of OCABF-2014 are distinguished authors from the various countries of the world such as:

Australia: Paul Wilson
Azerbaijan: Zaur Hasanov
Kyrgyzstan: Kazat Akmatov, Bolot Shamshiev, Zina Karaeva, Bubaisha Arstanbekova
Kazakhstan: Zhulduz Baizakova, Kairat Zakiryanov, Elena Bezrukova, Valentina Tikhomirova, Aigul Khakimzhanova, Asol Bilyalova, David Mashuri, Khasen Kozhakhmet
Poland: Janusz Leon Wisniewski
United Kingdom: Hamid Ismailov, Shahsanem Murray, Nick Rowan, John Mann, Robin Thomson, David Parry, Laura Hamilton
United States: Rafis Abazov
Uzbekistan: Galina Dolgaya, Alexey Ulko
Netherlands: Charles Van der Luuew
Russia-Tatarstan: Diana Akhmedjanova

On 14th of November, a screening of films will take place, along with speeches by Bolot Shamshiev, the famous director of “Climbing on Mount Fuji” film, and Janusz Leon Wisniewski, novelist of the “Loneliness on the Net”.

3. Book forum, this event will include seminars, panel discussions, theoretical and practical conferences on the following questions:
Discussions about historical books by Dr. John Mann, Dr. Kairat Zakiryanov and Dr. Rafis Abazov, moderator – Charles Van der Luuew – on 15th of November at 15.30 (Venue: the Kazakh Academy of Sport and Tourism);
Development and promotion of literature and authors in Central Asia and abroad with the participation of Zaur Hasanov, Janusz Leon Wisniewski, Robin Thomson, moderator – Rafis Abazov – on 15th of November at 17.00 (Venue: the Kazakh Academy of Sport and Tourism);
Theoretical and practical conference “Interaction of literature and cultural transformation as a form of dialogue between East and West” with the participation of the following speakers: Robin Thomson, Laura Hamilton, David Mashuri, Zina Karaeva and Alexey Ulko – on 17th of November at 14.00 (National library of RK);
Master class on “Read a book per day” and book presentation by the resource center of Elena Bezrukova – on 15th of November at 13.30 (Venue: the Kazakh Academy of Sport and Tourism);
Seminar on “How to read all books that you have?” by the “Elena Bezrukova Centre” – on 17th of November at 10.00 (Venue: the Kazakh Academy of Sport and Tourism).

In the context of literature festival “Open Central Asia Book Forum & Literature Festival”, the National State Book Chamber of the Republic of Kazakhstan will lead several presentations on Kazakh literature:

On 14th of November, an evening of Kazakh literature will be held at the House Museum named after M. Auezov;
On 16th of November, the presentation of a unique 100-volume library of the Kazakh folklore “Babalar sozi” will take place at the “House of Friendship” with the participation of Ualiyev K.S., Executive Secretary of the Ministry of Culture and Sports of Kazakhstan, V. Kalizhanov, Head of the Institute of Literature and Art named after M. Auezov and Isabekov N.S., Director of “Foliant” publishing house.
On 17th of November at 18.00, Poetry readings with Zhulduz Baizakova and David Parry. Venue: “Gloria Jeans” cafe, Bogenbai batira str. 102/Dostik).

Open Central Asia book forum & Literature Festival 2014 will develop literary ties among countries, open new opportunities for authors, readers, specialists and everybody else interested in the development of literature and culture in their own countries and abroad.

We kindly invite you to a press conference that will be held on November 13th (at 13.00) at the “House of Friendship” in Almaty. There will be a presentation by Ualiyev K.S., Executive Secretary of the Ministry of Culture and Sports of Kazakhstan, and V. Kalizhanov, Head of the Institute of Literature and Art named after M. Auezov.

Later in the day, at 16.00, there will be a screening of films based on literary works from the «Open Central Asia» video contest. Entrance is free for all our guests.

For accreditation, please contact:

Kazakhstan: + (727) 327-15-62, +(727) 321-63-47, +7 701 812 40 59, +7 747 930 77 94
Kyrgyzstan: +996 312 474 175, +996 555 206 845

Address in Almaty: 65, Furmanova str., intersection Makatayev str., Business center «Almaty Kurilis», office 421, «Center of Helena Bezrukova».
Project manager in Almaty: Gulzhan Sarymsakova
+7 701 395 8782, +7 777 122 7775, email: bookforum@ocamagazine.com