Open Central Asia International Festival

London theatre news: Thursday 15 September 2016

Festivals - International - Multi-art

Orzu Arts Theatre, in collaboration with OCA Magazine, presents London's first International Open Central Asia Cultural Festival. From 5 to 19 October 2016.
Open Central Asia International Festival

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In October, central London venues will play host to a variety of events celebrating Central Asian arts - work from Tajikistan, Uzbekistan, Kyrgyzstan and Turkmenistan.

An under-represented area in the international arts, Central Asia is a melting pot of cultures, where the Silk Road connected Europe and Asia and where the global superpowers of Russia, China and India meet.

From a national, religious, and historical perspective, Central Asia is a true melting pot of culture, language and art.

This new festival will offer a variety of different arts events from Central Asia, including verbatim theatre and classical adaptations, folk music and dance, and talks and lectures introducing the area to a London audience.

Check here for the full programme.

Events include screenings of Tajik and Uzbek films, Uyghur folk music, Sufi-inspired Uzbek dance, Muqam singing, a lecture from an Islamic dance specialist, Kyrgyz classical music and folk songs and verbatim theatre from Russia.

The festival will then end with a final night event including Muqam dance performed alongside jazz/folk fusion based pieces from Uzbekistan and Sweden and a panel discussion between regional theatre directors and performers and drama teacher of University of Arts Khamida Makhmudova.


Rich Mix


The Rose Playhouse Theatre

The Space, Isle of Dogs

Theatro Technis

Yunus Emre Cultural Centre

Pasha Central Asian House


5 to 19 October 2016


Suggested donations £5. No booking required.


Festival website

Festival programme

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