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Turkic Nowruz in Prague 2017



“Nowruz transcends national borders, religious divides and other differences to unite communities with bonds of goodwill. Such common purpose can help humanity rise to this moment in history.” Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon.
In 2010, The General Assembly of the United Nations welcomed the inclusion of Nowruz in the Representative List of the Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity by the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO).
The video report from the concert: 


      Galia Ibragimova-Curado – this is a person, who does not need any presentation in the music field. Galia is an honored artist, world-known opera singer, Tatar soloist of Prague Opera National Theatre, it would take hundreds of pages to describe her talent, awards and repertoire, but we will leave the opportunity to you – to look at her website and follow her program.

 Kamilla Asgarova is a young, but already an experienced and a well-known dance-performer. She participated in several international dancing competitions, in which she took the first place. Kamilla performed two Azerbaijani Dances: “Sari galin” and “O Olmasin, Bu Olsun”. She also performs as a singer, you can find her performance in the following link
Kemal Deniz is famous and professional chef, who nowadays works in the restaurant Mangal in Prague. Alongside cooking, he was interested in Turkishfolk music since young ages and is a self-learner. He is very passionate about music and playing saz. His guest friend Utku Kocak  accompanied him in darbuka. Utku is young artistic jewelry master and owner of his own jewelry gallery. 
  Altan Onat is a research assistant in Anadolu university, Eskişehir Turkey. Besides his academic activity, he adores Turkish folk music. His great performance of Turkish music on baglama has brightened our Turkic concerts before, and this time it was not an exception. You can reach him on Instagram – by account name onataltan.  
  Kemal, Utku and Altan for this concert created an amazing musical trio 

    Marzhan Adil and Shyngyz Bolatov are Kazakh students in Prague, they are young activists of the Kazakh organization Tarlan. Their performance is a Dombra duo, and they played – kuj. The author of performed composition “Erke sylkym” is A. Zheldybaev. Link to their activity in Tarlan NGO you can find and probably participate: instagram – tarlan_kz

   Gulsara Bekbagysheva, is a professional dancer with academic education in the dance field. Gulsara is a member of the Central Asian Ensemble Jagalmay, which is performing in the Czech Republic since 2006. Gulsara is regularly participating in the international festivals, as International Folklore Festival Prague – heart of nations, or Chinese New Year with Fen Jun Song, or Refufest. Gulsara performed Classical Kyrgyz Dance.

       Tomáš Boukal . Would you expect from a Czech professor of anthropology and ethnology to sing Turkic songs and play traditional Altai instruments? Tomáš is researching the indigenous people of Russia, especially those living in Siberia. He spent several years of his research life in Altai region. Tomáš’s guest friend Martin Ovsenák – is a software developer, and also bass guitar player. Together they created band Kanum, which means “Eagle”, and focuses on the performance of the music of the native people. In the concert sounded Altai, Nogay and Tatar songs. 
 Lilia Gerber-Khousnutdinova & Elmira Lyapina – chairpersons of the NGO – KITAP, Tatar and Turkic Association in Prague, together with Dania Altynbaeva-Lyapina, who is also chairperson of KITAP, are spreading and promoting Tatar and Turkic culture in the Czech Republic. Dania is passionate about psychology as well, also she was scripting and directing social videos covered by the project “Young life in the big city”, Relentless – against use of drugs. 
    Lilia besides her love to Tatar nation, is a keeper of a PhD in psychology, she provides consultation in different sectors of psychology, you can read more and reach her via her facebook page.
     Elmira is a PhD candidate in Public International Law, although she is not an owner of the Azerbaijani blood, she is Tatar and big admirer of Turkic, in particular Azerbaijani culture. She performed composition “March” of Azerbaijani composer Vaqif Mustafazade.
Lilia and Elmira for this concert created duo, and performed Popurri of traditional Tatar songs on violin and piano.

The concert was moderated by Azerbaijani Vuqar Ali and Tatar Dania Altynbaeva-Lyapina.
KITAP – Tatar Association in Prague. NGO. The word “KITAP” in Turkic languages means “a BOOK”, which is symbolic – the culture and traditions of each nation – are as a new book to explore. One of the goals of our association KITAP is to show and promote our culture, to inform interested people about our traditions and identity. Since year 2013, we organize different cultural events, and this one is dedicated to the spring holiday Nowruz – spring New Year fest according to the solar astronomical calendar celebrated by Turkic peoples.

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