pátek 21. dubna 2017

Turkic Nowruz in Prague 2017


TURKIC NAWRUZ 2017.


NOWRUZ.
"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: 


about PERFORMERS:
      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 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5a69C_ySy0
Kemal Deniz is famous and professional chef, who nowadays works in the restaurant Mangal in Prague. Alongside cooking, he was interested in Turkish folk 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.

NGO KITAP (KITAP, spolek)
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.



pátek 14. dubna 2017

Tatar movie in Prague

13.04.2017 NGO KITAP with the support of Vaclav Havel Library has screened the Crimean Tatar movie "Haytarma" (2013) of the director Achtem Seytablaev. It is the story of the Tatar nation, in particular, the difficult historical period of the deportation of Crimean Tatars after the II. World War, in year 1944. 
Server Abkerimov, Golden Accordion
The most famous phrase of the talented person, first president of the Czech Republic, dramaturg, and fighter for the human rights - Václav Havel, is "Pravda a láska zvítězí nad lží a nenávistí" or "Truth and love will triumph over the lies and hatred". These words are of a deep meaning. What should we do, in order not to occur in the situation of lie, hate, humiliation, and even war?
Quran, the holy book of Muslims, teaches us to study, to learn, to examine. Why? That is because, the past brings forth to the future and to live in the better future, we should learn from the past, we should collect as much expirience and knowledge as we can. 
The history of some sole nation is not always shared with every nation, but together we are going towards the future, we are creating the future, the history, the life.




In the event, Lilia Gerber-Khousnutdinova (KITAP chairperson), read the page from the book (in Czech "Z dětství čerpám síly")written by her Mother, based on the memories of their family. 




Then, the Golden accordion, musician, accordionist-virtuoso Crimean Tatar Server Abkerimov, talked about his family past, memories of his Grandmother about their deportation from Crimea to the desert steppes of Uzbekistan in 1944, and he played his own compositions, based on these stories - Ana Avasi (native motive) and Hatira (memory).

čtvrtek 16. února 2017

Why are we doing this - KITAP? Why did we establish this NGO - KITAP?

We are often being asked - why are you doing this? why did you establish this KITAP NGO? Are you  paid for that?
And when we answer - we do not have any financing resources, except ourselves pockets, people get shocked.
But seriously, why do we do this?...
... for many years people are trying to understand each other, to know the thoughts of each other, to speake one language (just remember the Babylon tower)... We are learning languages, history, culture, we are trying to wear same clothes (who does not know - jeans?)... We listen same music, and trying to share it with everyone... We are watching films, and trying to make something similar... We are trying to get closer to each other - all the integration processes you see around  (how to not mention the European Union, African Union or even the former Soviet Union)...Isn't it good to be unified? To be all together? Share common values and goodness?... Is it possible? Or it is utopy?
On the other side, remember Orwell's 1984, Bradbury's Fahrenheit 451 , Zamyatin's "Us" - the description authors used to show - what does it mean, to be the equal, to be the same... Gray clothing, dark future, sad faces...

You might ask, but in our democratic society, shouldn't we be equal and same? A little remark - we should be equal and same in our rights and obligations, but WE ARE DIFFERENT! Our values will never be common and similar, our culture and traditions is always based on something else, our perception of the goodness depends on our mentality. UNESCO - United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization - proclaims the necessity of the cultural world heritage on the global level. The EU's motto - "unity in diversity" is the direction of the community. There are plenty of regional organizations, which are trying to save the cultural heritage, wealth of traditions and specifics of each nation. 

We, KITAP, are trying to share with you Tatar and Turkic culture, to show you the brightness of the Turkic nations, to initiate the intercultural dialogue in order to share the common - respect towards each other, tolerance, and inspiration for the future. We are different, but in some points we are the same - we are people. We love, we hate, we laugh, we cry, we curse, we sympathize, we learn. By knowing the cultural differences - we develop, we become better.
Why are we doing this? We want us all together be smarter, brighter, more developed and inspired for peace, understanding, future. 
Come to our events, participate in them, be part of us, learn from the book, or as Turkic people say -KITAP...