Program of 8 OEBF Literary Festival 2019 Brussels

VIII Open Eurasian Book Forum and Literature Festival 2019 by Eurasian Creative Guild and Hertfordshire Press with AIDEX

Provisional Programme

13/11/2019 Wednesday

14.00: Registration of Participants/ for participants and guests 

16:00: Opening of the exhibition of artists OEBF – 2019: Olesiya Shibaeva (Moldova), Gulzada Hamra (Kyrgyzstan), Emil Guzairov (Russia), Umithan Ataniyazova (Uzbekistan), Ravil Abdulov (Kazakhstan), Akhmetzhan Akhatbakiyev (Kazakhstan) and  Peaks of Asia (Kazakhstan-Kyrgyzstan) 

18:00: Humanitarian Hero award ceremony and drinks at AIDEX 2019/ for speakers and  official participants only

Venue: Brussels Expo Hall 11, Place de Belgique 1, 1020 Bruxelles, Belgium 

14/11/2019   Thursday

09.00-17:00: Art Exhibition OEBF – 2019: Olesiya Shibaeva (Moldova), Gulzada Hamra (Kyrgyzstan), Emil Guzairov (Russian Federation), Umithan Ataniyazova (Uzbekistan), Ravil Abdulov (Kazakhstan), Akhmetzhan Akhatbakiyev (Kazakhstan) and  Peaks of Asia (Almagul Yesimova, Abay Chunchalinov, Elena Fursa, Bakytnur Burdesbekov, Asia Bekisheva, Laura Pak, Adilgali Bayandin, Smakova Bibigul)

10.00-10.45: Opening Ceremony and panel talk dedicated to Abai 175th Anniversary: A discussion dedicated to the famous Kazakh poet Abai Kunanbaev, focusing on how his work affected the development of the culture of the Kazakh people. Speakers: David Parry, Gulsifat Shahidi, Nurym Taibek and Bakhtygul Makhanbetova.

10.50-11.35: Talk in memory of Chingiz Aytmatov: Taking Oscar Wilde to Central Asia and drawing parallels between the work of Wilde and the Kyrgyz writer, Chinghiz Aitmatov (1928-2008). This may seem surprising, but all will be revealed. Guest speakers: David Parry, Gulsifat Shahidi, free entry 

12.00: Exhibition Tour in Aidex/ location: Aidex Brussels, Esplanade, 1020 Bruxelles, Belgium, free entry

13.00: Networking Lunch OEBF and AIDEX participants/ by invitation only15.00: Art Exhibition OEBF – 2019, Olesiya Shibaeva (Moldova), Gulzada Hamra (Kyrgyzstan), Emil Guzairov (Russian Federation), Umithan Ataniyazova (Uzbekistan), Ravil Abdulov (Kazakhstan), Akhmetzhan Akhatbakiyev (Kazakhstan) and  Peaks of Asia/ free entry

Venue: Brussels Expo Hall 11, Place de Belgique 1, 1020 Bruxelles, Belgium 

15/11/2019     Friday

Open Eurasia – 2018 contest winners roadshow at Centre Culturel de Russie, Bruxelles  

11:00 – 11:15 ECG Book Series 2019 presentation: Eurasian Literature roadshow presenting new books of the ECG 2019:  Vladimir Tulinov ‘The Guardsmen of Hippocrates,’ Kanybek Imanaliev ‘The Kaganate,’ and Alfred Engalychev ‘I day mne Bog.’

11:15-11:45 Gulsifat Shahidi (Tajikistan): (Best translation, Irina Drofa Award) 

11:45-12:05  Oksana Gordiyko (Poland -Ukraine):  (Best film, Nemat Kelimbetov Award)

12:05-12:20  Arina Chunaeva: (Russia): (Best children’s work,  Maria Shevel Award)

12:20-12:35 – Lyudmila Dubkovetskaya: (Moldova)  (Best female work, Marzya Zakiryanova Award)

12:35-13:15 – coffee break

13:15-13:55 – Editor Talk by Alan Flowers:  A POETIC TREASURY FROM BELARUS “A celebration of the life and work of Vera Rich”. 

In this adventurous poetic treasury, three remarkable wordsmiths from Belarus are further introduced to specialists and general anglophone readers alike. A feat only realisable, possibly, through the outstanding vision and almost legendry skills of translator, journalist, songsmith and cultural historian, Vera Rich. Indeed, her insightful, pioneering, work on the potent and stirring verses of Janka Kupala – the bard and prophet of Belarusian letters, is herein accompanied by subtle interpretations of Jakub Kolas as the wry observer of Belarusian customs, along with Maksim Bahdanovich as its experimental, sophisticated and lyrical literary moderniser. Each fearless poet, in turn, constructing the very foundations upon which contemporary Belarusian literature is built. And as such, this proud collection of captivating poetry from a uniquely gifted nation truly celebrates the achievements of an astonishing lady.

14:00-14:50  Editor Talk by Josephine (Berkinalieva Sagynbүbү): Girl dancing in the sky

About the author: ‘Member of the Writers’ Union of Kyrgyzstan since 2014 Very interested in opera classical works, from time to time I am fond of singing operas. And also performed on stages repeatedly and expressively read verses of our Kyrgyz poets. Published works: 1) “Chan Baskan Barak” (Leaf covered with dust) poetry collection S. Berkinalieva – 2014. Poetic work included in the general collections of poems: 2)”Kyzdar ay” Poetic collection of poems of the literary circle. Publishing House “Velikye gory”(Great mountains), 2014 3) “Posvyashcheniye poetu Turaru” (Dedication to the poet Turar) Bishkek, 2015. 3)”Jolongo er deste” (Dedication to the poet Zholon) Publishing house Osoo Gulchynar, 2015.

15:00 – 16:00 John Farndon Talk: Brings to life in English some of the best poetry from Kazakhstan, Uzbekistan, Ukraine, Yakutia, Tatarstan and Russia.

John Farndon is a best-selling author of non-fiction books, a playwright, poet, composer and translator. His translations of poetry for the Uzbek author Hamid Ismailov’s ‘The Devil’s  Dance’ helped it win the European Bank RD Literary Prize 2019. His translation of Kazakh author Rollan Seisenbaev’s ‘The Dead Wander in the Desert’ has just been released by Amazon Crossing. He is accompanied by Anthony Cable, singing the songs of Vysotsky in English.

16:00-17:00  Editor Talk by Nurym Taibek:Rational Religion Initiative’

Nurym Taibek – the author of dozens of scientific publications on philosophy, appeared in the media dozens of times (TV, press, radio, including the BBC), had successful experience in upholding human rights and freedoms, writing effective letters to the country’s authorities. Simultaneous and written translation expert, including for USAID, chief editor of WSJ Canada, Baker & McKenzie, CISCO.

Ahmadiyya Community’s Rational Religion Initiative fills the void in between all the “mainstream” and “unorthodox” belief and worldview systems and unties the knots of contradictions with a spirit of “Love for All, Hatred for None” and unites the whole humankind into a true global family

Venue: Centre culturel de Russie , 21, rue du Meridien – 1210 Bruxelles / free attendance

18:00 – Tour (dinner) to the Ahmadiyya Mosque / for speakers and official participants only

Venue: Bait-ul-Mujeeb Mosque, Chaussée d’Alsemberg 1210 – 1180 Uccle Bruxelles

16/11/2019   Saturday

10:00 – 19:00: Exhibition of Eurasian Artists in the museum dedicated to  L. Ron Hubbard

10:00-14:00 Voices of Eurasia:  presentations by Open Eurasia 2019 finalists (official participants)/ free entry

14:00 – 15:00 ECG Annual Board Meeting/ lunch/ individual members, official participants and speakers only 

15:00 – 15:45 TBC Masterclass by Elena Bezrukova (Kazakhstan) “Communication training for creative people” to obtain resources for the presentation of their creative abilities and results to the world. All participants will receive certificates from the Center Elena Bezrukova.

“Communication training for creative people” is intended for creative people of any profession. At the training, participants will see what communication processes occur during the formation of creativity and presentation to the world, what obstacles arise during this period, and how to overcome them. This training was specifically designed for members of the Eurasian Creative Guild. Successfully held in Bishkek, Almaty.

Elena Bezrukova – PhD in Psychology, Doctor of PhD, business trainer, author of more than 20 books and teaching aids, including restaurant business and personnel management. Organizer and owner of the Center, Elena Bezrukova, leading business coach, coach, practicing psychologist. Member ETG Advisory Board. The author of more than 25 books on the psychology of the profession and career development. The author of projective graphics, graflevist. Writer. The speaker of international venues. Graphic works and books were presented in London, Moscow, Stockholm, Minsk, Bishkek, Nur-Sultan, Almaty.

15:45 – 16:30 TBC Masterclass by Emil Guzairov (Russia, writer, architect, designer)

Emil is interested in graphics, painting, architecture, graphic design, and book engineering, and also designs interiors and private homes. Emil draws illustrations, draws up and publishes, in limited editions, copyrighted books in the genre of “The Book of the Artist” and “Book Art”.

16:30 – 17:00 Author talk by Yevgeniya Sikhimbayeva: presentation of the book “Keanu Reeves: Unfinished Portrait. Part 1”

The protagonist of the book is the actor, director and producer Keanu Reeves. His real social biography and success story serves as the basis for describing his spiritual path. The plot develops along two parallel lines. The first is an external well-known biography and filmography, the second is the realization of his spiritual fate. The emphasis is precisely on this second half of the biography, as the story of a completely free person living his own spiritual life, without regard to generally accepted stereotypes and patterns.

Yevgeniya Sikhimbayeva — first child from 4 in a multinational family delivered in Almaty City, Kazakhstan. Loves to study, read, travel and… laugh. Studied in various educational institutions such as Diplomatic Academy of London, UCL, etc., where she had been called by native speakers with a short and friendly name “Jane”. Nowadays she runs various businesses, raising a daughter. Her hobby is to produce and implement the ideas which make this world a better place to live in. Owner of the “Keanu Reeves’ News” group on a Facebook and channel “To Keanu with respect” on the Youtube.

17:00 – 18:00 Author Talk by Stephen M. Bland: The award-winning author and journalist, Stephen M.Bland will be presenting a speech entitled: Dictators, Devastation and Dadaism: From Uzbekistan’s Desert of Forbidden Art to Armenia’s Forgotten People.

18:00 – 19:00:  Nick Rowan (UK) Book Launch (Silk Road) 

Nick Rowan is interested in Central Asia, the editor-in-chief of OCA magazine (London), author of Friendly Steppes: A Silk Road Journey, in which the author talks about his adventures and journeys along the Silk Road. A graduate of Oxford University, currently working in the oil industry for Shell in London.

19:00 – Аward Ceremony for the winners of the Open Eurasia 2019 Contest (only for speakers and official participants) *****

Venue: Boulevard de Waterloo, 101-103 Bruxelles, 1000

17/11/2019  Sunday

10:00 – 19:00: Exhibition of Eurasian Artists in the museum dedicated to  L. Ron Hubbard

10:00 – 18:00 – Visit to France (city of Lille)**** /speakers and official participants only

Venue: Boulevard de Waterloo, 101-103 Bruxelles, 1000

**** transportation at participants own expense

*****  extra guests In case of available seats and additional payment for dinner of 100 Euros per person

OEBF 2019 Awards

16/11/2019 Brussels

Literature Grant, OEBF for first place from Hertfordshire Press

Literature Grant, OEBF for first place from Hertfordshire Press
Award named after Nemat Kelimbetov for the best short film  (TBC)
Award named after Marziya Zakiriyanova for the best female writer              
Award named after Mariya Shevel for the best children’s fairy tale
Diploma ‘Generals of the World for Peace’ for the best work which promotes peace 
‘Butterfly’s Song’ Award for first place in Poetry, established by the Yermek Amanshayev
‘Live Line’ Award for the best illustration, established by Adam Kapanov
“BelRos” Award for the “Literary translation”, established by Oleg Nesterkov      
ECG award for achievements in the promotion of Eurasian Literature                                                                                                                                                                                                                     

Participants and speakers:*

  1. Sultan Rayev (Kyrgyzstan)
  2. Yelena Bezrukova (Kazakhstan) – speaker
  3. Yermek Amanshayev (Kazakhstan)*
  4. Gulsifat Shakhidi (Tajikistan) – speaker
  5. Kairat Zakiriyanov (Kazakhstan)
  6. Nastasiya Kuzmicheva (Belarus)
  7. Sergey Molokovskiy (Belarus)
  8. Mark (Marat) Akhmedjanov (UK – Uzbekistan)  – administrator 
  9. Adam Kapanov (Kazakhstan) 
  10. Rustamova Hosiyat (Uzbekistan)
  11.  Narkabilov Narkuchkar (Uzbekistan)*
  12.  Zhukova Oksana (Ukraine, Russia) 
  13.  Lenar Shaekh (Russia) 
  14.  Stephen M. Bland (UK) – speaker
  15. Marina Markina (Russia) – spectator
  16. Anastasija Daugule (Ukraine) – spectator
  17. Jurakhon Mamatov (Tajikistan) – spectator
  18. Arkadij Frejdlin (Czech) – spectator
  19. Yerkin Kaliyev (Kazakhstan) – spectator
  20. Jelena Rasevska (Latvian) – spectator
  21. Valeri Markine (Netherlands) – spectator
  22. Khalidia Akhmedzhanova (Crimea) – spectator
  23. Zhanna Shvydkaya (Russia) – spectator
  24. Yelena Aslanyan (Armenia) – spectator
  25. Gayane  Aslanyan (Armenia) – spectator
  26. Olga Marusina (Belgium) – spectator
  27. Atabek Atabekov (Uzbekistan) – spectator
  28. Arina Chunaeva (Russia) – speaker
  29. Marina Podlesnaia (Moldova) – spectator
  30. Bakhtygul Makhanbetova(Kazakhstan) – spectator
  31. Larissa Pushina (Russia) – spectator
  32. Andrei Zapsa (Moldova) – spectator
  33. Antonina Karimova (Russia) – spectator
  34. Aktuigun  Pazylova (Kyrgyzstan) – spectator
  35. Bobur Jalolov (Uzbekistan) – spectator
  36. Umitkhan Ataniyazova (Uzbekistan) – spectator
  37. Tatiana  Sereda (Belgium) – spectator
  38. Tatiana Raskazova (Russia) – spectator
  39. Roumiana Karapetrova (Bulgarian) – spectator
  40. Hasanov Masar (Azerbaijan) –  official participant
  41. Chalabayeva Zhanna (Kazakhstan) –  official participant
  42. Ussenaliyeva Aizhan (Kazakhstan) –  official participant
  43. Kurbanov Leonid (Russia)  – official participant
  44. Dubcovetcaia Ludmila (Moldova) – speaker
  45. Curocichin Alexandr (Moldova) –  official participant
  46. Myshev Iurii (Russia) –  official participant
  47. Kabylgazina Klara (Kazakhstan) –  official participant
  48. Yskakuly Danday (Kazakhstan) –  official participant
  49. Minayeva Tatyana (Ukraine) –  official participant
  50. Karimov Gumer (Russia) –  official participant
  51. Jurčová Timea (Slovakia) –  official participant
  52. İspəndiyarova Əfsanə (Azerbaijan) –  official participant
  53. Guzairov Emil (Russia) – exhibition
  54. Ataniyazova Umithan  (Uzbekistan) – exhibition
  55. Abdulov  Ravil (Kazakhstan) – exhibition
  56. Akhatbakiyev Akhmetzhan (Kazakhstan) – exhibition
  57. Мambetsadykova Gulnar (Kyrgyzstan) – spectator
  58. Gordiiko Oksana (Poland) – speaker
  59. Zhunushov Kanybek (Kyrgyzstan) – speaker
  60. Taibek Nurym (Kazakhstan-UK) – speaker
  61. Leshkevich Tatiana (Russia) – speaker
  62. Lana Timofeeva (Belarus) –  official participant
  63. Aydin Shem (Russia -Germany) 
  64. Aldona Grupas (Lithuania -UK) –  official participant
  65. Azizzhan Zairov (Kazakhstan) –  official participant
  66. Fazolat Karamshoeva (Tajikistan) –  official participant
  67. Anna Schneider (Russia) –  official participant
  68. Mikhail Kunitski (Belarus) –  official participant
  69. Ekaterina Khlebnikova (Russia) –  official participant
  70. Nishanova Dilorom (USA -Uzbekistan) –  official participant
  71. Razmyslovich Svetlana (Russia) –  official participant
  72. Elen Koro (Russia) –  official participant
  73. Maxutova Aiya (Kazakhstan) –  official participant
  74. Dana Zheteyeva (Kazakhstan) –  official participant
  75. Ogandzhanian Gagik (Russia) –  official participant
  76. Uvaliyev  Murat (Kazakhstan) –  official participant
  77. Zhanat Akhmetova (Kazakhstan) – spectator
  78. Dinara Tasmambetova (Kazakhstan)*
  79. Nafisa Hasanova (Belgium) – spectator
  80. Banu Toleukhanova (Kazakhstan) – spectator
  81. Makhabat Alishova (Kyrgyzstan) – spectator
  82. Begizhan Akhmedov (Kyrgyzstan) – spectator
  83. Olga Petintseva (Belgium) – spectator
  84. Temirbek Dzholdobaev (Kyrgyzstan) – spectator
  85. Ekaterina Pivnik (Russia) –  official participant
  86. Evgenij Pivnik (Russia) – spectator
  87. Liudmila Culicova (Moldova) – spectator
  88. Elena Lescu (Moldova) – spectator
  89. Alexandra Khvorost (Russia) – spectator
  90. Bektenova Bubuira (Kyrgyzstan) – spectator
  91. Nargisa Karasartova (Kyrgyzstan) – spectator
  92. Dulaeva Olga (Russia) – spectator
  93. Mikhail Ouzikov (Canada) – spectator
  94. Aleh Kunitski (Belarus)  – spectator
  95. Milena Ivanova (Tajikistan) – spectator
  96. Elena Smirnova (Russia) – spectator
  97. Natallia Rusak (Belarus)  – spectator
  98. Oleg Nesterkov (Belarus)  – spectator
  99. Siarhei Malakhouski (Belarus)  – spectator
  100.  Kenzhebek Bakeev (Kyrgyzstan) – spectator
  101. Kamalbek Bokhinov (Kyrgyzstan) – spectator
  102. Hollingsworth Simon (UK) – spectator
  103. Nazira  Momosheva (Kyrgyzstan) – spectator
  104. Laura Berdikhojayeva (Kazakhstan) – spectator
  105. Almagul Yesimova (Kazakhstan)*
  106. Abay Chunchalinov (Kazakhstan) *
  107. Elena Fursa (Kazakhstan)*
  108. Bakytnur Burdesbekov (Kazakhstan)*
  109. Asia Bekisheva (Kazakhstan)*
  110. Laura Pak (Kyrgyzstan)*
  111. Adilgali Bayandin (Kazakhstan)*
  112. Smakova Bibigul (Kazakhstan) *
  113. Katanina Olesia (Russia) – official participant
  114. Victorya Malyushitskaya (Belarus) – administrator 
  115. Yevgeniya Sikhimbayeva (Kazakhstan) – speaker
  116. Josephine (Berkinalieva Sagynbүbү, Kyrgyzstan) – speaker
  117. Kanybek Imanaliev (Kyrgyzstan)*
  118. Alan Flowers (UK) – speaker 
  119. Angelina Krasnogir (Belarus) – administrator 
  120. Blohina Ludmila (Russia) *
  121. Kendjayeva Zulkhumar (Uzbekistan) *
  122. Golubitskaya Dzhamilya  (Russia) *
  123. Kaminska Natalia (Ukraine) – official participant
  124. Alina Moseykina (Russia) *
  125. Ksenia Kirillova (Russia) *
  126. Hrynkevich Nadzeya (Belarus) *
  127. Nina Yagolnitser (Israel) *
  128. Terkin Valery (Russia) *
  129. Irina Egorova (Russia) *
  130. Parfenov Iurii (Russia) *
  131. Sakalou Aliaksandr (Belarus) – official participant
  132. Volha Sianiuk (Belarus) – spectator
  133. Yulia Olshevskaya (Russia) *
  134. Olga Bagriy (Ukraine) *
  135. Radova Olga (Moldova) *

Ponczek Cordelia (USA) – spectator

*Through a representative or online

Additional information:

  • The Open Eurasian Book Forum and Literature Festival was previously known as the Open Central Asia Book Forum and Literature Festival 2012-2014, and as the Open Central Asia and Eurasian Book Forum and Literature Festival 2015 
  • Links to previous festivals:



Eurasian Creative Guild (London)

Marat (Mark) Akhmedjanov phone/whatsapp +447411978955,  

Hertfordshire Press

Angelina Krasnogir (phone/whatsapp) +447956723336,

 Cambridge International Press       


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