Greetings and welcome to the 33 rd edition of the quarterly OCA (Open Central Asia) Magazine, the British journal building a bridge between the UK and Eurasia. This latest imprint comes hot on the heels of the eighth Open Eurasia Book Forum and Festival, which was held in Brussels and featured participants from 25 different countries, including well-established authors and the finalists of this year’s literary competition in which over 1,200 people took part.
The cover story of OCA#33 features an exclusive interview with Aktam Khaitov, the former minister and current leader of the Uzbekistan Liberal Democrat Party on pushing through reforms in the country. There are also interviews with Roman Romanov, Director of the Gulag History Museum in Moscow and with the Moldovan author, Ludmila Dubcovetcaia,
winner of the Marziya Zakiryanova Award.
The winter issue features an analysis of overseas development assistance to the Central Asian Republics, educational exchange, the latest tourism forum in Kazakhstan and a piece on the rapid rise of tourism in Uzbekistan. We also take a look at the musical heritage of the Turkic-speaking world, draw seemingly unlikely parallels between Oscar Wilde and the Kyrgyz writer, Chingiz Aitmatov and review the first edition of TEDx Lambeth.
All this and so much more is now ready to be discovered, and so we are delighted to be able to invite you to enjoy OCA#33, the magazine which is building cultural bonds.
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