Event archive 2021

October 29, 2021: “Tajikistan – Roof of the World”

Lecture with Dagmar Schreiber.

Photo: Dagmar Schreiber

Tajikistan is the poorest of the post-Soviet countries. It never really got over the civil war in the nineties. And yet the country shines in the intense, warm light of the friendliness of its people, attracts us with the secrets of its extraordinary history between Orient and Occident, causes us to awe with its adorable mountain landscapes. The roof of the world …

Stories of people in different life situations and places will focus our gaze on the country and show us how close we are despite all the differences.

Dagmar Scheiber has published individual travel guides for Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan and Tajikistan and most recently in 2019 a complete travel guide for all five Central Asian countries at Trescher Verlag and has traveled to Tajikistan several times since 2015.

This event is funded by the Neubau district.

Friday October 29, 2021, Kultur Zentrum Spittelberg Amerlinghaus, Stiftgasse 8, 1070 Vienna

October 15, 2021: “In the Pamir”

Reading with Priska Seisenbacher

It is the life worlds of women in the Pamir high mountains in Afghanistan and Tajikistan into which Priska Seisenbacher grants rare insights. The photos testify to the intimacy of the encounters that the photographer and author was able to experience as a woman traveling alone in the high mountain world.

The life of the portrayed women is determined by the inhospitable nature of the mountains and national borders. While the young Manizha in Tajikistan is looking forward to her upcoming studies and looks after a guest house at the Bibi Fatima mineral spring together with her mother, the Afghan Kyrgyz women have much less room for maneuver: arranged marriages, high child mortality and hard physical work are part of life in the remote yurt settlements in Afghanistan.

The author and photographer tells about this and about physical and psychological border crossings as well as political and cultural contexts that determine the life of the people in the Pamir in her reading photo book:

In the Pamirs. About the special life in a remote world. Priska Seisenbacher travels alone in the high mountains in Afghanistan, China, Kyrgyzstan and Tajikistan.

Priska Seisenbacher, born in 1990, lives and works in Vienna. As a photographer and author, her focus is on Iran, Central Asia and the Silk Road. She was so fascinated by the Pamirs that she has been returning there regularly since 2016. For her portfolio on Afghanistan’s Wakhan, she won the Timothy Allen Scholarship Award at the Xposure International Photography Festival in 2017.

Fri. October 15, 2021, Kultur Zentrum Spittelberg Amerlinghaus, Stiftgasse 8, 1070 Vienna

October 7, 2021: “A musical journey into the Kazakh steppe with Raushan Orazbaeva”

With Raushan Orazbaeva from Nur-Sultan / Kazakhstan you embark on a journey into the endless steppes of Central Asia. Orazbaeva plays the Kyl Kobyz, a two-stringed string instrument covered with horsehair that has a very special place in Kazakh folk music. It is said that the mystical sounds of the Kyl Kobyz can defeat illness and even death. Raushan Orazbaeva, who comes from a family of musicians and has both Sufi and shamanic roots, is an outstanding artist on this instrument, which has roots in the 9th century.

Entry 15 euros.

This event is sponsored by the Alsergrund district council.

Thu, October 7, 2021 – 7:00 p.m. St. Johannes-Nepomuk-Kapelle, Währinger Gürtel near U-Bahnbogen 115

September 22, 2021 – 18:30 Mugham from Aserbaidschan in Culturehouse Sargfabrik in Vienna

Sahib Pashazade – Tar, Kamran Karimov – Naghara https://www.youtube.com/embed/PdEA7CZxqu4?version=3&rel=1&showsearch=0&showinfo=1&iv_load_policy=1&fs=1&hl=en-gb&autohide=2&wmode=transparent

Sahib Pashazade and Kamran Karimov from Azerbaijan are well-known Mugham musicians who celebrate worldwide successes both as soloists and in collaboration with famous singers and orchestras. The Tar virtuoso Sahib Pashazade was the first instrumentalist to win the Grand Prix in 2017 in the history of the famous Sharq Taronalari Festival in Samarkand / Uzbekistan. Kamran Karimov is also a successful Naghara player. Both musicians appear as a duo in Vienna for the first time.

This event is subsidized by the Penzing district council.

Entry 23 euros. Tickets are available from the Sargfabrik.

We are also pleased about the cooperation with the cultural center of the Republic of Azerbaijan.

Wed September 22, 2021 – 6:30 p.m. Kulturhaus Sargfabrik, Goldschlagstraße 169, 1140 Vienna

September 20, 2021 – A trip to the “Land of Fire” – impressions from Azerbaijan

Daniela Lieberwirth takes you on a journey to selected places in the country. Get to know the capital Baku, the region around Sheki in the Greater Caucasus, the mountain village Lahic – known for its traditional copper work – as well as the exclave Naxcivan on the Turkish border. One focus of the lecture will be the region around Sheki including impressions from a Navruz celebration.

The great musicians from Baku Sahib Pashazade and Kamran Karimov, who you can experience two days later at the cooperation concert of KultEurasia, Kulturhaus Sargfabrik and Azerbaijani Cultural Center, will put you in the musical mood for the lecture.

Entry 8 euros.

Mon, September 20, 2021, 6:30 p.m., Kultur Zentrum Spittelberg im Amerlinghaus, Stiftgasse 8, 1070 Vienna

Six artists nominated by KultEurasia take part in the “Long Nights of Interculturality” organized by the ICDO – International Cultural Diversity Organization from September 6th to 12th, 2021.

Of these six artists nominated and selected by KultEurasia, five take part in the virtual art exhibition Art.Sustainability.Peace. on September 7th at 18:00 CEST.

Free registration for the event: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/virtual-art-exhibition-art-sustainability-peace-tickets-168946307955

Artists nominated by KultEurasia:

A filmmaker nominated by KultEurasia will also take part in the Documentaries Around the World with two documentaries on September 12th from 6:00 pm CEST.

Free registration for the event here: https://www.icdo.at/diversity-around-the-world-documentaries/

The filmmaker nominated by KultEurasia:

Hagop Goudsouzian from Armenia

August 27, 2021: Syria cultural evening

A cooperation of KultEurasia and „Food for Thought“.

Impressions of the event, photo credit: Ewa Podgorska.

Lecture “Syria before the war”

Photo: Daniela Lieberwirth

When we think of Syria today, violence, terror and armed conflict have unfortunately dominated the image we have of the country for years. But Syria is an ancient cultural country and at the same time a country in which members of different faiths have lived peacefully together for centuries.

Daniela Lieberwirth wants to take you to the lively capital Damascus with its jasmine-covered streets, the trading metropolis of Aleppo with the impressive citadel and the extensive covered bazaar streets. To the Christian Maalula, where Aramaic was still spoken, to the famous ruins of Palmyra, to the water wheels of Hama, just to name the most important places. And again and again it is above all the encounters with the people that made trips to Syria so impressive.

Free entry to the lecture.

This event is funded by the Neubau district:

The event is carried out in cooperation with the “Food for Thought” association, which invites you to get to know the tasty, healthy and varied Syrian cuisine after the lecture.

Syrian food with “Food for Thought”

Photo: Ewa Podgórska

The association “Food for Thought” organizes dinner parties in which Syrian women prepare an authentic Syrian menu, then invite women from the Austrian and Expat community, and together sit down for dinner. The aim is to create a safe and social environment for women to get to know each other and learn more about Syrian culture. Normally the events are women-only but everyone is welcome to join this event. For more information about Food for Thought check out their website: https://www.foodforthoughtev.com/

We would encourage the people joining us for dinner to make a cash contribution of €20. This money goes directly to the Syrian women who prepared the food to help cover the cost of ingredients and to thank them for their cooking.

Friday, August 27, 2021, 6 pm lecture followed by dinner at 7:30 pm, Kultur Zentrum Spittelberg in Amerlinghaus, Stiftgasse 8, 1070 Vienna

July 24, 2021: Multimedia live lecture “Afghanistan – An encounter with the people of the country” with Wolfgang Melchior

Photo: Wolfgang Melchior

Wolfgang Melchior wants to open up a different perspective on Afghanistan. It is about the people of Afghanistan.. They are people from different regions, in town and country, in different life situations and professions.

The live lecture shows the people of Afghanistan in their everyday life: subjective – simple – without make-up.

The lecturer Wolfgang Melchior studied German, philosophy, psychology, pedagogy and sports science. Traveled the North and South Poles, crossed Greenland, climbed Kilimanjaro. He has had close ties to Afghanistan and its people for a long time. He traveled to the country for the first time in 1978.

Funded by the City of Vienna.

This event is funded by the Favoriten Culture Commission and is open to the public for all interested residents

Entry 15 €

Sat. May 24, 2021, 4:00 p.m., Hotel Zeitgeist Vienna, Sonnwendgasse 15, 1100

24. April 2021: International Zoom Conference on the rich culture of Central Asia and the South Caucasus

13:00 Central European time, 15:00 Baku time, 16:00 Tashkent time, 17:00 Almaty time

Please find all details about the event and the speakers and artists on the following page: 24. April 2021: International Zoom Conference on the rich culture of Central Asia and the South Caucasus