Event archive 2022

October 2022 Tajikistan Culture Festival

We present Tajikistan with a thematically broad program. It includes both music and dance performances, as well as the screening of a documentary film that explores the country’s musical culture and has won international awards. A handicraft exhibition and themed cultural events are also planned, along with lectures providing background information.

Some impressions of the first part of the Festival October 2022.

We are already looking forward to the second part of the Tajikistan Culture Festival 2023.

Dance from the roof of the world – Workshop “Tajik dance” with live music

Friday October 21st – Sunday October 23rd 2022

Dance workshop in three modules. Before the start of the first module on Friday, the professional dancer and workshop leader, Nodira Yakubova from Khujand in the Tajik Fergana Valley, will provide background information on the forms of expression of Central Asian and in particular Tajik dance.

During the workshop, participants will learn the basics of dance styles from different regions of Tajikistan. Since the dancer does not speak English herself, she will be assisted by a translator who speaks English. Tajik dances are characterized by elegant movements. Hand movements play an important role in this. A special feature are the meditative, mystical dances of the Pamirs.

Friday 21 October 16:00 – 20:00: Introductory background information / Pamir style
Saturday October 22 10:00 – 13:00 Kulob style
Sunday 23 October 10:00 – 13:00 Khujand style

All three modules can be booked independently. The fee for each module is 30 €, for the whole workshop 75 €. There is a 50% discount for pupils and students. We kindly ask you to register in advance at kulteurasia@gmail.com. The workshop fee can be paid on site.

Venue: Kulturzentrum Spittelberg im Amerlinghaus, Stiftgasse 8, 1070 Vienna, Galery

October 22-26, 2022. Exhibition of high-quality handicrafts from Tajikistan

There are also small workshops and informative lectures with a lot of background information.

Kulturhaus Sargfabrik, Seminarraum, Goldschlagstraße 169. 1140 Wien

October 22, 2022: “Tajikistan – A panoramic view from the roof of the world”

Lecture by travel book author Dagmar Schreiber about the beauty of the landscape and the uniqueness of Tajikistan’s culture.

After the lecture, you can discuss with the speaker over Central Asian snacks. The evening will be rounded off by a music and dance contribution by Anvarjon Normatov and Nodira Yakubova.

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

Admission 12€/6€ with discount for pupils and students.

Sa. 22. Oktober 2022 – 18:00: Kulturhaus Sargfabrik, Seminarraum, Goldschlagstraße 169. 1140 Wien

October 23, 2022: Lecture “Pamir, Karakorum & Hindukush. women in the height”

It is the lives of women in the high mountains of Tajikistan and other countries in the region that Priska Seisenbacher grants rare insights into.

The stories bear witness 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.

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. In 2017, she won the Timothy Allen Scholarship Award at the Xposure International Photography Festival for her portfolio on Afghanistan’s Wakhan.

Admission 9€/4.50€ with discount for pupils and students.

So. 23. Oktober 2022 – 16:00: Kulturhaus Sargfabrik, Seminarraum, Goldschlagstraße 169. 1140 Wien

October 23, 2022: Screening of the film “Rhythms of Lost Time” in the presence of filmmaker Anisa Sabiri.

Embark on a journey with the young filmmaker Anisa Sabiri to the most remote regions of her home country of Tajikistan, to the musical traditions of an ancient culture. Dating back to pre-islamic times, these traditions have been kept alive, evolving sometimes naturally and sometimes in response to the changing demands of Soviet, Islamic and capitalist influence. With an emphasis on musical traditions, we meet experts and residents of the remote areas who explain and demonstrate their traditions, and witness funerals, fire ceremonies and weddings.

Admission 14€/7€ with discount for pupils and students.

So, 23. Oktober 2022 – 19:30: Breitenseer Lichtspiele, Breitenseer Str. 21, 1140 Vienna

October 25, 2022: Theme evening Gorno-Badakhshan

This evening we will focus on the Pamir region, the province of Gorno-Badakhshan. The region, geographically the country’s largest but home to only 3% of the population, borders China to the east, Kyrgyzstan to the north, Afghanistan to the south, and in the west within Tajikistan the Khatlon region as well as the government-administered district with the capital Dushanbe.

Lecture “Faces of Badakhshnan” by travel book author Dagmar Schreiber

History and traditions of an ancient people on the roof of the world, small Pamir etiquette and other curiosities. After the lecture there will be music by Anvarjon Normatov and Tajik snacks from the Plovhaus restaurant.

Tuesday, October 25, 2022 – 6:00 p.m.: Kulturhaus Sargfabrik, seminar room, Goldschlagstraße 169. 1140 Vienna

October, 26 2022: Lecture “Tajikistan 2022 – A very personal journey in the footsteps of an ancient culture”

At the end of our festival we would like to share impressions of a research trip with you, during which Daniela Lieberwirth, the lecturer and chairwoman of the KultEurasia association, was able to gain deep and very personal insights into the life, everyday life and work of the people there.

During the four-week journey, she met numerous musicians, artisans and artists, some of whom you will have met personally during the festival.

Geographically, the trip took her to the capital Dushanbe, to the province of Khatlon in the south of the country and to Istaravshan, Khujand and Panjakent in the north.

After the lecture, we look forward to a lively exchange with our guests before there will be another Shashmaqom music contribution and some background information on this style of music at the end of the festival program.

Admission 9€/4.50€ with discount for pupils and students.

Wed. October 26, 2022 – 2 p.m.: Kulturhaus Sargfabrik, seminar room, Goldschlagstraße 169. 1140 Vienna

June 19, 2022: KultEurasia for the first time at the well-known Festival of Nations in Vienna

June 8, 2022: A journey to the land of fire – impressions from Azerbaijan – guest lecture at the Euro-Arab Friendship Circle in Munich

Photo: Daniela Lieberwirth

Daniela Lieberwirth, chairwoman of the KultEurasia association, invites you to a virtual journey to selected locations in Azerbaijan: to the capital Baku on the Caspian Sea, the region around Sheki on the picturesque foothills of the Greater Caucasus, the mountain village of Lahic – known for its traditional copper works – and the exclave of Naxcivan with its prominent Mount Ilandag on the Turkish border.

A focus of the lecture will be Sheki with its beautiful old town, the famous Khan’s Palace and its caravanserai as well as an original Navruz celebration there. The village of Kish in the area is one of the oldest villages in the country with a rich history.

June 3, 2022: Lecture “Southeastern Anatolia – Ethnic diversity in Turkey’s oldest cultural area”

Photo: Daniela Lieberwirth

Southeast Turkey is a culturally rich and diverse region. It was shaped by the different ethnic groups and religions of the people who live there.

We want to bring this region closer to our guests in a photo and video lecture that shows the impressive architectural monuments, but above all focuses strongly on the culture and tradition of the people. Impressions of a Kurdish Newroz celebration in Diyarbakir are shown as well as Sira Geceleri, the famous musical evenings in Sanli Urfa, the original bazaar of Mardin, the biblical Haran on the Syrian border and the famous Christian monastery Mor Gabriel.

The speaker is Daniela Lieberwirth, the chairwoman of the KultEurasia association. She has been to Turkey regularly since 2000 and has mastered the basics of the Turkish language, which has enabled her to delve deeply into the everyday life of the people there.

May 2nd, 2022: Concert with the Kazakh HasSak Ensemble in Culture House Sargfabrik

Hassak has been presenting traditional Kazakh music on international stages for nine years. With a variety of ancient folk music instruments arranged in an ensemble, the five musicians take you to the endless steppes of their homeland. Hear the wind rushing across the vast plains, the galloping of horses or the howling of wolves. Lively and stirring, their music inspires a wide audience and makes them curious about the land of the great steppe.

A big thank you to the Kazakh embassies in Vienna and Berlin for the great support!

Mon. May 2nd, 2022, 7:30 p.m. Kulturhaus Sargfabrik, Goldschlagstraße 169, 1140 Wien

April 4, 2022: Concert with the ensemble Sahib Pashazade from Azerbaijan in the Brucknerhaus in Linz – “Vienna meets Azerbaijan”

The concert takes place as part of the “Musik der Völker” program in cooperation with KultEurasia as a double concert with the Agnes Palmisano & Trio from Vienna.

The concert takes place as part of the “Musik der Völker” program in cooperation with KultEurasia as a double concert with the Agnes Palmisano & Trio from Vienna.

“The voice magician” Agnes Palmisano welcomes spring with sung Viennese stories. The leading interpreter of the dudler, a mixed form of yodelling and coloratura singing, moves with virtuosity in the border area between art and entertainment. The musicians of the Sahib Pashazade ensemble from Azerbaijan fascinate with songs and dances from their homeland. They present mugham, a traditional Azerbaijani musical form characterized by a high degree of improvisation and which is part of the country’s intangible cultural heritage.

April 4, 2022, 7:30 p.m., Brucknerhaus Linz, Middle Hall, Untere Donaulände 7, 4010 Linz / Austria