Glacier Music Festival in Central Asia: 28 May to 31 May 2013


28 May to 31 May 2013
Dushanbe, Tajikistan
After its opening in Bishkek, a lighter version of the Glacier Music Festival travelled to Dushanbe, Tajikistan, were the Goethe Institute organized a series of events from May 28-30. On the evening of the 28th, electronic music from Andi Teichmann and sound art from Alois Späth drew an audience of several hundred to the beautiful courtyard of the Ismaili Center. The two musicians created a sound space by the transformation and amplification of sounds of melting ice. Alois Späth held an accompanying workshop the next day, in which he introduced musicians to his sound art. The artistic director of the glacier music project, Lillevan, showed examples of his video art.

The Ismaili Center also hosted the scientific-artistic exhibition. The exhibition gave an introduction to the problem of climate change and the associated melting of glaciers. It also showed thematic contemporary regional art: video, sound art, and sculpture from artists from Kazakhstan, Kirgizstan, Uzbekistan and Tajikistan.

The exhibition also featured selected submissions from regional artists to the project’s Open Call. Works of the Design Challenge organized by the Goethe Institute in cooperation with the Berlin Institute of Design on the topic of glacier melt were also shown.

Other highlights were the movie screenings of “Shogun” (2011, Tolik Gadomamadov from Horog) and “Travel to the Roots: The Guardians of traditional Tajik Music” (2010-2012, produced by the Bactria cultural center). The Festival was made complete with an international jazz jam session with the Tajik “Daff” and the French “Caragoss” bands, with guest from the United States.
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