Glacier Music Festival in Central Asia: 18 May to 16 June 2013


7 June to 16 June 2013
Tashkent, Uzbekistan
After traveling from Bishkek to Dushanbe and Almaty, the Glacier Music Festival opened on June 7th in Tashkent with a concert specifically composed for the occasion. More than 400 guests witnessed the premier of an extraordinary collaboration between the Omnibus Ensemble under the leadership of conductor and composer Artyom Kim, electronic musicians “Gebrüder Teichmann” (Teichmann Brothers), and sound artist Alois Späth. The Omnibus Ensemble, a project of Artyom Kim, is the leading musical ensemble for contemporary music in Central Asia. The musicians drew inspiration from their mutual interpretations of the sounds of melting ice, which resulted in a concert that combined classical and electronic-experimental elements. The extraordinary experience was further enhanced by the special atmosphere of the second floor of the Ilkhom Theater. After the concert, the Teichmann Brothers turned the theatre into a music club and invited the audience to dance.

On June 8th, the interactive Glacier Music exhibition opened in the State Museum for the Arts of Uzbekistan. For two weeks, the exhibition informed a local audience about climate change and glacier melting. It also showed the twelve best submissions to Glacier Music’s Open Call. The Goethe Institute nominated the regional winners of the Open Call: Zafar Nabiev was awarded first prize for his work “Everything is connected.” Second prize went to Timur Rakhmetov for “Inevitability.” Lastly, two artists shared the third prize: the Tadjik artist Alla Rumyantseva for her work “Pol of Aloofness,” and the Uzkbek artist Bayat Mukhtarov for his installation “Transformer.”

The interactive “Gletscherstimmen” (Glacier Voices) Project invited visitors to select and listen to a variety of interviews that shared experiences and perspectives around glaciers, as well as the impact of glacier melting for people in Central Asia (Concept and realization: Tobias Hülswitt and Gunter Kreis). In the context of the exhibition, the Goethe Institute also organized a number of talks and tours for parents and children, as well as a theatre project on ‘Glaciers-Climate-Environment’ under the leadership of local curator Natalia Shivaldova.

The Institute of Design also presented the best submissions to its Design Challenge. Students were called to visualize and communicate the problem of glacier melting to young adults. Other program elements included a lecture by Dr. Charlotte Streck (Climate Focus) on “Climate Diplomacy” at the University of World Economy and Diplomacy (UWED), movie screenings on “Climate. Culture. Change” in the State Museum of the Arts, and a bike tour “Bicycle Boom” into the Chimgan Mountains organized by the local bike club.
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