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

18 May to 16 June 2013
Central Asia
In May and June 2013, the Glacier Music project sponsored a highly successful multimedia Festival in Bishkek, Dushanbe, Almaty and Tashkent, featuring music, sound art, and sculpture as well as science and debate. The Glacier Music Festival celebrated the award-winning works of the Open Call, and brought together Central Asian and international artists in a series of exhibitions and workshops.

On 18 May, the German Ambassador to Kirgizstan opened the Festival in Bishkek. Internationally renowned German musicians Andi and Hannes Teichmann, along with sound artist Alois Späth, performed on opening night to the themes of ice and melting water. An exhibition opened the following day, presenting the works of the participants and winners of the Open Call.

Throughout the following four weeks, the exhibition traveled through all four Festival locations, showing works of regional artists and presenting the winners of a competition among design students to visualize the problem of glacier melt. From Bishkek, a smaller version of the Festival traveled to Dushanbe, Tajikistan (28 - 30 May) and Almaty, Kazakhstan (2 - 4 June), before it arrived for another ten-day celebration in Tashkent, Uzbekistan. The Festival in Tashkent opened On June 7 with a concert by the Uzbek ensemble Omnibus, under the leadership of Artyom Kim, the brothers Teichmann, and Alois Späth. The artists presented an original program composed for the occasion. The Festival closed a week later with a bike tour into the Uzbek Mountains, which was organized by the Goethe Institute Tashkent.

For more information on the program and documentation from all four Festival venues, consult the following websites:

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