III Open Central Asia Book Forum and Literature Festival (OCABF) starts on Nov 14

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III Open Central Asia Book Forum and Literature Festival (OCABF)  starts on Nov 14

III Open Central Asia Book Forum and Literature Festival (OCABF)  starts on Nov 14
Almaty, Kazakhstan: III Open Central Asia Book Forum and Literature Festival (OCABF)  starts on Nov 14 in Almaty.

The British publishing house Hertfordshire Press will host the event with the help of the National State Book Chamber of the Republic of Kazakhstan, the Association of Publishers and Booksellers of Kazakhstan and in partnership with the ” Elena Bezrukova Centre of Training and Consulting”

This unique event is aimed at the popularization of literature on the territory of Central Asia and promotion of local authors abroad. It seeks to unite writers from all over the world and provide additional support to National prose and poetry.

The «Open Central Asia Book Forum and Literature Festival» is an excellent opportunity to meet new people, exchange experiences, share ideas, acquire new knowledge and develop public relations.

A number of stars of the world of literature will attend as honored guests, including:

• Janusz Leon Wisniewski (Poland);
• David Parrry, Nick Rowan, Shahsanem Murray, Laura Hamilton, Robin Thomson, Hamid Ismailov (UK);
• Paul Wilson (Australia);
• Kazat Akmatov (Kyrgyzstan)
• The winners of OCABF – 2012 – Galina Dolgaya; Zina Karaeva, AIgul Khakimjanova
• The winner of OCABF – 2013 – Zaur Hasanov; David Mashuri, Asol Bilyalova
• Finalists of OCABF 2012 and 2013;
· and many others;

Authors from the following countries plan to visit the festival: Austria, Australia, Azerbaijan, France, Ireland, Kazakhstan, England, Kyrgyzstan, Poland, Estonia, the Netherlands, United States, Uzbekistan, Lithuania, Tajikistan, South Africa, Russia, Turkey, Turkmenistan, and others.

The «OCABF-2014» prize fund is a significant $17,000, which will be used for publishing the winner’s book in London with its further presentation at the annual London Book Fair in 2016 by Hertfordshire Press.

Additionally, three other prizes have been confirmed for the Forum 2014:

1. Nemat Khelimbetov Award of $10,000 for the winner of the first contest for best video or experimental movie titled «Open Central Asia»;

2. Marziya Zakirianova Award of $5,000 for the best female work in any category;

3. Nur Mukhammad Award of $3,000 for the best work on a Uigur theme in any category.

The event will follow the tradition of the previously hugely successful Open Central Asia Book Forum and Literature Festivals. The first one took place on November 24-25, 2012, in Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan with 1,300 guests, and became the first such event since the independence of the Kyrgyz Republic. Last year’s festival took place in London on November 5-9, 2013 offering English audiences a chance to familiarise themselves with the talent and style of Central Asian writers. Both festivals were visited by international literary stars including Janusz Leon Wisniewski (Poland), Hamid Ismailov (UK and Uzbekistan), and Elchin Safarli (Azerbaijan).

The festival program of 2014 includes the following: screening of films based on literary works from the «Open Central Asia» video contest, book presentations, book readings and meetings with authors, book and art exhibitions, as well as the presentation of the winners of 2012 and 2013.

The event will also host master classes and panel discussions on general issues related to the development and promotion of literature in Central Asia and abroad.

For accreditation, please contact:

Kazakhstan: + (727) 327-15-62, +(727) 321-63-47, +7 701 812 40 59, +7 747 930 77 94

Kyrgyzstan: +996 312 474 175, +996 555 206 845


Address in Almaty:

Almaty, 65, Furmanova str., intersection Makatayev str., Business center «Almaty Kurilis», office 421, «Center of Helena Bezrukova».

Project manager in Almaty: Gulzhan Sarymsakova

+7 701 395 8782, +7 777 122 7775, email: bookforum@ocamagazine.com

You can find details on the website: http://www.rus.ocabookforum.com/