The First International Silk Road Mayors' Conference in Astana/Kazakhstan did not only bring politicians and investors together
to meet 60 mayors of this cluster, but also people being interested or activ in culture/art. One example is shown by the following pic
uniting conference-participants from Tajikistan, Kazakhstan, India and Germany.
Mirzozoda Ato Mirkhodja, First Deputy Chairman of the Union of Writers of Tajikistan stated : "In the past it was so difficult to reach
our area - we hope that in the future by the revitalization of the Silk Road it will be more easy to visit our country. We are very
grateful for the Astana-Initiative."
10.04.2018 : Shine Astana
The City of Astana was founded as the new capital of Kazakhstan after the collaps of the Soviet-Union. Within its twenty years of
existance it got already a high image due to its futuristic sky-line, its Global Summits supported by the group of Astana Nobel
Laureates and finally in 2017 by the EXPO.
For the 20th Anniversary of Astana in 2018 Sir Karl Jenkins , one of the greatest modern composers, created the oratorio "Shine
Astana" which was performed by a combination of 500 singers from choirs from 10 Silk Road countries and by 300 musicians. Its
premire took place at the First Silk Road Mayors Joint Conference which according to Prof.Dr.B.Hallier was a historic and cultural
highland for all the region.
23.03.2018 : Who are we?
The famous Tretyakov Gallery in Moscow, Russia, exhibited for the first time in a Special Show art being produced by Down syndrome and autism. The exhibition was titled "Who are we ?"
Linked to the "Day of Man with DownSyndrom" the Tretyakov started its First German-Russian Tretyakov Dialogue for artists, art-therapy, medicine and museum-staff about this topic. From Germany, the two KTG-members M.-C. Hallier and G. Herzog did lecture about their experience. Leading the Russian team was Dr. Sonja Petrikova-Agafonova. (YouTube video)
20.02.2018 : Art with children
In the development of children art plays a special role: all what cannot be expressed by words can mostly be communicated by forms and colours. The Dueren Painting Workshop shows how inspired children follow their educators in a museum : most of them at such an exhibition for the first time.
The brilliant composer, conductor and pianist Sergei V. Rachmaninov (1873-1943) was born within a Russian aristocrate family near Novgorod. Parts of his oevre were played by Prof. Vladimir Ovchinnikow at a reception by the General Consul Vladimir Sedykh and his wife in Bonn.
Also the ambiente of the event is very historic: it was after World War II in 1949/50 the home of the first German post-war President and it was the place to announce the first government lead by Konrad Adenauer. Later it became the Embassy of the Soviet Union in West Germany. After the German reunification and the transfer of the German government to Berlin, the building is the Consulate General of Russia and a meeting point of cultural dialogues.