15.06.2018 : Female Artists

Women are mostly in art perceived as "inspirers/muse", but at the First International Conference of the Club of Silk Road Mayors in Astana Dr. Leyla Mahat demonstrated in her lecture that already in the history of nomadic cultures women can be traced as important "influencers" in the art sector (read more LINK)

Dr. Leyla Mahat has her academic title in Philosophy/Fine Art and is associate professor for Painting and Sculpture at the Art Faculty of the Kazakh National University of Arts in Astana/Kazakhstan.

10.05.2018 : Catalyst Art

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.

Also as a part of social programs art can be an important factor like the work with underpriviledged children in McGregor, South Africa or in the Shangilia Slum in Nairobi/Kenya.


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