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Kyrgyzstan celebrates Komuz Day with great fanfare, impressive displays

Kyrgyzstan celebrates Komuz Day with great fanfare, impressive displays

Osh: Kyrgyzstan celebrated with great fanfare Komuz Day, a special cultural event that brought together around 500 komuzists to play Komuz, the Kyrgyz national three-stringed musical instrument. During the event organized by the Department of Culture of Osh city, the second largest city in Kyrgyzstan and located in the south of the country, musicians, university […]

Kazakhistan President calls for launching Asia Prize in Literature

Kazakhistan President calls for launching Asia Prize in Literature

Nur-Sultan: Kazakhstan President Kassym-Jomart Tokayev has called for establishing the Asia Prize in Literature. Addressing the First Forum of Asian Countries’ Writers in the Kazakh capital on Wednesday morning, Tokayev said that the Forum of Asian Countries’ Writers should become ‘an important venue for dialogue of writers’ and should be held in Asian countries on a […]

Thailand’s museum houses Indonesia’s oldest Quran manuscript

Thailand’s museum houses Indonesia’s oldest Quran manuscript

Narathiwat: Indonesia is the largest Muslim country and has a massively rich and impressive religious heritage. However, the oldest manuscript crafted in Indonesia of the Holy Quran, the Muslims’ sacred book, is preserved at the Ahmadiyah Islamiyah Museum in Narathiwat Province, Thailand. And it is in pristine condition. “The manuscript of the Quran was written in 1634 […]

Classical concert at Seokjojeon reminiscent of past glories, grief

Classical concert at Seokjojeon reminiscent of past glories, grief

Seoul: One late summer night, well-known Mozart music fills the neoclassical manor of Seokjojeon at Deoksu Palace, one of the five royal palaces in central Seoul. At the majestic, elegant entrance hall with ivory colored walls and pillars decorated with gilted plum flower patterns, arched windows and rococo-style fireplaces, three well-dressed musicians are surrounded by […]

Guest of Honor Sharjah to highlight UAE, Arab cultures at Moscow International Book Fair

Guest of Honor Sharjah to highlight UAE, Arab cultures at Moscow International Book Fair

  By Habib Toumi Sharjah: Sharjah, one of the seven emirates making up the United Arab Emirates (UAE), is all set for its breakthrough participation as the Special Guest of Honor in the 32nd Moscow International Book Fair (MIBF 2019). In April, Sharjah was announced as the first Special Guest of Honor as well as […]

South Korea holds culture festival with Japan amid soured ties

South Korea holds culture festival with Japan amid soured ties

Seoul: Unabated by escalating diplomatic and trade rows, South Korean and Japanese citizens gathered in Seoul on Sunday to take part in an annual festival designed to share their cultures and facilitate exchanges. The 15th Korea-Japan Culture Festival 2019 was held at the Convention and Exhibition Center (COEX) in southern Seoul, where visitors had the […]

Busan film festival to screen film classics to mark centennial of Korean cinema

Busan film festival to screen film classics to mark centennial of Korean cinema

  Seoul: This year’s Busan International Film Festival (BIFF) will screen 10 masterpieces by renowned Korean directors to commemorate the 100th anniversary of Korean cinema, organizers said Saturday. The special screening program will be held under the name “The 100 Year History of Korean Cinema, 10 Great Korean Films” during the 24th BIFF, set to […]

K-pop stars break out of glossy idol image with musical roles

K-pop stars break out of glossy idol image with musical roles

  Seoul: At the height of his K-pop career this week, Hwang Min-hyun, a member of five-piece boy band NU’EST, launched a new show business career which his fans scarcely expected. The 24-year-old Hwang appeared to his fans in his first acting role in the famous musical, “Marie Antoinette,” as the show’s main male character, […]

Asia has four of the six winners of 2019 Aga Khan Award for Architecture

Asia has four of the six winners of 2019 Aga Khan Award for Architecture

Kazan: Four of the six projects that won the 2019 Aga Khan Award for Architecture are located in Asia, in a new triumph for the continent. Bangladesh, Bahrain, Palestine and the United Arab Emirates were the winners of the global award presented once every three years. The other two countries are Russia and the Senegal. […]

Even away from music scene for break, BTS makes buzz

Even away from music scene for break, BTS makes buzz

  Seoul: Off to its first-ever official break in its sensational seven-year career, K-pop super band BTS is away from the public eye, but the presence of its members’ surprise internet feeds and release of a special photo album continues to make the world music scene abuzz with the beloved band. Dropping a YouTube video […]

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