Kazakhstan’s Capital hosted the “Literary Asia" Contest supported by the Literary Council of the Eurasian Peoples’ Assembly

09/01/2024 10:44

The second season of the “Literary Asia” Contest took place in Astana. In 2023, it was dedicated to the 30th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations between Kazakhstan and Egypt and the 800th anniversary of Sultan Baybars. More than 400 writers from 60 countries took part in it.

Bakhyt Rustemov - Co-Chairman of the Literary Council of the Eurasian Peoples' Assembly from Kazakhstan, President of the Public Association "International Commonwealth of People's Diplomacy" (ICPD), a famous Kazakh writer and poet calls Sultan Baybars - the Turkic leopard of North Africa and the Middle East. According to him, in ancient times, the “Great Silk Road”, which passed through the Kazakh steppes, ensured the material well-being of peoples on the Eurasian continent. And in the 21st century, a new start of the “Great Spiritual Path” began from the capital of independent Kazakhstan in the form of the “Literary Asia” Contest. The public organization "International Commonwealth of People's Diplomacy", headed by Bakhyt Rustemov, is the organizer of the contest. The Commonwealth holds various events, presenting Kazakhstan as a territory of high culture.

In 2020, the organization held an international poetry relay dedicated to the 175th anniversary of the great Abai. His poems were read by poets from different countries. The best readers were awarded special diplomas from the Kazakh Commonwealth.

In 2021, the 1st International Literary Contest “Literary Asia” took place; it was dedicated to the 750th anniversary of the Golden Horde and the 30th anniversary of Kazakhstan’s independence. More than 200 writers from 20 countries took part in it.

The competition appeared in 2021 on the Asian continent; it acquired worldwide status two years later. It gave the opportunity to participate to the maximum number of writers from different countries.

Along with ordinary writers, figures who have the high titles of “People’s Poet” and “People’s Writer” of their countries presented their works to the competition in 2023. The international jury consists of about 100 people - professional writers from the world.

According to the results of the competition in the “Poetry” category, the Grand Prix was won by Jose Lissidini Sanchez (Peru), Tatyana Yuzlenko (Ukraine), Tazhrid Bou Merhi (Lebanon), Nasrullah Baybulatov (Dagestan), Gulbahor Zhumaeva (Uzbekistan), Orazbay Satbaev (Karakalpakstan), Carmen Parada (Mexico), Galina Matveeva (Chuvashia), Juan Osorio Rojas (Cuba), Mehmet Yardimchi (Turkey), Mamazhanova Tazagul (Kyrgyzstan), Ruslan Pivovarov (Belarus), Abuzar Abfshing (Iran), Ismail Beytuganov (Kabardino-Balkaria), Nelson Ferraz (Portugal), Rafiga Usmanova (Bashkortostan), Juan Nunes Parreno (Spain), Mahammed Goyyb (Tajikistan).

In the “Prose” category, the Grand Prix was awarded to Protsenko Adelina (Ukraine), Humaouin Kabir Dhali (Bangladesh), Magtibetov Ibragim (Dagestan), Zholtay Zhumat-Almashuly (Kazakhstan), Umedchoni Amoni (Tajikistan), Sidda Massouma Shamsi (Iran), Kudryavtsev Peter (Chuvashia), Maria Cecilia Hernandez Diaz (Cuba), Lyudmila Lazareva (Kazakhstan). Those awarded the Grand Prix were awarded the Sultan Baybars medal.

As President of Kazakhstan Kassym-Jomart Tokayev noted, the interpenetration of cultures that know no borders spiritually enriches peoples.

Information support for the competition was provided by literary associations from Egypt, Spain, China, Peru, Portugal, Nepal, Iran, Kyrgyzstan, Turkey, Russia, Great Britain and other countries.

In its work, ICPD is guided by the motto: “Poets are people of peace and creation. Poetry has no boundaries." For the first time in the literary life of Kazakhstan, an online conference was held with writers from different countries “International journalism of independent Kazakhstan is a clear indicator of the successful integration of the state into the cultural space of the world community.”

ICPD also summed up the results of the 1st international artist competition dedicated to the 800th anniversary of Sultan Baybars. The winners were: Reikhan Aituarova (Kazakhstan) – Grand Prix. Eduardo Varguez Danez (Mexico) – 1st place. Alma Leticia Torres Zuniga (Mexico) and Alex Galex Luna Garcia (Mexico) – 2nd place. Renat Elubaev (Kazakhstan) – 3rd place.

The multicultural space of the Kazakh competition brings the “International Commonwealth of People's Diplomacy” into the world of ethnic and world culture. The activities of ICPD are an educational space, an idea around which a strategy for bringing together creative people of the world is built. This leads to the experience of interethnic communication. The educational activities of the organization introduce the world to historical and national-cultural traditions, develop the abilities of creative self-expression and aesthetic education, and popularize the achievements of Kazakhstan.