The 12th Open Eurasian Literature Festival & Book Forum (OEBF), organised by the Eurasian Creative Guild (London), was held in two locations this year: Kazakhstan from September 25th to 30th and Scotland from October 27th to 29th.
The festival brought together writers, poets, illustrators, publishers, and readers from over 20 countries to celebrate the rich and diverse literary heritage of Eurasia.
The OEBF is an annual cultural event that aims to promote Eurasian literature and culture, foster dialogue and collaboration among writers and artists, and support emerging talents in the region.
The festival features various activities, such as exhibitions, seminars, book fairs, book presentations, meetings with authors, poetry readings, and literary competitions.
One of the highlights of the festival was the attendance of the Deputy Foreign Minister of Kyrgyzstan, Avazbek Atakhanov, who delivered a speech at the opening ceremony in Kazakhstan. He praised the OEBF for its contribution to the development of Eurasian literature and culture, and expressed his hope that the festival would continue to strengthen the ties and friendship among the peoples of Eurasia.
The festival also announced the winners of the 11th Open Eurasia Competition, which received over 1,000 entries from 40 countries in six categories: poetry, prose, illustration, translation, screenplay, and children’s literature. The winners were awarded with prizes, certificates, and publication opportunities. The jury panel included prominent writers, critics, and academics from Eurasia and beyond.
The OEBF is one of the largest and most prestigious literary events in Eurasia, and has been held in different countries since 2012, such as the UK, Belgium, France, Italy, Turkey, Armenia, and Uzbekistan. The festival is supported by various partners and sponsors, such as the Ministry of Culture and Sports of Kazakhstan, the British Council, the Scottish Poetry Library, the BelBrand Association, and the Marziya Zakiryanova Foundation.
The organizers of the OEBF expressed their gratitude to all the participants, guests, partners, and sponsors for making the festival a success, and invited everyone to join the next edition of the festival in 2024.