The world reads Aitmatov

The Ministry of Education and Science of Kyrgyzstan launched the new public campaign. The event is timed to the 90th anniversary of the birth of famous writer, Chingiz Aitmatov. Anyone can take part in it, both in the country and abroad. For this purpose, it is necessary to read an excerpt from one of the works of the great writer and publish the video on the Internet. Hundreds of videos from different countries can be found on the Internet.

AIZURA CHYKYNBAYEVA, STAFF, PUBLIC RELATIONS DEPARTMENT, KYRGYZ MINISTRY OF EDUCATION AND SCIENCE:

- The purpose of this action is to popularize the legacy of Chinghiz Aitmatov and to form the culture of reading Aitmatov's works. In order to take part in this action, you just need to film yourself while reading the excerpt from one of the works of Chingiz Aitmatov and publish it in your social media account with the #Aitmatoveducationkg.

The online flashmob titled ‘The World Reads Aitmatov’ is one of the first events launched in the republic as part of the 90th anniversary of the Kyrgyz writer. During the year, in honor of the significant date, it is planned to host exhibitions, scientific conferences and youth forums as well as to publish new books, create documentary and feature films based on the works of Chingiz Aitmatov.

AINURA ASANBAYEVA, LEADING SPECIALIST, KYRGYZ MINISTRY OF CULTURE, INFORMATION AND TOURISM:

- You might’ve been aware of the feature film Ak Keme by Chingiz Aitmatov. The Department of Cinematography under the Ministry of Culture, Information and Tourism made a proposal to remake this film.  At the moment, everything is being developed and the directors are currently working.

The 90th anniversary of Chingiz Aitmatov will be celebrated not only in Kyrgyzstan. The International Organization of the Turkic Culture declared 2018 to be the year of the Kyrgyz writer. The various events will take place under the auspices of TURKSOY in Kazakhstan, Azerbaijan, Kyrgyzstan, Turkmenistan and Turkey.

In addition, it is planned to organize the Aitmatov center in his small homeland, Talas. In the near future, the country intends to lay a time capsule memorial to the writer.