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Mongol Messenger newspaper ACM page, July 2019


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Mongol Messenger newspaper ACM page, July 2019

  1. 1. Friday, July 5, 201912 THE MONGOL MESSENGER ARTS & CULTURE The Mongol Messenger is operated and printed by government news agency MONTSAME Web: E-mail: ISSN 1684-1883 Arts Council of Mongolia, Delta Foundation Center, IV floor, Tourists Street-38, Chingeltei District Tel/Fax: 976-11-319015 E-mail: Web: ARTS COUNCIL OF MONGOLIA ARTS COUNCIL OF MONGOLIA Every year, the Culture Naadam hosts over 20.000 Naadam festival goers on July 11 and July 12 at Khui Doloon Khudag valley. It presents the quintessence of Mongolian cultural identity and the highlights of its intangible cultural heritage. The Culture Naadam will hold in its 12th year, is mainly organized by Arts Council of Mongolia (ACM) and the Mongolian State University of Arts and Culture (MSUAC) with a team of over 200 persons of artists, intangible cultural heritage practitioners, students and volunteers. The Culture Naadam 2019 is made available by Rio Tinto, The Sustainable Supporter of Cultural Heritage in Mongolia. How shall we understand & enjoy the Naadam at fullest and experience the nomadic traditions, the authentic nomadic way of life and the nomadic arts and culture? The answer is the Culture Naadam, the two-day event that presents the unique aspects of nomadic arts and culture in an interactive way. As the Culture Naadam is run in the valley of the horserace, the out of town spectators witness the racing of horses, take a stroll in the scent of pasture sage and thyme and pay a visit to the ‘One Day in Mongolia’ village of Culture Naadam. It’s arts and crafts village with several Mongol gers and pop- up tents, where heritage bearers and artists showcase distinct nomadic culture. It’s not only for watching, but available for taking part in the actions of calligraphy writing, traditional painting, felt stitching and wool processing. Holding a brush, dipping it in ink and writing on rice paper will definitely make you feel like an ancient sage. Or making felt out of wet wool, sensing its tangled fibres will bring you the warmth of the wool and the warmth of the hearts of Mongol peoples. Try Mongolian traditional costumes for selfie or witness the deeply-rooted rituals and customs, play the traditional games at the ‘Steppe Mongolia’ nomads’ camp. You can even imagine yourself being a Mongol warrior while shooting with a bow and arrow or while enjoying the horse-riding show of ‘The Wonder of Horse- riders’. Since 2008, the Culture Naadam has won the appreciation of the Naadam revelers attracted and has already become the most successful public event that is a part of the “Mongolian Naadam” festival, a centuries-old tradition of Mongolia inscribed on the UNESCO Representative List of the Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity. Every visitor at the Culture Naadam becomes the envoy of nomadic culture, contributing in carrying out its aim to promote Mongolia’s custom traditions, to endorse the intangible nomadic culture as a tool for strengthening national cultural identity and to raise nationwide awareness of traditional cultural values. See, Hear, Smell, Taste, Touch and Feel the Nomadic Spirit at Culture Naadam.Sense Yourself as a True Nomad. The 4th edition expands the festival’s scope with four different occasions being held over the course of the festival. The festival opened with “Train Migration to Gobi” a mobile installation, performance and session of interactive talks with 36 people on the train trip to Gobi within the framework of Нүүдэл-movement aspect of migration. The idea is to focus on the movement part of migration and invite young artist, curators, and scholars to share their work and practices related to mobility. Food migration also was the main highlight of the journey and chef Kumar Bansal will share his story on food migration from India to Mongolia along with each participant’s story about food migration. At the destination in Gobi the “Fireline” installation and performance by Chinese artist Huang Huan took place which focused on twofold journeys of man and woman, East and West, past and future, unknown and known, and the resistance to and acceptance of migration. In addition, Sound migration performance by long singers Narandulam A. and Turbold S. took place in Gobi. On the journey Mongolian artist and illustrator Naidandorj Enkhbaatar and a young filmmaker Ikhbayar Shagdarsuren documented Train migration into an illustration installation and video installation. Co-organized with Goethe Institut Mongolia and Seoul, Migration Narratives joint exhibition opening on June 27, 2019 and will continue until July 7, 2019 at MN 17 Art Gallery. The main goal of the exhibition is representing untold stories of migration from each participating country including the U.S, Thailand, Indonesia, China, Taiwan, Hong Kong, Korea, and Sri Lanka and Mongolia. The exhibition is curated by 9 young Asian curators with contribution by Joseph Henry Bristley, a UK scholar, who has developed a timeline that looks at Mongolian migration practices in relation to all the participating curators’ countries including the U.S. The participating curators and artists were presented their project and artists at the Curators’ symposium on June 28, 2019. The festival opening held at the Central Museum of Dinosaurs on June 27, 2019 with the experimental performance “Arrival”: a joint work by long singers Narandulam A. and Turbold S, circus performer and dancer Enkhbayar A., and German artist Sara Orlafi and Maarten van der Glas from the Netherlands. The festival organized contextual programs and series of workshop by curators, artists and researchers and ArtSee talk series throughout the festival including “Workshop on VR Film making” by young Brooklyn-based film and virtual reality director, producer and creative technologist Winslow Porter on June 29, 2019 for local filmmakers and Olof van Winden, director of TodaysArt Festival, the strategic partner of the UBIMAF. The festival will migrate to Playtime, a live music festival, one of the largest youth music events, from July 5-7 with UBIMAF tent and on Naaglikhats stage on July 6, 2019 presenting DJs and audio-visual artist from the Netherlands, Taiwan, Canada and Mongolia in partnership with TodaysArt Festival, Embassy of Canada and Ministry of Culture of Taiwan. Ulaanbaatarinternationalmediaartfestival Culturenaadam2019takesplaceathorseraisingsite-khuidolookhudag With an aim to preserve the historical buildings which are the symbol of national value and cultural heritage, the Arts Council of Mongolia has implemented the “Cultural Treasure” project funded by the MCS Holding LLC since January 2019. As part of this program, ACM has been running a project developing the two- hectare land use plan for the Choijin Lama Temple Museum approved by the Metropolitan Urban Planning and Development Authority. According to the analysis and review of an expert panel for monitoring and analysis of restoring historical buildings at the National Center for Cultural Heritage, the landscaping work inside the brick wall of Choijin Lama Temple Museum was finished in June. While performing the landscaping, there was gardening work completed in a 4800 square meter area with the planting of new suitable shrubs based on the study of “The Institute of General and Experimental Biology”. Also “The Institute of History and Archaeology” conducted an archaeological test study to identify the old walkways, temples and stone monuments and suggested some of the findings to make as exhibits. Furthermore, the old walkways in the museum were not meeting the standards and therefore 600 square meters of new symmetric walkway has been upgraded at the site. A facade lighting system has been installed to increase the uniqueness of the architecture of the Choijin Lama Temple museum and enhance the charm of the capital city. As a result of the “Cultural Treasure” grant project of Arts Council of Mongolia and MCS Holding LLC, the historical building of Choijin Lama Temple museum has been renowned for their walkway that meets the needs of visitors and improves the green park areas in the city, providing a pleasant environment for the public. More over this project has contributed significantly to improve conservation and protection of cultural monuments. Landuseplanningandlandscapedesigningprojectatchoijinlamatemple museumhasbeensuccessfullyimplemented The 4th edition of Ulaanbaatar International Media Art Festival reflects on the theme of migration. Global events over the last decade make this an apt topic for artistic and scholarly engagement.