2nd International Festival of Public Art «Art Prospect Bishkek»

2018 Festival Theme: NEIGHBORHOOD


Open Call for Artists from Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Georgia, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Moldova, Tajikistan, Uzbekistan and Ukraine

Interested artists need to complete the application form.  


Application deadline: October 3, 2018

Project Dates: October 14 – 28, 2018

Festival Opening: October 27, 2018

Location:  Courtyard at 32 Aitmatov Avenue, Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan


The Festival theme “Neighborhood” addresses a number of current issues and conditions. A neighborhood is something inevitable that provides not only certain rights, but requires reciprocal responsibilities. A neighborhood in the urban environment is a subtle substance of relationships, compromises and contradictions. The festival is planned as a practical experiment to rethink public spaces bearing in mind the influence of neoliberal policies.


The Festival aims to examine the public area of a courtyard adjacent to Bishkek’s main street, Chyngyz Aitmatov Avenue.  Through interaction with local residents and artistic practices (including, participatory art practices, art objects, and murals) the Festival aims to address the following local concerns:

  • Communication problems due of the rapid changing of apartment residents because of internal and external migration;

  • Construction of new «elite» buildings and parking lots, lack of space for communication and recreation for children and adults;

  • Emergence of new spontaneous self-organizing communities in the adjoining territory, such as taxi drivers-chess players, and their relationship with the courtyard residents. 


Preference will be given to art projects, which:

  • demonstrate an interest in engaging the local community;

  • are site-specific; and 

  • sustainable


Images of the neighborhood can be found here: https://drive.google.com/drive/folders/0B6_q55P8yMJfLWZ6c21hTFNROEU?usp=sharing


The festival will cover production costs and honoraria for each project.  Travel costs, including flights, accommodation, and per diem for 15 days will be provided for artists from outside Kyrgyzstan. 

Curators: Gulnara Kasmalieva, Muratbek Djumaliev

For all questions, please contact mg.arteast@gmail.com 

Festival Organizer: ArtEast with the support of CEC ArtsLink as part of the Art Prospect program.