The ecological art festival “TRASH-3: art + ecology”, will be held in Bishkek on September 25

Date: September 25th, 11:00 – 21:00. the entrance is free

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Bishkek School of Contemporary Art & Tazar Bishkek with the support of the Soros-Kyrgyzstan Foundation invites all residents and guests of the city to the long-awaited environmental art festival named TRASH-3: art + ecology. Art-Trash Festival will be held on September 25 from 11:00 to 21:00 in the Altyn-Kazyk residential area near the city polygon, where guests and participants will be able to look at the art installations and get acquainted with creative projects in the field of garbage / waste / recyclable materials . The festival will include an eco-tour, installations, photo exhibitions, performances, film screenings, workshops, eco-practices and life hacks on waste management, opening a library of saved books and a swap party. This festival will demonstrate how you can deal with waste problems and open a platform for discussions and reflections about waste as a resource.

Schedule (What to take with you: – warm clothes, raincoat, water / mug, masks, old comfortable shoes)

Part 1. Eco-Tour (participation on your own transport or by registration

10:30 – Gathering at the Narodny store (Kievskaya / Turusbekova).

11:00 – 16:00 – Departure. Eco-Tour around the Ala-Archinsky reservoirs with a stop at the landfill

Part 2. Trash Festival (you can come by your own or public transport)

16:00 – 21:00 – Trash Festival, railway station “Altyn-Kazyk” (Altyn-Kazyk, 8th, 8

List of participants:

Abdykerim Adenov

Adilet Ulanov

Aziza Akunova (and the team of the NGO “SKZE”)

Akzhol Akzhigit uulu

Alena Abitova

Vlad Ushakov

Gluklya (Natalia Pershina-Yakimanskaya, Russia)

Dmitry Petrovsky (DOXA art group)

Meder Akhmetov

Mirlan Sheishenbaev

Munara Moldobaeva

Aitegin Muratbek uulu

Nelly Dzhamanbaeva

Oksana Kapishnikova

Ravshan Ta Jing

Ermek Jenish


Munara Moldobaeva

Annie Albagli (USA)

Design: Syinat Zholdosheva

Catalog-zin  “Aralash”: Alima Tokmergenova & Syinat Zholdosheva

Organizers: Bishkek School of Contemporary Art (curator Bermet Borubaeva) & Tazar Bishkek (curator Aimeerim Tursalieva)

Partners: NGO “ArtEast”, Hyde Park Art Center (Chicago), Travelers Club “”, Public Movement “Ecostan”, EcoSots, EcoVolonter, NGO “Students of Kyrgyzstan for Green Economy”, ”CEC ArtsLink.

With the financial assistance of the Soros Foundation-Kyrgyzstan within the framework of the Democratic Governance program.

With the financial assistance of the Soros Foundation-Kyrgyzstan within the framework of the Democratic Governance program.

Detailed information on the website and by phone +996500527484

Festival program



Media materials:

The program of the ecological art festival “TRASH-3: art + ecology”

Part 1. Eco-Tour (11:00 – 16:00)

Gathering at 10:30 at the Narodnyi store (Kievskaya / Turusbekova). OLD SHOES + Respirators + Raincoats

11:00 Departure“Narodnyi”  store
Kievskaya / Turusbekova
11:30-12:00Visiting a polygon #МэрБишкекаПотушиTurn in to the landfill solid waste filtrate
12:30-13:00Dam stopDam 
13:00-15:30Visit to the boat stationBoat station

Part  2. “Altyn-Kazyk” (16:00 – 21:00)

16:00-16:30Opening of the festival and the library of saved books“Altyn Kazyk” stop, Altyn Kazyk 8th, 8 
16:30 – 19:00Presentation of projects. ExcursionAltyn Kazyk, 8 th, 8 
19:00 – 20:00Screening of films: “Polygon”, “Underwater dumps of Issyk-Kul”, “How to make money on garbage in Kyrgyzstan”“Library”, Altyn Kazyk, AltynKazyk 7th, 26
20:00 – 21:00Picnic and departureAltyn-Kazyk, 8th, 8

Pre-festival cleaning-up: September 18, within the framework of the world day of cleanliness, we leave for a cleaning-up of the Ala-Archinskoye reservoir – the Altyn-Kazyk railway station. Cleaning-up  rules, registration, time and place of departure information can be found through the link:

Unfortunately, we do not have enough of our own resources, therefore, we will be grateful for your support. How can you help us?

– Wooden crates – new or used

– Unnecessary chairs / pallets

– Unnecessary books for the library

– Unnecessary things for exchange (SWAP)

– Volunteer assistance at the festival

To assist in promoting the solution of the issue of landfills in Kyrgyzstan, we ask you to sign the petition

The Bishkek School of Contemporary Art (BISСА) is a dynamic online and offline platform that offers, on its basis, to accumulate and promote the practice, reasoning, and experience of art in its various manifestations. We are an informal, self-organizing association that is interested in exchanging thoughts, emotions and energy in connection with art as a practice, and we are involved in the creation of a school at no cost.

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Tazar Bishkek is a platform and mobile application for sorting and disposing of recyclable materials in Kyrgyzstan. We teach city residents how to properly sort and dispose of their garbage / waste / recyclable materials. We also train offices  to become responsible for their ecological footprint.

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Environmental art-festival “TRASH – 3. Art + Ecology”

Project dates: June – December 2021 ||| Bishkek-Chicago


Bishkek: District “Altyn-Kazyk” between city dump and the Ala-Archinsky water-reservoir

Chicago: The Hyde Park Art Center

Short summary

Research on Art + Ecology is a part of Environmental art-festival “TRASH” that will be dedicated to problems of environmental equality and aimed to create conscious dialogue on solving the issue of environmental pollution in the city.

Together with artists, activists, scientists, citizens, thinkers we are going to create an Interglobal platform of communication that researches methodologies on how we can deal with global environmental challenges on local & global levels with discussions,

Experimenting, art interventions, analyzing, creating art events, objects, publications. Our axis of working area is Bishkek-Chicago, but other spots can join us online that will create vibrate network of practitioners like a spores of mycelium.

Environmental art-festival “TRASH - 3. Art + Ecology”

Full description of the project:

Proposed research in frame of CEC ArtsLink Fellowship program is part of big project – Environmental “TRASH” Art-Festival by Bishkek School of Contemporary Art that we started as a group of young artists after graduation of 1st edition of School of Contemporary Art “ArtEast” in Bishkek.

Because of pandemic situation we propose to avoid this year mass events and work on research-base practice starts on the cost of water reservoir near Bishkek City Dump and end by series of workshops by Chicago-based artists in October-November 2021.  Also because of vulnerability of traveling we would like to divide our research to several parts that will be simultaneously happening in Bishkek and Chicago.

Nowadays, the issue of environmental problems in cities is extremely relevant and Bishkek is not exclusion – a stinking landfill, smog, agricultural land polluted by production, hyper-motorization and many other problems of the city endanger the health and lives of people. Last year, Bishkek almost permanently ranked first in the world among large cities (according to the air visual rating), which causes illness and economic loss. Its roots in a tangle of problems – weak management of the, a low level of environmental awareness, hyperactivity of neoliberal economic system, which exploits natural resources to extract maximum benefits with minimal means and bypassing environmental safety.

The project serves as an open platform for reflection and critical understanding of existing alternatives to the global diminution of the Anthropocene and the predatory seizure of natural resources by transcontinental corporations.

Main elements / stages of the project:

– April – May: Open-Call for applications to take part in the TRASH- Festival III.

– June – November – series of online| offline meetings on exchanging art&eco-practitioners and open and closed events on ecology and art in locations

– 11-30 September (Approximate dates 17-18 September) – Presentation of Trash Festival in Bishkek near City Dump District

– 1 October – 17 November – Series of events/ workshops with Hyde Part Art Center and Chicago artists in framework of ArtsLink International Fellowship Progmram Residency in collaboration with Hyde Park Art Center (Chicago) in framework of Bermer Borubaeva’s residency in Chicago.

– November – December – publication of results of the project.

Organizers: Bishkek School of Contemporary Art (curator Bermet Borubaeva), Tazar Bishkek

Partners: Hyde Park Arts Center (Chicago), ArtEast, Travelers Club “”, 

Supported by CEC ArtsLink and Soros Foundation-Kyrgyzstan,,

Contacts for communication: +996500527484,, Bermet

Open call

We are appreciated to invite you to open-call for applications for the environmental art festival “TRASH-3/ Art + Ecology” from the art community, ecologists, activists, journalists and caring citizens. If you want to take part in one or more directions:

Art: Creation of creative projects and art objects.

Research part: Conducting research in the residential area “Altyn-Kazyk” in frames of project School of Methodology Art Research

Activist: Conducting subbotniks and seminars.

Link to google form to send an application for participation

Deadline: Aug 1, 2021.