U.S. Embassy Annual Summer Film Screenings Highlighted 50th Anniversary of the Apollo Moon Landing

Ashgabat, June 20, 2019 – On June 16, the U.S. Embassy concluded its annual Summer Film Screenings. More than 4,500 people attended film screenings at theaters in Turkmenabat, Mary, Ashgabat, Dashoguz, Balkanabat, and Turkmenbashy. The Summer Film Screenings ran from June 1 to June 16 and showcased three recent American blockbusters about space, in honor …

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American Jazz Music concert featuring the Ari Roland Jazz Quartet

Please join us for an American Jazz Music concert featuring the Ari Roland Jazz Quartet. On June 27 through 30, 2019, the quartet will perform in three cities in Turkmenistan including Mary, Turkmenabat, and Ashgabat. The Ari Roland Quartet is a group of four New York City-based jazz musicians, including Ari Roland on bass, Chris …

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Summer Film Screenings and Photography Exhibition

Please join us for the U.S. Embassy in Ashgabat’s annual Summer Film Screenings. This year’s selected films—Wall-E, Hidden Figures, and First Man—celebrate space exploration in honor of the 50th anniversary of the Apollo 11 Moon landing in 1969. The films will be screened in Turkmenabat, Mary, Ashgabat, Dashoguz, Balkanabat, and Turkmenbashy and will be accompanied by a photography …

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American Music Group Mariachi Champaña Nevin Completes Tour in Turkmenistan

April 2, 2019, Ashgabat – American ensemble Mariachi Champaña Nevin completed its tour in Turkmenistan with a standing room only concert in Ashgabat March 29. The ensemble visited Turkmenistan March 24-31 and gave a series of workshops and concerts sponsored by the U.S. Department of State and the U.S. Embassy in Ashgabat. The Mariachi Champaña …

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U.S. Embassy’s Annual Winter Film Screenings Reach Over 9,000 People Across Turkmenistan

More than 9,000 people attended the U.S. Embassy in Ashgabat’s 2019 Winter American Film Screenings, held in six cities across Turkmenistan. The Embassy selected and showed three films with strong African-American characters—animated films The Princess and the Frog and Home and superhero film Black Panther — in honor of Black History Month (BHM), which is celebrated every …

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U.S. Embassy Presents Recent American Films in Annual Winter Film Screenings

Ashgabat, February 5, 2019 – On February 9, the U.S. Embassy kicks off its annual Winter Film Screenings, featuring three American blockbusters. This month, the chosen films celebrate Black History Month by portraying strong and diverse African and African-American characters. The films will be shown in February at theaters in Ashgabat, Balkanabat, Dashoguz, Mary, Turkmenabat, …

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American Film Experts Present Documentary Films in Ashgabat

Ashgabat, November 14, 2018 – On Sunday, November 18, the U.S. Embassy will sponsor screenings of three critically-acclaimed independent documentary films, at Ashgabat Cinema, followed by a Q&A session with American film experts. Leading up to the event, three American film experts—director James Q. Chan, filmmaker Tim Skousen, and American Film Showcase representative Jennifer Phan—will …

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U.S. Embassy Helps Preserve Turkmenistan’s Cultural Heritage

Ashgabat, May 11, 2018 – U.S. Ambassador Allan Mustard will visit Mary province on May 16 to take part in the closing ceremony for restoration and conservation of the Greater and Lesser Gyz Gala monuments in Ancient Merv, supported by the U.S. Ambassadors Fund for Cultural Preservation (AFCP). The ceremony will be held at Gyz …

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Statement by Deputy Secretary Sullivan on the Occasion of Nowruz

U.S. Department of State Office of the Spokesperson For Immediate Release March 19, 2018 As spring arrives, I wish the people of Iran and everyone who celebrates this wonderful tradition a happy Nowruz. Today, I offer my best wishes to all of the communities here in the United States, as well as in Afghanistan, Azerbaijan, …

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U.S. Embassy Helps Preserve Traditional Music Recordings for Posterity

Ashgabat, November 29, 2017 – Yesterday U.S. Chargé d’Affaires Kami Witmer celebrated the completion of a joint project with the National Conservatory of Turkmenistan to restore and digitize recordings of traditional Turkmen music. In 2012 the U.S. Embassy in Ashgabat awarded a grant to the National Conservatory to help preserve endangered music for posterity and …

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Dashoguz American Corner Reopens – Embassy and Partners Celebrate 15 Years with a Modern Redesign

Ashgabat, November 14, 2017 – On November 1, U.S. Ambassador Allan Mustard cut a ribbon to mark the reopening of the Dashoguz American Corner in a new, modernized space. The date also marked the 15th anniversary of the original opening of the Dashoguz American Corner, which hosts over 12,000 visitors per year. More than 50 …

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U.S. Embassy Awards Grant to Restore Silk Road Site at Dayahatyn

Ashgabat, August 30, 2017 – Today U.S. Ambassador Allan Mustard awarded a $72,560 grant to the National Administration for the Preservation, Study, and Restoration of Historical and Cultural Monuments of Turkmenistan to restore and conserve the unique Silk Road caravanserai at Dayahatyn. Through this award, the U.S. Embassy and its partners will undertake a second phase …

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U.S. Embassy Helps Restore Ancient Mosaics from Gonur Depe

Ashgabat, August 16, 2017 –  On August 14, 2017, U.S. Ambassador Allan Mustard celebrated the completion of a joint project with the Museum of Fine Arts in Ashgabat to conserve, restore, and reconstruct ancient mosaic panels from Turkmenistan’s archaeological site at Gonur Depe. In 2015 the U.S. Embassy in Ashgabat awarded a grant to the …

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U.S. Embassy Presents Recent American Films in Annual Summer Film Screenings

Ashgabat, June 30, 2017 – On July 1 the U.S. Embassy kicks off its seventh annual Summer Film Screenings, featuring three recent American blockbusters. The films will be shown in July at theaters in Ashgabat, Balkanabat, Dashoguz, Mary, Turkmenbashi, and Turkmenabat. U.S. Embassy personnel will introduce the films and greet visitors before and after the screenings. Arrival, …

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U.S. Embassy Sponsors Women’s History Month Concert on March 17

Ashgabat, March 13, 2016 – The U.S. Embassy is sponsoring three American music experts to work for a week with the State Symphony Orchestra of the State Cultural Center of Turkmenistan, culminating in a joint concert on Friday, March 17 at the Magtymguly National Music and Drama Theatre. The American musicians are traveling to Turkmenistan …

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U.S. Embassy Helps Restore Dayahatyn Caravanserai, Turkmen Archeological Site

Ashgabat, November 18, 2016 – U.S. Ambassador Allan Mustard visited Lebap province today to take part in a closing ceremony for the restoration and conservation of the Dayahatyn caravanserai, an Ambassador’s Fund for Cultural Preservation (AFCP) project. He also reviewed the results of the conservation work done at the site. The ceremony was held at the Dayahatyn caravanserai with the participation of U.S. …

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Closing Ceremony for the AFCP-funded Annau Mosque Mosaic Restoration Project

On August 12, Ambassador Mustard participated in the closing ceremony for an Ambassador’s Fund for Cultural Preservation (AFCP) project completed by the Fine Arts Museum of Turkmenistan. This was the second stage in the reconstruction of the 15th century Seyit Jemalletdin Mosque portal – known for its ancient Arabic calligraphy and mosaics depicting two golden dragons – originally located in Annau, …

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Independence Day Remarks

Archabil Hotel July 1, 2016; 20:00 Your Excellency, Deputy Foreign Minister Niyazliyev, fellow ambassadors, esteemed guests, ladies and gentlemen, good evening!  Thank you for coming.  I thank as well President Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov for his continued support of the ever-strengthening bilateral relationship between the United States and Turkmenistan. Of course, I thank our sponsors, without whose …

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U.S. Embassy Shares American Culture Through Annual Summer Film Screenings in Turkmenistan

All of the films will be shown in Russian with English subtitles and are open to the public free of charge. The films will be screened according to the following schedule: Ashgabat – “Ashgabat” Cinema Hall Saturday, July 9 at 12:00– Inside Out (cartoon) Saturday, July 9 at 15:00 – Star Wars: The Force Awakens …

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U.S. Embassy Promotes Turkmen Film Industry

Two award-winning film experts of the American Film Showcase (AFS) program, director Steven (Sandy) Smolan and cinematographer Christopher Chomyn, will visit Ashgabat May 20-25 to share their expertise with professionals in the field of filmmaking. These two cinematographers will give public presentations and screenings at the U.S. Embassy’s Information Resource Center (IRC) and the Ashgabat …

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U.S. Embassy Promotes Turkmen Language through American Classics

Today, U.S. Ambassador to Turkmenistan Allan Mustard will present two newly translated and published American children’s books in the Turkmen language. Following the successful launch of Charlotte’s Web in Turkmen in 2015, the U.S. Embassy translated and published two more books, Farmer Boy and Little House in the Big Woods, by American author Laura Ingalls …

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Turkmenistan Loans Important Art Objects to Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York

Two representatives of the New York Metropolitan Museum of Art (MET), Assistant Curator at the Department of Islamic Art Ms. Martina Rugiadi and Conservator Ms. Janis Mandrus, will visit Ashgabat April 6-13 to prepare the shipment of more than a dozen Seljuq-era artifacts from museums in Turkmenistan to New York City. An exhibition titled “Court …

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U.S. Embassy Continues Successful Music Teaching Program

Three American music teachers, Peter Thoresen, Derek Beckvold and Avery Waite, visited Ashgabat March 7–14, 2016 to conduct a professional and cultural exchange program with the National Conservatory of Turkmenistan. The teachers held workshops for students and teachers of various departments, including the classical music, vocals, composition, and conducting departments. The American teachers also held …

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Ambassador’s Fund for Cultural Preservation Helps Conserve Turkmen Heritage

The United States has further strengthened ties with the people of Turkmenistan by giving an ambassadorial cultural preservation grant for the Gonur Depe project.  On September 15, 2015, U.S. Ambassador to Turkmenistan Allan Mustard will officially award the 2015 Ambassadors Fund for Cultural Preservation (AFCP) grant to the Fine Arts Museum of Turkmenistan.  Worth $98,250, …

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