All-Russian Civil Congress has just been held in Moscow. It gathered civil rights defenders and journalists from all the far-off places of Russia including Tuva which was represented by Augusta Perelyaeva (Civil Rights Defense Comittee) and Dina Oyun (Tuva-Online).
A new film on Tuva has been recently produced by the State TV Broadcasting Company "Tyva". It opens up a new world to you - the intriguing and unique world of Tuva and its nomads, who still make up two-thirds of the population. People from the very heart of Asia, with its infinite steppe and impenetrable taiga, hot desert sands and snow-capped mountain peaks, its blooming Alpine meadows and severe tundra.
Different opinions on the future of khoomei and participation of foreign throat-singers in the Tuvan khoomei competitions go on coming. Here is a view by Arjopa (Germany) complimenting the discussion started by the review of the Festival of Khoomei dedicated to Gennady Tumat (July, 2004). As a professional musician and the only foreign jury member of last year's Khoomei-Symposium 2003, I think that the participation of none-tuvan singers should be handled in a different way.