Turkmenistan - Christmas in Ashgabat
Andy substitutes his traditional seasonal fare for a glass of Presidential Vodka, a Christmas kebab, and a generous helping of Turkmen national folk music.
Turkmenistan is a curious, little-visited place where the months of the year are named after the President's family, beards are illegal, and there's a public holiday for the honeydew melon.
Andy substitutes his traditional seasonal fare for a glass of Presidential Vodka, a Christmas kebab, and a generous helping of Turkmen national folk music, in the first British documentary made inside one of the world's most autocratic states.
Music and featured items
Andy overlooks Turkmenistan.
Andy Kershaw is at the top of a mountain overlooking the capital of Turkmenistan.
The National Music Conservatory.
Andy arrives at the Turkmen National Music Conservatory and is welcomed with gifts.
The national art gallery.
Andy heads towards the national art gallery with the Ministry of Culture.
Stuck in the hotel.
Andy is in his hotel under advice not to go out by his government minders.
Honour to our President.
Andy meets the Director of a culture centre with a group called Honour to our President.
“The Arch of Neutrality”.
Andy is at “The Arch of Neutrality”, one of the most amazing monuments in the country.
The National Carpet Museum.
Andy visits the National Carpet Museum next to his hotel.
Contemporary national music.
In search of some contemporary national music.
Andy goes clubbing.
Andy goes clubbing, an unofficial activity as club culture is considered to be un-Turkmen.
Andy is at the horse races.
Andy is at the horse races at the national hippodrome.
Andy at the Palace of Culture.
Andy is at the Palace of Culture, and watches a display of folk dancing.
Turkmen television studios.
Andy is on a tour of the Turkmen television studios.
Theatre of Music and Drama.
Andy is at the new Turkmen National Theatre of Music and Drama to hear some pop music.
Andy describes the architecture.
Andy describes the extraordinary architecture and its celebration of the President.
Andy meets a percussionist.
Andy meets a percussionist at the Oil and Gas Museum of Turkmenistan.
Oil and gas reserves.
Andy asks about the reserves of oil and gas in Turkmenistan and its trade.
Souvenir shopping in Ashgabat.
Andy goes to a souvenir shopping in the Russian market in Ashgabat.
- Christmas Day 2005 22:15
- Sun 28 Jan 2007 22:15