Dulat Issabekov

Today Dulat Issabekov has dozens of novellas to his name, around forty short stories and a novel entitled “The Revolt”. He has also written over twenty works for the stage. Isabekov’s works have been published and re-published in Moscow on several occasions. Some of his novellas and stories have been translated into German, Hungarian, Czech and Chinese.

Plays by this writer are performed in theaters throughout Kazakhstan. They have also been staged in Turkey, Saint Petersburg, Omsk, Sofia (Bulgaria), Tadzhikistan and Bashkiria. In 2012 a whole international festival was devoted exclusively to his work under the title “The World of Issabekov”. Since 2014 his play “The Transit Passenger” became known in the UK too.

Dulat Issabekov was the first writer to be awarded the State Prize of Independent Kazakhstan, the prize of Kazakhstan’s Pen Club and the Platinum Prize of the independent organization “Tarlan”. Feature films have been made of Issabekov’s works “Gaukhar Tas”, “Sagebrush”, “Far and Away” and “Lottery” and also a documentary about his life and work entitled “The World of Issabekov” (2012). In 2014 he received an International Chingiz Aitmatov Award in the House of Lords, British Parliament for his achievements in the Literature.

In 2017 on 1st October, the opening ceremony of the Kazakh Arts Festival was held at London’s Stockwell Playhouse theatre. The festival opened with the play ‘A Man on a Mission’, which was written by renowned and award-winning Kazakh writer and playwright, Mr Dulat Issabekov, who is this year marking his 75th anniversary. Attendees included representatives from Britain’s political, business and academic communities; members of the British-Kazakh Society; heads of diplomatic missions; representatives of the Kazakh diaspora; and the media. All enjoyed performances by Kazakh theatre actors and were introduced to the best works of Kazakh drama.

The festival – which is running until 7 October – is a large-scale project which aims to introduce the UK and wider global community to Kazakhstan’s rich cultural and historic heritage. Over the week, actors from two Kazakh theatres – the Mukhtar Auezov Kazakh State Theatre of Drama and the Korean State Theatre of Musical Comedy – will perform Dulat Issabekov’s plays. This will include ‘A Man on a Mission’, ‘The Actress’, and ‘Song of the Swans’.

HONORS: Winner of the M.Auezov’s Writers’ Union (1985, for the play “Muragerler“ (Heirs)); Awarded the Order of “Kurmet” (2002); 2009 – the play “Munlyk-Zarlyk” was awarded a grant from the Ministry of Culture and Information; 2010- the play “Zhauzhүrek” won the Grand Prix in the competition “Tauelsizdik tolgauy”; 2008 – the play “Endі қayttіk? ..” ( What shall we do ?) has been awarded a grant from the Ministry of Culture and Information; Awarded the Order of “Astana” (2008); Awarded the medal of “Leo Tolstoy“, Russia (2012); 2012 – D.Issabekov was awarded the Diploma of the National Academy of Science. Awarded the Order of “Barys” (2012); 2012 – President of Kazakhstan Nursultan Nazarbayev congratulated D.Issabekov by special letter

Writer and playwriter, screenwriter Dulat Isabekov teaches courses in specialty “Kinoteledramaturgiya at the Academy of Arts. T.Zhurgenov.” Students of Course, adopted by him in 2007 have successfully defended their dissertations.
Currently, he is Head of the magazine “Madeniet.”

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