Photo & poster design by Azaa Studio
Mongolian Art and Culture in London together with the Mongolian Embassy in the UK is delighted to represent Mongolia at the 55th Children and Family Across Borders (CFAB) International Spring Fair and Food Festival on 13th & 14th May 2014 due to take place at Kensington Town Hall in support of their charity work for protecting children and uniting families across borders.
Diplomatic missions of over 80 countries based in London will bring their art, culture and food over two days. There will be all day live entertainment, cocktails, sale of arts, crafts, souvenir items, textiles and food in support of a good cause. Proceeds will go to CFAB.
We cordially invite everyone to visit Mongolia stalls throughout both days. We will have paintings and paper cutting artworks by Mongolian and international artists, Mongolian souvenirs, cashmere , food as well as books on Mongolia, Genghis Khan and Kublai Khan.
Artworks will be provided by us, the Mongolian Art and Culture, cashmere – by a London-based Mongolian designer Semka Dashnyam and food – by a London-based Mongolian chef Khorkhoi Odnoo. Books will be provided by a British writer John Man.
Mongolian cultural performance
Mongolian music entertainment slot is scheduled between 3:30-4:00pm on 14th May on the Great Hall Stage provided by N. Bat-Erdene, a Khöömii (overtone/throat) singer and morin khuur (horse-head fiddle) player.
Introduction of the performer by Unurmaa Janchiv, Board Member of the Mongolian Association in the UK and Head of the Mongolian Art and Culture in London
Traditional melody on morin khuur (horse-head fiddle) by N. Bat-Erdene, morin khuur artist from Mongolia
Mongolian throat singing with morin khuur by N. Bat-Erdene, who studied throat singing from his father in Chandmani of Khovd province in Mongolia, a birthplace of throat singing.
N. Bat-Erdene is a morin khuur and Khöömii singing artist. He reached the semi-finals of the television’s “Poland’s Got Talent” show in 2012 and a participant of “Britain’s Got Talent” in 2013 and 2014. The morin khuur (Mongolian: морин хуур) is a bowed stringed instrument whose full classical Mongolian name (morin-u toloɣai tai quɣur) means ‘fiddle with horse’s head’. It produces a sound which is poetically described as ‘expansive and unrestrained, like a wild horse neighing, or like a breeze in the grasslands’. It is the most important musical instrument of the Mongolian people, and is considered a symbol of the Mongolian nation.
Khöömii is a remarkable style of singing where one person sings two or more distinct pitches at the same time. Khöömii originates from the central Asian plateau, particularly the Altai-Sayan mountain region of Mongolia and Tuva. The nomads of these parts listened to the natural sounds of their environment and discovered the overtone or harmonic series, from which all sound is born.
We hope that you will join us in supporting this unique event and celebrate the 55th anniversary by raising funds to help reunite children and families across international borders whilst enjoying this exciting experience of international experience in the heart of London.