Orzu Arts Theatre Company was founded in 2012 by its artistic director Yuldosh Juraboev. Orzu Arts aims at introducing the richness of Central Asian performing arts and culture to broader audiences and to generate opportunities and an educational platform for the local community.
During its first five years, Orzu Arts has staged five high quality plays from Central Asia with British actors in London/UK. Internationally, Orzu Arts has staged more than 20 plays, appearing in Finland and at Baharoopi Multilingual Theatre Festival in India, at Edinburgh Fringe and other international theatre festivals in Kyrgyzstan, Kazakhstan, Uzbekistan, Belorussia, Sweden and Greece.
Orzu Arts has become known as cultural ambassador for Central Asia in the UK. It is also the platform for organising and curating the annual Open Central Asia International Arts Festival which includes theatre performances, an independent film festival, literature, music and dance events, readings and poetry events and performing arts workshops and master-classes for fellow artists from all over the world.
Orzu Arts’ guest director http Ovlyakuli Khodjakuli is internationally recognised. He is a visiting professor of NSD, National School of Drama, New Delhi, laureate of the Golden Mask in Moscow, and author-curator of “Master and Student” advanced international theatre workshops in Central Asia. He has staged more then 60 plays worldwide.
Orzu Arts also works closely with Lewisham Teach Sport community centre, Eurasian Creative Guild, OCA Magazine, Yunus Emre Institute/London, and local businesses and organisations to improve educational achievement and raise aspirations.