Taste of Mongolia
Comes to Hebden Bridge

Friday, 27 June 2008

Traditional horse head fiddling and folk song singing by Mongolian nationals are among the highlights of a Mongolian cultural evening to be hosted by hotelier and entrepreneur Simon Moyle at his Moyles boutique hotel in Hebden Bridge next Tuesday, July 1.

The free, evening event – from 6pm to 9pm – is designed to complement the town’s prestigious arts festival diary and will commemorate Simon Moyle’s lengthy involvement with the central Asian country, where he has established an eco-tourist site for adventure travellers on the shores of Lake Hovsgol in the north of Mongolia, close to the Siberian border.

Simon, who has earned a reputation for introducing the British public to the brilliance and originality of contemporary Mongolian painters, will share his experiences on traditional art and calligraphy, as well as his extensive travels in the country.

There will be an exhibition of paintings by leading Mongolian artist Choindongliin Khurelbaatar and calligraphy by renowned specialist Sukhbaatar, who will also be giving lessons on how to write in Mongolian script with a brush on rice paper.

Traditional Mongolian light bites such as meat dumplings will be served and there will be an auction of a limited edition print by artist Khurelbaatar and a raffle with prizes to include traditional handicrafts and finery.

Speaking about the event, Simon Moyle, who started his 4th World Adventure company after falling in love with Mongolia on an independent bike tour told the Hebden Bridge Web, "It's still so distant - not even on this planet, but it’s a country with a rich and vibrant artistic heritage and talent and I believe the world-renowned Hebden Bridge Arts Festival is the perfect platform to share the unique Mongolian culture.”

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