Kazakhstan will nominate the Assyk and Heritage of Korkyt games and other examples of Kazakh culture for acceptance to a UNESCO cultural heritage list.
Kazakh officials announced the submissions during the Nov. 30 to Dec. 1 11th session in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia of the UNESCO Intergovernmental Committee for the Safeguarding the Intangible Cultural Heritage Representative List of the Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity by UNESCO. The officials also announced that Kazakhstan would participate in multinational nominations, including the nomination of Nauryz (together with Iran, Azerbaijan, Uzbekistan, Kyrgyzstan, Turkey, India, Pakistan, Afghanistan, Iraq, Turkmenistan and Tajikistan), “Hunting with birds of prey” (together with Mongolia, the United Arab Emirates, Saudi Arabia, the Czech Republic, Hungary, Spain and others), “The tradition of manufacturing thin bread: pita, katyrma, zhypka, yufka” (together with Iran, Azerbaijan, Kyrgyzstan and Turkey) and “Kazakh Kuresi.” the traditional Kazakh wrestling.
According to Kazakh officials, submitting the applications for the international register of UNESCO is designed to encourage greater promotion of the intangible cultural heritage of Kazakhstan at the international level and develop the system of measures for its protection at the national level.
The Kazakh delegation to Addis Ababa session included representatives of the National Commission of Kazakhstan for UNESCO and ISESCO, the National Committee for the Safeguarding of the Intangible Cultural Heritage, National Kazakh Kuresi Federation, the Ministry of Culture and Sports, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the Embassy of Kazakhstan in Ethiopia.