ASTANA – The Almaty regional communications service has launched a project to create a dozen short promotional videos to showcase regional tourist attractions, such as Kolsai Lake, Singing Dune and Charyn Canyon located at the Zhetysu.
Photographer Mikhrat Tolkunov and INSPIRE CREATIVE GROUP team are leading the project titled Amazing Zhetysu, Kazinform reported.
The videos are accompanied by the narration of poems written by Tolkunov and famous poets in Kazakh.
“The project was organised as part of the programme article by the head of state ‘Course towards the future: Modernisation of Kazakhstan’s Identity.’ This project was arranged by the Almaty Internal Policy Department and INSPIRE CREATIVE GROUP. We selected heroines at the suggestion of our colleagues to make the videos harmonious. Our main goal was to revive interest in poetry in the minds of young people, which was presented with the help of video footage with the picturesque and sacred places of the Almaty region in the background. This gives an opportunity to acquaint the audience with the riches of our region, and also to spark the interest in literature,” said Tolkunov.
Zhetysu is part of the Almaty region and was known as the Semirechye during the Soviet era, translated both from Kazakh and Russian as “Seven Rivers” which flow from the south-east into Lake Balkhash.
The area includes mostly steppe areas south of Lake Balkhash and parts of the Tian Shan Mountain range.
Zhetysu also boasts the Ili valley, which is considered to be among the most distinctive parts of Kazakhstan. The area is rich in history and today is still being explored by scientists and historians.