Articles by Aibarshyn Akhmetkali

Kazakh Composer Debuts “The Bruce” Opera at Glasgow Cathedral

ASTANA – Kazakh composer, pianist and doctoral student at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland Rakhat-Bi Abdyssagin premiered his opera “The Bruce” at Glasgow Cathedral on Feb. 17, reported the press service of the Kazakh Ministry of Science and Higher Education. The production featured soloists, the chorus and conductors from the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland. The…

What to Expect from Kazakhstan’s Chairmanship of Aral Sea Rescue Fund

ASTANA – Kazakhstan took over the chairmanship of the International Fund for Saving the Aral Sea (IFAS) this year. During its three-year presidency of the IFAS, Kazakhstan will determine the course of the Aral Sea revival. The Zakon.kz news agency published an article examining forthcoming projects facilitated by the IFAS, alongside retrospective assessments of past…

Kazakh Healthcare Ministry, WHO and World Bank Launch Pandemic Fund in Kazakhstan

ASTANA – The Ministry of Healthcare of Kazakhstan, the World Health Organization (WHO), with the support of the World Bank, launched the Pandemic Fund in Kazakhstan that aims to boost the country’s resilience to future pandemics on Feb. 15 in Astana. Designed to build Kazakhstan’s capacity to prevent future infectious disease outbreaks, the fund allocated…

Kazakhstan Marks Shaken Aimanov’s 110th Anniversary, Honors Pioneer of Kazakh Cinema

ASTANA – Kazakhstan celebrates 110 years of Shaken Aimanov, the acclaimed and versatile Kazakh director, on Feb. 15. Throughout his long career, Aimanov combined light entertainment comedies with topical films that appealed to him on a deeply personal level. The director and actor with a kaleidoscopic career, he became an outstanding technician in cinema as…

Doubling Kazakhstan’s GDP to $450 Billion Demands Transition to Complex Economy, Says KazISS Director

ASTANA – Doubling Kazakhstan’s economy to $450 billion by 2029 is an ambitious task that requires moving to a more complex economy, said Yerkin Tukumov, director of the Kazakhstan Institute for Strategic Studies (KazISS) in an interview with the Astana Times. Besides economic development, Tukumov also talked about the dynamics of regional cooperation among Central…

Bear, Wild Boar and Siberian Goat Population Reaches New High at Zhongar-Alatau Nature Park

ASTANA – The bear, wild boar, and Siberian mountain goat populations in Zhongar-Alatau state national nature park have doubled amid a good forage base and the use of innovative technologies in monitoring wild animals, reported the Khabar news agency on Feb. 7. The national park’s latest data also show that the efforts to conserve deer…

Poetry in Motion: Astana Ballet Presents Tribute to Kazakh Poet Abai

ASTANA – Astana Ballet staged the revived “The Language of Love” ballet, a tribute to the music and passion of profound Kazakh poet Abai Kunanbaiuly on Feb. 2-3. Brought back to the Astana Ballet scene for the first time since its premiere in 2016, “The Language of Love” tells the life story of Abai through…

Kazakh Cuisine Meets World Music at Daididau, Dimash Kudaibergen’s Family Restaurant

ASTANA – A place where an exquisite dining experience can be paired with a niche musical exhibition is exactly what one would expect when dining at Daididau restaurant, curated by the family of renowned Kazakh singer Dimash Kudaibergen. If food nourishes the body and music the soul, Daididau becomes a place that serves both, with…

Aspiring Artist Presents Comic Book that Chronicles Kazakh Khanate Founders

ASTANA – Young Kazakh comic book author Ilyas Yusupzhanov presented his first comic book about the founders of the Kazakh Khanate, Kerey and Zhanibek sultans, in Almaty on Jan. 27, reported Zakon.kz news outlet. Yusupzhanov’s interest in comic books sprang from his dedication to promoting Kazakh history by creating worthy heroes to look up to…

Kazakhstan’s Kabirkhan Horse Secures Dubai World Cup Spot with Back-to-Back Wins

ASTANA – Kazakhstan’s horse Kabirkhan made a dream start in its international horseracing career by winning twice at the Al Maktoum Challenge tournament in Dubai, United Arab Emirates on Jan. 12 and Jan. 26, which earned it a spot at the Dubai World Cup, one of the biggest events in horse racing. Kabirkhan became the…

Astana’s Culinary Gem Qazaq Gourmet Lands Spot on 50 Best Discovery List

ASTANA – Kazakh cuisine restaurant Qazaq Gourmet, located in Astana, has been recognized in the prestigious international 50 Best Discovery list, reported the Kazakh Tourism company’s press service. “Serving refined interpretations of traditional Kazakh cuisine amid a magnificent scarlet and orange-hued dining room replete with domed ceiling, chandeliers and a scattering of historic national costumes…

Chinese ‘Friendship Award’ Holder Anticipates Surge in Chinese-Kazakh Business Ties

ASTANA – The dynamic growth in Chinese-Kazakh business relations is expected with a focus on agriculture, said Alinur Zhengis, the second Kazakh citizen after singer Dimash Kudaibergen, who was given the Chinese Government Friendship Award, the highest award for foreign experts. Back in 2018, the Chinese government honored two Kazakh nationals for their outstanding contributions…

Participants of Astana Process Call for Humanitarian Aid, Counter-Terrorism Cooperation in Syria

ASTANA – The representatives of Iran, Russia and Türkiye, as guarantors of the Astana Format, emphasized the need to secure unhindered humanitarian aid to Syria, join efforts to combat terrorism and encourage mutual release of detainees at the 21st International Meeting on Syria within the Astana Process on Jan. 25. The delegations of Iran, Russia,…

Indian Ambassador Highlights Promising Partnerships in IT, Digitalization and Healthcare

ASTANA – Information technologies (IT) and digitalization, healthcare, tourism and education have been identified as key fields where Kazakhstan and India can expand and forge new partnerships, according to Ambassador of India to Kazakhstan T.V. Nagendra Prasad. In an interview with The Astana Times, Prasad spoke of trade and investment, cultural ties and educational exchanges…

Kazakhstan Boosts Prestige and Combat Proficiency Through UN Peacekeeping Mission Deployment

ASTANA – Kazakhstan’s engagement in the United Nations (UN) peacekeeping mission enhances the country’s prestige and augments its proficiency in combat, according to State Counselor Erlan Karin. Last week, the Kazakh Parliament approved the deployment of up to 430 peacekeepers to participate in the UN missions. Starting in March, it is planned to deploy 139…

Interactive Museum Celebrates Rich History of Kazakh Musical Instruments

AKMOLA REGION – A beguiling new museum in the Kosshy village, a 20-minute drive from Astana, is showcasing an excellent collection of over 1,600 Kazakh and Turkic instruments in an effort to preserve and revive the rarest pieces. A love letter to rich Kazakh musical heritage, the small museum is much more than a series…

Nearly 30 State-Supported Kazakh Films Set to Illuminate Big Screens in 2024

ASTANA – Lights, cameras and action are anticipated in the Kazakh film industry in 2024 as around 30 national films supported by the State Center for Support of National Cinema will be released, reported the center’s press service. Historical dramas, action movies, and much-anticipated auteur films dominate the coming year’s release schedule. “Among them are…

Kazakhstan Marks 120 Years of Abilkhan Kasteyev, Artist of Realism at Soviet-Kazakh Nexus

ASTANA – Abilkhan Kasteyev, a towering artist of his generation and the master of social realism who stood at the foundations of Kazakh fine arts, celebrates 120 years on Jan. 14. His carefully constructed and richly hued paintings often told the story of ordinary Kazakh people at the intersection of the nomadic heritage and the…

‘Zhoshy Khan’ Historical Drama on 8 Centuries of Statehood Draws Spectacular Turnout

ASTANA – The “Zhoshy Khan” historical drama drew a full house at the Kuanyshbaev Kazakh State Academic Musical and Drama Theater on a cold Astana evening on Jan. 11. The event  commemorated the establishment of Zhoshy Khan’s rule eight centuries ago. The play transports audiences to ancient Kazakh history – a medieval multinational state known…

Kazakhstan Celebrates 112th Birth Anniversary of Kunayev, Architect of Nation’s Past and Political Pioneer

ASTANA – Kazakhstan celebrates the 112th anniversary of the birth of a prominent Kazakh politician Dinmukhamed Kunayev on Jan. 12. As the nation stands in a pivotal moment in its political reforms, it offers a chance to honor the life and legacy of the outstanding politician, who led the Kazakh Soviet Socialist Republic (SSR) for…

Kazakhstan Recovers Priceless Persian Texts on Abulkhair Khan

ASTANA – The National Center of Manuscripts and Rare Books retrieved copies of Persian language books “Tarikh-i-Abul Khair Khan” and “History of Mongols” found in the collections of the Patna Library in India, reported the Ministry of Culture and Information press service on Dec. 25, 2023. An extraordinary collection of rare books and manuscripts has…

Dombra Craftsman Preserves Soul of Kazakh Music in Every String (Video)

ALMATY – Zholaushy Turdugulov is one of a handful of traditional dombra craftsmen who preserve the traditional craft of instrument-making and know how to skillfully bring the best sound out of dombra, a two-string Kazakh instrument that is deemed the soul of Kazakh culture. Dombra is essential to the heritage of the Kazakh people.  Its…

New Book Unveils Kazakh Tribal Legacy, Breaks Myths and Preconceptions

ASTANA – Amid growing demand for national identity reflection and reassessment, the new book “Tamga: History of Kazakh Tribes” written by historian Radik Temirgaliyev presents an opportunity to explore Kazakh tribal heritage beyond myth and preconceptions. The finely crafted historical book was presented on Dec. 12 in Astana during a meeting with the author organized…

Altyn Tugyr Awards Celebrate Kazakhstan’s Excellence in Traditional Sports

ASTANA – Kazakhstan’s Association of National Sports awarded the exceptional athletes who have achieved success on the national and international levels in 10 national sports nominations at the 10th anniversary Altyn Tugyr (Golden Foundation) awards on Dec. 21 in Astana. The National Sports Association, launched in 2004, was set up to promote traditional Kazakh game…

New Qalam Platform Makes Central Asian History Available to Everyone

ASTANA – Qalam, a new online historical and educational platform, offers wider access to Kazakh and Central Asian history, making it easier for audiences to engage and interact with materials, said the editor-in-chief and historian Zhar Zardykhan during the presentation on Dec. 19 in Astana. In the absence of consistent access to museums and libraries, online…