Articles by Saniya Bulatkulova

The Astana Times Unveils Editor’s Top Picks for First Week of December

ASTANA – With the arrival of December, one can feel that the holiday season is just around the corner. Snow miraculously glitters in the light of evening lights, children begin to make snowmen in the yard, while Christmas and New Year’s decorations slowly imbue everything around them with a pleasant ambience. Do not hesitate to…

New Garden Tree in Almaty Seeks to Enter Guinness World Records (Video)

ASTANA  – Almaty’s akimat (city administration) and local public figures finished planting a tree garden on Nov. 18, which demonstrates the city’s International Air Transport Association (IATA) airport code ALA, announced project author Daut Shaikhislamov on his Instagram. Overall, 2,500 two-meter junipers were planted on more than 3,000 hectares. “The letters ALA will be visible…

Estonian Stunt Performer Becomes First to Slackline Across Kazakhstan’s Bozzhyra Tract (Video)

ASTANA  – A famous Estonian slackliner Jaan Roose became the first athlete to walk along a 500 meters rope stretched 200 meters above the ground between two hills of the Bozzhyra tract in the Mangystau Region. The Bozzhyra tract is located approximately 300 kilometers from Aktau in the western part of the Ustyurt plateau. Numerous…

From Classics to Ethno-Jazz: Globally Recognized Pianist Ludmila Berlinskaya to Participate in Upcoming Concert in Astana

ASTANA – The Erkegali Rakhmadiyev State Academic Philharmonic is set to present a concert by well-known France-based pianist Ludmila Berlinskaya and Gaziza Zhubanova State String Quartet as a part of the “From Classics to Ethno-Jazz” project on Nov. 23 in Astana, the Kazinform agency reported. Musicians will perform Franz Joseph Haydn’s String Quartet No. 4,…

Legendary Almaty Aport Apple Has Glorious Past and Bright Future

ASTANA – Once widely known not only in the territory of Central Asia but also throughout the world, Aport apples have glorified the southern city of Kazakhstan in such a way that the town started to bear the name of Almaty, which translates as “Father of Apples” from the Kazakh. However, local farmers are doing…

Kazakh Pop Star Dimash Kudaibergen Plays Dombra with Young Talented Musician (Video)

ASTANA – Kazakhstan’s famous pop singer Dimash Kudaibergen shared a video on Instagram, which featured him and 14-year-old composer Nurdaulet Sagatbek playing Abdimomyn Zheldibayev’s kui, traditional musical composition, “Erkesylkym” on dombra on Nov. 16. “I wish you to achieve the same mastery as the world-famous Stevie Wonder and be recognized worldwide so that I will…

Some Tips On How to Spend the Weekend in the Kazakh Capital

ASTANA  –  Being one of the top tourist destinations in the country, Astana is famous for its futuristic buildings, and monumental architecture, it can grab your fancy not only with its architecture but with the activities on offer as well. Do not hesitate to check out our pick of stunning events for the ultimate weekend…

Kazakhstan’s Largest Flag Uncovered During Hockey Game in Astana (Video)

ASTANA – Thirty volunteers unveiled the largest flag of Kazakhstan during the pre-match show of the game between the capital’s Barys Hockey Club and Podolsk’s Vityaz Hockey Club as part of Ashyk Aspan (Open Sky) action at Barys Arena in Astana on Nov. 8, reported club’s press service.  The area of the flag is 800…

Ancient Games Revived By Eagle Hunter-Enthusiasts Coming to Compete to Kazakhstan From All Over the World

ASTANA  – The first international championship among berkutchi or eagle hunters gathered approximately 100 participants from Mongolia, China, Kyrgyzstan, Russia, Ukraine, Türkiye, and Kazakhstan in the Urdzhar district of the Abai Region on Nov. 2-6, reported the region’s akimat (city administration). During the competition, the jury evaluated the agility of the berkutchi and their interaction…

The Golden Horde – Powerful Empire of Tolerance and Multiculturalism

ASTANA – The historical legacy of great horde will live on! Kazakhstan’s government will commit to supporting scientific and cultural projects devoted to the study of the Golden Horde, said Kazakh Minister of Culture and Sports Dauren Abayev during the recent international conference titled Historical and Cultural Heritage of the Golden Horde in Zhezkazgan, reported…

NASA Earth Observatory Shares Photos of Kazakhstan’s Multi-Colored Lakes

ASTANA – The National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) Earth Observatory’s online publishing outlet published a photo depicting the colorful lakes of Aralsor and Zhalpak in the West Kazakhstan Region on Oct. 30. According to the observatory’s press service, an astronaut of Expedition 67 Crew took the photo with a Nikon D5 digital camera using…

Notes for Weekend: Four Activities to Do in Kazakh Capital

ASTANA  – Snowfall, which has been going on for some time now, hints at the imminent arrival of winter, but it is not a reason to stay at home this weekend. The Astana Times recommends you take out winter clothes from the closet, stock up with a thermos with warm tea and use our list…

Astana Ballet to Perform in Georgia for First Time

ASTANA  – The Astana Ballet will perform on the stage of the Georgian National Opera and Ballet Theater of Tbilisi for the first time on Nov. 14-15, according to the theater’s press service. On Nov. 14, the troupe will present “A Fuego Lento” (Slow Fire) a one-act ballet directed by Brazilian choreographer Ricardo Amarante. It…

Fourteen Countries in 50 Days: One Kazakh Man’s Amazing Motorbike Journey Around Europe

ASTANA – One motorbike, one passenger and two warm summer months to discover new places on another corner of the continent. The story of Nurseit Niyazbekov, an assistant professor of the international relations department at Almaty-based KIMEP University, impresses and inspires. Nurseit traveled to 14 European countries, covering a distance of 17,000 kilometers from July…

The Astana Times Presents Top Weekend Outings List For Kazakh Capital

ASTANA  – Weekends in the cold capital may seem dull because of the noisy malls and monotonous cafes, where most of the population comes to spend its free time. But, the cultural life of Astana and the variety of events that take place during the week, and especially on Saturday and Sunday might surprise you…

Kazakhstan Issues Postage Stamp to Commemorate 30th Anniversary of UN Membership

ASTANA  – Kazakhstan’s KazPost postal service released a postage stamp of the Commemorative and Anniversary Dates series on Oct. 26 to mark the 30th anniversary of Kazakhstan’s membership in the United Nations, reported the UN office in Kazakhstan. 10,000 copies sized 26×29.6 millimeters have been issued with a nominal value of 700 tenge (US$1.5). Elnara…

The Story of One Tree: How 130-Year-Old Poplars Keeps Capital’s History Alive Through the Centuries

ASTANA  – The Old Poplar is one of the most valuable relics of Astana, seeing as the tree was planted in the capital’s Central Park 130 years ago.  According to various sources, the black poplar was planted in the late 19th century during the laying of the Zaishim Park by the efforts of local entrepreneurs…

Saying Farewell to October: Five Ideas for the Upcoming Weekend in Astana

ASTANA – The upcoming weekend is especially pleasant as Kazakh citizens worked only three days this week due to Republic Day celebrations that unfold in Kazakhstan and around the globe.   Despite the cold weather, The Astana Times highly recommends you attend various exciting events with your colleagues, friends and family members, which are scheduled for…

One of Kazakhstan’s Miracles – The Tazy Hunting Dog Breed (With Video of Tazy Racing)

ASTANA  – The tazy, one of the oldest dog breeds in the world, has a special significance for the Kazakh people and has become a part of the cultural heritage of the country. Local scientists still argue about when they appeared in Kazakhstan: some say this happened more than 7,000 years ago, and other scholars…

72-Year-Old Man Breaks Kazakhstan’s Record For Walking 8,000 Kilometers Across Country in 182 Days

ASTANA – As one famous saying states, age is just a number in the passport, and this perfectly describes the life motto of 72-year-old Sarsenbai Kotyrashov. He walked 7,680 kilometers during his journey across Kazakhstan in 182 days from March 31 until Sept. 30, setting a record.  He received Kazakhstan’s record book certificate, similar to…

Zhanaozen Hosts First National Championship in Traditional Archery

ASTANA – Zhanaozen, a town in the Mangystau Region, hosted the first national championship on traditional archery on Oct. 16 at the city’s Amin Tuyakov stadium to popularize the national sport, reported the region’s press service. Since its invention, the bow, a traditional small arm, has become one of the primary weapons of the Turkic…

On The Many Ways to Spend a Long Weekend in the Kazakh Capital

ASTANA – The upcoming Saturday is going to be busy and full of work for Kazakh citizens due to the postponement of the day off from Oct. 22 to Oct. 24. This measure came about as the result of the revival of the Day of the Republic of Kazakhstan that was traditionally celebrated on Oct.…

Caspian Seals Are Alive and Status Will Improve as Kazakhstan Takes Steps to Preserve Their Population

ASTANA – The reduction in the seal population has become particularly acute this spring and became a matter of concern to both society and the state. It all started with news about dozens of dead seals found on the coast of Kazakhstan’s part of the Caspian Sea, which stirred up social media users in April…

The “Cinderella” Ballet Premierе at Astana Opera Will Take Your Breath Away

ASTANA  – The Astana Opera House will present the “Cinderella” ballet on Oct. 8 and 9 in Astana.  The ballet will showcase the well-known story of Cinderella in a new interpretation: the dance is choreographed in a neoclassical style with elements of pop dance and breakdance added. Choreographed by German Raimondo Rebeck, the ballet  is…

Red Book Manul Appears in Tarbagatai National Park in Abai Region (Video)

ASTANA – The Pallas’s cat or the so-called manul was recently caught by a camera trap in the Tarbagatai National Park in the Abai Region, according to the Forestry and Wildlife Committee.  “Up to 9,000 hairs can grow on one square centimeter of their body, therefore, they can bear cold of up to -50 degrees…

Where to Spend Upcoming Weekend in Astana

ASTANA  – The upcoming weekend after the onset of cold weather and the first snow in Astana promise not only a long-awaited holiday when you will probably want to hide under the blanket and watch your favorite movies, but also some exciting events that are definitely worth going outside.  The Astana Times shares the list…

Young Marals Caught on Camera Romping in Zhongar-Alatau National Park

ASTANA – Two marals or red deer were captured by a camera trap in the Zhongar-Alatau National Park in the Almaty Region, while the animals were romping in the park, reported the Forestry and Wildlife Committee of the Kazakh Ministry of Ecology, Geology and Natural Resources.  “In 2021, there were 1,700 marals in the Zhongar-Alatau…

ALMA Fest Gathers Almaty Residents to Celebrate City Day

ASTANA – Almaty, the largest city in Kazakhstan and a major business and cultural center, celebrated City Day on Sept. 18, with various festivals, concerts and exhibitions, reported the Almaty city akimat (city administration). As the capital of Kazakhstan from 1929-1997, Almaty continues to be the country’s commercial and cultural center and the most populous…

Video of Soyuz Spacecraft Launch in Kazakhstan Goes Viral

ASTANA – The evening of Sept. 21 was memorable for Kazakh social media users as numerous photos and videos showing an amazing celestial body in the sky went viral and drew everyone’s attention, as the Soyuz-2.1a spacecraft was launched with the manned spacecraft Soyuz MS-22 from the Baikonur Cosmodrome at 7.55 p.m. local time (GMT+6)…

New Exhibition Unveils Polish and Kazakh Artists’ Views on Space and Time in Kazakh Capital

ASTANA – The Kazakh capital hosted the opening of an exhibition titled Space Exploration. Metamorphosis of Time, unveiling bright artworks made by Polish artist Wojciech Fangor and Kazakh artist Mazhit Baitenov, on Sept. 15 in the Kulanshi Art Space gallery. The exhibition will last until Oct. 20.  Fangor, who passed away in October 2015, was…

Ustyurt Mountain Ram Returns to Northern Part of Ustyurt Plateau (Video)

NUR-SULTAN – The Association for the Conservation of Biodiversity of Kazakhstan (ACBK) published a video of the Ustyurt urial, a wild sheep, on Instagram, demonstrating the return of the species to the northern part of the Ustyurt Plateau located in western Kazakhstan. The urial is a subspecies of the mountain ram that resides in the…

West Kazakhstan’s Akkegershyn Plateau Becomes Nation’s New Natural Wonder

NUR-SULTAN – Among numerous spectacular natural sites of Kazakhstan, the Akkegershyn Plateau located on the border of the Aktobe and Atyrau Regions has certainly reached the top of the list.  The extraordinary landscape of the Cretaceous mountains, which stretch from the southeast to the northwest for 11.6 kilometers, resembles a fabulous picture from movies about…

Dimash Kudaibergen Receives Award from Pope Francis, Announces Premiere of His New Music Video

NUR-SULTAN  –  Pope Francis awarded Kazakh singer Dimash Kudaibergen with a  commemorative medal on the Pope’s visit to the seventh Congress of Leaders of World and Traditional Religions on Sept. 14-15 in Nur-Sultan. Kudaibergen shared the news on his Instagram account. “Many thanks to the Pope for the medal. May your life be long,” wrote…

Ustyurt Nature Reserve Spots Caracal With Baby Kitten in Tow

NUR-SULTAN  – The Ustyurt Nature Reserve located in the Mangystau Region recently posted photographs of a caracal with her kitten on its Instagram account. The species is included in Kazakhstan’s Red Book of Endangered Species. “Carakals can be found in deserts, semi-desert areas, and mountain valleys of Kazakhstan. The exact number of animals is still…

Young Kazakh Man Popularizes Kazakh Culture by Creating Music Boxes with Abai’s “Kozimnin Karasy” Song

NUR-SULTAN – Refrigerator magnets, mugs depicting famous attractions, and keychains are widely used as souvenirs but do not always evoke pleasant nostalgic feelings among the people. Adil Zakenov, a graduate of the capital-based Nazarbayev University and a member of the Black Rainbow production studio’s team, began to create wooden music boxes with legendary Kazakh poet…

Swiss Researchers Come to Kazakhstan For Unique Opportunity to Learn Language, Explore National Cuisine

NUR-SULTAN – Zhetisu university seeks to expand cooperation with Switzerland’s largest university – the University of Zurich with the opening of the Center for Eurasian studies. This was announced during a recent visit of professors and students from the University of Zurich to Taldykorgan. The Center for Eurasian Studies is a joint initiative of Zhetisu…

Kazakh Capital Welcomes World and Traditional Religious Leaders with Creative Initiatives

NUR-SULTAN – The five-meter-tall Peace Tree will be built at the capital’s Palace of Peace and Reconciliation as a symbol of the upcoming seventh Congress of World and Traditional Religions, scheduled for Sept. 14-15, reported Khabar TV channel on Sept. 8. The tree reflects the congress concept: the roots represent people’s history, the trunk represents…

Young Enthusiast Opens Inclusive Center for Children with Disabilities in Akmola Region

NUR-SULTAN – Purposeful, strong-willed, and determined. This is how one can describe Dinara Naumova’s personality. Her story proves that a diagnosis of cerebral palsy does not define one’s life, but can become a powerful motivation instead. Childhood, and a grandmother’s role and education Naumova, 24, was born in the Kabanbai Batyr village in the Akmola…

Kazakh Blogger From Aktau Shares Video of Shallowing Caspian Sea (Video)

NUR-SULTAN – The well-known Kazakh blogger from Aktau city Azamat Sarsenbayev shared a video on Instagram, which demonstrates shallowing shores of the Caspian Sea, reported Zakon.kz agency. “The shallow-water bay Kenderli, my heart breaks when I see how the sea moves away from the shore…The water moved away from the sandy shore at least 50…

Kazakh Monument Art Founder’s Lost Tapestries Uncovered in Almaty

NUR-SULTAN – Almaty residents will certainly remember August 2022 as an incredible month of lost masterpieces of monumental art are being found one after another. Following his earlier statement about the “Kazakh Folk Crafts” panel that was made in the sgraffito technique, Central Asian expert Dennis Keen announced another amazing discovery – tapestries made by…

Kurmangazy Folk Instruments Orchestra Puts On Stunning Show in Ayusai Gorge

NUR-SULTAN  – The open-air concert of the Kurmangazy Folk Instruments Orchestra gathered more than 500 guests in the Ayusai gorge, located in the Almaty Region on Aug. 20, reported Qazaq Geography’s press service.  The orchestra performed compositions of outstanding Kazakh and foreign composers including Kurmangazy Sagyrbayuly, Dauletkerei Shygaiuly, Shamshi Kaldayakov, Georges Bizet, and Aram Khachaturian…

Kazakhstan’s Wimbledon Winner Elena Rybakina Training Hard For US Open Tennis Championship (Video)

NUR-SULTAN – Kazakhstan’s Wimbledon winner Elena Rybakina excited her Instagram followers with a video of her first workout in New York as a part of the preparation for the upcoming US Open Tennis Championship, reported Zakon.kz news agency. Rybakina’s fans left lots of comments, wishing her luck and victory at the competition, which will be…

Kazakhstan’s Charyn Canyon Becomes New Tourist Hotspot Following Renovations

NUR-SULTAN – The Charyn Canyon located 154 kilometers along the valley of the Charyn River, observed an increased number of tourists in recent years. In 2021, 34,997 people attended the Charyn National Park, and 20,036 people came to see magnificent views in the first half of 2022, according to the park’s press service. The canyon,…

Kazakhstan’s DJ Imanbek Performs in New Web Series

NUR-SULTAN – Kazakh producer and DJ Imanbek Zeikenov joined the main cast of the “Zavod” (“Factory”) web series, Pavlodarnews.kz. agency reported. Zeikenov, known as Imanbek, became world-famous after releasing his remix of Saint Jhn’s 2016 song “Roses” in 2019 and received the Best Remixed Recording award at the 63rd Grammy Awards in 2021 for his…

ACBK Shares Rare Footage of Baby Eagle Feeding On Prey (Video)

NUR-SULTAN – The Association for the Conservation of Biodiversity of Kazakhstan (ACBK) recently published a video on its Instagram, where a baby eagle feeds on prey brought to it by its parents, reported the Kazinform agency. The video was shot this summer in the Alty-Sai eco-park in the southern part of the Kostanai Region, where…

Increased Number of Hamsters in Kazakh Capital Demonstrates Favorable Environmental Situation, Says Expert

NUR-SULTAN – The increasing number of hamsters in the Kazakh capital Nur-Sultan speaks to the favorable environmental situation in the city, a research scientist at the Association for the Conservation of Biodiversity of Kazakhstan (ACBK) Alena Koshkina told Zakon.kz agency. People have recently been frequently posting on social media about the increased number of hamsters…

Must See Archaeological Sites in Kazakhstan Reveal Rich History of the Country

NUR-SULTAN – The Kazakh landscape is famous not only for its picturesque nature and rich natural resources but also for its diverse archaeological monuments, which help us understand the history of the country and its place in the world. At present, 15 archaeological teams are working at different locations across the country, said Talgat Mamirov,…

Reviving Kazakh Capital’s History: How Small Initiative Turned Into Unique Urban Research Platform

NUR-SULTAN – “The connection between architecture, history and the visual identity of the city is not always obvious, especially in Nur-Sultan, but it is always interesting,” said Temirtas Iskakov in an interview with The Astana Times. In three years, Iskakov’s Fading.TSE. project has evolved from a personal blog to an urban research platform. “After moving…

Kazakhstan: Tourists Flock to Atyrau Region to Experience Brief Lotus Blossom Season

NUR-SULTAN – The lotus flowering season started on the Kigash-Shora River in the Kurmangazy district in the Atyrau Region, the only area in the country where the lotus blooms abundantly, according to the local Regional Communications Service. The flowering period runs from mid-July to the last week of August. The lotus valley covers up to…

Unique Sgraffito Panel Made By Renowned Kazakh Artists of Past Century Uncovered in Almaty

NUR-SULTAN – Passing through the streets of the city one may not even notice various works of art or, on the contrary, stop for a moment to carefully observe the details of these works left on the facades by the creators of the past century. The monumental decorative panel called “Kazakh Folk Crafts,” which was…

Echo of Asia International Circus Festival Kicks Off in Kazakhstan’s Capital

NUR-SULTAN – The Echo of Asia, an international annual circus festival returned to the stage of the capital’s circus after a two-year suspension caused by the outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic, reported the city’s akimat (city administration). The festival started on Aug. 10 and will last through Aug. 14. The festival was first organized in…

Cosmonaut Shares Video of Stunning Issyk-Kul Lake Shot From Space (Video)

NUR-SULTAN – Russian cosmonaut Oleg Artemyev posted a video showcasing Issyk-Kul Lake located in Kyrgyzstan from space on his Telegram on Aug. 9, reported Zakon.kz news agency. “Finally managed to capture on video Lake Issyk-Kul in all its glory! Isn’t it an incredible sight, is it?” wrote Artemyev under his post, wowing his 23,467 subscribers.…

Frontier. Atyrau Chronicles Art Residence Opens Up New Opportunities For Emerging Kazakh Artists in Region

NUR-SULTAN – This week’s opening of the Frontier. Atyrau Chronicles art residence in Atyrau has become one of the unique events in the country’s creative industry for young talents. The program for the art residence consists of theoretical and practical stages. Five participants, who were chosen after passing the qualifying round in June, have started…

Astana Opera House to Open Souvenir Shops in Capital

NUR-SULTAN – The Astana Opera House announced plans to open its souvenir shops at the theater, Nursultan Nazarbayev International Airport and Keruen mall in Nur-Sultan. Sport suits, caps, T-shirts, shopping bags, handkerchiefs, notebooks, pens, mugs, and other items decorated with the theater’s emblems will be made available for purchase. The range of goods will be…

Kazakh Blogger Shows Fascinating Aerial Views of Lake Kaindy in Almaty Region (Video)

NUR-SULTAN – Blogger from Aktau Nurken Tazhibay presented a video of Lake Kaindy’s beautiful view using a drone on his Instagram account on Aug. 3. The lake is a popular tourist destination located in one of the gorges of the Kungei Alatau mountain range in the Almaty Region. Its main feature is spruce trees that…

Glamping Instead of Camping: Tourists Discover New Recreation Activities in Kazakhstan

NUR-SULTAN – Outdoor recreation is often associated with many inconveniences, such as a large amount of luggage, poor internet connection, and poor hygienic conditions. However, a new type of vacation called glamping has become popular and favored among locals for its comfort and uniqueness over the last two years. The term glamping comes from the…

Aviation Is in My Heart, Says Female Aircraft Commander in Kazakhstan

NUR-SULTAN – “I can’t imagine my life without aviation, it is in my heart,” said Kazakhstan’s only female aircraft commander Diana Ibrayeva, 28, in a recent interview with Tengrinews.kz. According to the International Society of Women Airline Pilots (ISA+21), only three percent or approximately 130,000 civil aviation pilots around the globe are women. India has…

Kazakhstan’s National Museum Unveils Famous Hungarian Painter’s “The Drawn Time” Exhibition

NUR-SULTAN – The capital-based National Museum of Kazakhstan has been hosting The Drawn Time exhibition that unveils complicated optical illusions created by Hungarian painter István Orosz since mid-July, reported the museum’s press service. The exposition presents a series of works, including “Hidden Faces,” “Mirrors and Reflections,” and “Absence,” as well as the artist’s famous anamorphoses.…

Altyn Emel and Sairam-Ugam National Park Capture Snow Leopards on Video

NUR-SULTAN – Snow leopards were caught on camera in the Altyn Emel National Park in the Almaty Region and the Sairam-Ugam National Park in the Turkistan Region, reported the press service of Forestry and Wildlife Committee of the Ministry of Ecology, Geology and Natural Resources on July 28. At present, nearly 140-180 leopards inhabit nine…

Nur-Sultan Hosts Presentation of “28 Petel” Book About Charitable Club’s Efforts to Help Premature Children

NUR-SULTAN – The Kazakh capital hosted a July 28 presentation of the “28 Petel” (“28 Loops”) book, which describes the volunteer activity of the club that, this year, marks 10 years since its establishment. The book author and club participant Elmira Kurmanbayeva said that the book tells the story of volunteers who help premature babies…

Kazakhstan Increases Trade Turnover Outside EAEU

NUR-SULTAN – Kazakhstan’s trade turnover with countries outside the Eurasian Economic Union (EAEU) increased by 51.6 percent, according to preliminary data over six months this year, the State Revenue Committee reports on July 19. Exports grew by 65.4 percent, imports – by 20.8 percent in the reporting period. Prices for the main export items have…

Farmers From Almaty Region Adopt Renewable Energy Systems in Their Businesses

NUR-SULTAN – The family of Oleg and Natalia Veretilnyi might seem like ordinary farmers living in Bolek village in the Almaty Region, but they intend to fully cease using the electrical grid in favor of solar energy, which makes their homestead special. About the family’s business In an interview with the Forbes.kz agency, the Veretelnyis…

Kolsai Lakes National Park Reviews Snow Leopard’s Appearance on Camera Over Past Two Years (Video)

NUR-SULTAN – Such a powerful and graceful wild animal as the snow leopard, which is listed in the Red Book of Kazakhstan as an endangered species, always causes a wave of joy when it appears on the camera. In late June, the employees of Kolsai Lakes National Park located in the Almaty Region published a…

US Anthropologist Explores Specifics of Kazakh Language and Culture

NUR-SULTAN – How many foreigners can speak the Kazakh language? There is no accurate data on this, but Alex Warburton, a linguistic and sociocultural anthropologist in contemporary Kazakhstan and Turkic Central Asia from the United States, has studied Kazakh well enough to understand local humor and engage in conversations in the libraries and outdoor markets.…

Shipping Along Irtysh River Expected to Be Resumed in Abai Region

NUR-SULTAN – Kazakh civil servants, experts, and boat masters discussed the prospects for the revival of shipping along the Irtysh River in the Abai Region, reported the Khabar TV channel. The Irtysh River is the main navigable river of the North Kazakhstan Region. Its length is 4,248 kilometers, but only a part of the river,…

Kazakhstan Launches New Flights to Russia

NUR-SULTAN – Kazakhstan and Russia have launched new regular flights to foster bilateral cooperation, reports the Civil Aviation Committee. The Rossiya air carrier launched new Almaty-Krasnoyarsk flights with a frequency of four times per week on Mondays, Wednesdays, Thursdays, and Saturdays on July 16 on SU-95 aircraft. Nur-Sultan-Krasnoyarsk flights, which will operate on Thursdays, Saturdays,…

Kazakh Violinist Wins World Vision International Competition

NUR-SULTAN – The young Kazakh musician Ruslan Talas was recognized as the best violinist at the prestigious World Vision international online music contest on June 1. He told his story in more detail in a recent interview with the Kazinform agency. Talas won the competition, which was held from Nov. 1, 2020, till April 25,…

New Recreation Area in East Kazakhstan Region Offers Innovative Hippotherapy to People with Disabilities

NUR-SULTAN – A new recreation area built in the national style offers hippotherapy for people with disabilities as rehabilitation in the town of Ridder in the East Kazakhstan Region, reported the Khabar TV channel on July 7. The service is available both for adults and kids.  The term hippotherapy comes from the Ancient Greek words…

A Blend of Unique Gorges, Mountains and Canyons Awaits Travelers in the Zhambyl Region

NUR-SULTAN – Amazing dunes, broad steppes, and majestic mountains – all these landscapes can be found in one place – the Zhambyl Region, the homeland of prominent Kazakh poet Zhambyl Zhabayev. The area, which is located in South Kazakhstan, is widely known for its hot climate, while only a few domestic and foreign tourists can…

The Saga of the Saigas: Once Endangered Red Book Species Now Threaten Cattle and Farmlands

NUR-SULTAN – President Kassym-Jomart Tokayev addressed the Kazakh Ministry of Ecology, Geology and Natural Resources at the July 14 expanded government meeting asking them to consider the problem of saiga regulation carefully, reports the presidential press service. He called the saiga, which is a small antelope with distinctive short trunks, a “sacred animal” for the…

Kazakh Scientists Discover Stone Age Artifacts in Country’s Oldest Cave

NUR-SULTAN – Kazakh archaeologists excavated the household items of a person, supposedly of the Stone Age, in the Tuttybulak cave located in Syrdarya-Turkistan State Regional Natural Park in southern Kazakhstan, reported the Khabar TV channel on July 6. To date, it is the oldest cave found in Kazakhstan. The area was discovered in the middle…

Red Book Pink Flamingos Camping Near Lake Karakol Once Again Amaze Instagram Users (Video)

NUR-SULTAN – Kazakh blogger from Aktau Nurken Tazhibay pleased Instagram users with a fascinating video of Red Book listed flamingos crossing Lake Karakol in the Mangystau Region in late June, reports Zakon.kz agency. Tazhibay’s followers noted how “beautiful these birds are.” Flamingos are the rarest birds in the country and among the three existing species…

Astana Opera House Artists Perform at Qyzyljar Music Fest in Petropavlovsk

NUR-SULTAN – Astana Opera House musicians and artists received a thunderous ovation after performing in the final two days of the open-air Qyzyljar music fest taking place July 1-7 in Petropavlovsk in northern Kazakhstan, reported the theater’s press service. The event gathered approximately 300 Kazakh, German, Italian and Bashkir performers in various areas of modern…

Kazakh Capital Sees Four-Fold Population Growth Over Past 24 Years

NUR-SULTAN  – The population of the Kazakh capital Nur-Sultan has increased almost four-fold to 1,262,000 people since the city was officially presented as the country’s capital at the international level in 1998, according to the Bureau of National statistics.  Twenty-four years ago, 326,000 people lived in Akmola, the former name of the Kazakh capital. The…

Kazakh Schoolchildren Achieve Triumphant Victory at FIRST Tech Challenge UK and Ireland

NUR-SULTAN – Kazakhstan’s national robotics team won two British off-season olympiads run by FIRST Tech Challenge United Kingdom and Ireland, reported the Kazakh Ministry of Education. The team has set an absolute record as they won 19 out of 20 games and received three awards from the jury. The first competition titled FIRST Tech Challenge…

Thousands Play Traditional Kazakh Music on National Dombra Day

NUR-SULTAN – President Kassym-Jomart Tokayev congratulated Kazakhstan’s citizens on National Dombra Day on July 3, reports the presidential press service. Dombra Day has been celebrated on the first Sunday of July since 2018. The dombra is a traditional musical two-stringed instrument. Dombra kuis (traditional composition played on dombra) have been included in the United Nations…

Camera Trap Spots Red Book Mountain Sheep’s Cub in Tarbagatai National Park First Time Ever

NUR-SULTAN – The cub of Kazakh argali (mountain sheep) was first caught on camera in Tarbagatai National Park in eastern Kazakhstan in mid-June, reported the Forestry and Wildlife Committee of the Kazakh Ministry of Ecology, Geology and Natural Resources on its Instagram. The photo of a female mountain sheep with her lamb was recorded on…

Rediscovering Kazakhstan’s Pearl – Burabai Resort Area

NUR-SULTAN – The pandemic boosted the development of domestic tourism and fostered the construction of new tourist facilities in resort areas. One of them is the Burabai resort area located in the Burabai National Park near the city of Kokshetau. Burabai, which is often called the Kazakh Switzerland due to its mountains, forests and lakes,…

Indonesian Dears Celebrate Fifth Anniversary of Fan Club Dedicated to Kazakh Pop Star Dimash Kudaibergen

NUR-SULTAN – Indonesian Dears, the term for fans of Kazakh pop singer Dimash Kudaibergen, gathered to celebrate the fifth anniversary of their fan club on June 29 in the National Library of Indonesia in Jakarta, the Khabar TV channel reports. Created in 2017, the fan club consists of 10,000 people. On the same day, the…

Kazakhstan Fully Restores International Air Travel, Surpasses Pre-Pandemic Level

NUR-SULTAN – Kazakhstan has fully restored international air travel to pre-pandemic levels, said Civil Aviation Committee Deputy Chair Saltanat Tompieva during a June 30 press conference at the Central Communications Service. According to Tompieva, the country cooperated with 24 states along 99 routes before COVID-19 started to spread across Kazakhstan, while Kazakh airlines now operate…

Kazakhstan’s National Air Carrier Resumes On-Line Registration, Flight Schedules to China Announced

NUR-SULTAN – Air Astana has resumed online check-in for certain international flights via mobile app and company’s website, reported the airline’s press service. The service with the possibility of printing a boarding pass is available for flights from Kazakhstan to Antalya, Bodrum, Istanbul, Malé, Podgorica, Tbilisi, Batumi, Tashkent and Bishkek, and flights from Amsterdam, London,…

Kazakhstan Radically Increases Number of Grants For Local College Applicants

NUR-SULTAN – The Kazakh government has allocated a record number of 128,000 student grants for local college applicants, which is 45,000 more grants than last year, the Central Communications Service reports. The initiative is dedicated to the Year of Children declared by President Kassym-Jomart Tokayev in his New Year address. The largest number of grants…

Integration Processes Represent High Level of Interaction Between Turkic States, Says Mazhilis Chair Koshanov

NUR-SULTAN – The integration processes between the Turkic states have been developing at a high level, including through strengthening inter-parliamentary cooperation, said Chair of Mazhilis, the lower house of the Kazakh Parliament, Yerlan Koshanov at the June 24 eleventh plenary session of the Parliamentary Assembly of Turkic-speaking countries (TURKPA) in Cholpon-Ata, reports Mazhilis’s press service.…

Kazakhstan Resumes Air Travel with China Two Years After Suspending Flights

NUR-SULTAN – Kazakhstan and China will resume flights from July 1, more than two years after being grounded, announced the Chinese Embassy in Kazakhstan. The timetable and routes are expected to be announced soon. China introduced new rules for Kazakh citizens to enter the country. Before departure, passengers must spend 10 days in self-isolation, monitor…

Kazakh People Continue to Make Efforts to Restore Aral Sea

NUR-SULTAN – Two Kazakh fishermen Akanzhan and Adilzhan Abdikov seek to revive fishery in their home, the Kyzylorda Region, and contribute to the small Aral Sea revival, reports the Khabar TV channel. The Small Aral Sea covers an area of a little less than 3,500 square kilometers and is the northern part of the shrinking Aral…

President Tokayev Reviews Preparation for Congress of Leaders of World and Traditional Religions

NUR-SULTAN – Speaker of the Senate Maulen Ashimbayev briefed Kazakh President Kassym-Jomart Tokayev on the preparations for the seventh Congress of Leaders of World and Traditional Religions scheduled for Sept. 14-15 in Nur-Sultan during their June 22 meeting, reported the presidential press service.   The congress was first convened in 2003 upon the initiative of Kazakhstan’s…

Kazakhstan’s FDI Inflow Expected to Reach $25.5 Billion in 2026

NUR-SULTAN – The level of investment in fixed capital is expected to reach 25.1 percent of GDP, while the inflow of foreign direct investment (FDI) will account for $25.5 billion in 2026, according to the newly approved Investment Policy Concept until 2026, said First Vice Minister of National Economy Timur Zhaksylykov at a government meeting…

President Tokayev Encourages Kazakh Women’s Chess Team Ahead of Upcoming World Chess Olympiad in India

NUR-SULTAN – Kazakh President Kassym-Jomart Tokayev wished success to the women’s chess team of Kazakhstan as they prepare for the 44th World Chess Olympiad, scheduled to take place from July 28 to Aug. 10 in India’s Chennai, reports the presidential press service on June 22. Five female World Champions and Grandmasters – Zhansaya Abdumalik, Dinara…

TikTok Expands its Activities in Kazakhstan, Provides New Opportunities for Creators

NUR-SULTAN – TikTok, a short-form video hosting service, presented the TikTok For Business platform, which helps overcome business challenges, while revealing the creative potential of brands and an alternative approach to marketing at the June 15 press conference in Almaty, reports the company’s press service. The new platform is expected to open new opportunities for…

Kazakhstan’s Aktau Seaport Receives Green Certificate As Part of OSCE EcoPorts project

NUR-SULTAN  – The Aktau port located on the east coast of the Caspian Sea has become the first port in Kazakhstan to receive the Ports Environmental Assessment System (SEEP) certification and EcoPort status from the European Sea Ports Organization (EMPO). This was announced by the port’s President Abai Turikpenbaev at the June 15 roundtable titled…

Fitch Agency Affirms Kazakhstan at ‘BBB’ Rating with Stable Outlook

NUR-SULTAN  – The Fitch credit rating agency affirmed Kazakhstan’s Long-Term Foreign-Currency Issuer Default Rating (IDR) at ‘BBB’ with a stable outlook, according to the agency’s official rating which was issued on June 17. The key factors that maintain the country’s IDR are strong fiscal and external balances, which showed resilience to external shocks, and financing…

Unveiling the Life of Nomadic Kazakhs: Capital Nomad Fest Features Fighting Techniques, Traditional Weapons

NUR-SULTAN – The first Nomad Fest with the participation of a historical reconstructor, which is one of the rarest professions in Kazakhstan, gathered recently an inner circle of approximately 30 people so that they could fully plunge into the ambiance of the nomadic lifestyle in the vicinity of the Kazakh capital. Compared to local ethnic…

Stunning Video Features Mass River Crossing by Small Antelopes, Saigas, in Western Kazakhstan

NUR-SULTAN  – The video, where numerous saigas, small antelopes with distinctive short trunks, cross the river in Western Kazakhstan, went viral on social media, reported Kazinform agency.  The animal is included on the Red List of the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN), where it has been listed as a critically endangered species since…

French Cyclists Travel Through Kazakhstan to Promote Disability Inclusion

NUR-SULTAN  – A couple of French travelers Émilie and Davy Sanchis came to Aktau recently as a part of their world cycling tour, which aims to promote the inclusion of people with Down syndrome and other disabilities through sport, reported the French Embassy in Kazakhstan.  Davy and Émilie Sanchis led the Bike Up and Down…

Kazakh Citizens Decide on Political Reforms as They Head to Polls for June 5 Constitutional Referendum

NUR-SULTAN – Polling station number 86 in Nur-Sultan gathers hundreds of people today living in the relevant districts as they come to contribute to the country’s future by voting in the constitutional referendum. Aliya Kandykbayeva works as a manager at Kazakhstan Temir Zholy (KTZ) national railway company and said she believes her vote will be…

Red Book Himalayan Brown Bear Shows Up on Camera in Altyn Emel National Park

NUR-SULTAN – A camera trap captured rare footage of the Himalayan brown bear walking through the protected area of the Altyn Emel National Park in the Almaty Region on June 2, reported the park’s press service. The animal is listed in Kazakhstan’s Red Book of Endangered Species. “Further monitoring is expected to be continued,” according…

Young Astana Opera Director Places Second at Prestigious International Competition Nano-Opera

NUR-SULTAN – The Astana Opera House’s leading stage director Yerenbak Toikenov won second place at the fifth International competition for young opera directors, Nano-Opera, which was held in Moscow’s famous Helikon Opera on May 22-28, reported the theater’s press service. The media jury of the contest, represented by the CEOs of popular national and Moscow…

Kazakhstan’s Population Sees Slight Increase, Number of Women Steadily Decreases

NUR-SULTAN – Kazakhstan’s population has increased by 1.3 percent compared to the previous year to reach 19.12 million people as of early 2022, reported Ranking.kz. According to the data for the first quarter of this year, the population grew to 19.18 million people, including 9.31 million men and 9.86 million women.  As for women, they…

International Space Station Cosmonaut Shares Video of Kazakhstan’s Mangystau Region from Space (Video)

NUR-SULTAN – Roscosmos cosmonaut Oleg Artemyev published a video featuring the Mangystau Region, located in the west of Kazakhstan from space, on his YouTube channel on May 29, reports Zakon.kz news agency. “We are flying over Aktau, we will be soon near the Aral Sea,” said Artemyev in his video. Cosmonaut’s followers expressed their gratitude…

Four Kazakh Universities Enter Prestigious World University Rankings For 2022

NUR-SULTAN – Four Kazakh universities are now included in the World University Rankings 2022 issued by the British Times Higher Education magazine, compared to two universities in 2019, reports the Kazakh Ministry of Education and Science.  Al-Farabi Kazakh National University, L.N. Gumilyov Eurasian National University, Satbayev University, and the Kazakh National Pedagogical University named after…