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Culture & Living, Kazakhstan


The city of Petropavlovsk (Northern Kazakhstan) has for the first time hosted the festival of koumiss “Kymyzfest,” as reported by local mass media. The organizer of this event was the public youth association “Kyzylzhar Zhastary.” According to its chairman, Yerlik Mukhamedzhanov, the goal of the event is to present the rich culture of the region in order to attract tourists. The symbol of “Kymyzfest” was a horse; an equestrian carnival parade took place within the framework of the festival.



On June 9, the capital of Kazakhstan witnessed the solemn opening ceremony of the international exhibition EXPO 2017. The event was participated by President Nursultan Nazarbayev, UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres, Russian President Vladimir Putin, leaders of the SCO member states and several other states, government representatives and heads of international organizations. The opening ceremony took place simultaneously at several venues.


President of Kazakhstan Nursultan Nazarbayev has suggested to prohibit women on the legislative level from “completely covering themselves with black clothes.” As reported by the press service of the head of state, this happened during the meeting of Nazarbayev with representatives of the Spiritual Board of Muslims of the republic. In particular, the President drew attention to the manifestations of religious ignorance among the younger generation.



By 2025, Kazakhstan will switch to using the Roman letters in its alphabet, replacing with it the current Cyrillic alphabet. President Nursultan Nazarbayev instructed the government to draw up the schedule for such a transition, as reported by local mass media on April 12. “After appropriate consultations with representatives of the public and scientists, it is necessary to develop a single standard of the new Roman-type alphabet and graphics by the end of 2017.


On March 12-14, Almaty hosted the 19th fashion show “Central Asia Fashion Spring 2017.” This event is considered unique because it presents manufacturers of footwear, clothes and various accessories that are new for the Kazakh market. The spring season of the exhibition was participated by companies representing Turkey, Russia, Belarus, Mongolia, Italy, France, Greece, Finland, Kazakhstan and several other countries. The official opening ceremony of the exhibition was accompanied by a fashion show of young Kazakh designers who are just starting their creative path.


Minister of Sports and Culture of Kazakhstan Arystanbek Muhamediuly and Minister of Culture of Russia Vladimir Medinsky signed a joint action plan between the two countries in the field of culture for 2017. The signing took place during a ceremony held in Astana, at the Kazakh National University of Arts. “Kazakhstan and Russia are linked by strong neighborly and friendly relations, which are based on respect and understanding. Today, we are signing this important document, which will continue the traditions formed during the close cooperation between our countries,” A.


On March 12-14, the Almaty-based exhibition complex “Atakent” will host the nineteenth Central Asia Fashion Spring 2017. The list of participants of the exhibition will include the leading suppliers and manufacturers of a variety of men's, women's and children's clothing, shoes, underwear, accessories, hats, evening dresses, outerwear and fur products. Every year the interest in this exhibition is growing, which is reflected in the increase in the number of its participants.


Kazakhstan is completing the preparations for the 28th Winter Universiade, which will start in the republic's southern capital Almaty in late January. These student games will be the most ambitious in their history: participants will arrive from 60 countries of the world. The Universiade will bring together a record number of athletes; the largest delegation will arrive from Russia – it will include 350 athletes.



According to the annual rating of the cost of living in different countries published by the international information portal “Numbeo,” Kazakhstan was ranked 119th out of 122 participants, subsequent to the 2016 results. For comparison, in 2015, the republic was on the 62nd place, which means it has dropped by 57 positions over the year. Besides Kazakhstan, the top ten most affordable countries include India, Moldova, Pakistan, Kazakhstan, Nepal, Ukraine, Georgia, Algeria, Azerbaijan, Colombia (they occupy the positions 122 to 113, respectively).



The well-known American publication The New York Times has composed a list of the most interesting places in the world that are recommended for travelers in 2017. The list includes 52 countries, and Kazakhstan occupies the 26th place. The republic is the only Central Asian state considered by the newspaper. Moreover, Kazakhstan was also the only country from the former Soviet Union that was suggested to tourists as one of the most interesting places in the world.