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‘Tomiris’ showcases history of a strong woman in Central Asia, spurring discussions of gender relations

By Aidana Yergaliyeva

“My name is Tomiris… My loved ones were killed… I am left alone… Yes, I am Massagetae… I am the queen,” begins the trailer to the movie “Tomiris.” In a series of quickly changing scenes and intensifying music, the short video clip depicts the young, yet lionhearted girl who grew into “the queen born to

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Kazakhstan’s UNESCO World Heritage Sites offer tourists unique history and nature

By Nazira Kozhanova

NUR-SULTAN – Kazakhstan is currently building part of its heritage tourism industry around the UNESCO (United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation) World Heritage Sites throughout the country. A pilot project involving the Almaty, East Kazakhstan, Kyzylorda, Turkestan and Zhambyl regions was launched September 2018, said bnews.kz. With efforts to develop better tourist routes, the

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Geek culture flourishes in Kazakhstan with comic books, video games and films

By Dilshat Zhussupova

Geek culture, once an outcast’s refuge from mass culture, has become mainstream. An intense appreciation of films, television series, comic books and video games will make one quicker to befriend than shun, as growing fandoms in Kazakhstan are finding out. The New York Comicon started the ball rolling in 1964 for multi-day, commercially-driven events for

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A click in time: A digitizing Kazakhstan looks to win in cybersport

By Dilshat Zhussupova

To improve its standard of living, Kazakhstan is digitizing its economy and government, implementing a Digital Silk Road and… developing cybersport? “For our information technology industry, cybersport is the key to a digital future,” said Qazaq Cybersport Federation (QCF) President and Kazakhtelecom Board Chair Kuanyshbek Yessekeyev at the 2018 World Electronic Sports Games (WESG) qualifiers

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EXPO 2017’s legacy continues to move Kazakhstan, international community toward a greener future

By Assel Satubaldina

Switching to green energy, sustainable development and transitioning to a green economy to save the planet is a top global agenda with the world facing the sobering consequences of climate change and high carbon emissions. Kazakhstan also seeks to take steps toward these goals realising the challenges are also opportunities. The country’s hosting of EXPO

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Korgalzhyn: land of birds, saline lakes and blue sky

By Zhanna Shayakhmetova 

Korgalzhyn, a land of birds, is Kazakhstan’s first reserve listed in the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation’s (UNESCO) World Biosphere Reserve Network. For ornithologists, it is among the top five must visit locations.   Last year marked the Korgalzhyn district’s 90th and nature reserve’s 50th anniversaries. Located 160 kilometres west of the capital,

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Kazakhstan needs five-six years to develop strong start-up culture, say experts

By Saltanat Boteu

In November, former Kazakh President Nursultan Nazarbayev opened the Astana Hub, an international technopark of IT start-ups, and the country began intensively developing a start-up culture. Edgekz.com interviewed several IT start-ups in the capital, who noted if the government continues its support, it will see good results in approximately five-six years. Senim smart wallet Daulet

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Kazakhstan continues to be healthcare pioneer through digitisation, cutting-edge surgery

By Dilshat Zhussupova

Since the World Health Organisation’s revolutionary 1978 Declaration of Alma-Ata, which emphasised the importance of primary healthcare and put health equity on the international agenda, Kazakhstan has continued its trailblazing path in healthcare. Coming full circle, Astana’s 2018 Global Conference on Primary Health Care that gathered 1,200 delegates from more than 120 countries Oct. 25-26

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Kazakh youth look forward to opportunities offered by Year of Youth

By Saltanat Boteu

Kazakh President Nursultan Nazarbayev declared 2019 the Year of Youth in Kazakhstan, which attracted the attention of the population, especially young people. They believe this will bring their issues to light and expect new opportunities, actions and support from government and society. According to a short questionnaire by EdgeKz, Kazakh youth position themselves as quite

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Kazakhstan in 2018: Historic Celebrations and Tragic Loss, Reform Within and Beyond and New Ventures after UNSC

By Dilshat Zhussupova

Kazakhstan began 2018 on a high note by celebrating the capital’s 20th anniversary and strengthening ties with its neighbours, especially with an Uzbekistan that was increasingly open to change. Nevertheless, the tragic loss of a prominent young Kazakh sportsman prompted government officials to closely consider the ways Kazakh law enforcement agencies need to change for

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