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New Mayor in Town: Almaty’s Contingency Plan

By Dmitry Lee

With the rise of Astana, Kazakhstan’s new capital, and the hype surrounding the city’s EXPO 2017, heaps of international projects and Abu Dhabi Plaza, the tallest sky scraper in Central Asia, what will happen to Kazakhstan’s former capital? The largest city by population, Almaty accommodates almost 1.5 million of the country’s 17 million people and

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Balkhash: Father or Natural Phenomenon

By Yerbolat Uatkhanov

An ancient Kazakh legend says a rich man named Balkhash had a daughter – beautiful Ili. Once, he held a feast and promised to give her to the winner of the groom contest as a wife. Ili, however, loved a shepherd, Karatal, and helped him win. When Balkhash chose not to give Ili to Karatal,

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Kazakhstan’s Enhanced Partnership with EU Strengthens its Global Peace, Economic Goals

By Tom Michael

In a sign of its expanding international influence, Kazakhstan late last year entered into an historic agreement with the European Union, marking the first time a Central Asian nation has formally aligned economically and strategically with Europe to such an extent. The Enhanced Partnership and Cooperation Agreement – signed December 21 during a ceremony in

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Ancient Kazakh Geoglyphs – New Traveller Attraction

By Yerbolat Uatkhanov

In 2007, Kazakh economist and archaeology enthusiast Dmitriy Dey watched the documentary “Pyramids, Mummies and Tombs” on the Discovery Channel. The film noted pyramids exist throughout the world, which made him think about the pyramids in Kazakhstan. The enthusiast was soon using Google Earth to search images of the Kostanai region and view its pyramids.

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Need A Ride? Just Raise Your Hand

By Zhazira Dyussembekova

Driving through Astana or Almaty, every once in a while you’ll see a person standing by the side of the road with their hand out. Take note: they’re hailing informal taxis, a practice that could come in handy if you ever find yourself stranded (or just tired). Waving a hand can get you an official

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Kazakhstan’s Rich History of Folk Tales and Their Heroes

By Kamila Zhumabayeva

Literature and the arts are separated into epos, lyric poetry and dramatic pieces, which are subdivided into genres. The classification is also generally accepted for folklore. Folklore scientist, academician and Lev Gumilev Eurasian National University (ENU) Professor Seit Kaskabasov defined folklore as prose. According to world folklore studies, folklore prose is divided into fairy tale

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Establishing Int’l Uranium Bank, Helping Nuclear Deal in Iran Latest Kazakh Contributions to Global Security

By Tom Michael

Last summer, the United States, Iran and five other high-profile nations shared center stage in the international spotlight as they sealed a deal to halt Iran’s nuclear weapons program in exchange for easing of crippling sanctions that had wrecked the Middle Eastern power’s economy. While the major players took credit for the agreement, one Central

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Kazakh Nomadic Way of Life Influenced Modern Metalworking Traditions

By Dmitry Lee

Modern metalworking in Kazakhstan is a broad subject spanning jewelry, arts and crafts, weaponry and metal export to global markets. EdgeKz dug deeper into history and investigated the circumstances and traditions which have influenced various skills and patterns. “The main motifs of cultural metal working patterns and ornaments are zoomorphic,” said Zhambyl Artykbayev, doctor of

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Young Generation Follows Aitys Traditions

By Zhazira Dyussembekova

Aitys (Aitysh in some sources) is an ancient art of improvisation. It was added in December to the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation (UNESCO) World List of Intangible Cultural Heritage. “Two performers (‘akyns’ or ‘aityskers’) compete with each other to improvise verses on topical themes in a battle of wits that alternates between

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Young Tattoo Artists Bring New Ink to Kazakhstan

By Zhazira Dyussembekova

Tattoos are becoming a usual thing in Kazakh life – it is hard to surprise anyone with the body parts one may choose to ink. Although the industry is still new in the state, the art form is winning the hearts of Kazakh youth. Young and talented tattoo artists from Astana and Almaty recently shared

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