Almaty hosted an international ‘People of the Great Steppe’ festival. The event was dedicated to the 20th anniversary of Astana. Dozens of performers from Kazakhstan, Uzbekistan, Kyrgyzstan and other countries gathered at the Mukhtar Auezov State Drama Theater to show a live concert of the Turkic culture that has survived through centuries. The songs of Nartai, the termes of Maily Kozha and the kuis of Kurmangazy were staged. As part of the event, the French Ambassador to Kazakhstan, Philip Martine, awarded the Art and Literature prize to the poetess and zhyrshy, Ulzhan Baibosynova.

ULZHAN BAIBOSYNOVA, HONORED WORKER OF KAZAKHSTAN:

- This is not only my reward, but also it is a award of our traditional music, which has been passed down from generation to generation for centuries, from a teacher to a student.

The festival united traditions, language and music which form a national spirit. Both older and younger generations have shown an interest in folk art.

ZEREKUL ZHUSIPBEKOVA, ALMATY RESIDENT:

- Zhyrs and termes sound in a special way. I brought my daughter. I want her to see and feel our art.

AMANBAI DILIMBEOTV, ALMATY RESIDENT :

- Traditional songs, zhyrau and terme convey people’s joy and sorrow. They spoke to us.

Almaty hosts regular events aimed at popularizing the national culture. Openings of the Alatau Theater of traditional art and the Multimedia Center of Traditional Music contribute to the event organizations

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