A rich cultural program was presented on the Day of the Kazakh Culture in the United Kingdom. The festival took place in one of the largest central parks of London, Victoria Embankment Gardens. Politicians and diplomats, London residents and guests came to join the atmosphere. One of the main highlights of the celebrations was the traditionally decorated Kazakh yurt. Visitors were introduced to ancient rituals and customs. They could also try Kazakh cuisine.

ROBERT BROWN, RESIDENT OF JERSEY:

- People, I suppose, from the west, we only have limited life, limited abilities to travel and one’s impressions sometimes behind the times and not with the reality. I looked at some of the pictures of this book and I thought wow, what a beautiful capital city. 

GOPICHAND HINDUJA, RESIDENT OF LONDON:

- What I have seen, the environment and the concert which is to my heart is best. I love music and concert. 

The highlight of the program was the performance of the Akmeshit folk music ensemble from Kyzylorda. They performed compositions of different genres. The British audience got acquainted with the works of the great Kazakh composers like Dauletkerei, Ykylas and Korkyt. The band’s performance featured famous classical hits and folk zhyr-terme.

TALGAT MAKASHEV, DIRECTOR, KYZYLORDA REGIONAL PHILHARMONIC:

- Akmeshit folk music ensemble of Kyzylorda Philharmonic delighted the locals and our compatriots with their art. Spectators welcomed the performance very warmly.

KUNSULU TURIKPEN, ARTIST, AKMESHIT FOLK MUSIC ENSEMBLE:

- When Kazakh songs, terme and kui are performed abroad, the Kazakh culture and nation arise.

The Kazakh embassy in the UK organized the event. According to the Kazakh diplomats, they aimed to popularize the Kazakh culture in Shakespeare's homeland.  As part of the festival, Kazakh classical literature translated in English was presented at the London Book Fair.

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