Russian city of Omsk hosted the regional cultural and sports event, “Toi Duman”
The Russian city of Omsk hosted the regional cultural and sports event, “Toi Duman.” Artists from Russia, Kazakhstan, Tajikistan and Germany staged their performances for the city residents. The eighth national festival was held as part of the Modernization of Kazakhstan’s Identity program.
ASSYLBEK SHAKHVAYEV, LOCAL RESIDENT, OMSK CITY, RUSSIA:
- We attend this event every year. The concert is fun, we enjoy it a lot. We want our children to learn about their language and customs.
TAMARA PILIPETSKAYA, LOCAL RESIDENT, OMSK , RUSSIA:
- These customs, costumes and traditional dishes are wonderful. These celebrations should be held more often.
The city’s park, Agropark, turned into an ethno-village for the whole day. Guests were treated to the traditional dishes and participants showed their creativity and skills in the traditional games. Wrestlers from Kazakhstan, Russia and Tajikistan also competed in the sports events.
This year, the ‘Toi Duman’ event was dedicated to the anniversary dates as Magzhan Zhumabayev’s 125th birth anniversary, Segiz Seri’s 200th birth anniversary and Kozhabergen Zhyrau’s 355th birth anniversary.
ALTYNAY ZHUNISSOVA, HEAD, KAZAKH CULTURAL CENTER:
- Our Siberian Kazakh center was established 29 years ago in the Russian Federation. Our center opened in 1989. Various events are held in Kazakhstan as part of the Modernization of Kazakhstan’s Identity program. We are also working on reviving the culture and preserving the national traditions.
There are about 300,000 Kazakhs living in the Russian Omsk region. They are provided with all the necessary tools and environment in order to preserve the Kazakh language and customs.