Aitys, yurt, kuy enter UNESCO’S cultural heritage list
Aitys, kuy and yurt were included in the UNESCO’s World Heritage List. The Kazakh Deputy Prime Minister Imangali Tasmagambetov presented the relevant certificates to the National Museum. Also, the list includes the holiday Nauryz, hunting birds, the tradition of preparing thin bread and the national sport - Kazakh wrestling. This decision was taken at the regular UNESCO session, which was held in Ethiopia.
IMANGALI TASMAGAMBETOV, KAZAKH DEPUTY PRIME MINISTER:
First of all, this is a significant event. It means that the Kazakh people’s art became known to the entire world and represents the cultural and historical value for all mankind. They represent the Kazakh people’s history, destiny, rich inner world and the most intimate spirit of the nation.
The list of intangible heritage of humanity will be again replenished with the Kazakh fortune. In 2017, the country will nominate in the UNESCO list the national game of assyk and coordinate the multinational application titled the Heritage of Korkyt. According to experts, including these initiatives in the international registry will help further promote the cultural heritage of Kazakhstan at the international level. The exhibition at the National Museum provides opportunity for those who want to learn deeply the ancient traditions and ancient customs of the Kazakhs.
ASSEL UTEGENOVA, SECRETARY GENERAL, KAZAKHSTAN’S NATIONAL COMMISSION FOR UNESCO AND ISESCO:
These elements became the heritage of mankind in the National Museum, where Kazakhstan’s every citizen and country’s very guest will be able to see and understand that these elements are included in the international list and recognized by all mankind.