The Koshpendiler Alemi festival

The Koshpendiler Alemi or World of Nomads Festival is a celebration of nomadic culture in Kazakhstan. 

Here is some information about this festival:


Location: The festival takes place in Nur-Sultan, the capital of Kazakhstan.

Purpose: The festival aims to bring the spirit of nomadic culture to life and allow attendees to experience the traditions and history of Eurasian nomads. It provides a platform to showcase the heritage of nomadic civilization.

History: The festival began in 2016 and has since become an annual event, with the 2019 edition being the fourth occurrence. It has been well-received by both local and international visitors.

Event Segments: The festival venue is divided into seven sectors, each representing different aspects of nomadic life:

  • Ak Mergen (White Archer): This sector features archery competitions, showcasing the skills of expert archers.
  • Shabyt (Inspiration): Musicians and ethnic folk groups perform in this sector, providing a rich cultural experience.
  • Taiburyl: This sector hosts competitions in "asau," a traditional horse-steering game. Nearby, in Altyn Saka, there are competitions in various Kazakh traditional games, including wrestling, tug-of-war, and dice games.
  • Keruen Sarai: Food lovers can enjoy Kazakh cuisine in this section, which is dedicated to traditional Kazakh food.
  • Batyr: Ancient battles are recreated in this sector, featuring Kazakh warriors and strongmen.
  • Sheber (Handyman): This sector hosts craftsmen workshops and exhibitions of unique handmade art.

Expansion: The organizers have expressed their intention to expand the festival to different regions of Kazakhstan in the future. It is expected to continue as an annual event.

 

The "Koshpendiler Alemi" Festival offers a unique opportunity for both locals and visitors to immerse themselves in the rich and vibrant culture of nomadic civilization, allowing them to step back in time and experience the traditions of Eurasian nomads. It is a celebration of heritage, skills, and artistry passed down through generations. If you plan to attend this festival, make sure to check for the most up-to-date information on its dates and activities.

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