Top Choice Cultural in Almaty

Nauryz

The big spring festival, celebrated throughout Central Asia, sees colourful parades in the city, and horse racing and often kokpar (buzkashi; the traditional Central Asian pololike sport played with a headless goat …
Cultural in Astana

Astana Day

The day that Astana became the capital of Kazakhstan is celebrated in a big way, with the square behind the Palace of Peace & Harmony usually serving as the focus for concerts, a fairground and fireworks. Other …
Cultural in Shymkent

Navrus

Shymkent’s Navrus (Nauryz) celebrations, on 22 March, are among the biggest in the country. Kokpar, horse races, audaryspak (horseback wrestling) and kyz kuu (a boy-girl horseback chase) all happen at the Ippodrom (…
Fashion in Almaty

Kazakhstan Fashion Week

Young Kazakh designers show off their latest creations on the catwalk in Almaty. Check website for dates.
Music in Almaty

International Jazz Festival

International artists jam it up in various venues over several days.
Film in Almaty

Eurasia International Film Festival

Free screenings of dozens of films, mostly from Commonwealth of Independent States (CIS) countries but some from Western Europe, over several days, plus occasional fly-ins by Hollywood celebs.
City Festival in Almaty

Almaty Day

The annual city festival sees numerous indoor and outdoor musical events and exhibitions (usually with one dedicated to locally grown apples), and fireworks.