The first ethno-village in Kazakhstan

July 10. Kazpravda

By Meir Tokobayev

The first Kazakhstan ethno-village was built in Ust-Kamenogorsk.

The first ethno-village in KazakhstanThe ethno-village is a micro model of a harmonious society that reflects ethnic diversity of the region and the country as an effective factor for the development of friendship and good-neighborly relations. East Kazakhstan oblast, where people of 105 ethnicities have long been living and working as one big family, has a solid foundation for unprecedented progress and interpenetration of different cultures, languages, traditions and customs.

The origins of eternal friendship

It is symbolic that the presentation of the ethno-village was held in September 2010, during the VII Forum of Interregional Cooperation between Kazakhstan and Russia. Its first honorary guest was President of Kazakhstan Nursultan Nazarbayev. The creation of a unique object was real confirmation of the policy pursued by the Head of State, aimed at comprehensive development, harmonization of interethnic and interfaith relations, establishing a direct and open dialogue.

Foreign delegations from the CIS and far abroad countries visiting the village noted the novelty of the idea and continuity of traditions.

Recall that the East Kazakhstan region is the initiator of many ideas in inter-ethnic dialogue and social consensus. Here in 1992, Nursultan Nazarbayev personally opened the first House of Friendship, which last year marked twenty years. Today the House and the ethnic village are the educational centers of friendship and harmony where young people are brought up to respect different cultures.

The village has its own square with a conference hall in the shape of yurt which hosts important events. On June 22 they organized the III regional competition of folk music. The amateur artists from all cities and districts took part in the competition which has three categories: “Dombra”, “Accordion” and “Instrumental ensemble”.

Investing in culture

Recently the meeting of the Assembly of Kazakhstan’s People was held there. On its results the regional administration decided to increase by 50% the funding for regional House of Friendship.

The main load of financing projects, maintenance of facilities in the village falls on the budget, but these are investments that will pay off hundredfold in the future.

The ethnic village is inseparable from the whole range of objects which comprise the museum reserve. There are exhibition halls, the alley of monuments of the past, the zoo and a boat station.

The museum is sinking in green plants and flowers: there are about 500 species of plants, and 300 of them belong to rare species.