“In beat of red blooded lezghinka…”

August 20, at the stage of Kostanay region Philharmonic named by E.Umurzakov, the second national festival of the Caucasian culture took place. This year it was dedicated to the 25th anniversary of Independence of the Republic of Kazakhstan, and yet it has a symbolic connection with the republican action "Big country - big family", promoting the values of friendship and unity.

- This year the festival took place for the fifth time. The first one was back in 2012, when by the initiative of the Azerbaijani community "Birlik" of Kostanai region it was organized for the first time. For three years the festival was held at the regional level, but since last year it has gained the status of the republican. During this time, Kostanay attended representatives of the Caucasian communities from Ust-Kamenogorsk, Aktobe, Atyrau, Petropavlovsk, Pavlodar, there were also visitors from Chelyabinsk and Tyumen. “This year the event is held by the Azerbaijani community of "Birlik" commissioned by the Regional Assembly of People of Kazakhstan and KSU "Kogamdyk kelіsіm" of Akim’s administration of Kostanay region”, - says head of the regional administrative office of the APK, Gulvira Kudaykulova.

Before to the event the Philharmonic Hall turned to a place for an exhibition of arts and crafts of the Caucasian communities, where they were not only household items, costumes, musical instruments, but also paintings, photographs. The festival itself started with a mini-film about the deportation of the peoples of the Caucasus to Kazakhstan in the 30s of the last century, the red thread of which were words of gratitude to the Kazakh people: "Boundless, like feather grass steppe, Kazakhs ’soul latitude allowed many Caucasian ethnic groups persist and survive in those dark years. Kazakhstan has become a second home for the settlers, where they were sheltered, warmed and feed."

Four bands came to show themselves in all their glory this year in Kostanay: from Astana (bands "Vainakh" and "Assa"), from Pavlodar (Kabardino-Balkaria and Karachai-Circassian community "Elbrus", Chechen-Ingush community "Halkan Bart"). What’s more, artists from the local ethnic and cultural associations - Azerbaijani ECC "Birlik", Armenian ECC "Erebuni" and Turkish ECC "Akhyska" aslo showed their perfomances. Each team tried to surprise the Kostanay’s viewer, disrupting its well-deserved applause and cheers. All in all the festival attended over than 100 artists, who for two hours literally kept in suspense the audience, demonstrating fire-dancing and singing lyrical songs of the Caucasus. All participants were awarded by nominal figurines, souvenirs, diplomas, and letters of thanks.

- We are very pleased to come to Kostanay, and we are already planning what perfomances we will bring here in the next year. We are very fond of Kostanay, and this festival - a wonderful platform for the promotion of the culture of the Caucasus ethnic groups living on the fertile and hospitable land of Kazakhstan, - said the Director of the band "Vainakh" Hanifa Matsiyeva.

Press service of KSU "Kogamdyk kelіsіm"   Kostanay Region,

 Akimat Executive office

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