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Astana celebrates 20th year as Kazakh capital with nomad culture festival

Astana, Jun 30 (efe-epa).- Kazakhstan inaugurated the first international festival of nomad culture "Koshpendiler Alemi" as part of the celebrations of Astana's 20th anniversary as the Central Asian country's capital.

The two-day event taking place in the ethno village of Kazanat has the participation of Hungary, Bulgaria, the Russian republic of Bashkortostan, Turkey, Kyrgyzstan and the Russian region of Sakha.

"The purpose of this ethnic festival is to make it an incentive to create associations of countries that share a history of nomad culture," said the vice president of the Tourism Board of Kazakhstan, Timur Duysengaliyev..

The territory of the festival is divided into seven improvised villages that can be toured by visitors while enjoying sports events, cultural presentations and musical performances.

"This event should become part of Astana's identity, since some tourists say there's no national character in the city," Duysengaliyev said.

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