2 June 2018

The Spirit of Tengri reveals the uniqueness and diversity of Almaty to the whole world - Baibek


In Almaty in the Abay square in front of the Republic Palace the VI International Festival of Contemporary Ethnic Music The Spirit of Tengri has started. Akim of Almaty Bauyrzhan Baibek greeted the audience at the main event of the summer, reports.


"I am happy to welcome you at the opening of the VI international The Spirit of Tengri Festival in the city of a thousand colors - beautiful Almaty. For more than a thousand years our city has remained a place of contact for different cultures and traditions, a source of inspiration and creativity. We will always bear the centuries-old Heritage of the Great Steppe - the cradle of great civilizations. Contemporary music, not only Kazakh but of all Turkic peoples, from Altai, Siberia and even other continents goes back to the depths of the centuries when one civilization worshipping the Great Blue Sky Tengri was one of the most important. Indeed, the highest mountain in the Zhetysu range near Almaty, one of the greatest peaks of the Tien Shan is called Khan-Tengri.


A tremendous influence on the worldview of the eastern peoples was made by the Tengrian cyclic or national Kazakh calendar. This year in the Central Park of Culture and Leisure we will establish an architectural form dedicated to this calendar. The Spirit of Tengri Festival is one of the brightest international cultural projects in Almaty that has become a recognized brand in the world of music. It has reveals the uniqueness and diversity of Almaty, the friendliness and hospitality of Kazakhstan, to the whole world, " Bauyrzhan Baibek said.


The Almaty Akim also added: "From year to year, the geography and repertoire of the Festival's lineup has been expanding. This time, performers from 40 countries of the world, from four continents, are taking part in it. I would like to thank our guests that today they came to Almaty to please us with their music. We are happy to see Mr. Pierre Cuny, editor of the world-renowned Songline magazine, Mr. Sami Sadak, a well-known producer and founder of the Babel Med forum at the Festival this year.


I would like to thank the organisation team who have created and brought this project to such a high level. And personally Batyr Kazybayev - the general director of Alash Media Group holding, the head of the organizing committee of this unique cultural project. "


The event started at 17.00, the entrance is free. Right now you can watch it online on and in the social networks of the Spirit of Tengri project: join the broadcast.


On the days of the Festival, bus on routes 29, 48, 120, 121, 141 will run until 23:30. 


The Festival is held with the support of the Almaty Akimat. The general partner of the project is Magnum Cash&Carry supermarket chain. Support by the tour operator Tez Tour Kazakhstan. Guests are welcomed by the Hotel Kazakhstan. Technical support for the Festival is provided by KZ Sound.The official water of the festival is ARZU.


The guests should expect a beautiful, powerful, live show: traditionally live sound of high quality, lighting that is literally seen from space, and, definitely, the Festival's signature family atmosphere.   In total, there will performances fromv11 magnificent ethnoworld bands: the Israeli band Q2A, the Buryat wolves Shono, the band from Spain Childo Tomas, the Bashkir rockers Argymak, the Gata Band from Armenia, the French-Algerian group Speed ​​Caravan, the Abbos band from Uzbekistan,  Aldaspan project (Kazakhstan), the EZZA band from the Republic of Niger, the French-born YELÉ group, and the Steppe Scape project ("Stars of Eurasia") along with the best DJs of Kazakhstan .


The Spirit of Tengri is a multicultural project established by the national radio station Tengri FM in 2012. The Festival aims at demonstrating the ethnic traditions of the countries of the world on the Kazakh land.  Over five years, more than 100 thousand Kazakhstanis and guests of the country have been its visitors. Musicians from 30 countries and regions of the world have been on this stage. Among them are the Turkish group BaBa Zula, the Chinese-Mongolian band Hanggai, the Magyar band Tilla Török's Band & Holdviola, the Estonian ethno band TRAD.ATTACK!, the Georgian trio The Shin, the band from Bashkortostan "Argymak", the Buryat-Finnish-Norwegian project Nordic Namgar, master of throat singing Radik Tyulush with the project "Chalama" from Tuva. Kazakhstan has been represented by the ethno music groups Aldaspan, Sharapat, Tigrahaud, Roksonaki, as well as the master of folklore Yedil Khussainov.


In previous years the general partner of the Festival was

Argymak - Bur baikamys
Bolot Bairyshev - Ak Burkhan
Aldaspan - Elge qayt
Chyltys - Aba chonym
Namgar - Yundengogo
Sharapat - Kok sholaq
Nordic Namgar - My Winters Day
Tigrahaud - Arlan-kazak
Gulzada - Kurmanbek
Radik Tyulyush - Er-le Changys


BaBa Zula on Tengri FM (2015)
The Spirit of Tengri on Womex 2015 (Hungary)
The Spirit of Tengri (2016)
The Shin on Tengri FM (2014)
The Spirit of Tengri (2017)
NOMAD WAY 2018 | ASTANA | JUNE 22-24
The Spirit of Astana (2017)
The Spirit of Tengri (2014)
Sainkho Namchylak with German Popov on Tengri FM (2014)
Voices of autumn (2014)
The Spirit of Tengri (2013)
Presentation of DVD The Spirit of Tengri 2014
The Spirit of Tengri (2015)
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