Art you happy to have seen this?!

Recent renovations at a former Almaty store, ‘Kazakhstan’, revealed this beautiful mural behind some drywall. The artists of this fabulous piece are Moldakhmet Kenbaev and Nikolai Tsivchinsky.

The mural is an example of sgraffito, a form of decoration made by scratching through a surface to reveal a lower layer of a contrasting colour.

Pictured here is local tour guide and Kazakhophile, Dennis Keen, and the son of one of the original artists, Alpamys Kenbaev.

Another sgraffito mural by the same artists was recently restored and placed up on Kok Tobe.

Credit: Walking Almaty

Good-Bye Elaine!

We gathered for our regular coffee morning this week and it doubled as a goodbye to member and English Conversation Club leader, Elaine.

It was well attended, particularly by our English Conversation Club regulars.

Thanks for all your work for the club, @elaine.pounder, safe travels, and see you soon!

Feeling inspired by Kazakhstan’s July success at Wimbledon?

We certainly were!

Even as we relax our other regular activities we start up new ones, and so we introduce Monday Ping Ping/Table Tennis!

Congratulations to this week’s tournament champion, Lyutsiya!

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Afiyet olsun! Bon appetite!

We were treated in early summer to a cooking masterclass by one of own, Ozlem, who showed us how to make a series of absolutely delicious Turkish dishes.

Never has a class tasted so good!