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!

Tie-Dye For

The members of our Crafting Club were treated to a special session this week learning to tie-dye fabric, courtesy of the wonderful @purnimap.varma.

Thanks so much, Purnima!

Italian Conversation Group

Mi scusi!

Did you know we run an Italian conversation group?

Run every week on Tuesdays at one of the lovely cafes around town, our members can sit back, sip their espresso and chat (in Italian of course!).

If you’re interested in joining our club, contact our Membership Coordinator:

The Sundowners- A New Special Interest Group

Sun up or sun down? We’ve formed a new monthly interest group called the “Sundowners”, once a month on a Friday after a long week of work or insane life with Littles, we relax and have great conversation. This special group doesn’t just include the Ladies of our club, but you can bring along your spouse/partner as well.

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Evening Edition

Every 3-4 weeks we have Evening Edition, a social gathering for members who work full time (or those who wish to join the full time workers for some dinner and drinks!).

Evening Edition Members get special rates due to their limited availability for our weekly activities. Please contact us if you are interested in joining!

Nauryz Spring Festival

Author: Local member and Nauryz aficionado, Farida

Nauryz is my family’s favourite holiday. Every family sets a table for guests. Friends and families visit each other, bringing gifts. It is similar to Christmas in that it unites people together around the table with traditional food. While presents are not specifically part of the celebration, when we visit friends we do bring sweets and homemade food. It’s the oldest holiday celebrated in Central Asia and the Middle East, dating back almost 5,000 years.

The month of Nauryz is the first month of the year according to the Eastern calendar. It coincides with the equinox, where day and night are equal lengths everywhere on Earth, as the sun crosses the equator. Kazakhs considered the month of Nauryz sacred.

“Nou Ruz ” translates to “New Day” in Persian, the first symbolic step of the Sun toward the Earth. The Nomadic year is associated with the beginning of Spring and the Revival of Life.

It is believed that New Year does not come into the house if something old reigns. Therefore, in preparation for Nauryz, houses are cleaned and repaired, clothes mended, and work tools fixed. People buy new items and give old goods to the poor.

Just before Nauryz I clean my house and get rid of my old and unused things. My family and I cook some special dishes like Nauryz Kozhe or Baursak. We visit friends and family and they visit us. We celebrate the new year and new life coming.

The way you spend the first day of Nauryz is the way you will live a year. Therefore we try to be generous and hospitable on this day. We forgive any debts and offenses made against us.

The whole of Kazakhstan celebrates this month-long holiday. Some people like to wear traditional dress. In the cities people go to their public squares, where they organize concerts with traditional music and games. Sometimes Plov or Baursak will be served. In the villages they go to the fields, where there are horseback riding games, a big swing, and food cooked in the open air.

Celebrating the end of the old year and the beginning of the new one, we repeat the act of Initial Creation. The ritual helps us to feel the connection with the Space, with something very ancient, giving us an instant sense of belonging to the Eternal.