Visiting Kyrgyzstan offers the great opportunities for adventure. It’s unique country with very specific culture, traditions and habits. Many tourist visit the country, without getting to know its people and culture. It’s best to visit some of the cultural events to get to know and understand the Kyrgyz culture and spirit of the nation. Here are some for your inspiration.
Community Based Tourism Events
Community based tourism is local organisation uniting local people working in tourism sector. Every year it organise various interesting cultural events for tourist.
BIKE CHALLENGE by CBT Arslanbob (3rd May)
CBT Arslanbob (Jalal-Abad region, map) organise the bike tour in the mountains near the village. The track will lead around beautiful lakes and villages. Kyrgyz-uzbek show is the part of the tour. Price will be announced closer to the day of tour. If you don’t have your own bike in Kyrgyzstan, approach the local CBT for help or borrow the bike from some bike shops in advance in Bishkek.
NOMAD’S MOVEMENT AND NATIONAL HORSE GAMES FESTIVAL by CBT Alay (16th July)
Chyiyrchyk Jailoo will host the festival of Kyrgyz national and horse games. During the event you can watch games like Ulak-Tartysh, Kyz-Kuumai, Tyiyn-Enmei, Er-Enish. Folklore show is the part of the event, and you can taste the specialities of local cuisine. Fee for the event is 400 KGS, which includes 1 lunch and participation in all activities.
NATIONAL UZBEK CUISINE FESTIVAL by CBT Jalal-Abad (16th July)
If you prefer to taste local cuisine, you should join the festival of Uzbek national cuisine in Jalal-Abad city. Cooking and demonstrations are part of the event. Uzbek and Kyrgyz cuisines are slightly different, so you can enrich your Kyrgyz food experiments with Uzbek specialities. Fee for event will be announced later. Event is held in Kara-Alma village, near Jalal-Abad (map)
NATIONAL HORSE GAMES FESTIVAL by CBT Kyzyl-Oi (23rd July)
Event organised in Kyzyl-Oi village (map). Event is organized, in picturesque Suusamyr Valley, which just add the extra value to it. During the event you can watch traditional horse games, such as ulak-tartysh, kyz-kuumai, er-enisn. Organisers will prepare the folklore show and degustation of Kyrgyz cuisine. Participation fee will be announced later.
KYRGYZ TRADITIONS AND CEREMONIES FESTIVAL by CBT Chong-Kemin (30th July)
Interesting event offering unique the view on traditions and ceremonies, with main highlights of beshik toi and tushoo toi. Beshik toi is the ceremony organized when the child is placed in the cradle for the first time. Tushoo toi is organized to untie the child’s legs after its first steps. During the festival you can enjoy traditional music, participate in national games and taste the traditional cuisine. Fee will be announced later. Event is held at Karool-Döbö village, in Chong-Kemin valley (map).
YAK AND NATIONAL HORSE GAMES FESTIVAL by CBT Sary-Mogol (30th July)
The event is specific for the national games involving the yaks, which live in some regions of Kyrgyzstan. Except of this, you can watch national horse games, folklore show and taste the local cuisine. Participation fee is 500 som, which includes lunch and participation in all activities. Event is organized in Sary-Mogol village. (map)
KURAK AND TERM FESTIVAL by CBT Jalal-abad (6th August)
Kara-Alma (map) will host the festival with demonstrations of making kurak and terme, which are traditional handicrafts. Participants can join the workshops and master-class for national handicrafts. Folklore show will enrich the atmosphere of event. Price to be announced closer to the event.
TAIGAN AND BURKUT FESTIVAL by CBT Tamchy (6th August)
Kyrgyz traditional ways of hunting will be demonstrated during the event. Main attractions are the hunting with Golden Eagle and Taigan dogs (Kyrgyz Borzoi). Hunting performances will be accompanied with national games of ulak-tartysh and tyiyn-enmei on donkeys by children. Event is organised in Tamchy (map) at the northern lakeshore of Issyk-Kul.
BIRDS OF PREY FESTIVAL by CBT Bokonbaevo (13th August)
Festival Birds of Prey will present the hunting with Golden Eagles, folklore show, exhibition and sales of handicrafts, degustation of Kyrgyz cuisine. Event is organised in Jaichy yurt camp, near Kok-Sai village (map) and the fee will be announced closer to the event.
NATIONAL HORSE GAME FESTIVAL by CBT Kochkor (20th August)
National games ulak-tartysh, kyz-kuumai, tyiyn-enmei, er-enish, folklore show and Kyrgyz cuisine are in the program of the festival. This event will be held at Batai-Aral Yurt camp on the nort-eastern shore of Son-Kol lake. This event is the last from CBT events for 2016, organised in beautiful scenery of Son-kul lake (map).
WORLD NOMAD GAMES II (3rd – 8th September)
World Nomad Games II will be held at Issyk-Kul from 3rd till 8th September 2016. World Nomad Games celebrate and showcase the culture and traditions of nomadic nations.
It’s the unique opportunity to see the nomad culture at its best. During the five days you can enjoy the rich program, full of nomad traditions, lifestyle, games, performances. The cultural centre of the event will be at Kyrchyn jailoo. Hippodrome in Cholpon-Ata (map) will host the opening and closing ceremonies, main sport events and games. Representatives of various nomad nations will join the event, so you can watch the teams of Kyrgyzstan, Kazakhstan, Mongolia, Tajikistan, Uzbekistan, Turkmenistan, and others.
Event will gather best representatives of nomad culture, artists and sportsmen, which makes it the highlight of this season.