National horse games festival to be held in south Kyrgyzstan

BISHKEK (TCA) — On July 30, an annual Horse Games Festival will be held at the shore of Tulpar-Kol lake, which is located at the foot of Lenin Peak in the Pamir-Alai mountains in southern Kyrgyzstan, the Embassy of Switzerland in the Kyrgyz Republic said on July 21.

The main purpose of the event is to develop and promote tourism in the region and in the country as a whole. The festival is organized by the CBT “Sary-Mogol” (Community Based Tourism) and supported financially by the Government of Switzerland.

The National Horse Games Festival is a colorful show, glorifying the bright aspects of Kyrgyz culture. Participants of the festival will have the opportunity to plunge into the traditional Kyrgyz lifestyle and watch the equestrian games, evaluate the performances of the best musicians in the region, and also try the delicious Kyrgyz national dishes.

The festival will showcase the following traditional horse games: “Ulak-Tartysh”, “Kyz Kuumai”, “Oodarysh”, “Tyiyn-Enmei” and others. Also during the event, women entrepreneurs of Alay region will organize an exhibition of handmade goods.

This event is organized within the framework of the “BAI ALAI” Programme, which is funded by the Government of Switzerland and implemented by HELVETAS Swiss Intercooperation in consortium with the Aga Khan Foundation.

Sergey Kwan


Sergey Kwan has worked for The Times of Central Asia as a journalist, translator and editor since its foundation in March 1999. Prior to this, from 1996-1997, he worked as a translator at The Kyrgyzstan Chronicle, and from 1997-1999, as a translator at The Central Asian Post.
Kwan studied at the Bishkek Polytechnic Institute from 1990-1994, before completing his training in print journalism in Denmark.

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