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When traditions meet innovations: Kazakhstan to show falconry at EXPO 2017 02 декабря 2013, 15:41

Visitors to the 2017 EXPO will be shown falconry, traditional hunting with trained Golden Eagles.
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Photo ©  Asel Satayeva Photo © Asel Satayeva
Kazakhstan is planning to entertain Its EXPO-2017 visitors with falconry, traditional hunting with trained Golden Eagles, Tengrinews reports citing Kairat Satybaldy, President of the Kazakhstan Association of National Sports. Falconry with Golden Eagles is a hunting tradition of Central Asian nations. TheBurkutshi, the Falconers, are hereditary hunters who are taught from a young age to train Golden Eagles. According to Chairman of the Agency for Sports and Physical Education Tastanbek Yestayev, today there are around 100 active professional Burkutshi in Kazakhstan. “Our main goal is to carefully showcase falconry to 5-7 million tourists who will come to Kazakhstan to participate in the EXPO-2017. I hope that everyone who is taking part in the today’s conference will visit us and take part (in the falconry event),” said Kairat Satybaldy at The Role of Falconry in International Integration conference that was part of the First International Burkutshi Festival held last week. Experts from China, Mongolia, the Czech Republic, Spain, Kyrgyzstan and Uzbekistan participated in the festival. Prominent anthropologists who study traditional hunting, ornithologists, veteran falconers and representatives of foreign Federations of National Sports visited the First International Burkutshi Festival in Astana. The participants concluded that in this age of innovations the traditional art of falconry has to be promoted on the international level with modern technologies in mind. The EXPO-2017 the first major exhibition of such a scale in the post-Soviet space is going to take place in Kazakhstan's Astana in 2017. The theme of the exhibition - Future Energy - will focus on the global impact of practical and innovative energy solutions.

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