Info Shymkent - Happy New Year 2022 - Fireworks over Kazakhstan's capital Nur-Sultan (Photo: Farhat Kabdykairov)

Happy New Year 2022!

The year 2022 started today and it’s time for us to wish to our readers a Happy New Year and to look back on 2021.

The year 2022 is just some hours old and we would like to thank you to our readers, our interview partners and supporters. Without you Info Shymkent would not exist. A big THANK YOU to everyone.

The year 2021 was a hard long ride because Covid-19 stopped or changed many plans. But it couldn’t stop us to make some interviews.

Our focus was on artists from Kazakhstan in spring 2021. So we could make an interview with Aisulu Almasbayeva from Kyzylorda who is creating fantastic illustration for children books, Zhuldyz Zholbarys who is painting digital illustrations of old and modern Kazakh fashion, Alua Tebenova who is living abroad in Romania and creating Kazakh Fine Art and Aidos Esmagambetov who is forming hyper-realist silicon sculptures of famous Kazakh people – and last but not least Almaz Duisebayev who uses his photos and 3D art to create a new surrealistic underground view of popular buildings of the city Nur-Sultan. We and our readers could recognize that Kazakhstan has a very diverse art scene.

The summer of 2021 gave us the opportunity to talk with some photographers and adventurer: Adventurer Alexandr Kuznetsov shared with us some experiences and photos of his expeditions to the highest peaks of Kazakhstan. Photographer Mikhail Vershkov captured the beautiful endless landscapes of Kazakhstan and wildlife photographer Qudaibergen Amirkulov could show our readers the unique wildlife around Shymkent. And Young photographer Zhambay was giving us a fresh view on the capital Nur-Sultan and Kazakhstan’s landscape.

The autumn 2021 came fast and we wanted to talk with two young people who try to change the life in Kazakhstan for good. We had a chat with Photographer Aigerim Begimbet who works on a project that draw attention to violence against women in Kazakhstan. And the young entrepreneur Ruslan Dyussenov told us about his new company Adele Energy to bring the e-charging infrastructure for vehicles to Kazakhstan and the world.

A great finish of 2021 was our last interview before the New Year. We got the opportunity to talk with Dr. Rebecca Roberts – the curator of the exhibition Gold of the Great Steppe in the Fitzwilliam Museum in Cambridge (UK). She told us about her life as archaeologist in Kazakhstan, the current exhibition in Cambridge and news about latest discoveries of the life of the ancient Sakas.

We hope that we get very much opportunities in the New Year 2022 to talk with interesting people from Kazakhstan and around the world who try to make our life more interesting, comfortable and colorful.

We wish everyone a Happy New Year! Good luck, health and success in 2022! Read us soon again!

(Photo of this article by Farhat Kabdykairov)