6 June 2017
Somewhere In the Great Steppe: the artistic space championing openness in Almaty

Somewhere In the Great Steppe: the artistic space championing openness in Almaty

Somewhere In the Great Steppe, or SIGS, is an artistic and cultural centre in Kazakhstan’s former capital Almaty that’s playing host to a new wave of civically engaged and open-minded creatives as well as preserving Kazakh traditions. Valentina Michelotti reports on a welcome new addition to the city’s public life
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6 June 2013
Man of letters: Oleg Pavlov is leading a literary renaissance. Don't ask him to be happy about it

Man of letters: Oleg Pavlov is leading a literary renaissance. Don’t ask him to be happy about it

Oleg Pavlov is one of the few new Russian writers published in English. So why is he such a reluctant figurehead?
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6 June 2019
Photos from a whirlwind trip around Kazakhstan in search of adventure and serenity

Photos from a whirlwind trip around Kazakhstan in search of adventure and serenity

Kazakhstan’s rugged landscapes, as captured by Diana Takacsova, are all the travel inspiration you need this summer.
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7 July 2017
Letter from Astana: searching for tradition in Kazakhstan’s postmodern capital

Letter from Astana: searching for tradition in Kazakhstan’s postmodern capital

20 years ago, Kazakhstan switched its capital from historic Almaty to the modest northern town of Astana. Since then, something strange has grown up out of the steppe. Samuel Goff reports on a city caught between a forgotten past and an uncertain future.
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