A Scientific Expedition: Koyandy Fair and its Impact on the Development of Kazakh Traditional Culture


  • Gaini Mukhtarova Kazakh National University of Arts
  • Assel Dadyrova Kazakh National University of Arts
  • Mukhtar Baibossyn Kazakh National University of Arts




Koyandy fair, theatrical performances, trade, traditional Kazakh culture, intercultural communication


The purpose of the article is to study the legacy of the Koyandy fair and its impact on the development of traditional Kazakh culture. The research is based on the scientific expedition results collected by the authors of this work during the field trip to Karkaralinsk (Karaganda region, Kazakhstan). The work studies the history of one of the largest fairs in Kazakhstan - the Koyandy fair, which was functioned from the second half of the XIX- the up to the beginning of the XX century territory Kazakhstan. The Koyandy fair had a significant impact on the spread of the popularity among the broad masses of the works of Kazakh artists. The renowned Kazakh folk composers such as Ukili Ybray, Birzhan sal, Akhan-Sere, Estay, Tattimbet Kazangapuly, performers Amre Kashaubaev, Maira Ualikizi, Isa Bayzakov, wrestlers Kazhymukan Munaitpasov and Balauan Sholak performed at the fair. It is essential to mention that the fair was a trading place and a site for a regional art festival's conduction. The Koyandy fair was a place for exchanging and interacting with different types, genres, and traditions of diverse performing arts schools.