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Weekly focus #11: Greece, Kazakhstan and Culture

The final week of CEE Spring has arrived, and we are looking at Greece, Kazakhstan and Culture in general!

The Parthenon is an enduring symbol of ancient Greece, CC BY-SA 2.0, Steve Swayne

Greece

As you have noticed, “Greece” rhymes with “culture”. OK, maybe not, but who has not learned about ancient Greek culture in their history lessons at school? But still, there is lengthy article about ancient Greek architecture missing in many CEE languages. But fear not if history is not your cup of tea — Greek article list contains plenty of contemporary Greek culture topics, including writers, actors and singers of both genders, like Sotiria Bellou who performed in rebetiko musical style.

If you are interested in other topics, look in other parts of Greek list — there is Acropolis Rally, a major sporting event (last won by Greek racer in 1995), Greek industrial railways, which are used by mining industry, and Vassiliki Kalogera a leading member of the LIGO Collaboration that observed gravitational waves in 2015.

Kazakhstan

Culture and especially music are held in high esteem in Kazakhstan, including musicians that play the Dombra. One of these musicians is multi-instrumentalist and singer Dimash Kudaibergen, who rose to fame in China in the last few years and won prestigious awards in Asia. Kazakh singers seem quite prolific in winning awards and contests in foreign countries, because Zhanar Dugalova won the Turkvision Song Contest 2014, similar to what a format you might have heard of called Eurovision Song Contest.

Other parts of Kazakh culture include Hunting with eagles, which includes the Golden Eagle Festival in Mongolia where the eagles show off their prowess in hunting small prey like foxes or hares. The event is held in Mongolia due to many Kazakhs fleeing to Mongolia during the communist era in their home country and has been established there ever since.

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