On September 20, 2022, the exhibition "My Homeland - Kazakhstan" dedicated to the 30th anniversary of the World Kurultai of Kazakhs opened in the Nazarbayev Center.
In 2021, the Republic of Kazakhstan widely celebrated the 30th anniversary of its Independence. Over the years, the country has developed a national identity and cultural integrity, continuing to consolidate inter-ethnic peace and spiritual harmony. Today the successful diplomatic experience of Kazakhstan, based on the consolidating role of public and state institutions and civil tolerance, allows the country to hold significant global political, cultural and sports events, such as the OSCE Summit (2010), the Congress of Leaders of World and Traditional Religions (since 2003), the 7th Asian Winter Games (2011), International Specialized Exhibition EXPO-2017 and others.
"Historically, our people have a tradition to gather at the Kurultai at crucial moments to jointly make momentous decisions. Today's exhibition is dedicated to the 30th anniversary of the First World Kurultai of the Kazakhs, which revived the ancient tradition of Kurultais. The First World Kurultai of Kazakhs, convened at the dawn of independence on the initiative of the First President of Kazakhstan Nursultan Nazarbayev, promoted the unity of the Kazakh people. According to the Ministry of Labor and Social Protection of the Population, as of the first half of this year, about 1 million 100 thousand ethnic Kazakhs have returned to Kazakhstan since 1991.
Today our people are at another turning point in history. The national Kurultai, held in June this year in sacred Ulytau, united and inspired the Kazakh society to build a New Kazakhstan. Opening the national assembly, President Kassym-Jomart Tokayev said: "Following the precepts of our ancestors, we have convened a National Kurultai. Ulytau, located in the heart of the Great Steppe, has witnessed many historical events. Many important meetings took place here that determined the fate of the nation. And today we are here to keep up the continuity of generations and strengthen our unity for the sake of our future." All this you will be able to see at our exhibition today," noted Bakytzhan Temirbolat, Director of the Library of the First President of the Republic of Kazakhstan, in his welcoming speech.
At critical moments in the history of the state, the decisive role in national security matters was given to the Kurultai, the people's congress, which contributed to the consolidation of society.
"The continuity of traditions is very developed among the Kazakh people, who deeply respect their historical past. It is on the principles of continuity that the main ideas of the creation of a New Kazakhstan are built. The revival of the ancient tradition of holding Kurultai is taking place in line with the restoration of the demographic balance in the country, ensuring favorable conditions for the life of Kazakhs at home and abroad, as well as the return of ethnic Kazakhs to their historical homeland. The Kurultais are called to fulfil their historical mission of consolidating Kazakh society around the idea of a New Kazakhstan based on national and civic identity," said Tlegen Sadykov, Dean of the History Faculty at the L.N. Gumilyov ENU.
"During the period of gaining sovereignty and independence of the Republic of Kazakhstan - in 1992, the First World Kurultai of Kazakhs was held in Almaty, which united the Kazakh diaspora in all countries of the world. The result of this Kurultai was the formation of the Assembly of the People of Kazakhstan, the cultural national centers of the Kazakh diaspora, and the creation of the World Association of Kazakhs in the republic," said Sherzod Pulatov, Chairman of the public organization "Uzbek ethnocultural center" of Astana city, a member of National Kurultai.
The exhibition titled "My homeland - Kazakhstan" is formed on the basis of museum, archival and book collections of the Library of the First President of the Republic of Kazakhstan and consists of two sections:
I. "Kurultai is the revival of ancestral traditions." The section features materials on the history of the formation of the national assembly, designed to unite Kazakhs from all over the world, to solve the most important issues of the life of the ethnos.
II. "Course of Continuity. New Kazakhstan". This section reveals the main aspects of the Kurultai activities over the years of independence and further prospects for the efforts of the state and society for national consolidation and strengthening of the unity of the people of Kazakhstan.