Hg2 : The Hedonist

A Hedonist’s guide to…

Almaty

Kok Tobe
Phenomenal views await if you can make it up the holl to this playground wonderland.
Lermontov Drama Theatre
This Russian theatre translates some Kazakh and English pieces, but focuses on Chekov et al.
Kasteev Art Museum
Art museum with a broad collection of Kazakh and Soviet art from the 1930s onwards.
Mukanov/Musrepov Memorial
Memorial representing the works of several of Kazakhstan's literary behemoths.
Mukhtar Auezov House
A cultural hour or two at this famous playwright's preserved house.
Central Mosque
A true post-Soviet landmark, visit the mosque to see Kazakhstan at it's international best.
Tamgaly
These rock carvings are a World Heritage Site, and a humbling experience for all culture vultures.
Eurasia Int’l Film Festival
If you're a film buff, check out Central Asia's offerings.
Altyn Emel
Burial mounds and sand dunes that hum in the wind are amongst many of this park's varied offerings.
Oner
Selling mostly paintings and sculptures, Oner also deals in antique furniture and silver. A real treasure trove.
Oyu
Soviet and contemporary art line the walls of this quiet gallery.
Green Bazaar
Even if you're not buying, the Green provides a wonderful insight into the day-to-day life in Almaty. People-watching opportunities await!
Azat Akimbek Gallery
A stunning collection of art and antiques lie in this gallery, covering years of history.
Arvest
Modern art, sculpture, ceramics and beautiful traditional jewellery.
Museum of Instruments
Ask for a demonstration of how these beautifully crafted instruments are played, and listen in wonder.
Panfilov Park
This is the centre point of Almaty and is the city's biggest and most-loved park; home to the gorgeous Ascension Cathedral and a slew of other historically important monuments.
St. Nicholas Cathedral
Apart from being striking in appearance St Nicholas Cathedral has been an important part of Almaty's culture for the last century. Be sure to catch a service.
Tengri Umai Gallery
The first private art gallery in Kazakhstan, this minimalist institution hosts a selection of interesting contemporary works.
Museum of Books
A collection of Kazakhstan's literary history.
KELT
With English performances twice a year, KELT is popular with expats.
Kensai Graveyard
Another of Almaty's more fascinating cultural spots, Kensai Graveyard provides awe-inspiring views of the mountains and is something of a moving experience to say the least with headstones aplenty.
Kazakh State Circus
The performers here are amongst the best riders in the world, and their astounding stunts are a great way to get the adrenaline pumping at the start of your evening.
Kazakh State Philharmonic
The Philharmonic is home to Almaty's symphony orchestra and puts on classical concerts as well as a variety of other musical performances.
KazakhConcert
KazakhConcert stages a mix of classical, jazz and folk concerts featuring local and visiting foreign musicians.
Jazzystan
Contemporary, international musicians are more the rage at Jazzystan.
Int’l Jazz Fest
High calibre, traditional jazz is on the cards at this festival.
Kunaev House Museum
A museum to the memory of one of Kazakhstan's most beloved politicians.
Camerata of Kazakhstan
The prestigious state classical music ensemble is notable for its performances of pieces by modern Kazakhstani composers.
Central State Museum
Museum covering the archaeology geology natural history and ethnography of Kazakhstan. A must-see.
Auezov Kazakh Drama Theatre
The home of Kazakhstani theatre, this venue stages national works with Russian subtitles.
Ascension Cathedral
Located in the middle of Almaty's Panfilov Park Ascension Cathedral is a vastly impressive building that you simply must see. Be sure to pack your camera.
ArtiShock Theatre
Audience participation is often demanded in these challenging and illuminating avant-garde performances.
ArtBatFest
An interactive art festival, ArtBatFest is a great place to wander for flashmobs, photography exhibitions and experimental theatre.
Ark Gallery
Kazakhstani artists are shown at this well-curated gallery, stop by for regular exhibitions.
Abay Opera House
Come to see well-known and local ballets and operas in the beautiful classical Soviet building with its air of faded grandeur.

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