Founded by DJ and broadcaster Rustam Ospanov and running since 2009, Jazzystan brings a seriously cool line-up of artists and performers to Almaty every year. Recent guests have included artists from all over world, including British DJ Gilles Peterson, Japan’s Soil & Pimp Sessions and German collective Jazzanova, as well as several local artists who flew the flag for Kazakhstan. The focus is on contemporary jazz, so think talented jazz musicians jamming to a DJ-ed accompaniment. Not only does the festival promote fantastic music, it also has a strong charitable leaning, having donated to both local and international charities. The festival is expanding all the time and hosts events throughout the year, so be sure to check the Jazzystan website for details of upcoming performances.