MY kazakhstan

I travelled to Kazakhstan for the first time back in 1990. Thirty years passed since I flew to Almaty on one of the first flights by British Airways from London. BA flights were suspended in 2015, the last from London Heathrow to Almaty departed on 12 October 2015. I will remember my flight from London to Almaty via Istanbul forever. As it was one of the first Turkish Airlines flights, not many passengers knew that flight is going to land at Tashkent airport before arriving to its final destination. It seems that after discussion with passengers crew agreed to land at Almaty airport before going to Tashkent. It was unexpected for everybody, including ground handling services in Almaty…

Kazakhstan is a vast country so that tourists very often have their memories about their trip “to Central Asia”. It seems that many journalists and editors of international media have the same approach. I noticed this when my friends in London told me about the trip of Prince Harry “to the ski resorts on the border between Kazakhstan and Kyrgyzstan”. Obviously, this doesn’t seem right as ski resort Shymbulak is a well-developed ski resort based in Kazakhstan, it has nothing to do with Kyrgyzstan. The reason might be the article in The Daily Telegraph, where Shymbulak is located “just over the border into Kyrgyzstan”. Does it mean that Brits know Kyrgyzstan better than Kazakhstan? I doubt it.

I believe that Kazakhstan is much better known as a travel destination now. Advertising campaigns arranged by the national and regional governments of Kazakhstan triggered more significant interest among international media. Recent editorial coverage of Kazakhstan is not related just to celebrities, but presents cultural heritage and beauty of nature. First of all, I would like to say big thank you to the BBC editorial team, who produced beautiful feature programmes and amazin documentary films:

The Travel Show. Kazakhstan Special -2019:  https://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b0bnbfph

Legend of the Golden Man: Secrets of the Steppes – 2018
https://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/n3ct59jm

Exploring Kazakhstan – 2018
https://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/p06nd8f4

BBC Top Gear programme in Kazakhstan – 2017
https://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b08htv11

Kazakhstan’s stunt riders – 2015
https://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/p06nd8f4

A night out at ballet in Kazakhstan 2015
https://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/p06nd8f4

Also, I am pleased to list below a few advertising projects. Nearly all of them we filmed in Kazakhstan for advertising campaigns on BBC World News. You are welcome to watch “Behind the scenes” films at the very end of my post.

Sunrise in Kazakhstan. A new beginning – 2020
https://darsfilms.com/2020/04/14/sunrise-in-kazakhstan/

Kazakhstan. Sunrise like no other -2020
https://darsfilms.com/2020/03/24/kazakhstan-sunrise-like-no-other/

Sunrise in Turkistan Region -2019
https://darsfilms.com/2020/03/24/sunrise-in-turkistan-region/

Sunrise in Shymkent -2019
https://darsfilms.com/2020/03/24/sunrise-in-shymkent/

Sunrise in Almaty – 2019
https://darsfilms.com/2020/03/24/sunrise-in-almaty/

Sunrise in Eastern Kazakhstan – 2019
https://darsfilms.com/2020/03/24/sunrise-eastern-kazakhstan/

Sunrise in Almaty Region – 2019
https://darsfilms.com/2020/03/24/sunrise-in-almaty-region/

Sunrise in Mangistau Region – 2019
https://darsfilms.com/2020/03/24/sunrise-in-mangistau-region/

Sunrise in Nur-Sultan – 2019
https://darsfilms.com/2020/03/24/sunrise-in-nur-sultan-2/

Almaty Region. Zhetysu – Towards the Sun – 2018
https://darsfilms.com/2018/07/10/almaty-region-zhetysu-towards-the-sun/

Legend of the Golden Warrior – 2017
https://darsfilms.com/2017/11/20/kazakhstan-the-golden-warrior/

Legends of the Great Steppe – 2017
https://darsfilms.com/2017/11/20/kazakhstan-legends-of-the-great-steppe/

Zhetysu – True Nomad Paradise – 2017
https://darsfilms.com/2017/02/01/almaty-region-zhetysu-true-nomad-paradise/

Thomas Atkninson’s Journey to Kazakhstan in 19th century -2016
https://darsfilms.com/2016/11/21/thomas-atkinsons-journey-to-kazakhstan-in-the-19th-century/

Almaty – 1000 years and counting – 2016
https://darsfilms.com/2016/09/05/almaty-for-more-than-1000-years-and-counting/

Kazakhstan – Boxing Nation – 2013

Kazakhstan – the Heart of Eurasia – 2012
https://darsfilms.com/2016/11/14/kazakhstan-heart-to-eurasia/

Behind the scenes

2018. Almaty Region. Zhetysu – Towards the Sun

2017. Legends of Kazakhstan

2016. Thomas Atkinson’s Journey to Kazakhstan in 19th century

2016. Almaty – 1000 years and counting