Festival “The Land of the Snow Leopard” took place in Kyrgyzstan
The traditional 8th festival “The Land of the Snow Leopard 2017” took place on October 23, the International Snow Leopard Day, in the village of Enylchek, Kyrgyzstan, with the support of the Sarychat-Eertash State Nature Reserve and the WWF project “Model Implementation of Econet in the Central Tian Shan”.
The aim of the festival is to draw the attention of the Issyk-Kul Region residents to the issues of snow leopard’s preservation, to encourage the revival of Kyrgyz traditions, as well as to advocate respect for natural resources.
A concert program, which included theatric performances based on folk legends and tales, as well as a play based on Chyngyz Aitmatov’s “When the Mountains Fall”, was presented to the guests of the event. Alongside with the snow leopard, other rare animals of the Central Tian Shan – the bear, the argali, the ibex, and the Tian-Shan wapity – became the heroes of the festival.
“I am impressed with the professional skill of the participants of the festival. It was a surprise for me to attend an event of such kind in a remote location high in the mountains. I believe that the event must be taken to a new level, and, in this regard, I suggest that it should be held at the Ak-Suu district House of Culture next year”, - said Ulan Dokonbaev, the head of the Ak-Suu district administration.
It was noted by the participants of the festival that the event helps the residents of villages Engilchek, Akschirak and Karakolka, all located high in the mountains, to establish friendly relations between the villages. Only three settlements with total population of about 500 people are located in the Central Tian Shan, with an area of 13000 square kilometers.
The organizers of the event hope for the spreading of the festival tradition, which has a great contribution to the ecological awareness and the development of ecotourism in the region.