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Feature: Kazakhs struggle to warm to their chilly new capital

AFP, ASTANA

Recent times have seen a subtle shift in the cultural balance of power between the current and former capitals, mainly at the instigation of the state, which has invested heavily in the arts and moved the national ballet troupe up north. Astana has even acquired craft beer bars.

Symbat Karintayev, the co-owner of a bar in the city’s old town called “The Hop,” admitted he “took a risk” opening up.

“Craft beer is a new experience for the residents of Astana, but little by little these kinds of scenes are developing,” Karintayev said.

The owner of Miki Piki said the idea for a cat cafe came from a trip to South Korea.

“We knew there wasn’t anything like that here,” Kurmanaliyeva said.

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