Union Internationale de la Marionnette

Non-Governmental Organization affiliated to UNESCO


Kazakhstan – Orteke, an indigenous Kazakh performing art, was inscribed on UNESCO’s list of humanity’s Intangible Cultural Heritage. This was accomplished at the seventeenth session to safeguard our heritages, held in Morocco 28th November to 3rd December 2022.

“This performance, fascinating for its simplicity, is enjoyed by children and adults alike. It is primarily transmitted within communities and through apprenticeships, although the Kokil Musical College in Almaty has also established a team of researchers dedicated to the art.” – UNESCO

For an introduction to Orteke, here is a brief paper by Irina Antonova, in English, on the article, “The Heritage of the Steppe and Modern Art Forms in Kazakhstani Puppetry”, located here: https://hrcak.srce.hr/en/file/199775