Cultural industries report

Cultural industries in Kazakhstan: models, challenges, and strategies

This report summarizes the debates and conversations with «MOST business incubator» students and a workshop with the project team (Chevron, MOST, British Council and sector stakeholders from Architecture, Theatre, Crafts, Fashion, and Design) and the Almaty Development Center (City Council). The report also contains questions that have been formulated to facilitate thinking about future actions to support the cultural industries in Kazakhstan

The report is published in three languages, and includes the first ever translation of the international term “creative industries” into Kazakh.

Report is prepared by Christiaan De Beukelaer (University of Melbourne) and Galina Koretskaya (Head of Arts, British Council Kazakhstan)



With no large, established cultural industries firms and no sizeable manufacturers (for design and fashion) the industry very much revolves around small businesses and individual enterprises. Young creative entrepreneurs are the most active and not indifferent citizens, but rather the leaders of a new urban generation. Cultural industries are the means of their existence.

But the question remains how to connect political citizenship, cultural activism, and making a living in a volatile environment.

It is in the light of these challenges that in 2014, a partnership emerged between Chevron, MOST (the Club of Young Entrepreneurs), and British Council Kazakhstan. Their joint programme is meant to help develop skills for young Kazakhstani creative entrepreneurs and managers. The program consists of the business incubator MOST ‘school of entrepreneurs’ and a series of skills-specific workshops in industrial design, fashion and architecture (urban planning). 

This report is the result of conversations with MOST students on 20 January 2016 and a workshop with the project team (Chevron, MOST, British Council) and sector stakeholders (from Architecture, Theatre, Crafts, Fashion, Design) and the Center of Development of (City Council) on 21 January 2016.

External consultant Dr. Christiaan De Beukelaer (University of Melbourne) facilitated these sessions and presented his findings at a public talk on 22 January 2016 at SIGS Art Space in Panfilov Park, Almaty.