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Between the two countries, there are close historical ties; the territory of present-day central-eastern Hungary was inhabited by the descendants of the Kypchak tribes, who migrated here from the Turgai steppes in the first half of the 13th century. A significant contribution to the development of cultural relations between the two countries was made by the meeting of the President of Kazakhstan Nursultan Nazarbayev in 2007 with representatives of the "Union of Kypchaks of Hungary," who elected him as their honorary leader.
Today, artists, scientists, and athletes from both countries take an active part in various cultural and sporting events held in Kazakhstan and Hungary.
In June 2001, Days of Culture of Kazakhstan in Hungary were held and in June 2002, Days of Culture of Hungary in the Republic of Kazakhstan were conducted.
Kazakh and Hungarian scientists show mutual interest in studying common historical roots. In this regard, joint archaeological research is being conducted to investigate the history of the settlement of Kypchaks in Hungary and Magyars in Kazakhstan.
In 2014, with the support of the Foundation of the First President of the Republic of Kazakhstan - the Leader of the Nation a photo exhibition "Unexpected Kazakhstan" took place in Budapest where also the performance of the rock band "Roksonaki" was held.
In 2014 at the University of Applied Sciences named after János Kodolányi the Honorable Department "The Kazakh Way and N.A. Nazarbayev" was opened. A book by Mahmud Kasymbekov "Nursultan Nazarbayev. Biography" was presented at the Hungarian Academy of Sciences and was published in Hungarian.
Between 2012 and 2015 in Hungary, exhibitions of scientific reconstructions and authorial works of Krym Altynbekov were organized.
In 2015, in Budapest, for the first time outside of Kazakhstan, a scientific conference was held on the theme "Interlacing state traditions of the Great Steppe," designed to coincide with the 550th anniversary of the Kazakh Khanate.
In 2015, a literately evening dedicated to the 170th anniversary of the birth of the great Kazakh poet Abai Kunanbayev was held at the Szeged University of Science.
Kazakh creative teams regularly take part in the cultural life of Hungary. The Chamber Choir of the State Academic Philharmonic of Astana took part in the international festival "Budapest International Choral Celebration", the dance group of the "Astana Ballet" theater performed at the Palace of Arts in Budapest with the program "Eastern Rhapsody", concerts of the folk-ethnic ensemble "Heavenly Turks" and musical and choreographic collective of the Kazakh National Academy of Arts named after T. Zhurgenov performed in the cultural center of Klebelsberg.
Kazakh delegations regularly participate in the Kurultai "Magyar-Turan," which is held in Hungary every two years.
On June 2-3, 2014, within the framework of the official visit of Prime Minister K. Massimov to Hungary, the official opening of the street "Astana" and the opening ceremony of the bust of Abay Kunanbayev in Budapest was held.
On October 13, 2016, with the assistance of the Embassy in Budapest, the remains of the skull of Nurmaganbet Kokembayuly, known as Keiki batyr, were delivered to conduct scientific research, and to recreate his appearance using an anthropological method. Hungarian specialists made three-dimensional CT scans of the skull, which were necessary for making up the face model.
On November 8, 2016, in honor of the 25th anniversary of Independence of the Republic of Kazakhstan in the Hungarian National Library "Széchenyi" (Budapest), the Center for Kazakh Literature and Culture was opened. The event was organized by the National Academic Library of the Republic of Kazakhstan and the Embassy of the Republic of Kazakhstan in Hungary.
On December 10-11, 2016 in the cities of Szolnok and Szazhalombatta in honor of the 25th anniversary of Independence of the Republic of Kazakhstan concerts of the musical collective of Almaty region were organized.
Kazakh universities cooperate closely with the leading Hungarian universities in the framework of the agreement on cooperation in the field of education and science. Kazakh students under the scholarship continue their education in the universities of Hungary. Hungarian youth is studying the Kazakh language at the Szeged University of Science. On March 27, 2017, the Protocol on Amendments and Additions to the Agreement between the Ministry of Education and Science of the Republic of Kazakhstan and the Ministry of Human Resources of Hungary on cooperation in the field of education and science dated November 19, 2013, was signed. By this document, the Hungarian side allocates 200 scholarships, 90 of them dedicated to bachelors, 90 to masters and 20 of them to doctoral studies.
On April 28, 2017, at the Cultural Center named after Ferenc Liszt in Sopron, a concert of the creative team of the Kazakh National University of Arts was held.
On November 26-27, 2017 in the Hungarian cities of Gyor and Szolnok hosted a concert of the Mixed Choir of the Kazakh National Conservatory named after Kurmangazy. The concert was organized with the assistance of the Embassy of the Republic of Kazakhstan in Hungary and timed to the Day of the First President of the Republic of Kazakhstan.
On December 22-23, 2017 in Budapest and the cultural capital of Europe, in the city of Pecs, the concerts of "Astana Opera" were successfully held. The tour was conducted within the framework of the project called "Modern Kazakh culture in global world" of the "Course towards the future: modernization of Kazakhstan's identity" program.