The Birds of Prey Festival is a must-see if you plan a visit in the area of Issyk kul's South Shore on August 14th, 2021. It takes place every year in the beginning of the month. Fifteen falconers from around Issyk kul's compete here with their eagles, hawks and falcons.
This tradition was born in Kyrgyzstan, Central Asia. Since ancient times, birds of prey were used by hunters and warriors. They caught young chicks at home and train them to hunt animals. Golden Eagle or falcon were treated as a member of family. Later, during Middle age, it became popular in Europe. Did you know that one bird is able to feed a full village ? Now, birds of prey are mostly used for folklore and sport.
During Birds of Prey Festival, you can see demonstration of hunting with a Golden Eagle, traditional kyrgyz games like Arkan, Tartmay, Zholuk or Tastamay, folklore show, exhibition and sale of handicrafts and souvenirs and of course taste kyrgyz cuisine.
Where : Region Tong, Jaichy yurt camp (southern lakeshore of Issyk-Kul Lake, near Kok-Sai Village)
Entrance fee : 850 KGS
Kyrgyz National Academic Opera and Ballet Theater, Bishkek
Hippodrome, Cholpon-Ata, Issyk-Kul region
Kyrgyz National Philharmonic
Jaichy Kyrgyz Republic, Ysyk kol region, Kek Say village, Këk-Say, Ysyk-Köl, Kyrgyzstan