A major drop in poverty in Kazakhstan over the past two decades has helped limit the effectiveness of terrorist recruiters.
Hundreds of Astana residents and other guests visited the exhibition to listen to Uzbek pop performers and to taste a different national cuisine.
The main goal of the event is to preserve historical values and transfer them to new generations, said the Astana government.
The artwork has 'enlivened the city', said one comment online.
Many residents see no reason to keep names ending in '-ov' or '-ev' 27 years after the fall of the Soviet Union.
The 3rd iteration of the event is expected to draw 60,000 people this year, and officials hope the games will boost the country's image abroad.
Citizens last Friday celebrated the 'Day of the Capital' with concerts, dance performances, patriotic events and a fireworks display.
The International Festival of Nomadic Culture 'Koshpendiler Alemi' put the spirit of nomadic culture and pastimes on display.
The project is part of an effort to bring as many as 700,000 tourists to Taraz each year.
For centuries, the nomadic Kyrgyz people travelled freely across Central and South Asia, fording rivers and cutting across snow-capped mountains. Today a handful of them are stuck on the 'roof of the world'.