Exploring Q-Pop

A series of experiences to learn more about the Kazakh music phenomenon

The Russian Flagship is pleased to announce an interactive series of events for students of Russian on q-pop (pop music in Kazakhstan).

Events include a Q&A session with the director of a documentary on q-pop and two workshops to dive deeper into the history and background of q-pop and Kazakhstan itself.

The event is only open to students at colleges and universities with a Russian Flagship program.


Author: QazaqPop. Собственная работа, CC BY-SA 4.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=74258124

About the Documentary: Men sen emes (“Петь свои песни“)

This 2019 documentary follows the Kazakh pop group “Ninety One.” It discusses the impact of their music, including some of the controversy surrounding their performances.


Watch the documentary here.

Q&A with Director Katerina Suvorova

A question and answer session with the documentary’s director, Katerna Suvorova. This one-hour session will be conducted in Russian. Please contact Molly Godwin-Jones (megodwin@hawaii.edu) if you were unable to attend the Q&A session and would like to access the recording.

Continue the Experience: Attend our Interactive Workshops

Workshop #1: Ninety One and the Youth Movement
Wednesday, February 15, 2023 at 5pm EST | 4pm CST | 3pm MST | 2pm PST

Workshop #2: A deeper dive into Kazakhstan
Wednesday, April 12, 2023 at 5pm EST | 4pm CST | 3pm MST | 2pm PST

Already registered? Prepare for the sessions by completing these learning activities!

AsetKeyZet, CC BY-SA 4.0 , via Wikimedia Commons

Sponsored by the Language Flagship Technology Innovation Center and the Russian Flagship programs at the following institutions:

Bryn Mawr College

Indiana University

Portland State University

University of California, Los Angeles

University of Georgia

University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

University of Wisconsin-Madison

Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University


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