The World Nomad Games, which have finished on September 8, were designed to promote the nomadic cultural and sporting traditions of central Asia.
Although many of the sports are rarely played outside of a handful of countries in the region, 40 nations participated in the competition.
At the opening ceremony, however, one of the showpieces was musical rather than sporting. A thousand players of the komuz, the three-stringed national instrument of Kyrgyzstan, played a song in perform harmony and rhythm.
The musicians lined up in rows, dressed in traditional attire and many men wearing the kalpak, a white felt hat. Women, men and children all played on one knee.
The dazzling performance ushered in five days of sporting events, including er enish (horseback wrestling), kok-boru (a form of polo played with a goat carcass instead of a ball) and jereed (equestrian javelin).