Many of the outstanding personalities of whom
today Kazakhstan remains proud to originate from Semipalatinsk, including the
great poet Abai Kunanbayev, the writer and founder of Kazakh theater Mukhtar
Auezov, the poet and philosopher Shakarim, the founding fathers of the
nationalist party Alash Orda and a number of important musicians, singers and
other figureheads in cultural life.