ASTANA – The Astana akimat (city administration) will present free and paid cultural and entertainment events throughout the city during EXPO 2017.
Events will include international festivals and exhibitions, concerts by local and international stars, classical and folk music performances, theatrical premieres, circus performances, festivities on the square near the Baiterek monument, on the City Square and at local parks. Jazz, electronic, pop, and rock music will be performed as well as an international street dance festival.
“Organisers are preparing events that could show and reveal the bright Kazakh culture to EXPO 2017 guests. Astana is set to host the Astanaga Tartu concert of traditional Kazakh music, Mushaira national contest of poets, Shashu international folk dance festival, Serper festival of folk orchestra and Kymyz Muryndyk holiday of Kazakh traditional drink, Astana Arkau festival of Turkic music, Sahnadan salem international theatre festival dedicated to Azerbaijan Mambetov and many other cultural events,” according to the akimat’s press service.
In addition to the capital’s artists, teams of ethnocultural associations and ensembles from different regions of Kazakhstan will perform.
The Astana akimat will also present for the first time the Astana Dauysy international music festival and Chinese Kung Fu show and Russian showman Alexander Maslyakov will host the July 1 Summer Cup comedy competition featuring previous champions.
National singers Alibek Dnishev, Seken Turysbek, Altynbek Korazbayev and the MuzArt Kazakh band as well as comedian Tursynbek Kabatov will also perform.
Some of the programmes will be in open areas. For example, Nurly Zhol (formerly Water-Green) Boulevard will feature the Astana Art Festival, which has become a platform for self-expression and creative ideas. Family events will be held at city parks each weekend and the banks of the Yessil River host laser shows and Yessil Keshteri concerts.
Dumandy Saryarka cultural events will also be held in nine suburban areas around Astana.
Tickets can be purchased at www.koncertyastany.kz and at ticket offices throughout the city. Details for the events will be posted at www.astana.gov.kz and www.astanaday.kz.