Pianos for public use installed around Astana

ASTANA – A creative project under the name Street Piano was launched here for the first time by the Astana socio-entrepreneurial corporation, according to the press service of city’s akimat (administration).

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The creators of the project say that from now on the public can perform their favourite musical compositions under the open sky.

“The main goal of the project is to create a positive impression of the cultural life for tourists and draw the attention of foreign brand ambassadors,” said Deputy Chairperson of the Board of Astana Corporation Bauyrzhan Kankin, who also inspired the project.

Currently, the creators of Street Piano have installed two instruments in the capital, one in the underground passage near the Khan Shatyr Entertainment Centre. The second one is near the Keruen Shopping Mall.

“It was a personal desire to do something useful for the city, so that it would be interesting for tourists, so they can tell about it when they return home, that there is a street piano in Astana made for people. And this project was implemented in order to raise the consciousness of people, to make them closer to culture and music, and also to improve the mood of the capital with beautiful melodies that pianists will play. That also might be a testing ground for those who do not have a piano at their homes but want to play and open up their talents,” said Kankin.

According to the creator, the project is non-profit. Kankin has been thinking about this idea for a long time. He is a graduate of the music school and decided to make a contribution to the development of Astana. In his opinion, such a musical attribute for the capital will make the residents kinder and warmer, and the city will become more beautiful.

In order to avoid any unlawful actions or acts of vandalism, the territory of the musical instrument is monitored with CCTV cameras around the clock.

“Such musical instruments can be found on the streets of many developed countries, where they became an integral part of cultural life and won the hearts of millions of music lovers,” states the press release of city administration.