“Tulip” balls are charity events held in various cities in Kazakhstan, Russia, Ukraine and other countries to raise money for numerous causes at once, such as healthy lifestyles, youth development and the development of Astana as the cultural capital of Eurasia.
This event was supported by the Astana akimat (city administration) and the Youth Committee of the Ministry of Education and Science.
Prominent cultural and political figures, business people, artists and active city youth were invited to the ball that was patterned after a classic Viennese Ball.
The ball opened with a waltz that featured 48 pairs of young people aged 18 to 29 years who performed the classic ballroom dance, along with other dances. Other ball guests danced as well. A two-day master class was organised for participants before the event.
The ball made everyone feel like noble knights and elegant ladies, plunging them into the world of waltz, demanding exquisite precision and sense of rhythm. The symphony orchestra and soloists from Astana’s Opera and Ballet Theatre performed.
One of the ball organisers, Aida Alzhanova, said tulips are a symbol of spring and the awakening of nature and beauty. She said she was pleased that the event is popular among youth, judging by the 700 youth who applied and the 96 that were selected for the event. The selection criteria were age, physical characteristics, knowledge of world culture and comprehensive knowledge.