Fireworks, Musical Parade Help Celebrate Astana’s Birthday

ASTANA – President Nursultan Nazarbayev visited Astana Art Fest, a festival showcasing modern art and technologies under the themes of fire energy, water energy and air energy.

Astana Day art parade. Photo by Gareth Stamp.

Astana Day art parade. Photo by Gareth Stamp.

Nurly Zhol Boulevard became a venue for futuristic art objects, objects of design, architecture and technologies. Artists, famous architects, directors of art programmes and innovative videographers from France, Germany, the Netherlands, Italy, the U.S., Spain, Russia and Kazakhstan presented their works at the event. Visitors had opportunity to participate in street theatrical performances and training workshops. Children took part in interactive creative workshops describing the potential of future energy.

Astana also received a birthday treat from the ancient San-Carlo Theatre from Naples. The theatre presented the “Giselle” ballet on July 6 at the Astana Opera.

“‘Giselle’ ballet is classic, which is presented in Astana without any amendments. The Kazakhstan Orchestra directed by Ukrainian director Alexey Baklan participated in it. I consider Baklan one of the best ballet directors for in the world,” said General Manager of San-Carlo Theatre Rozanna Purkia, according to Bnews website.

At 11p.m. on July 5, Astana’s sky was illuminated by hundreds of fireworks. The event was held at the Yessil River bank using up-to-date laser and pyrotechnic technologies. The fireworks were reflected in the waters of the river and up to 35,000 watched the show, including on large LED displays. Water displays in different languages and highly coloured video clips were also projected at fountains using modern light and laser technologies.

more astana day fireworks photo by Gareth Stamp

Fireworks along the Yessil River. Photo by Gareth Stamp.

And on July 6, ten-minute fireworks displays were presented at the Yessil River bank, Khan Shatyr mall square, at the intersection of Pushkin and Abylay khan streets, close to Music Hall restaurant and close to Zhas Batyr Stadium.

More than 100 musicians also participated in a parade dedicated to Astana Day. The parade and musicians went from Astana Art Gallery to Zhastar Palace, performing such compositions as capital martial music, war songs and Voice of Asia compositions.

“We try to vary and do something new every year, inviting new teams. Last year, we invited orchestras from Ekaterinburg and Novosibirsk, but this year we invited a band from Omsk. Every band is unique,” said Oral Rysmagambetov, one of the organisers of the event, as reported by Bnews.

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