NUR-SULTAN – Kazakh National Museum recently hosted Great Steppe Heritage, a celebration dedicated to the museum’s fifth anniversary, with the support of the Ministry of Culture and Sport. The programme is part of the Museum Parade national awareness raising campaign started in late August and still covering all regions of the country.
The main goal of the campaign is to acquaint visitors not only with the unique artefacts exhibited at the national and regional museums, but with all Kazakh customs and traditions, in an effort to foster respect towards the national culture and homeland. All events presented that evening were free.
During the opening ceremony, National Museum Deputy Head Almaz Nurazhan welcomed the guests and urged them to visit museums and exhibitions more often.
“We frequently conduct different events and celebrations, introducing our people to the best moments of the national history. We have prepared a very significant and interesting work on promoting Kazakh culture and art. Thank you a lot for coming today,” he said.
Kazakh National Art University Education Vice President Kymbat Tleuova also spoke at the event.
“I am here to express gratitude from University Rector Professor Aiman Mussakhodzhaeva (world famous violinist) for this evening. We raise in our students the sense of home, teaching them to save the Kazakh traditions, language and art. This celebration is very important, being a collaborative project of the National Museum and the Kazakh National Art University under the Year of Youth programme,” she said.
Event organisers focused significant attention on theatrical performances, including “Kaiyrly Kesh” (“Good Evening”) presented by Kazakhstan’s People’s Artist Meruert Utekesheva and “Busy market: Abai” staged at the Ancient and Middle Age History hall.
History and art admirers had the chance to attend the Egypt in the National Museum and Quintessence group exhibitions, as well as assess the artwork of young Kazakh artists and fashion designers.
The organisers also invited hyper-realist sculptor and 100 New Faces Culture nomination winner Aidos Yesmagambetov, who demonstrated face painting.
Guests also had the chance to play the Kazakh national game Asygyn alshysynan tussin (throwing bones to knock others down), try on handmade fineries, take master classes in wood carving and molding ceramic tableware and enjoy a guided tour around the museum. Every hall housed either a show or exhibition, such as the ball show performed by Kazakh National Art University students and a circus performance.