Astana to Host Third International Puppet Theater Festival

ASTANA – Kuralay International Puppet Theater Festival will take place in Astana on June 25-29, the Puppet Theater of Astana announced on June 13.

Photo credit: Puppet Theater of Astana Akimat.

The festival, named after Kuralay Eshmuratova, an honored Kazakh artist and the first director of the theater, was previously held in 2015 and 2018.

The first festival brought together creative teams from Peru, Estonia, Bulgaria, Serbia, Romania, Russia, Tatarstan, Türkiye, Tajikistan, Italy, Tunisia, Belgium, Bosnia and Herzegovina. 

Photo credit: Puppet Theater of Astana Akimat.

The third festival will be attended by 13 theaters from China, Peru, Türkiye, Serbia, Estonia, Russia, Uzbekistan and Kazakhstan. A key feature of this festival is a jury of children, who will determine the nominations. 

A parade will take place between the Zhastar (Youth) Palace and the Musical Theater of the Young Spectator on June 25 at 10 a.m.

A press conference will be held at the musical theater at 10.45 a.m., followed by a gala concert, where the performance “Azhemnin Ertegisi” (Grandmother’s Fairytale), directed by Kuralay Eshmuratova, will be presented.

The festival is dedicated to the 25th anniversary of the Kazakh capital. 

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