Articles by Diana Vassilenko

Kazakh jewellery designers make women feel unique with “affordable luxury” products  

NUR-SULTAN – AZEL Urban & Unique Jewelry is the fashion project of two creative friends, stylist Asel Junus and architect Zauresh Kazybayeva. The duo created the line “for active and bright women who want to emphasise their individuality and lifestyle,” according to the brand’s motto. “AZEL is not for income – it is for pleasure.…

Capital Rotarians open second inclusive playground 

NUR-SULTAN – U.S. Ambassador to Kazakhstan William H. Moser cut the red ribbon Oct. 3 to officially open Kunshyaq, the capital’s second inclusive playground accessible to children with special needs. “Since 2015, the start of Rotary Club activities in Nur-Sultan, our club has been actively trying to make our city a better place. This playground…

Madrid hosts Spanish-language presentation of Kazakh literature anthologies

NUR-SULTAN – The Cervantes Institute recently hosted a presentation of anthologies of modern Kazakh prose and poetry published in Spanish at its headquarters in Madrid, Kazinform reports. The anthologies were translated into Spanish as part of the Contemporary Kazakh Culture in The Global World project, under which modern Kazakh literature anthologies, which feature works of…

First President’s Foundation, Kazakh government outline renewable energy project plans at International Renewable Energy Summit 

NUR-SULTAN – The First President’s Foundation will support green economy development in Kazakhstan by implementing new renewable energy projects such as wind and solar-powered stations, training specialists to develop new standards for energy preservation and establishing a green thinking mentality, said First President’s Foundation Executive Director Asset Issekeshev at the third International Renewable Energy Summit…

Person with visual impairment dedicated to helping others is among Kazakhstan’s 100 New Faces

NUR-SULTAN – The founder of an organisation that assists people with visual impairment, such as himself, meet the challenges of everyday life has been named one of Kazakhstan’s 100 New Faces. The 100 New Faces programme is a government project highlighting the personal stories of inspirational Kazakhs from all walks of life. 100 New Faces…

British Library hosts English-language presentation of Kazakh literature 

NUR-SULTAN – The British Library in London hosted Sept. 25 a presentation of modern Kazakh poetry and prose anthologies, which were translated to English as part of the Contemporary Kazakh Culture in The Global World project. The project promotes internationally modern Kazakh literature, music and visual arts, choreography, cinema and theatre. “The project Contemporary Kazakh…

Astana Opera presents “Don Carlos” opera for first time in Nur-Sultan

NUR-SULTAN – The Astana Opera will present for the first time Oct. 11 and Oct. 13 “Don Carlos”, a five-act grand opera composed by Giuseppe Verdi based on the eponymous drama by Johann Christoph Friedrich von Schiller, according to an Astana Opera press release. The opera will be staged at the Astana Opera Grand Hall…

Ambassadors Spouses Association vice president to host charity auction in Nur-Sultan 

NUR-SULTAN – Ambassadors Spouses Association (ASA) Vice President and wife of United Nations Resident Coordinator Hitomi Shimomura will host the JP to KZ (Japan to Kazakhstan) charity event Oct. 13, 2 p.m., at the Rixos President Astana Hotel.  “There are two things I want to accomplish with this event. The first is to support children…

British Council to present moving image exhibition of contemporary British artists 

NUR-SULTAN – “Old World Order / New World Orders,” a new moving image work and media art exhibition presenting the works of six contemporary British artists from the British Council’s art collection and international art agency LUX’s archives, will be presented Sept. 21-Oct. 20 at the Artmeken Gallery in Almaty. “With ‘Old World Order /…

Innovative Kazakh photographer draws inspiration from art, music and connecting with his subjects 

NUR-SULTAN – One of Kazakhstan’s most innovative photographers Aióny Haust says he draws his inspiration from films, art, other photographers, and, definitely, music. “I have a playlist for every photo shoot, depending on the mood and the style. If it’s a calm photo shoot, I play blues and jazz. If it is something energetic and…