Articles by Maral Zhantaykyzy

Festival Shares Kazakh Films with Chinese Audience

Kazakhstan’s Cinema Week dedicated to the 21st anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations between Kazakhstan and China was held April 17-22 in Beijing. The event was organized by the Ministry of Culture and Information of the Republic of Kazakhstan jointly with the State General Administration of Press, Publishing, Radio, Film and Television of China.…

Spring Festival Celebrates Japanese Culture

ASTANA – On April 10-11, a Japanese Spring Arts Festival was held in Astana. Popular jazz pianist Ayako Shirasaki starred in a concert on April 10 in the Astana Music Hall. She performed alongside famous jazz musicians drummer Gene Jackson and virtuoso bass player Noriko Ueda. In 2010, Shirasaki won international acclaim with her album…

Air Astana expands network across Eurasia

ASTANA, April 3 – Kazakhstan’s leading airline company, Air Astana, has launched two new international direct flights from Astana and Almaty to Kiev, the capital of Ukraine. An Embraer 190 aircraft now flies the Astana-Kiev-Astana route on Mondays, Wednesdays and Saturdays. Flights from Almaty to Kiev and back are conducted on Tuesdays, Fridays and Sundays…

Trilingual Education Touted as Right Way Forward

ASTANA – On April 4, Kazakh Humanities and Law University (KazHLU) in Astana held a roundtable discussion on the theme “Multilingualism in the educational environment: problems and prospects” with the participation of Swedish Ambassador to Kazakhstan Manne Wangborg, Spanish Ambassador to Kazakhstan Don Manuel Larrotcha Prada, Provost of Nazarbayev University Simon Jones, Head of the…

Country hosts festival of French-speaking nations

ASTANA – From March 15 to April 6, the Alliance Française (the French Alliance) and the embassies of five French-speaking nations are holding a cultural festival in Kazakhstan, called the Feast of Francophonie. On March 23, the embassies of France, Belgium, Canada, Romania and Switzerland held a trade fair in Astana. Visitors purchased goods on…

Kazakhstan hosts festival of French-speaking nations

ASTANA – From March 15 to April 6, the Alliance Française (the French Alliance) and the embassies of five French-speaking nations are holding a cultural festival in Kazakhstan, called the Feast of Francophonie. On March 23, the embassies of France, Belgium, Canada, Romania and Switzerland held a trade fair in Astana. Visitors purchased goods on…

Author-Fighter to Shoot Series about Kazakhstan’s Olympians

ASTANA – The well-known Kazakhstan’s and Dutch director Peter Berman is to begin shooting a television series titled “The Olympians.” The series will focus on the stories of three friends, Ilya, Sasha and Serik, whose prototypes are Olympic champions Ilya Ilyin, Alexander Vinokourov and Serik Sapiyev. Ilya Ilyin has already agreed to take part in…

National Bank’s Coins Are Works of Art, Investment Vehicles

ASTANA – On March 1st the National Bank of Kazakhstan issued a commemorative coin to mark the 100th anniversary of People’s Artist of the USSR, Kazakh composer Mukan Tolebayev. The bank also released a new, two-volume catalogue price list of the country’s coins, which depicts all the coins issued by the National Bank of Kazakhstan…

Kazakh Cinema Remembers a Famous Father

ASTANA – This year marks the 90th anniversary of the birth of the famous Kazakh film director, Sultan-Ahmet Khodzhikov. On March 11, an evening commemorating the memory of this master of Kazakhstan’s cinema was held at the Cinema House in Almaty. Friends, colleagues, family members and filmmakers laid flowers at his memorial plate on the…

Nation Remembers Warrior Women of the Great Steppe

ASTANA – Today, 8,000 women in Kazakhstan have dedicated themselves to the defence of their country, operating rockets and artillery, serving as air defence troops and in other forces. The history of the steppe has many examples of women whose actions made them the pride of their people. Legends and national folklore bring us songs…