Articles by Yelena Kuznetsova

Kazakhstan Chairs Working Group of Preparatory Commission for Comprehensive Nuclear-Test-Ban Treaty

NUR-SULTAN – This year marks the 30th anniversary of the closure of the Semipalatinsk nuclear test site. On August 29, 1991, Kazakh First President Nursultan Nazarbayev signed a historical document, a decree on the closure of the Semipalatinsk nuclear test site.  The international community, recognizing the contribution of Kazakhstan in strengthening the non-proliferation regime of…

Folk Ensemble Blends Kazakh, World Music

The Kazakh band Beles blends Kazakh traditional music with other melodies and instruments. Manager Madiyar Maldybayev discussed the team and their music.  How was your group established and why is it called Beles? The group was formed as a creative union long ago. Alexey Yefremenko and Marat Nukeyev performed as a duet while in school.…

Gazizа Zhubanovа State String Quartet Performs in Astana

ASTANA – The Gaziza Zhubanova State String Quartet performed recently at the Nazarbayev Centre on Jan. 22. The quartet consists of young musicians who have won numerous prestigious international prizes, as well as the Daryn State Youth Prize. Concert host Julia Gaisina preceded each piece by sharing with the audience the story of the piece’s…

Famed Poet and Ambassador to UNESCO Sees Cultural Rapprochement as Art of Life

ASTANA – Famed poet and Permanent Representative of Kazakhstan to UNESCO Olzhas Suleimenov participated in the forum held in Astana on the occasion of the inauguration of the International Decade for the Rapprochement of Cultures in late August. He shared his reflections on the aims and objectives of the new global initiative advanced by Kazakhstan…

Capital’s ballet dancers score double success at international competitions

ASTANA – The soloists of the Kulyash Baiseitova National Opera and Ballet Theatre continue on promoting the capital of Kazakhstan abroad with their new victories. One soloist, Balkiya Zhanburchinova, brought back the gold medal of “Dance Olympus” competition festival in Germany. Zhanburchinova came to the theater at the beginning of the season after a one-year…

Ballet Stars Shine on International Arena

ASTANA – Kazakh artists successfully represented the country in the gala concert “Young Stars of World Ballet” held in the German city of Mainz. In a letter to Kazakhstan’s Minister of Culture and Information Mukhtar Kul-Muhammed, Director General of the International Federation of Ballet Competitions (IFBC), first vice-president of the International Union of Choreography, Honored…

President Attends Ballet Premiere

ASTANA – On January 27, President Nursultan Nazarbayev visited the Kulyash Baiseitova National Opera and Ballet Theatre and attended a performance of the Ludwig Minkus ballet “Don Quixote,” directed by Honoured Artist of Russia Shamil Teregulov. President Nazarbayev was invited to attend the “Don Quixote” premiere on January 9 by leading ballet stars Madina Basbayeva…