What cultural events has Kazakhstan planned to EXPO period?
National cultural complex “Ethnoaul”
A center of a demonstration of the traditions of the Kazakh people during the world exhibition will be the national cultural complex “Ethnoaul”, the area of which is 2.5 thousand square meters on the territory of the race track “Kazanat”, located near the capital airport. Various events will take place in ethnoaul, namely Kazakh traditional sports games: kokpar, baiga, kyz kuu and others.
A unique project “Ethnoaul” not only recreates the culture and life of nomads, but also represents the whole tourist complex that shows Kazakhstan’s image in the formation of a positive image. Ethnoaul consists of several thematic zones: sector of artisans, center of national cuisine, concert platform.
At the concert venue speeches of ethnic musicians from Hungary, Russia, Norway, Mongolia, Kyrgyzstan, Uzbekistan, and Turkey in “Spirit of Tengri” project will take place.
Besides, an opportunity to sweep on horses, a pony and camels will be for all comers given. The obligatory program includes national games and entertainments: kokpar, saiys, kyz kuu, kumis salu, altybakan and others. Also it is planned to conduct demonstration performances on hunting with hunting birds and the Kazakh breeds of pelvis dogs, tobets, archery, circus performances on horses.
It is planned to hold national and international competitions in national sports, namely, an open republican tournament on baiga for prizes of the President of Kazakhstan and the World Kokpar Championship.
La Scala and Placido Domingo in Astana
The main events of the forthcoming exhibition will certainly be world-class opera performances. Guests and residents of the capital in the walls of the theater “Astana Opera” will have the unique opportunity to see the stars of world opera and ballet art.
From 1 to 10 September in the capital the concert of the world famous Italian theater La Scala will take place. The theater with a full staff of 250 people will come. The universally recognized conductor Zubin Meta will perform as a conductor. La Scala will present the works of the great composers Giuseppe Verdi – “Falstaff” opera and Ludwig van Beethoven – symphony No. 9 to the attention of the capital’s spectators.
At the same time, at “Astana Opera” theatre Placido Domingo’s performance in Giuseppe Verdi’s “La Traviata” will take place. The sale of tickets for the event has already been started, the cost of which varies from 500 to 20 000 tenge.
The significant cultural event will be the performance of Mariinsky Theater. The creative team will feature Giuseppe Verdi’s “Simon Boccanegra” opera and Felix Mendelssohn’s “Midsummer Night Dream.
Artifacts of Tutankhamun and the Terracotta Army of the Emperor in the National Museum
The program of the National Museum of Kazakhstan during the exhibition will also differ in its diversity and richness.
For the first time in Kazakhstan “Terracotta Army of the Emperor Qin Shi Huang” exhibition will be held. At the exhibition about 50 archaeological items will be presented: clay statues of soldiers, weapons, shingles, dishes, gold and silver jewelry.
At the expense of the Egyptian side, “Monuments of Ancient Egypt” exhibition will be held in the museum. Within the framework of the exhibition, it is planned to present items from the collection of Tutankhamun for visitors. The rich history of Egypt will be reflected in the products and artifacts of different historical periods.
In addition, the exhibition will come to the capital from the funds of the Hermitage, where weapons will be shown – about 200 pieces of weapons art of East and West, and battle, hunting weapons of Turkey, Iran, India, Japan, France, etc.
There are also unique exhibitions “Gold of Scythians”, “Sultan Beibars and his era”, as well as exhibitions of famous artists of Kazakhstan.
World-famous ballets in open air
It is planned to organize famous world-class performances in an open air. Thus, on June 15-16, Giuseppe Verdi’s “Aida” will be staged for the residents and guests of the capital in front of the Palace of Peace and Reconciliation.
On June 25, the Ministry will present another large-scale project – staging one of the popular and complex classical ballets Ludwig Minkus “Don Quixote”. On July 14, the performance of Yevgeny Brusilovsky’s opera “Kyz Zhibek” will be performed.
With the assistance of the Russian side, the open-air premiere of the grandiose Symphony No. 8 of an outstanding Austrian composer Gustav Mahler, which is called the “Symphony of a Thousand”, will take place.
Concert of Asia’s mega-star Dimash Kudaibergenov in Astana
A culmination of the whole cultural program will be Dimash Kudaibergenov’s concert, who is not only singer of Kazakhstan, but also of Asia. By an incredible popularity of Dimash, a desire to take part in his solo gala concert have shown famous foreign performers.
It became known that Lara Fabian, Konstantin and Valery Meladze will take part in the show of Dimash Kudaibergenov in Astana. According to the organizers of the concert, Dimash Kudaibergenov will sing with Lara Fabian the song “Adagio”, and also “Daididau”. Tickets will go on sale in mid-April.
Festivals “Turkvision” and film festival “Eurasia”
The landmark event of this summer will be a contest of modern pop song “Turkvision”. The purpose of this competition is to promote the Turkic culture, expand the sphere of influence of the Turkic-speaking musicians, creation of general cultural space and establishment of friendly relations between fraternal countries.
International film festival “Eurasia” includes competitive and out-of-competition programs, pitching, round tables, and “Eurasian film market”. World movie stars of class “A” will be invited.
During EXPO-2017, 14 sports events are planned: 6 World Championships, 2 Asian Championships, 3 international competitions, 2 President’s Cups and World Boxing Council anniversary convention.
Among them are World Karate Championship “Shinkiokushinkai”, President’s Tennis Cup, Asian Rhythmic Gymnastics Championships, World Boxing Council convention and international competitions in national sports – World Championships on kokpar, togyzkumalak, kazak kuresi.
Representatives from 16 to 90 countries are expected to participate in each competition.
It should be noted that the implementation of the comprehensive program within EXPO-2017 will make it possible to form the positive image of our country on an international arena and to get acquainted with the national traditions and culture of Kazakhstan.
Source: Kazakhstan 2050