ASTANA’S FOURTEENTH ANNIVERSARY
July 9: Kazakhstan’s capital celebrated its 14th anniversary on
Kazakh capital has progressed greatly since the Parliament agreed to President Nursultan
Nazarbayev’s proposal to move the capital in 1994 and today belongs to one of
the most unique cities in the world. As one of the few metropolis built chiefly
in the 21st century, it is also among the world’s youngest capitals.
14th birthday has been highly anticipated not only by residents of the city but
every citizen of Kazakhstan, as the event schedule promised a lot of amazing
surprises and discoveries.
Nursultan Nazarbayev gave start to the main celebrations on July 5, by raising
the national flag on the Atameken (Fatherland) memorial complex.
to the tradition of recent years, we raise the national flag and hand shoulder
straps to the best graduates of military schools on the eve of the Astana Day,”
Nursultan Nazarbayev said at the flag-raising ceremony. “We launch the
celebration of the Capital Day by these two important events,” he added.
this, the President presented the officer’s insignia to a number of best
graduates of the country’s higher military schools.
week-long celebration ahead of the Astana Day has traditionally started with
the opening of the III Astana International Action Film Festival on July 1,
organized by the famous Kazakhstan-born filmmaker, Timur Bekmambetov. This year
a Cesar Award-winning French actor Vincent Cassel, an English actor Dominic
Cooper, an American film and television producer Jim Lemley and other prominent
figures in the film industry were among the festival invitees.A total of 20
full length feature films by directors from all over the world, a number of
round table discussions, as well as press conferences by movies stars were held
throughout the festival workdays.
7th international festival “Operalia 2012” was held on July 1
and 3 in the capital city. The event included performances by world ballet and
opera stars. On the first day, performers form China, Japan, Kazakhstan,
Russia, Britain and the United States showed the art of ballet through excerpts
from acclaimed compositions such as the Nutcracker, Don Quixote, Swan Lake,
and other, as well as through modern ballet. On July 3, world opera stars
Giuseppe Varano and Silvia Dalla Benetta gave a concert, which
seized the hearts of the audience.
of the most widely anticipated events is a performance of the world famous
Cirque du Soleil troupe that took place from 4 to 6 July at the Sports Palace
of the most contemporary of all the classical singers of the world Sumi Jo on
July 5 was another big present for Astana citizens and capital visitors
dedicated to Astana’s anniversary.
events included a festival of contemporary street art
called Art Bat Fest. Classical music and
ballet nights were held on the bank of the Yesil River on July 5-7.
celebration of the Capital Day included 59 events in four days in total. Only
15 of them require buying tickets.
to the Mayor of Astana, Imangali Tasmagambetov, all the money collected from
the ticket sales will go to the charity specially organized every year during
the festival to help children in need of medical care.