Art festival was held in Astana to mark the Day of Unity of Peoples of Kazakhstan. The festival ‘Kazakhstan – our common home’ brought together 20 local ethnocultural associations. Their art and choreographic performances amazed the audience. The event was organized by Astana branch of Kazakhstan People’s Assembly and the Astana Office of Culture, Archives, and Documentation. The exhibition ‘Children’s Perception of Future Energy’ was held as part of the festival.

NELLY SHIFRINA, MEMBER, FESTIVAL JURY:

- We organized the first art exhibition that is devoted to Expo 2017, and it is not just an exhibition but the display of children’s creativity. All ethnocultural associations presented children’s works. When I look at children’s works, they simply amaze with their sincerity, charm, and purity.

An art festival is an annual event. The number of participants is growing every year. Organizers say that this event is not just a creative platform but also a good chance to demonstrate culture and history of different ethnic groups peacefully living in Kazakhstan.

TAMARA BATRAK, SPOKESPERSON, BELARUS ETHNOCULTURAL CENTER:

I am a representative of the Belarusian ethnic group. We have been living in Astana for a long time. We live peacefully, joyfully and cheerfully together. There is no need to look for any statistical evidence. It is seen everywhere because we are welcoming and tolerant, our hearts are open. One can see not only Kazakhstan people but also tourists from abroad that will be visiting Expo 2017.  

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