The best Europan and Asian theaters have showcased their masterpieces in Astana. As part of Astana EXPO 2017, the capital is hosting the Astana World Theater Festival for the first time. It is dedicated to the 80th anniversary of Asanali Ashimov, People's Artist of Kazakhstan. Popular critics, playwrights, cultural figures of Kazakhstan and the CIS countries are taking part in the festival. During 10 days, the leading stages of the city will be showcasing performances like Othello by the South Korean theater, A Touch of Madness by the Berlin drama theater and The Taming of the Shrew by the Kazakh Zhastar theater. The artists of capital opened the festival with the Romeo and Juliet musical.



- Asanali Ashimov is the pride of the Kazakh art theatre and cinema art. Therefore, his image represents the spiritual values of our people. Astana has united all theaters of Europe and Asia. We want Astana to become a theater city.


Asanali Ashimov is the People's Artist of the USSR and Kazakhstan, laureate of the Tarlan Prize, chevalier of the Otan, Kurmet, Parasat and Dostyk awards. He was granted UNESCO Altyn Kyran order for his contribution to the development of the world art. There are dozens of the works by Asanali Ashimov in the cinema and on the stage. The recognized master is well known not only as a talented actor, but also as a director and teacher.

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