Kazakhstan and Russia intend to develop cooperation in culture. During the EXPO-2017, Astana will welcome some of the most eminent actors of the neighboring country. The agreements have been reached with the Mariinsky and Mikhailovsky theaters. A tour of the Moscow Art Theatre named after Chekhov and a large exhibition by the Hermitage in the Kazakh capital are still a feasible prospect. This was announced by the Russia’s Culture Minister Vladimir Medinsky. He arrived in Astana for the signing of the Joint Action Plan of Kazakhstan and Russia in culture for 2017. The document will continue the tradition, developed over the period of cooperation between the two countries.

ARYSTANBEK MUKHAMEDIULY, KAZAKH CULTURE AND SPORTS MINISTER:

Kazakhstan is ready to host the Tchaikovsky youth international competition this year. And in fact, we need a global competition like that to take place in our city.

In addition, according to the plan of joint actions, the two countries intend to declare 2019 a year of cultural exchanges. Starting from this year, Kazakh and Russian moviemakers will join efforts to film joint movies. The negotiations are currently underway. Russia’ Culture Minister has presented two scripts. One of the films will be an innovative thriller film, the minister said. Its action will take place in the 1940s. Another the film with the working title “Clay Pit” written by director Vera Glagoleva is a modern drama that unfolds in a remote rural area, and tells the story of family values ​​and the relationship between a mother and her two daughters.

VLADIMIR MEDINSKY, RUSSIAN MINISTER OF CULTURE:

There is a great interest from the Kazakh side, not only at the level of the Culture Ministry, but also from the Prime Minister of Kazakhstan, on the joint production of films. And, accordingly, there is only one question if the project will be supported by Kazakhstan – if yes, it will be a joint co-production, as part of our agreement.

Kazakh Secretary of State, in turn, during a meeting with Medinsky thanked him for active cooperation on the return of the remains of Keiki Batyr to the historical homeland. In addition, on behalf of President Nursultan Nazarbayev, Gulshara Abdykalikova presented Vladimir Medinsky with the II degree Dostyk Order.

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