Main cultural events of 2018
2018 was full of cultural achievements for Kazakhstan, ranging from film premieres, theatrical performances, successful exhibitions, long-awaited concerts and victorious contests.
This year, Astana celebrated its 20th anniversary in July. As part of the celebrations, a gala concert was held on the Square of Independence by the Kazakh Yeli Monument in Astana which was enjoyed by local residents and visitors.
This year, Astana hosted many important international cultural events. Popular soloists, as well as the best music and dance performers from many European, Asian and American countries gathered in the Kazakh capital to demonstrate world-class performances. ‘The Spirit of Dance’, the music and dance festival, was held on the largest stage in Kazakhstan in September. The unique ethno show presented a combination of live modern and classical music pieces together with vibrant dance acts.
This year was eventful for the Astana Ballet theater, which premiered ballets, such as Giselle, Salome, the Nutcracker and Serenade.
VALERIY KUZEMBAYEV, DIRECTOR, ASTANA BALLET:
- This year, as part of President Nazarbayev’s visit to the United States of America, we visited New York City and performed on the stage of Lincoln Center. We also performed in Italian city of Milan and Monte Carlo in the principality of Monaco. We also participated in ballet festivals in Beijing, China.
Popular Kazakh singer Dimash Kudaibergenov continued fascinating his fans this year. The young singer’s first solo concert was sold out in London, gathering thousands of audience. Representatives of 46 countries arrived in the British capital to enjoy the famous Kazakh singer’s voice. Dimash performed various songs, ranging from lyrical ballads to Kazakh folk songs. He also played the kuy ‘Adai’ on the dombyra.
The Junior Eurovision Song Contest 2018 was one of the most awaited cultural events of the year as Kazakhstan debuted in the competition. Daneliya Tuleshova represented Kazakhstan in the Belarusian capital. Daneliya was placed third based on the audience vote.
Another Kazakh woman gained international recognition this year, demonstrating an extraordinary talent. Samal Yeslyamova won the Award for Best Actress at the 71st Cannes Film Festival for her role in ‘Aika’. The film was also included in the short list of the prestigious Oscars awards.
Successes of Kazakh artists on international stages, demonstration of the ancient and authentic traditions of the Kazakh people in various parts of the world show that Kazakhstan has invaluable cultural assets and is ready to generously share its cultural heritage with the world.