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Astana, Kazakhstan • 23 January, 2023 | 10:12

Free Events to Attend in Astana, Almaty and Karagandy on January 20-22

Q&A with a movie director, conceptual art exhibitions and Y2K throwback party

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Collage by QazMonitor (Instagram/dom36kz, Virgin Media, Getty Images)
Collage by QazMonitor (Instagram/dom36kz, Virgin Media, Getty Images)

This weekend, January 20-22, things are going to get a little artsy and loud. Astana and Almaty will host a couple of conceptual exhibitions, ranging from artistic impressions of the past year to semi-exhibition lectures on the nature of homespace. Karagandy will host a throwback party to the days of ultra low-rise jeans and Britney Spears.

QazMonitor brings you the full list of all the latest events below.

Astana

Virgin Media
Virgin Media

Innocence (dir. Park Sang-hyun, 2020) screening

A successful lawyer in Seoul, Ahn Jung-in is forced to return to her hometown when her mother and younger brother are accused of murder. Convinced that the accusations are false, Jung-in must overcome the hostility of the locals to uncover the truth.

NOTE: the movie will be in Korean with English subtitles.

Date: January 20, 4:00 p.m.

Address: Korean Cultural Center, Imanov Street 13

Facebook/Zhamilya Taken
Facebook/Zhamilya Taken

Qanbaq exhibition

Qanbaq is a type of a tumbleweed found across the Eurasian steppes. Comparing her art to a hardy plant that forms in a harsh climate, Zhamilya Taken addresses conceptual matters through the work deeply rooted in mythology. While the exhibition is not free to attend, we included it on the list since the tickets are quite cheap.

Date: until February 9

Address: National Museum, Tauelsizdik Avenue 54

Entrance: ₸300-₸700

Almaty

Still from the movie
Still from the movie

Ot (dir. Aizhan Kassymbek, 2021)

Ot is a movie about a family man who struggles to make ends meet. Every month he and his family live on borrowed time, and all it takes is one day for things to go awry. Now, the hero is faced with a choice – to either let go of the situation or try to pull off a miracle for the sake of his family.

NOTE: after the movie screening, director Aizhan Kassymbek will host a Q&A session.

Date: January 21, 7:00 p.m.

Address: DOM36, Baribayev Street 36

Instagram/dom36kz
Instagram/dom36kz

Doma Luchshe exhibition

Presented as a half-exhibition and half-lecture, Doma Luchshe is an urban initiative that strives to explore the definition of a home and what it means to have a space to live in.

Date: until January 31

Address: DOM36, Baribayev Street 36

Instagram/temirdariya
Instagram/temirdariya

Tynys bitti exhibition

Curator Aida Adilbek and artist Dariya Temirkhan encapsulate their thoughts and experiences of a tragic event from a year ago in a series of video installations and collages. The visitors may feel themselves “out of breath” as they get pulled into a space of deep reflection.

NOTE: All proceeds from the sold merchandise will go to the victims of the January tragedy.

Date: until February 5

Address: DOM36, Baribayev Street 36

Karagandy

Getty Images
Getty Images

Y2K throwback party

Take out your low-rise jeans and leather jackets, it’s time to dance to ‘00s Rihanna and 50 Cent all over again. Dobro street cafe opens the portal in space and time for all who missed the era of Cool magazine and Britney Spears.

Date: January 21, 10:00 p.m.

Address: Dobro street cafe, Bukhar-Zhyrau Avenue 55

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