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Astana, Kazakhstan • 15 May, 2023 | 13:19
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6 Events to Attend in Astana and Almaty, May 12-14

CEFF Caravan festival, My Name is Kozha screening and a concert of Joe Hisaishi’s works

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Official poster to My Name is Kozha
Official poster to My Name is Kozha

The upcoming weekend promises to be a whirlwind of international events, as Astana will screen an environmental documentary festival, and Almaty will celebrate the fantastical realms of the Ghibli movies with a lecture on Hayao Miyazaki’s creative approaches to storytelling and a concert of Joe Hisaishi's works.

Check out these and more events in the full list of weekend activities by QazMonitor below.



CEFF Caravan documentaries screening

The Colorado Environmental Film Festival is a touring screening event that aims to raise awareness on a wide variety of interrelated issues. In Astana, the audience will watch the stories of the shrinking of one of America’s greatest rivers, the planet's dying forests, and a glimmer of hope in the Kazakh steppes.

NOTE: the movies will be in English with either Russian or English subtitles. Registration via the organizer’s official form is required.

Date: May 14, 3:00 p.m.

Address: Astana International University, Qabanbay Batyr Avenue 8

Entrance: Free


"The Cherry" play

Madame Lyubov Ranevskaya, an aristocratic landowner, returns to her ancestral estate, graced with a grand cherry orchard. Although the return is a joyous occasion for the family, it is overshadowed by Ranevskaya's looming debt woes.

NOTE: the play is staged in Kazakh.

Date: May 14, 6:00 p.m.

Address: Kalibek Kuanyshbaev Kazakh Musical and Drama Theater, Kalibek Kuanyshbayev Street 8/1

Entrance: ₸2,000


Still from the movie
Still from the movie

Menin atym Kozha (My Name is Kozha, dir. А. Karsakbayev, 1963) screening

Anyone on the street would tell you that this mischievous twelve-year-old boy's name is Kozhabergen, but not a single soul, not even his grandparents, can recall how the tail of his name got lost. It may be so that it was lost in all the mischief that make up his daily routine.

NOTE: the movie will be in Russian.

Date: May 12, 8:00 p.m.

Address: Bunker Independent Experimental Theater, Dosmukhamedov Street 78A

Entrance: ₸1,000

Photo credit: Chris Pizzello
Photo credit: Chris Pizzello

"[Hayao] Miyazaki films as a stream of consciousness" lecture

Rarely do the fantastical realms of Miyazaki's works leave viewers unmoved, as the master storyteller breaks through every narrative trope, time and again delving into philosophical themes of environmentalism and humanism.

The lecture will be given by director and screenwriter Stefan Mankovskiy on the screen.

NOTE: the lecture will be in Russian.

Date: May 12, 8:00 p.m.

Address: NEsanatoriy art space, Luganskiy Street 54

Entrance: ₸2,550

Nippon TV
Nippon TV

Joe Hisaishi soundtrack concert by ҰNight music

The Ghibli movies' visual language is enriched by the extraordinary depth of Hisaishi's music, with its masterful pastoral motifs that evoke a sense of calm and the pleasant minutiae of life.

Date: May 13, 7:00 p.m.

Address: Caspian University, Dostyk Avenue 85А

Entrance: ₸7,000-₸16,000


"Omar Khayyam. The Wave Catcher" play

The troupes at Total Theater invite the audience to contemplate the significance of human life, as they delve into the last moments of the renowned Persian polymath and poet, Omar Khayyam.

NOTE: the play is staged in Russian.

Date: May 13, 7:30 p.m.

Address: Total Theater, Shevchenko Street 114

Entrance: ₸6,000

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