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Astana, Kazakhstan • 26 June, 2023 | 15:13
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5 Events to Attend in Astana and Almaty, June 24-25

Experimental dance battle, Zhoshy Khan play, and Zhuldyz Yerzhenis piano evening

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This weekend presents a multitude of opportunities to delve into the bygone days of yore. Astana will premiere a historical drama, delving into the inner intrigues of the mighty Mongol Empire, while a soul-stirring piano evening will pay homage to the timeless classical works of European composers. In Almaty, prepare to be immersed in a dynamic dance battle that draws inspiration from the cherished traditions of aytys, the renowned improvised song competitions.

Check out this and more in the full list by QazMonitor below.



Zhoshy Khan play

Jochi, or Zhoshy as he is known in Kazakh, was the eldest son of Genghis Khan and the ruler of the vast expanse that is now our country. Far away from his home, amidst the bloodshed of relentless conquest, he found himself irrevocably tied to this land and its people, ultimately becoming the progenitor of the Kazakh Khanate.

NOTE: the play will be staged in Kazakh.

Date: June 24, 6:00 p.m.

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

Entrance: ₸‎2,500-₸5,000

Zhuldyz Yerzhenis piano concert

The evening of enchanting piano renditions by Zhuldyz Yerzhenis is set to star on the stage of Astana Opera. Her masterful command over the melodic canvas will bring beloved pieces by Robert Schumann, Johann Sebastian Bach, and Maurice Ravel to life, transforming them into artful renditions envisioned by the young talent.

Date: June 25, 6:00 p.m.

Address: Astana Opera, Dinmukhamed Qonayev Street 1

Entrance: ₸‎2,000


Niko Pirosmani's 'Fisherman in a Red Shirt' and Rusudan Khizanishvili's 'A New Star Rising'
Niko Pirosmani's 'Fisherman in a Red Shirt' and Rusudan Khizanishvili's 'A New Star Rising'

Georgia: Crossroads of Cultures lecture

Situated on the border between Asia and Europe, Georgia seamlessly blends different influences. From the naive art of Niko Pirosmani to Sergei Parajanov's poetical cinema and Rusudan Khizanishvili's contemporary explorations of cultural memory and myths, Georgia showcases a captivating tapestry of art.

Date: June 24, 10:30 a.m.

Address: SmArt.Point coworking space, Baizakov Street 280

Entrance: ₸‎1,000-₸5,000

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B.Aitys – Experimental Battle

Get ready for a showdown, as Almaty's street dancers will step into the ring and battle it out across three nominations. Whether it will be jamming to experimental beats, or freestyling to the rhythm of folk instruments, each dancer will take center stage to showcase their unique flow.

NOTE: registration for the event through the organizer's official webpage is required. The exact time for the event will be announced at a later date.

Date: June 25

Address: Spotlight bar, Zenkov Street 24

Entrance: ₸‎3,000-₸5,000

Ozhal melodic performance

Developed by the Uyghur people, the muqam melody type bears a resemblance to the rich traditions of Iranian and Arabic music. However, it is in the distinct poetical works, deemed to be masterpieces of the Medieval period, where the true magnificence of the musical tapestry woven along the Tian-Shan mountain range shines.

Date: June 25, 6:30 p.m.

Address: Uyghur Theater of Musical Comedy, Nauryzbai Batyr Street 83

Entrance: ₸‎1,500-₸2,500

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