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Astana, Kazakhstan • 07 March, 2024 | 21:48
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Events to Explore in Astana and Almaty, March 7–10

Lectures and film screening celebrating International Women’s day, one-act opera and more

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UPDATE: INNA's concerts have been postponed to a later date due to the earthquake that happened in Almaty earlier this week. The updated schedule is as follows: Almaty, April 29 and Astana, April 30. 

On Friday, Kazakhstan will celebrate International Women’s Day, so Astana and Almaty will feature special events to commemorate the date this weekend. In Astana, you may hear fascinating stories of first female pioneers in the world of art. If you need more as a true art aficionado and live or happen to be in the capital, you will enjoy a lecture exploring the history of American fine art by Ruslan Salakhutdinov. In Almaty, cinema fans can enjoy a special screening of A Night Of Knowing Nothing by Payal Kapadia accompanied by a lecture on the female gaze in filmmaking. And if you’ve been looking forward to unleashing your energy after a long winter, let Romanian sensation INNA help you do it as she is ready to ignite the stage both in Astana and Almaty.

Discover these and more events in the digest by QazMonitor below.


Astana Opera
Astana Opera

One-act opera The Silken Ladder

The timeless charm of Gioachino Rossini's early operatic farsa comica The Silken Ladder (La scala di seta) revolves around the clandestine romance between Giulia and Dorvil unfolding amidst sparkling humor and virtuosic vocal performances. Presented by Astana Opera singers and chamber orchestra, this delightful opera transports audiences to 18th-century Venice, where misunderstandings and comedic twists lead to a heartwarming resolution.

Note: performed in Italian (accompanied by synchronous captions in Kazakh and Russian languages)

Date: March 9–10, 6:00 p.m.

Address: Astana Opera, Dinmukhamed Qonayev Street 1

Entrance: ₸5000 (as of March 7, 2024, $11.19)


INNA concert

Don't miss the performance by the Romanian singer, INNA, as she lights up the stage at the Congress Center in Astana and Baluan Sholak Sports Palace in Almaty with her chart-topping hits and infectious energy. Get ready for an unforgettable evening filled with electrifying music and vibrant entertainment that will leave you dancing all night long.


Almaty — March 8, 7:00 p.m.

Astana — March 9, 7:00 p.m.


Astana — Congress Center, Heydar Aliyev Street 12

Almaty — Baluan Sholak Sports Palace, Abay Avenue 44


Astana — ₸80000 ($179.06)

Almaty — ₸28 000-₸50 000 ($62.67-$111.91)


Lecture on first women in the history of art

Fem Tendik and Malika Igibayeva invite you to hear about the inspiring journeys of pioneering female artists, unleash your creativity through interactive sessions, and depart with a personalized drawing memento, celebrating the enduring spirit of sisterhood and artistic expression.

Note: to attend the event, contact Fem Tendik’s Instagram page

Date: March 9, 4:00 p.m.

Address: contact Fem Tendik’s Instagram page for details

Entrance: ₸500 ($1.12)

'Among the Sierra Nevada Mountains' by Albert Bierstadt
'Among the Sierra Nevada Mountains' by Albert Bierstadt

American fine art lecture

Join a fascinating journey through American art history with certified psychologist, artist and art teacher Ruslan Salakhutdinov. Discover the evolution of painting from early pioneers to modern trends, exploring iconic landscapes and renowned artists like Thomas Cole and Jackson Pollock in this engaging lecture experience.

Note: contact the ConceptArt’s Instagram page to purchase ticket and learn more details

Date: March 9, 7:00 p.m.

Address: “ConceptArt” Creative Lab, Kerey and Zhanibek Khans Street 5, Entrance 3, Office 23

Entrance: ₸3000 ($6.71)


Still from the movie 'A Night of Knowing Nothing'
Still from the movie 'A Night of Knowing Nothing'

A Night of Knowing Nothing (dir. Payal Kapadia) screening and lecture by Malika Mukhamedzhan

Embark on a cinematic journey with Malika Mukhamedzhan, director and founder of the QYZQARAS initiative, as she explores the concept of the female gaze in cinema and the unique storytelling techniques employed by filmmakers such as Payal Kapadia. Discover how the film essay genre serves as a medium for expressing subjective viewpoints, critiquing social norms, and weaving personal narratives into the broader cinematic tapestry.

Date: March 7, 7:00 p.m.

Address: Spring CA office, Rubinshtein Street 21a

Entrance: ₸1500 ($3.36)


Ainalayin. I'm all around you documentary performance

Discover the immersive documentary performance Ainalayin. I'm all around you (Айналайн. Я вокруг тебя) as it brings to life the stories of women who found their home in Almaty. With original electronic dombra music and indigenous Kazakh culture, experience a celebration of love, hospitality, and the universal bond of embracing new beginnings at the Transform Cultural Space on International Women’s Day.

Date: March 8, 6:00 p.m.

Address: Transforma Cultural Space, Baribayev Street 36

Entrance: ₸4000-₸8000 ($8.95-$17.91)

“Feel...” art exhibition by Assiya Khairulina 

Assiya Khairulina's evocative watercolor creations transcend traditional boundaries, intertwining reality with mystery to evoke deeply personal and meaningful reflections through emotional intensity and daring experimentation. Abylkhan Kasteyev Museum of Arts hosts Asiya Khairulina's exhibition titled Feel... (Почувствуй) featuring over 100 exclusive watercolor creations that captivate with artist’s philosophy of individual perception, emphasizing the power of art to capture fleeting moments, emotions, and impressions in a mosaic of personal expression, free from societal constraints.

Note: the museum is closed on Mondays

Date: from March 1 to March 20, doors are open from 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.

Address: Abylkhan Kasteyev Museum of Arts, Koktem-3 Microdistrict, 22/1

Entrance: ₸200-₸500 ($0.45-$1.12)

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