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Astana, Kazakhstan • 15 March, 2024 | 17:36

Weekend Events: Space Voyage, Video Game Meetup, Saint Patrick’s Day Concert

Your guide to March 16-17 events in Astana and Almaty

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The Russian House
The Russian House

This weekend, Astana and Almaty present a variety of musing and engaging events to entertain you. In Astana, you may explore the mysteries of space exploration with Rashit Abdrazakov, a person closely connected with the space industry. If you prefer to spend your weekends reading a book, you can’t miss out on a moment to hear and talk to the Kazakh storybook writers and creators by the United States of Writers writing community. In Almaty, art enthusiasts can attend the exhibition at Aspan Gallery, featuring pieces of the talented winners of Bubikanova Art Prize. And for a truly festive experience, don't miss an enchanting performance by the Celtic ethno-folk band Dair Ard, promising a celebration of traditional pipes and drums in Almaty.

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

Astana

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Cyrano de Bergerac play

Cyrano de Bergerac follows the tragic yet romantic tale of Cyrano, a gifted poet and swordsman with a prominent nose, who helps the handsome but intellectually lacking Christian to win the heart of Roxane, the woman they both love. Through intricate costumes and scenery, the play delves into timeless themes of appearance, love, and the intrinsic beauty of the soul. Director Sergei Fedotov brought to life the essence of 17th-century France in his rendition of Edmond Rostand's classic Cyrano de Bergerac.

Date: March 16, 6:00 p.m.

Address: Gorky Russian Drama Theatre, Zheltoqsan Street 13

Entrance: ₸4000 (as of March 15, 2024, $8.88)

The Russian House
The Russian House

“Let's Go! Said at Baikonur” exhibition

The Russian House in Astana launched the "Let's Go! Said at Baikonur" exhibition project, commemorating Yuri Gagarin's 90th birth anniversary. The exhibition offers visitors a chance to contemplate the future, including the possibility of encountering extraterrestrial life, through immersive experiences simulating outer space exploration.

Note: You may sign up for the excursion by filling out the form provided on the Instagram page of Russian House in Astana.

Date: from March 12 to April 13, doors are open Tuesday–Saturday from 12:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.

Address: Moskva Business Center, Dostyk Street 18

Entrance: Free

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Instagram/usw_astana

Readers meet authors of The 4th Edition of Poetry and Prose Collection by USW

The United States of Writers (USW) community encompasses diverse literary activities such as writing, book clubs, and poetry sessions. Following the recent presentation of The 4th Edition of Poetry and Prose Collection by USW (Четвертый сборник поэзии и прозы клуба писателей USW) featuring over 63 authors from across Kazakhstan, the event promises a unique opportunity to meet the creative minds behind the collection in person.

Date: March 16, 5:00 p.m.

Address: OQY bookstore, Turan Avenue, 34A

Entrance: Free

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Photo by Gleb Klimenko for QazMonitor

“GAMEDEV WEEKEND” fourth meet up

Experts from Outfire, Mytona, Oila, and Vardix will explore "GameDev vs. Gamification" in a lively discussion and networking session at the 4th "GAMEDEV WEEKEND" by Gamedev Center. Three individuals or teams will have a chance to showcase their game or ideas for expert feedback.

Note: Register for the event using the link on OMNIUM’s Instagram page.

Date: March 16, 3:00 p.m.

Address: Astana Hub, Mangilik Yel Avenue 55/8, Block C 4.6

Entrance: Free

Almaty

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Instagram/mali.mali.ka

Two-day master class from feature film director - Malika Mukhamejan

The bULt community hosts a two-day master class led by feature film director Malika Mukhamedzhan, tailored for professionals and aspiring talents in cinema, photography, and advertising. The event’s program covers the history and evolution of cinema, analysis of classic and contemporary films, screenwriting essentials, and the fundamentals of directing. Gain practical insights, exchange experiences, and engage in Q&A sessions, enriching your understanding and skills in the captivating world of filmmaking.

Note: Contact QYZQARAS Instagram page to purchase a ticket.

Date: from March 16 to 17, 1:00–6:00 p.m.

Address: bULt, Gagarin Avenue 83

Entrance: ₸30,000 ($66.59)

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Instagram/aspangallery

"B. Bubikanova Art Prize" finalists exhibition

Bakhyt Bubikanova, a prominent Kazakh artist known for her diverse techniques and exploration of local and global themes, left a significant mark on the art scene before her passing in May 2023, at the age of 38, reflecting the complexities of Central Asian life in her multidisciplinary works. The "B. Bubikanova Art Prize" exhibition showcases the work of 11 finalists selected by an expert commission, paying tribute to the late Kazakh artist and supporting emerging talents.

Date: from February 24 to April 28, Tuesday to Saturday — from 11:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m., Sunday — 12:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.

Address: Aspan Gallery, Al-Farabi 140 A/3

Entrance: Free

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Freepik/frimufilms

"Celt" Masterpieces of Irish Music

Celtic ethno-folk band Dair Ard will perform the magical melodies that inspired iconic films like The Lord of the Rings, Titanic, Braveheart, and The Last of the Mohicans. Enjoy the enchanting sounds of Irish, Scottish, and Breton folk music during an unforgettable evening of musical delight.

Date: March 17, 5:00 p.m.

Address: SmArt.Point, Baizakov Street 280

Entrance: ₸11,000-13,000 ($24.42–28.86)

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Freepik/wavebreakmedia-micro

Piano music therapy by Assel Ayapbergenova

"Piano Music Therapy" presents an evening of delicate piano compositions performed by Assel Ayapbergenova in an intimate chamber setting. This event will take you on a meditative journey through a diverse selection of music from various eras and styles, promising a tranquil atmosphere to enjoy the soothing melodies and escape from the noise of everyday life.

Date: March 16, 6:00 p.m.

Address: ALA Space, Kurmangaliev Street 32

Entrance: ₸6500 ($14.43)

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