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Astana, Kazakhstan • 11 January 2024

Italy to Open Creative Industry Center in Kazakhstan in 2024

The Culture Minister, Aida Balayeva, met with the Italian Ambassador, Marco Alberti, in Astana

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During the meeting with the Minister of Culture and Information, Aida Balayeva, the Ambassador of Italy, Marco Alberti, announced plans to open the Kazakh–Italian creative industry center in Kazakhstan, QazMonitor reports citing the Ministry’s press service.

The discussions in Astana focused on the development of cultural and artistic cooperation between Kazakhstan and European countries. The Culture Minister emphasized that mutual cultural enrichment greatly influences the rapport between nations. Kazakhstan expressed interest in collaborating on museum business, restoration of museum exhibits, and the training of museum staff. Balayeva also highlighted tourism, higher education, and media as potential areas of cooperation.

Ambassador Alberti mentioned the opening of the Italian Cultural Institute in Almaty in 2023, the first in Central Asia and the Caucasus.

The main mission of the Cultural Institute is to popularize the Italian language and culture, attracting attention to new creative talents. In this regard, we are particularly interested in cooperating with universities in Kazakhstan. In 2024, we plan to open the Kazakh–Italian creative industry center in Kazakhstan.

Marco Alberti, Ambassador of Italy in Kazakhstan

The Kazakh side also emphasized Kazakhstan's participation in Biennale Arte 2024 in Venice, where domestic artists will exhibit their works in the national pavilion.

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