Kazakhstan gears up to celebrate 15th "Astana Day"

Astana, JUne 26 (ANI): Kazakhstan capital Astana will celebrate the 15th anniversary of its founding and establishment on July 6.

The Day of the Capital celebrations will in a way demonstrate the city's growth from a provincial city to a 21st century regional hub.

In anticipation of the landmark event, week-long celebrations are being planned to highlight Astana as as a comfortable and stable city, an investment destination and a spiritual and cultural centre for the Central Asian region and the rest of the world.

The Astana city administration has been implementing measures from time to time to improve the city in the run-up to the celebrations, which are focused on large-scale and affordable events intended to be within the reach of any citizen or visitor.

Planned concerts and performances are being organised to promote the unique culture and ethnic features of Kazakhstan with an emphasis on the city's national spirit.

The celebrations will include a festival of nomadic civilisations, the Astana Arkau Festival of Turkic music, the Astana Tartu Festival of traditional music and the Serper Folk Orchestra Festival.

On July 6 and 7, a "city within a city" will be open at the Kazakh Eli monument, with a fair, amusement rides, restaurants, art exhibitions and concerts. Performance artists and classical, jazz, traditional and pop performances can be seen on its open air stage.

The soon to be opened "Astana Opera" will feature a 3D display of holographic images of the construction of the city and its iconic structures.

Other events, including children's concerts, sports and cooking displays and competitions, art shows, parades and sales will be scattered across the city.

Overall, there will be up to 100 events packed into the week-long celebration.

The celebrations will end with pop music performances and a fireworks display on July 6.

Astana will also declare its first professional musical award-Astana Zhuldyzy-which will cover creative achievements of the last one-and-a-half-years, from January 2012 to May 2013.

On July 5, the country's musical elite will walk the red carpet at the Kazakhstan Central Concert Hall to take part in the new award ceremony.

The Astana Zhuldyzy award celebrates and encourages the development of a national musical culture,

defining new, higher standards for the quality of our music industry," said Bolat Mazhagulov, the head of the Culture Department of the Astana City Administration.

He also highlighted the main difference between the Astana Zhuldyzy and other similar awards, emphasizing the professional level of the experts who will determine the winners.

A total of 100 experts have been selected from Kazakhstan's music industry, including honoured artists, producers, composers, songwriters, and specialists in singing and fashion, as well as

representatives of the media and the public.

"The experts have a lot of work to do. All the experts have to review and audition and identify three candidates for each nomination. After that, we collect the ballots, the counting commission analyses

and we determine who is the best of the best," said Dinara Adam, the main producer of the ADAM Media Group.

"Our capital marks its 15th year. So, there will be 15 nominations of candidates selected from professional artists working now," Adam added. By Anel Adilbayeva

(ANI)

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