Bright, rich cultural and entertainment program will be represented for residents and visitors of the city within celebration of the Day of the Capital, on July 6. This year, in honor of the birthday of Astana, the city will host more than 70 events, including international level events. Celebrations are planned to cover more than 500 thousand people.
According to Astana Office of Culture, this year, the main themes of the celebration of the 17th anniversary of the capital will be represented by: the 550th anniversary of the Kazakh Khanate, the 20th anniversary of Kazakhstan People's Assembly, and the main slogan of the Day of the Capital is "Astana the Heart of the Country!"
The leitmotif of the celebration should be the idea of the capital of an independent country, seeking to make the national idea of "Mangilik Yel", the strategic course basis of the policy of the President, Nursultan Nazarbayev, come true.
Cultural and entertainment events and festivals, dedicated to the Day of the Capital, traditionally start long before the landmark date. They include republican TV children's musical competition of "Ayalagan Astana", which gathers talented children from all over the country, "Sakhnadan Salem!" International Theatre Festival and others.
Official celebration of the Day of the Capital will begin on July 4 with a ceremony of raising the National Flag.
Artists, actors, musicians and, certainly, the audience will be brought together by Astana Art Fest Festival. Many visitors will be gathered by "Nurly Yessil" musical laser-light fireworks show.
Scale and bright palette of colors will delight guests of the celebrations with favorite festivals Millenniums Around Astana nomadic civilization festival, "Astana Arkau" Turkic music, "Echo of Asia" circus arts, "River of Sound" classical music, Magic Astana illusionists festivals.
The best concert venues of the city will feature national and foreign artists with the programs of various genres. Spectators will enjoy Summer Jazz Fest Jazz Festival and Il DIVO classical quartet concert with the participation of well-known jazz, as well as classical performers, world-class teams, recital of Nurlan Abdullin.
A touch of humor will be added to the festive mood with the night of satire, "Konіldі Astana", and "The Cup of the Capital" International Festival of Humor, where the brightest humorous television projects of KVN from Kazakhstan, Russia and Kyrgyzstan will compete based on a sense of humor and wit.
In addition, for those who like to go shopping, all the shopping centers of the capital will have the promotion of "17% Discount".
Fans of a healthy lifestyle and sports will not get bored on the Day of the Capital, as well. They will enjoy the first international festival of martial arts, table tennis marathon, "Asyk Atu" open city tournament, mass cycling round, MMA tournament, "Kazakstan Barysy" republican tournament, golf tournament for the Cup of the Capital.
In order to cover all groups of the population, the main celebrations this year will be unfolded on the open platforms of the city - in parks, public gardens, squares. There will be festivals of Astana Park Land, Culinary Skills for the Beloved City city parks festivals, "Astana Aspany" balloons and kites festival, "Astana Samaly" brass bands, International Street Dance Session in Astana street dance festival, Shattyk Children's Creativity festival, Pop Up Shop Astana 2015, Ainalaiyn Astanam, Askak Anіm, Salem, Astana, Kaiyrly Kesh, Astana! evening concerts and much more.
Traditionally, celebrations dedicated to the Day of the Capital will end with festive fireworks, which people will be able to see from several points of the city simultaneously - embankment of Yessil River, square near "Khan Shatyr" shopping center and public garden at the intersection of Abylai Khan Avenue and Pushkin Street.