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The winner of the Grand Prix of SAMGAU theater festival will be awarded with two million tenge

The VI international theater festival SAMGAU, which is held within the celebration of the 20th anniversary of the capital, opened its doors in Astana. The opening ceremony of the festival was attended by deputy akim of Astana Yermek Amanshayev.

According to the official website of the akimat with reference to the department of culture and sports, for the theatrical life of the country’s main city, this event has long been perhaps the most anticipated event of the year. During the week until June 16, actors from the regions of Kazakhstan and neighboring countries will present the best performances on the stage of the city theaters.

This year the festival has changed the name (earlier it was called "Sakhnadan Salem")  and the content. The Director of the theater and cinema, playwright, people's artist of Kazakhstan Talgat Temenov told more about this at a press conference dedicated to the opening of the theater week in Astana.

"Six years ago, this festival was born in our Kazakh theater named after Kuanyshbayev, and then no one expected that it would reach the international level. This year we have changed not only the name but also the content. We have established nominations and decided to encourage participants financially. The main prize of the festival will be 2 million tenge", - said Talgat Temenov.

According to him, 53 teams have sent applications for participation in SAMGAU, but only 12 were selected.

"There is a great demand for today's theatrical art. If 5 years ago in the world of theater was stagnation, the last 3-4 years was made a significant breakthrough. There are many new quality productions, so the selection was tough. We don’t have time to accept more participants. Members of the jury will watch 3 performances a day, because the festival is only a week,” - he added.

At the same time, well-known professors, masters of theatrical art will conduct daily master classes on vocal, stage movement and speech, acting for all participants of the festival.

"Living here in the capital, we can invite a vocal teacher or a ballet master to our theater, so that they work out with our actors. And, for example, regional theaters do not have such an opportunity. So we sent out invitations to our theatres, so they sent for a week to Astana their actors who can see and new productions, which they say, and well say, and learn from the real masters, while receiving the appropriate certificates," – said the actor, Director and Professor Nurkanat Zhakypbai.

Another feature of this festival was the participation of students of the Department of acting and directing of the Kazakh national University of arts diploma performances.

"We intend to continue this practice in the future. And for us it is good, we can get acquainted with new talents. This is a good incentive for all, because the festival will be attended by many artistic Directors and theater Directors who will be able to select young talented actors and work together", – said Talgat Temenov.

After knowing about all changes of the current festival, participants of a press conference hurried to leave and appear already on a traditional red carpet to the accompaniment of a live orchestra. The first were the members of the jury of the festival. By the way, the member of the judging team includes the best of Russian theatre criticism– Esengeldi Tab, Elena Mitenkova, Zhanysh New, SNIA Abdieva, Yerkin the Erkina zhuasbeka, Murat Abdullaev, Guldan Sapargalieva, Nazerke Zhumabai.

The participants of SAMGAU – theater troupes from Astana, Petropavlovsk, Shymkent, Ust-Kamenogorsk, as well as guests from Serbia, Tatarstan, Kyrgyzstan and Uzbekistan followed them on the carpet.

The traditional procession continued with a concert program and the opening ceremony of the festival on the stage of the theater "Zhastar". Guests waited for the performance of the capital's actors. The program continued with the first festival screening from Zastareva – tragicomedy "Auditor".

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