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December 2010-February 2011, Astana
Festival of Ice Sculpture
This festival, organized to celebrate the Asian Winter Games, will display ice and snow sculptures on sporting and national themes, created by Kazakh artists. The main Ice City, “Ice Fire,” will be located in the square near the “Kazakh Yeli” monument. A central, colored ice sculpture “fire” will be surrounded by figures of warriors in action. Other “Ice cities” will be created in every major park, so that everyone can enjoy the festival. The project is directed by national sculptor Kamil Mullashev.

January 24, 2011 – February 10, 2011, Astana
Sports Photos Exhibition
This exhibition will look at sporting themes through the work of Asian photographers. The exhibit will cover sports practiced in the 45 nations participating in the Asian Winter Games. Each country will display its unique national sports. For example, some Arab nations will display camel racing; Japan will display sumo wrestling; Kazakhstan will publicize its kokpar. It will take place at the Exhibition Hall of the Palace of Independence.

January 24 – February 10, 2011
Art and Paintings Exhibition, Astana
This exhibition will cover painting, sculpture, and graphics. A jury will select works of outstanding artists and sculptors from museum displays for inclusion in the exhibit to take place in the Exhibition Hall of the Palace of Independence.

January 25 – February 10, 2011
Culture-Entertainment Park, Astana
This project will take place during the Asian Winter Games and will offer athletes, official delegations, citizens and guests an entertainment park and restaurants offering the best cuisine of the city. Facilities will include equestrian riding trails, walks and photo-stages. It will be located at the New Stadium tennis center and guests will be able to watch the Asian Winter Games live on screens located in the upper level.
Website: www.astana-almaty2011.kz/en/for-the-guests/astana/astkult.html

January 25 – February 6, 2011
Festival of Circus Art, Astana
The modern circus is a spectacular combination of dramatic art and street performance, brave experimentation, original costumes, magic lights and charming music. This festival will be an original synthesis of Oriental and Western styles of circus art. It will take place at the Astana Metropolitan Circus.

January 28 – February 5, 2011
Sporting Goods and Souvenirs Fair, Astana
Manufacturers of sporting goods and souvenirs will display their wares with set exhibition equipment. The fair will take place at the Korme Expo Center in the full conference hall and adjoining meeting rooms.

January 29 – February 2, 2011, Astana
“Millennium around Astana”
Festival of a Nomadic Civilization

This festival will represent the national traditions and customs of the Kazakh people. The program will include theater and musical performances. It will be held in the main hall of the Palace of Independence in Astana, which will be decorated with thematic yurts – ancient traditional Kazakh nomadic tents - dedicated to different periods of the nomad’s life. They will include the yurts of a hunter, a white yurt for newly-married couples, a yurt with national clothes and designs and a yurt for guests where they will be treated to national cuisine.

January 29 - February 5, 2011, Astana
“Voice of Astana” Festival of Music and Dance
This festival will present a program of major concerts during the Asian Winter Games. It will include performances of classical music, opera, ballet, including stars of the modern stage in Asia. It will take place at the Congress Hall, University of Arts (known also as Shabyt) and Palace of Peace and Harmony. This festival is directed by Murat Irgaliev.



January 29 - February 5, 2011, Astana
Sports Film Festival
This festival will celebrate sports depicted through full-length and short films, documentaries and animated film. Subjects will include biographies of sporting champions and pioneers, national sports and the role of sports in promoting healthy life styles. The program will include films made between 2006 and 2010. It will take place at the new movie-concert Hall.

January 30 – February 6, 2011, Astana-Almaty
7th Asian Winter Games
The government of Kazakhstan and private donors have invested more than $1 billion in building new sporting facilities and enhancing existing ones, as well as constructing an Olympic-level village for athletes from 45 countries. Events will be held in Astana and Almaty, at the Medeo skating rink, the Shimbulak skiing area southeast of Almaty and other venues. Some 10,000-15,000 foreign visitors are expected to attend.
Website: www.astana-almaty2011.kz/en

May 3-4, 2011, Astana
Astana Economic Forum
The Fourth Astana Economic Forum will focus on the theme “Global Challenges and Prospects of Development: Ways to Mutual Progress.” The Forum will seek new ways to revive and develop the world’s economy. It will concentrate on three key areas: the global economy and finance, business and investment, and the economy and stable social development. The Forum will also host discussions on topical issues concerning the global economy and finance, meetings to conclude contracts and memoranda, and business and social discussions to develop recommendations for national leaders and international organizations.
Website: www.aef.kz/en/?month=02&year=2010

May 20-21, 2011, Astana
Annual meeting of the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development

The Annual Meeting provides an occasion to assess the latest political, economic and social changes, and business opportunities, in the country and across the EBRD region of operations. Delegates will be able to get up-to-the-minute facts and forecasts from the EBRD, take part in challenging and insightful discussions and network with policy-makers, business people and investors.

June 2011, Astana
Summit of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization

Kazakhstan will host the 10th Jubilee anniversary summit of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO) in June 2011. In the first decade of its existence since its founding at a Shanghai summit on 15 June 2001, the six-nation SCO has quickly emerged as the premier international cooperation and security organization of Asia. Its members are China, Russia, Kazakhstan, Uzbekistan, Kyrgyzstan and Tajikistan. India, Pakistan and Iran enjoy observer status. The SCO has achieved remarkable progress in creating cooperation mechanisms among its members to combat crime, drug trafficking and international terrorism.
Website: www.sco2011.kz/message/en.php

June 7-9, 2011, Astana
7th World Islamic Economic Forum

The World Islamic Economic Forum, headquartered in Malaysia, was formerly known as the OIC Business Forum. It was renamed to reflect the inclusion of Muslim business communities in other parts of the world and also to include the non-Muslim business community interested in establishing good business relationships with the Muslim world. The Forum brings together government leaders, captains of industry, academic scholars, regional experts, professionals and corporate managers to discuss opportunities for business partnerships in the Muslim world. This is the first time the Forum is being held in Central Asia.
Website: www.wief.org.my

June 28-30, 2011, Astana
The 38th Session of the Organization of Islamic Countries (OIC) Council of Foreign Ministers

In June 2011, Kazakhstan will follow its highly successful 2010 chairmanship of the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe by taking up the annual chair of the 57-nation Organization of Islamic Countries (OIC). The government of Kazakhstan is planning an active agenda to intensify and broaden the ties between the OIC nations and launch new common initiatives to increase international cooperation, peace and economic development.

September 1 – December 31, 2010, Astana
Treasures of the Ancient Pyramids

Astana’s Palace of Peace and Harmony will host an exhibition of copies of treasures from ancient Egyptian pyramids, under the supervision of Egypt’s leading archaeologist and historian, Dr. Zahi Hawass. The first exhibit, a licensed copy of the bust of the legendary Queen Nefertiti from the Egyptian Museum in Cairo, is already on display. It was given to the Astana “Peace Pyramid” as a token of friendship and cooperation between Kazakhstan and Egypt by the Supreme Council of Antiquities in Cairo.

September 2011, Kazakhstan
Elections to Kazakhstan’s Senate (upper house of parliament) 16 deputies are to be elected.

October-November 2011, Astana and Almaty
XVII Session of Kazakhstan People’s Assembly (KPA)

December 16, 2011, Kazakhstan
20th Anniversary of National Independence of Kazakhstan


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