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Concert Hall

Concert Hall

s can be expected in a city moving into full development, the same can be said about its cultural scene. If you find that the city has little to offer in cultural events, get yourself on your embassy’s list. You will quickly get to know a parallel cultural life that includes everything from July Fourth parties at the U.S. embassy to art exhibits at the homes of European ambassadors. Astana has three main theaters offering ballet and plays. A new opera and ballet house is under construction near the Khan Shatyr.

Local theater troupes perform on a regular basis. Most cultural events are government-sponsored and traditionally take place in the Palace of Independence and the Pyramid. The Kazakhstan Central Concert Hall is the latest addition to the capital’s cultural life.

Astana’s museums are also in the process of developing their collections. Traveling exhibitions are popular and expand the arts opportunities in the city. The Pyramid recently hosted an Egyptian exhibit on Queen Nefertiti.

Museum exhibits are not well publicized and you will have to check with the venues to see what is on display or coming up. Some exhibits are free of charge; if there is a charge, it is nominal.



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Has Sanat Gallery
Description: The Has Sanat Gallery has works of well known artists and emerging talent. The core of its collection is paintings of local Kazakh artists, including A. Sadykhanov, A. Akanayev and E. Tolepbay. The gallery also hosts traveling exhibits of work from Kazakhstan and abroad.
Address: 47 Abai Avenue and 14 Kunaev
Street (Nursaya-1 residential complex)
Phone: 8 (7172) 39 12 68
8 (7172) 97 85 44
Website: www.hassanat.kz

The Kazakhstan Central Concert Hall
Description: The Kazakhstan Concert Hall has two main auditoriums, one for film and another for the performing arts, such as concerts and ballet performances. The film theater can seat up to 3500 people. The concert hall has a wide orchestra pit, and back stage for theater, ballet and modern or classical concerts.
Address: 10/1 Orynbor Street
Phones: 8 (7172) 70 53 02

Kulanshi Modern Art Center
Description: The Kulanshi Center has a collection that includes European masters such as Albrecht Durer, Rembrandt, Salvador Dali and Pablo Picasso.
Address: 57 Tauelsizdik Street, Palace of
Peace and Harmony (6th floor)
Phone: 8 (7172) 74 47 17
Hours: Mon. – Fri. : 10:00 am - 6:00 pm
Sat.: 11:00 am - 5:00 pm

Modern Art Gallery
Description: This gallery of art, located in the Palace of Peace and Harmony, is the place to see the work of modern Kazakh painters. It is divided into several galleries of different colors. The main gallery is yellow and has 100 paintings and 19 sculptures. Here you can see works of modern Kazakh painters, such as K. V. Mullashev, Akanaev and Begalin.
Address: 57 Tauelsizdik Avenue
Phone: 8 (7172) 70 03 83
Hours: 10:00 am – 6:00 pm
(Closed Mondays)

The Museum of the First President of the Republic of Kazakhstan
Description: This museum is located in the president’s former residence and offers a unique insight into the birth of a nation and its progress through time. The exhibits reveal the most important stages in the formation of an independent Kazakhstan and talks about the life and work of President Nursultan Nazarbayev. The interiors are intact and the museum collection of over 60,000 items includes souvenirs, books, archival manuscripts, printed materials, film and documentary photographs, works of fine and decorative arts, weapons, personal belongings and documents offered by the president.
Address: 11 Beibitshilik Street
Phones: 8 (7172) 75 12 14/92

The Museum of Modern Art in Astana
Description: Originally named the Museum of Fine Arts, the Museum of Modern Art was established in 1980. It started with a collection of 500 works of art, which has grown over the last 30 years to 3,000 pieces.
Currently, the collection includes works by artists from Kazakhstan, Russia, Ukraine, Belarus, Uzbekistan, Georgia, Armenia, Latvia, Lithuania, Estonia, Tajikistan and other CIS countries.
Address: 3 Respublika Avenue
Phone: 8 (7172) 21 54 33
Website: www.msi-astana.kz

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