City of Astana Festival at ‘Dimitrie Gusti’ National Village Museum

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The Embassy of the Republic of Kazakhstan, the First President of the Republic of Kazakhstan – Elbasy Foundation, and the ‘Dimitrie Gusti’ National Village Museum, in collaboration with KMG International, are organising the Astana City Festival cultural event, from June 29 to July 1, to celebrate the 20th anniversary of one of the youngest capitals in Central Asia.

The festival will take place from June 29 to July 1, from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m., at the ‘Dimitrie Gusti’ National Village Museum, featuring a unique photo exhibition and a traditional yurt.

“It is a great pleasure to be able to continue to present our nation through cultural partnerships and photo projects such as the one set to be hosted by the ‘Dimitrie Gusti’ Museum, or cinema projects such as our collaboration with the French Institute at the Kazakh Film Festival, all of them presenting the history and development of our society. Both the Kazakhs and the Romanians have an authentic history with a fascinating past, sharing a curiosity for cultural diversity. We hope this brief presentation of Kazakhstan will thrill and fascinate the visitors,” said His Excellency Daulet Batrashev, Ambassador of Kazakhstan to Romania.

“The ‘Dimitrie Gusti’ National Village Museum is more than just a museum. It is a cultural ambassador that builds bridges between civilisations and, implicitly, between people and nations. In the last week, it carried the flag of friendship to the Netherlands and to the superb and immortal Rome, Italy, carrying far away the unextinguished testimony of Romanian tradition, naturally part and parcel of the European cultural choir. Today we go beyond the borders of Europe, farther away, toward a special country that has been a friend for a long time – the Republic of Kazakhstan. We are honoured to consolidate the bases of an old friendship and to have a special country as guest in Bucharest’s most special place – the ‘Dimitrie Gusti’ National Village Museum,” said Lector Dr. Paula Popoiu, Manager of the ‘Dimitrie Gusti’ National Village Museum.

“We have been a partner of the Romanian state and one of the large strategic investors in the local industry and economy for well over 10 years. We have managed to consolidate an energy bridge between Romania and Kazakhstan, creating a strong business partnership in this process. On this event, we want to continue this partnership by strengthening our cultural ties. Culture is one of the domains we support (the long-term partnership in support of the ‘George Enescu’ International Competition and Festival being proof of this), alongside environment and healthcare,” KMG International Vice President Alexey Golovin stated.

Located on the banks of the Ishim River, Astana became the capital of Kazakhstan in 1997 and has since developed economically into one of the most modern cities in Central Asia, having futuristic buildings designed by renowned architects and a total population of more than 1 million inhabitants. The capital is host to the head offices of state-owned companies such as Samruk Kazyna and KazMunayGas, but also of numerous foreign corporations.

Expo 2017 was inaugurated in Astana on June 10, being the first international fair in Central Asia. Its central pavilion – Nur Alem – was at the time of its construction the largest spherical building in the world. The exhibition was visited by 4 million persons.