Astana is a young and vibrant capital with a population of over 700 000 citizens. Astana gained a status of capital just 20 year ago. During this time the Left Bank (the city) was build from the scratch and features works of famous architects, like Kisho Kurokava and Norman Foster. The downtown area, especially Nurzhol Boulevard is considered to be a brand image of fast growing capital. The boulevard spans from Akorda, the Presidential Residence to marquee shaped Khan Shatyr shopping mall. From June to August the Nurzhol Boulevard is a place for ArtFest, a festival of contemporary Kazakhstani art with open air installations and performances. ArtFest is free and we highly recommend you to attend it.
This summer Astana will hold EXPO-2017, an international exhibition under “Future Energy” theme. The purpose of the exhibition is to show the most recent advancements in energy saving technologies, smart cities, alternative energy sources and best practices using them. For this event a special exhibition area was constructed just across Nazarbayev University Campus with 35 objects covering 174 ha with more than 100 countries participating. There will be thematic pavilions, public areas and entertainment.
Among headliner of the summer season in Astana is Cirque du Soleil, the Emperor Qin Shi Huang’s terracotta army exhibition in National Museum, Placido Domingo’s performance in Verdi’s “La Traviata” in Astana Opera concert hall and many others.
During your stay in Astana you can visit Teatro alla Scala’s Falstaff and Beethoven’s Symphony n.9 in Astana Opera. For martial arts fans, Kungfu Revelations – 9 scrolls show will take place from August 1-6.
For more cultural events please visit http://expo2017culture.kz/en
To visit city’s sightseeing and symbolic places you can join multiple thematic city tours available upon registering from local guides. Example.
Main sights of Astana can be observed at the panoramic pictures through 3D virtual tour.
Burabay National Park is a picturesque place near Astana with more than 15 lakes surrounded by fir forest and peculiarly shaped mountains with legends about them. Burabay is a great recreational place, which will fascinate you with its nature, folkloric colorite and service. For more information see this site.