6 July 2018
The Spirit of Astana will give a tremendous impetus to the promotion of Kazakhstan's image - Batyr Kazybayev
One of the brightest and large-scale events of this summer started in Astana - the Festival of Ethnic Music The Spirit of Astana, Tengrinews.kz reports. Organizers are sure that holding this event will positively affect the image of Kazakhstan in the world arena and will give a tremendous impetus to its promotion.
The Spirit of Astana Festival have gathered 130 virtuoso musicians from 20 countries. All of them are iconic.
"What you see and hear on this stage is certainly a unique event. The participants and the musicians are looking at what has been built in 20 year-time and cannot believe it. They feel the warmth that comes from our land. The main thing is that they see a high level in everything," Batyr Kazybaev, head of the Alash Media Group holding, said in an interview with the Khabar 24 television channel, the head of The Spirit of Tengri, The Spirit of Astana, Nomad Way and The Spirit of Dance festivals.
The organizers say that French have become interested in the Ethnic Music Festival. Perhaps, the next event will take place in the province of Champagne.
"This is the merit of the whole country, because such project cannot survive without our general mood and general vibe of each of us. The Spirit of Tengri and The Spirit of Astana have received an invitation from Champagne to carry out a visiting festival. France wants to see what we do here, what is born here and what we have. Our top priority is to bring it all to international stages," Batyr Kazybayev said.
International producers, journalists of leading music and public media that attend the festival admit that the variety of such music has not yet been seen, the organizers say.
"They recognize that such content has not been seen so far, and they want our musicians, Kazakh musicians representing the nomadic cultures of the Eurasian continent to come and share their art - the art of throat singing, playing the shankobyz, and the spirit of Bashkir qurai. This is what we have revealed for the rest of the world within at our Festival," Batyr Kazybayev said.
According to the head of the The Spirit of Astana Festival, to date, not so many young people are fond of contemporary ethnic music, but many people who hear throat singing or the sound of wind instruments of nomadic people become its big fans.
"The festival marches the concept and ideology of Kazakhstan as a multicultural country. We are a multicultural project. It is enough to come and hear what is happening at the Festival and many become huge fans. Ethnic music, arranged in modern trends, goes right to the hearts of its listeners. All you need is get an injection of a musical cultural virus so that you can become obsessed with it for a life-long period, in a good way.
It is contagious. People come to us from year to year looking forward to the Festival. I am deeply convinced that culture begets beauty. When beauty appears, everything around starts to change. People stop being aggressive. Culture changes a lot in the direction of beauty. In this country, in this city, in the soul of each person taken, everything will be much simpler and lighter," Batyr Kazybayev said.
As the organizers of the event tell, the participants of The Spirit of Astana are mostly astonished by the sky.
"We watch and listen to what our musicians, who are all influencers in their countries, saying," You know, there are so many skies in Astana." And this is probably the most important thing. We really have a lot of peaceful sky, the sun, a lot of clouds, a lot of space, and we have a lot of horizons, I really like that part of the city where the steppes are very near and what we have managed to build over the years of our independence is probably the most right, harmonious to which we should strive for - this is nature and achievements.
The Spirit of Tengri team is carrying out three festivals in Astana this year. And this is all due to the fact that there are state authorities that understand high potential of these projects. Therefore, of course, Astana as a representative of the cultural and media field, is giving every kind of support for good quality projects. In this sense Astana can play a huge role not only for its image, but also for the image of the whole country," the organizers of the festival The Spirit of Astana claim.
The organizers have also noticed that Astana is a foothold for the country and for many people. And there are a lot of prospects for it in the future.