Kazakh Students Attend Bolshoi Theater Academy Summer IntensivePosted on August 12th, 2011 No comments
The Embassy continues to encourage cultural exchanges between Kazakhstan and the United States. A group of talented students from A. Seleznev Almaty Choreographic School visited New York and Connecticut to attend a Bolshoi Ballet Academy summer intensive program this summer. It was organized by the Russian-American Foundation with support from the U.S. State Department. The trip was made possible through the generous sponsorship of Kazakhstan Temir Zholy National Company, which supports international cultural exchanges.
The program concluded with a gala concert on August 5, 2011, in New York. Young artists from 17 countries, including Kazakhstan, performed brilliantly and impressed the audience with their skill.
I attended the concert and was asked to speak. I talked about the development of culture and arts in modern Kazakhstan. We have theaters, museums and extensive support for ballet and classical music. Kazakh entrepreneurs are also beginning to care about the spiritual and cultural growth of the country. They frequently sponsor interesting projects for young talents.
Two years ago, a participant in the program from Almaty, who demonstrated a high level of talent, was accepted into the Bolshoi Ballet Academy. We hope again that one of our team members will win a ticket to the Academy.
A trip of Kazakh youth to the U.S., which took place under the banner of celebrating the 20th anniversary of Kazakhstan’s independence and the 20th anniversary of establishing diplomatic relations between Kazakhstan and the U.S., contributed to the further strengthening of mutual understanding and friendship between the Eurasian countries and America.
To mark these anniversaries, we have planned a series of events both in Kazakhstan and the US. For example, a roundtable discussion “Two Decades without Nuclear Testing” will be held on September 1, 2011 in Las Vegas in cooperation with the Atomic Testing Museum and Global Green USA to celebrate the International Day against Nuclear Tests and 20th anniversary of the closure of the Semipalatinsk Nuclear Test Site.
You will read about this and other events in my future blog entries.
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