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    Saturday, 01 July 2017 14:35

    The Sphere is by itself an innovation

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    “We used 14,000 tons of steel and that came with advanced engineering and technology on projection, production and erection. Four pieces of tower crane, were specially produced just for the Sphere,” he said. Also, a special foundation system with bore piling for high-bearing capacity was also completed for the project.

    “The Sphere is by itself an innovation. The double curved facade glazing is made in Italy and the Sphere includes solar photovoltaic panels,” Gucar said.

    The Expo 2017 Astana city was primarily divided into two phases. These included 97 exhibition and cultural pavilions and a residential development. In addition, service areas included shopping, socio-cultural, educational and civic facilities and parks and parking spaces. Phase 1, or the ‘Expo Mode’ entailed the construction of the exposition buildings. These included the central Kazakhstan pavilion, theme, corporate and international pavilions, as well as hotel, retail, art and performance areas.

    It also included the construction of a series of buildings that will act as a “covered city”. This provides residential, retail and office spaces. Phase 1 is primarily serving the Expo and its visitors. Bearing in mind the expo theme of “Future Energy,” the buildings are being constructed to take advantage of their site location.

    Applying best PM/CM practices

    By far, the most challenging aspect of the project was the brutality of a harsh winter.

    “We had to work in a sub-zero temperature of minus 46 degrees Celsius [minus 52 degrees Fahrenheit] with a fixed delivery date and no tolerance. We used ‘agile management techniques,’ comprising planning and scheduling, flexible resource planning, etc,” Gucar said.

    The National Museum of Kazakhstan (500 tenge entrance) has recently been renovated, and is quite impressive. We spent a couple of hours wandering through the exhibits, which tell the story of Kazakhstan from pre-historic to modern times.

    Wednesday, 21 June 2017 22:47

    Astana Opera Ballet Well Received in Italy

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    Astana Opera ballet dancers received high praise from audience members and Italian dance officials after performing “Spartacus” Jan. 21 in Genoa in front of 2,500 spectators.

    Nur Alem (the Sphere)

    The architectural symbol of Astana EXPO 2017 exhibition is its central element - Nur Alem (the Sphere).

    It is the world's largest spherical building with the diameter of 80 and height of 100 meters.  

    “Cultural Festival of Turkic-Speaking States” is taking place these days in the Republic of Korea. The Festival is attended by groups from Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Azerbaijan, Turkey and Turkmenistan.

    Giuseppe Verdi’s masterpiece “Aida” will be staged under the open sky near the Palace of Peace and Harmony, Astana’s famous pyramid as part of the EXPO 2017 cultural events June 15.

    The Kazakh capital is turning into the world’s largest performance venue this summer. During the more than 90 days of EXPO 2017, the city will offer a rich cultural and entertaining programme featuring local and foreign artists. The Astana Opera House and Astana Ballet Theatre have unveiled the upcoming performance schedule.

    Kazakh violinist Aida Ayupova and pianist Gulzhan Uzenbayeva will give a concert titled “An Evening of Chamber Music” on April 5 at the Astana Opera Chamber Hall. The concert will be held with support from the International Foundation Congress of Spiritual Concord.

     Astana. The Ministry of Culture and Sports of the Republic of Kazakhstan together with the JSC «Kazakh әuenderi» with the participation of the actors of the theater «Astana Opera» will stage the grandiose opera by G. Verdi "Aida" in the open area in front of the Palace of Peace and Accord. The area at the Pyramid will turn into a theatrical stage, and the auditorium will be directly under the open sky. The performance will be held within the cultural program of the international exhibition EXPO-2017.

    Sunday, 11 June 2017 11:42

    Kazakhstan - Culture and Traditions

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    Kazakhstan is the Central Asian state in which the Soviet past is most still evident in daily life. Many Kazakhs in urban areas have lost fluency in their native language and have little knowledge of Kazakh culture and history.

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