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Kazakhstan Celebrates International Children’s Day With an Array of Spectacular Events Nationwide – The Astana Times

Kazakhstan Celebrates International Children’s Day With an Array of Spectacular Events Nationwide - The Astana Times

NUR-SULTAN – Kazakh President Kassym-Jomart Tokayev congratulated the country’s citizens on International Children’s Day which was celebrated on June 1, reports the presidential press service.

According to data released by the Kazakh Bureau of National statistics, approximately 6.5 million children under the age of 18 live in Kazakhstan. Photo credit:

“International Children’s Day is a lovely holiday filled with special joy and warmth. This day reminds us once again that nothing is more important than the happiness and smiles of children,” said Tokayev.

The head of the state highlighted that many valuable projects and activities are being carried out to unleash the potential of each child as part of the Year of Children in 2022, which he declared in his New Year congratulatory address.

Joining the president’s congratulations, Kazakh Prime Minister Alikhan Smailov said at the June 1 government meeting that the most important task of the state is to create comfortable conditions for children in terms of learning, comprehensive development, recreation and medical care.

According to Smailov, providing safety for children in the street, near water and at various excursions remains the main task. He instructed officials to strengthen the work of the relevant services and provide the majority of children from socially vulnerable groups with more opportunities for rehabilitation, summer vacation and employment.

The country’s plan of activities for the Year of Children includes 66 events in seven areas aimed at ensuring safety, health, education, and recreation. 

One of these events was the Almaty BalaFest Kids’ festival, which Tokayev attended on June 1 during his working visit to Almaty from May 31 to June 1. He  congratulated the winners of the festival, which gathered approximately 300,000 participants to compete in literature, fine art, sports, arts and crafts, eco-competition, singing, dancing, and the IT sphere.

Tokayev during meeting with Almaty BalaFest Kids’ festival’s winners on June 1. Photo credit: Akorda Press

On the same day, the 17th Zhuldyzai charitable inclusive festival was held in Turkistan. This is the country’s only creative contest for children with physical and mental challenges to date.

“Since 2005, our festival has gathered more than 300 talented participants from 10 to 18 years old, and this number is growing every year. The selection is carried out at regional and national levels in four categories: singing, dancing, instrumental performance and sign singing,” said Zhuldyzai Public Fund Director Gulkhan Issabayeva in an interview with news agency.

Some participants of Zhuldyzai festival in Turkistan. Photo credit: Zhuldyzai Public Fund

Overall, numerous festivities dedicated to the holiday were held nationwide, while nearly 60 events, including concerts, sports competitions, contests and entertaining games, took place in the Kazakh capital on June 1.


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Gearing up for a vast array of winter events as Festival of Voices tickets go on sale

Gearing up for a vast array of winter events as Festival of Voices tickets go on sale

16 April 2022

Nic Street,

Minister for Hospitality and Events

The Tasmanian Liberal Government has always invested in events that are seasonally and regionally diverse, with more than $11 million having been invested into 31 events that will take place in the coming six months alone.

From AFL football in the north and south, the Australian Musical Theatre Festival in Launceston, Dark Mofo in Hobart and the new AgriCULTURED festival in the north, the variety ensures there is something for everyone.

I’m pleased to confirm that tickets for the Festival of Voices have gone on sale for the coming festival that will take place from 1 July through to 10 July 2022 and I would encourage Tasmanians to snap up a ticket.

A long-time anchor of our winter events program, the Festival of Voices began in 2005 and forged the way for Tasmanians and mainlanders to get out and celebrate our state when it was traditionally quiet. Events have repositioned our state through this part of the year and fundamentally changed people’s perception of how to spend the longer nights.

This year’s festival will have a strong focus on encouraging participation from Tasmania’s regional communities, with activations and programmed events scheduled to occur on Tasmania’s East Coast, North West Coast and Derwent Valley areas, as well as in our major cities.

Highlight performances of this year’s event include Australian singer-songwriter Lior, Monica Trapaga and The Pocket Trio, and cabaret style band The Loveys as well as the iconic Big Sing event retuning to Macquarie Point.

The Tasmanian Government is committed to assisting our thriving events sector rebuild and recover. As part of this commitment, the Government, through Events Tasmania provides funding opportunities to a variety of events that attract people to our state and encourage regional dispersal of these visitors.

Tickets for the Festival of Voices are on sale now at, and a full events calendar can be found at

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