We work with the best of British creative talent to deliver innovative, high-quality events and develop collaborations with artists and cultural institutions. 

In this section you can learn more about our past projects we delivered in Kazakhstan, from theatre and dance, to visual arts and design. 

TESTOSTERONE show in Almaty

TESTOSTERONE was shown in Almaty as part of Otkrovenie Theatre Festival with support from the British Council. 

Award-winning physical theatre company Rhum and Clay, created as an exciting collaboration with darkly comic transgender theatre writer and director Kit Redstone, after a critically acclaimed and award-winning run at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival in August, presented as part of the British Council Showcase. 

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Jameel Prize 4 exhibition

This international touring exhibition was organised by the Victoria and Albert Museum (UK) in partnership with Art Jameel, and it has come to the A. Kasteyev State Museum of Arts of the Republic of Kazakhstan with support from the British Council Kazakhstan.

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City Nomads in Astana

City Nomads is an exhibition of work created jointly by Kazakh craftspeople and designers. All exhibits have the common theme of searching for unique cultural codes typical of a modern-day city nomad. 

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Bring the Happy

Bring the Happy is a project of Invisible Flock, a UK interactive art-studio known for their creative works and cutting-edge technology. 

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Salem, Astana

Between 11 August and 30 September the Salem, Astana project will provide a unique opportunity for the residents and visitors of Astana to “talk” to the city. Through interactive communication with city objects we’ll create dialogue between you, other citizens and the city. 

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London Contemporary Orchestra in Astana

The London Contemporary Orchestra (LCO) established in 2008 is one of the most innovative and respected musical ensembles in the UK. Known for their mixing of tradition with modernity and combining music and film, LCO will perform ‘Under The Skin’ with top Kazakhstani musicians for one night only on 12 August at the Kazakhstan Central Concert Hall.

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New Religion

New Religion is an exhibition of silkscreen prints and sculptural editions by one of the world’s most significant contemporary artists – Damien Hirst. This project was realised by the British Council in partnership with the Paul Stolper Gallery and the State Museum of Arts of Republic of Kazakhstan named after A. Kasteev.

The exhibition was on display at the A.Kasteev State Museum of Arts in Almaty from 12 November - 19 December 2016.

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City Nomads

City Nomads is an exhibition of contemporary Kazakhstani creative talents emerging in an era of a newfound independence.

The projects brought together in this showcase all embody a shared desire to search for a new identity through an investigation of the pre-Soviet Kazakh nomadic roots. City Nomads was first exhibited at the British Council headquarters in London in 2016.

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A1462 exhibit at Tent London 2016

On 22-25 September, four designers from Kazakhstan collaborating as a brand named А1462 participated in Tent London, an international design trade show in London, with the support of the British Council and Chevron.

The designers’ collection presented at the exhibition consisted of more than 30 items, including items of furniture for home and office, lighting, accessories and stationery.

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Fashion Education Showcase

The British Council in Kazakhstan held a series of fashion master classes from British experts at UK Fashion Education Showcase on 19 March 2016 in Almaty.

UK Fashion Education Showcase was a platform where professionals from the industry could discuss the current situation in fashion education in Kazakhstan and exchange knowledge with UK colleagues. 

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Henry Moore comes home

Henry Moore Comes Home, an exhibition of prints by Henry Moore, one of the best-loved UK artists of the 20th century, visited Kazakhstan where it was on display at the A.Kasteev State Museum of Arts in Almaty from 27 January – 27 February 2014.

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Globe Theatre World Tour

The year 2014 was the 20th anniversary of the British Council in Kazakhstan, and the 450th anniversary of William Shakespeare’s birth. To celebrate, the British Council and our partners Shell, Air Astana and the Kazakh National University of Arts brought to Astana a production of Hamlet by the world renowned Shakespeare’s Globe theatre.

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Current projects

Learn more about our current projects here