Entertainment in Kazakhstan

  • Entertainment in Almaty

    Abay State Opera & Ballet Theatre

    Almaty’s top cultural venue stages three or four performances a week at 5pm or 6.30pm. Some get sold out a week or more ahead. Popular favourites such as Swan Lake, La Bohème, La Traviata, Aida and Carmen are among the regular shows. Also look out for Kazakh operas such as Abay and Abylay Khan. Tends to close in July and August.

  • Entertainment in Nur-Sultan (Astana)

    Central Concert Hall

    This turquoise-tiled concert hall, designed by Italian architects Manfredi and Luca Nicoletti, has a swirling, circular design intended to evoke the petals of a flower. Symphony orchestra and traditional Kazakh music concerts are held here.

  • Entertainment in Nur-Sultan (Astana)

    Nur-Sultan Opera House

    Nur-Sultan's gleaming Opera House stages excellent performances by global opera and ballet companies, as well as Universal Ballet, chamber-orchestra concerts and more.

  • Entertainment in Northern Kazakhstan


    Elvis is a fun place to listen to live rock and roll, jazz or blues (nightly from 10pm), drink some beer and eat good food – especially in the open air in summer.

  • Entertainment in Almaty


    Horse races and occasionally kokpar, take place several kilometres north of the centre. Get someone to call ahead and see what’s on.