Opera 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...

Classical Music 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...

Opera 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.

Live Music in Karaganda


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.

Spectator Sport 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.