The opening of the French Club at Nazarbayev University is a new multi-sided project, implemented with the support of Total Company and the Embassy of the French Republic in the Republic of Kazakhstan, which will allow not only the sharing of the rich history and culture of France, but making it a part of the University’s daily life.
A café with traditional French cuisine, libraries with the collection of French magazines and newspapers, a record library with French music, screening of French movies – all these are expected to be opened within the framework of the Club. The primary aim of the Club is to introduce the visitors of the café to the cultural traditions of France and to arrange pleasant leisure for the students, employees and guests of the University.
Within this project, themed nights and round table talks about mutual relations between the countries, French history and culture, the screening and discussion of the French movies, and readings of fiction and reference material will be conducted. Besides, there will also be meetings and talks arranged with the public figures, diplomats, French actors who come to visit Astana. Teachers will be involved in the process of learning the French language, its history and culture. Concerts of the French songs and karaoke will be organized, and drama performances and miniatures of the French classical writers will be staged.
The French Club is expected to become a place for discussing various topical and daily issues, the cozy environment of which will make the audience feel the French unique colour.
More than 100 artworks have been exhibited at the joint exhibition of the French and Kazakhstani artists, Martin Rivazi-Offan and Marzhan Abildina, at Nazarbayev University.
The portraits and landscapes of Martin Rivazi-Offan, painted with crayon, water colours and oil, have been exhibited in numerous galleries and painting saloons in France, Australia, Africa, Norway. There are about thirty nu-style paintings and landscapes of Kazakhstan in the painter’s exposition, including the landscapes and suburbs of Astana.
The main trend of a young Kazakhstani painter Marzhan Abildina is abstractionism, which gives limitless opportunities to express yourself, experiment and improvise; her paintings, made in a combined style, reflect her world-view, her philosophic perception of the reality.
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