30 AUGUST 2017, Astana, Kazakhstan - The President of Kazakhstan Nursultan Nazarbayev specially chose Malaysia’s dance troupe to be among the few selected countries to perform at the Kazakhstan Constitution Day celebration concert last night.
The nine-member troupe from Malaysia National Department For Culture and Arts, (JKKN), who has been performing daily at the Malaysia Pavilion at EXPO 2017 here, joined five countries to display a splendid and colourful cultural extravaganza that enthralled over 3,000 audiences who filled up the Kazakhstan Central Hall.
Kazakhstan Culture and Sports Minister H.E. Arystanbek Mukhamediuly, Kazakhstan Foreign Affairs Minister H.E. Kairat Abdrakhmanov, Kazakhstan Information and Communication Minister H.E. Dauren Abayev, and Kazakhstan Justice Minister H.E. Marat Beketayev as well as other Kazakhstan and foreign dignitaries joined the masses at the concert which included an opera, traditional Kazakh dances, musical and orchestra performances.
The Malaysian cultural dance troupe performed the catchy traditional Malay dance, the Joget, and later together with the cultural troupes of Mexico, Africa, Brazil, Fiji and Great Britain made a special tribute performance for the occasion.
JKKN senior cultural artist, Saidatul Aina Binti Jamaluddin said the troupe was proud to be specially chosen by the President. “We were told by the official from the Ministry of Culture and Sports Kazakhstan that we were chosen because the President is familiar with our culture due to the very close relations between Kazakhstan and Malaysia.”
“This invitation is such a great honour for the dancers and myself. Throughout EXPO 2017, we have been representing Malaysia at our Pavilion, showcasing our country’s rich culture through our dances. Now, we have the exclusive privilege of performing for the people of Kazakhstan on their special day!” said Saidatul.
Nur Syahierah Binti Mat Sapawi, a JKKN junior cultural artist said, “It means a great deal to me to perform at the Kazakhstan Concert Hall. I feel so lucky to have been part of the Malaysian troupe performing on a very important day for the people of Kazakhstan. It makes me truly proud to be a Malaysian.”
Kazakhstan’s Constitution Day is celebrated on 30 August to commemorate the adoption of the post-Soviet constitution.
The JKKN cultural troupe provides daily performances at the Malaysia Pavilion throughout EXPO 2017, providing a colourful and cultural element to the energy-centric pavilion.
Malaysia at EXPO 2017 is spearheaded by the Ministry of Energy, Green Technology and Water, Malaysia and implemented by the Malaysian Green Technology Corporation (GreenTech Malaysia). For more information about Malaysia at EXPO 2017, visit http://www.greenfuturemalaysia.com or www.facebook.com/EXPO17Malaysia