ARTBAT FEST contemporary art festival will commence in Almaty

for the ninth time on August 23rd

The festival’s public art project was included into the European ARTECITYA program.

Its curators are French architect Simon Jacquemin and Slovenian artist Martin Bricelj Baraga.

The topic for this year’s edition for public art program is The Water Stream.


(2014-2018) is a collaboration between 9 partners from all across Europe. The project shall unite artists, architects, city planners and citizens to recreate the type of cities people would like to live in. The project’s main principle is to inspire an efficient and innovative approach to the concept of urban life considering the changes in social life and the needs of the people.

“When we first came to Almaty together with Simon last year, we wondered what makes this city different from western and other post-soviet era cities. We realized that water is an important element in the life of the city. The aryks (system of water canals) in the city itself, the dam in the mountains, the mountain rivers – water plays an important role in the life of the city and has its own infrastructure. That’s exactly why all of the installations that the people in Almaty will see will have at least some kind of connection to water whilst some of them will even be powered by it” – says the curator of the public art project Martin Bricelj Baraga.

There will be 10 installations placed from Satpayev st. along the Esentai river and down to Kurmangazy st. Their authors are artists and architects from Kazakshtan, Slovenia and Italy. Two of the works are the result of a collaboration between the public art project’s curators. 

- BridA art group from Slovenia will be building an interactive bridge. Italian artist Marco Barotti will create a kinetic musical installation called the Swans. The work of Kazakhstani architect Asel Yeszhanova will have to do with the situation involving the Aral Sea. Victor Vorbyev and Yelena Vorbyeva, the participants of last year’s Venice Biennale curated by Christine Marcel will also be presenting their artwork, – says Olga Veselova, the director of ARTBAT FEST.

List of installations of the ARTBAT FEST’9 public art program:

Art objects: 
1. Aryk-o-phone By: MoTA & Bellastock (France & Slovenia)
2. Lumitronome By: Martin Bricelj Baraga (Slovenia)
3. Afterglow Sound Gallery By: Masayoshi Fujita (Japan)
4. Vodoskop By: BridA art group (Slovenia)
5. The Swans By: Marco Barotti (Italy)
6. Glacier Water By: Matthew Robinson, Ben Nathan (UK & Germany) 
7. The Duck By: Yelena and Viktor Vorobyov (Kazakhstan)
8. Take it away By: Nazira Karimova, Anvar Musrepov, Arman Sein (Kazakhstan)
9. The arrival by: Asel Yeszhanova & Sergey Kravchenko (Kazakhstan & Belarus)
10. _unbuiltwaters By: Aida Issakhankyzy (Kazakhstan)

Another event within the art festival is the Symposium dedicated to the influence of art on the city environment. The participants of the symposium – artists and architects from many different countries shall share their experience in creating art and design projects for cities and talk about how art can be introduced into the city environment.

One part of the festival which started back in May, 2018 is the School of Artistic Gesture for young Kazakhstani artists who will present eight showcase projects to the public.


It is also planned to showcase the works of artists from Russia, India, Azerbaijan and Switzerland.


There is also an artistic research project currently in progress called the Portrait of a Citizen of Modern Almaty the results of which will also be presented at ARTBAT FEST.


As part of the Art Prospect international project Belorussian and Armenian artists will be coming to Almaty to present their work at the festival.

This year the festival’s partners are:

ARTECITYA international program

Creative Europe Culture

Soros Fund Kazakhstan 

MoTa museum 

Bellastock architecture bureau 

DPR project consulting studio

Goethe Institute Kazakhstan 

The chair of philosophy and political science

of the Al-Farabi Kazakh National University

Hotel Kazakhstan 

Urban Forum Kazakhstan 

CEC Artslink

Zurich University of the Arts (ZHdK)

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