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LONDON, 9 November 2019 – The procession of ancient nomad warriors, the performance of a young jazz band from the Kazakh National University of Arts (KazNUA), picturesque landscapes, lavish investment opportunities and a bit of Kazakh language – this is what the spectators remembered from Kazakhstan’s jaw-dropping participation in this year’s Lord Mayor’s Show.
KazNUA Rector and People’s Artist of the Republic of Kazakhstan Aiman Mussakhajayeva was the honoured Kazakhstan guest of the Show. Kazakhstan’s participation in the event was made possible thanks to the support of KAZ Minerals PLC, Tengri Capital and Treyford Holdings BV.
Tens of thousands of London’s residents and guests had the opportunity to get to know Kazakhstan during the Show. The BBC One commentators who broadcast the show live for millions of viewers were specifically interested in the mighty warriors (sarbaz) in ancient Kazakh armour made of leather, metal and fur. During the interviews with Kazakh participants, viewers learned about Kazakhstan’s culture and historical traditions, as well as its tourist and investment opportunities. One of the warriors leading the float with Kazakhstan’s flag also briefly spoke about the traditional armour of his great ancestors.
The Show has been held every year for more than 800 years to celebrate the election of the new Lord Mayor of the City of London. The City is a historic district of London bustling with banking and entrepreneurial activity which turned London into one of the world’s major financial centres. The Lord Mayor is elected annually from among the most respected representatives of the UK business. This year, Alderman William Russell was elected the 692nd Lord Mayor. As the elected head of the City of London Corporation, he will serve as a global ambassador for the UK business and financial sectors. He also plans to visit Kazakhstan next year.
As a leading destination for investment in the region, Kazakhstan is working closely with UK partners to strengthen our bilateral relations, including the development of a strong relationship with the City of London. The City of London provided strong support in the establishment of the Astana International Financial Centre (AIFC), the Astana International Exchange (AIX), as well as a court and an arbitration system based on English common law.
The annual show brings together thousands of people, more than 140 participating organisations and dozens of marching bands in a festive procession. This year, the Embassy of Kazakhstan in the UK became the 100th member of the joyful procession. Kazakhstan’s float surprised the audience with the contrast and harmony of modernity and history, embodied in the joint performance of the young and energetic KazNUA jazz band and the ancient Kazakh warriors from the Orda ethno-project.
The KazNUA jazz band is a winner of numerous prestigious international jazz festivals around the world. During the show, they performed such jazz classics as The Jazz Police by Gordon Goodwin and Sir Duke by Stevie Wonder, along with folk Kazakh songs in a jazz interpretation, such as Sarzhailau and Qamazhai.
The youngsters were comfortably settled on a mobile float specially designed and built in Kazakhstan’s national colours to present the diversity of the country’s culture and nature, as well as the investment and tourist opportunities with the help of colourful banners and videos.