This autumn, the Kazakh Arts Festival together with Aitmatov Academy, Dulat Issabekov Foundation, S’Bride Foundation and with the support of Samruk Kazyna Trust celebrate the work and life of the famous Kazakh playwright Dulat Issabekov, who also turns 75 in October 2017. For his Diamond Jubilee a selection of his popular plays such as “The Actress” and the “Songs of Swans” will be show in London.
This is not the first time Issabekov comes to London. In 2012 a whole international festival was devoted exclusively to his work under the title “The World of Issabekov”. His play “The Transit Passenger” was presented successfully to the British audience in London, 2014 and 2015.
Dulat Issabekov was the first writer to be awarded the State Prize of Independent Kazakhstan, the prize of Kazakhstan’s Pen Club and the Platinum Prize of the independent organization “Tarlan”. Feature films have been made of Issabekov’s works “Gaukhar Tas”, “Sagebrush”, “Far and Away” and “Lottery” and also a documentary about his life and work entitled “The World of Issabekov” (2012).
He received an International Chingiz Aitmatov Award for the Life Achievement in 2014 at the House of Lords, British Parliament, UK.
The programme of the festival will feature Issabekov’s play “The Actress” which still runs on many theatre stages in Kazakhstan in the Kazakh and Korean languages, and will be performed on 3rd October.
Also on 4th, 5th and 6th October, a premiere of the play “Song of the Swans” will run in London to celebrate the 75th Anniversary of the author.