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Here Are Some Cool Things To Do In The Caspian Region This Spring

By Nazrin Gadimova March 26, 2019

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The Caspian News team has put together some of the best activities the region's major cities have to offer during April and May, which will help you dip into the historical and cultural legacy of Azerbaijan, Kazakhstan and Russia. / Sergei Bobylev / TASS

If you happen to be visiting the Caspian region this Spring, be ready for some big events, including victory parades, art exhibitions, concerts and plenty of sports competitions.

The Caspian News team has put together some of the best activities the region's major cities have to offer during April and May, which will help you dip into the historical and cultural legacy of Azerbaijan, Kazakhstan and Russia.

AZERBAIJAN

If you are planning to visit Azerbaijan late April, don’t miss the dramatic Azerbaijan Grand Prix racecar competition in Baku, which runs April 26-28. The Baku City Circuit racetrack is said to be the fastest, most competitive in the world, with the toughest point on course measuring just 7.6 meters wide. It runs through the capital’s Old City as well as the ultra-modern skyline, before traversing the Caspian Sea promenade.

The three-day F1 race is more than just an event for racecar fans. World famous singers and celebrities will be in attendance, including award-winning singer and songwriter Sam Smith. The names of other stars, however, are being kept under wraps – so you may want to buy tickets soon and find out who you might meet!

Also worth checking out are the following events:

  • Art Doll Exhibition, runs throughout year at the Heydar Aliyev Center
  • #ArtInCinemas, Leonardo Da Vinci, April 7 at Park Cinema Flame Towers
  • Queen Tribute Concert, April 14 at Albion Club
  • Classic Car Exhibition, runs throughout year at the Heydar Aliyev Center
  • Mark Eliyahu In Concert, May 25 at Heydar Aliyev Palace

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The three-day F1 race is more than just an event for racecar fans. World famous singers and celebrities will be in attendance, including award-winning singer and songwriter Sam Smith.

KAZAKHSTAN

From April 29 to May 5, Kazakhstan’s capital city of Nur-Sultan (formerly known as Astana) will host the IIHF Ice Hockey World Championship Division I Group A, which will bring together six teams representing Belarus, Korea, Kazakhstan, Hungary, Slovenia and Lithuania. Athletes will compete to select the top two teams that will play in the next games, in Switzerland. Barys Arena, a multi-purpose indoor stadium in Nur-Sultan with a seating capacity of about 12,000, will be the venue for the six-day hockey extravaganza.

Also worth checking out are the following events:

  • “A Leap In The Dark” performance, April 1 at ARTiShock Theater
  • Ballet Globe Gala International Festival, April 5 at State Academic Opera and Ballet Theater
  • “Ceramics of Kazakhstan” Exhibition, runs until April 12 at Almaty Art Center (Free entry!)
  • Eurasian Book Fair, April 24-27 at Korme Exhibition Center (Free entry!)

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From April 29 to May 5, Kazakhstan’s capital city of Nur-Sultan (formerly known as Astana) will host the IIHF Ice Hockey World Championship Division I Group A.

RUSSIA

Attending Victory Day celebrations, which commemorate the defeat of Nazi Germany and the end of the Great Patriotic War, otherwise known as World War II, is a ‘must do’ when traveling to Moscow in the Spring. On Thursday May 9 of this year you can join in Immortal Regiment events, when millions of Russians march while carrying images of their war dead and sing “Katyusha,” a wartime song about a truck-mounted rocket launcher that was instrumental in victory.

For those who want to see Russian military hardware on display, Tverskaya Street is the best place to visit before heading to the famous Red Square, where the main portion of the parade is held.

Also worth checking out are the following events:

  • RoboStation exhibition, runs throughout the year at VDNKh
  • Emir Kusturica and The No Smoking Orchestra, April 20 at Green Concert
  • “Francis Bacon, Lucian Freud and the School of London” exhibition, runs until May 19 at Pushkin Museum
  • Bon Jovi Moscow, May 31 at Luzhniki Stadium

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On Thursday May 9 of this year you can join in Immortal Regiment events, when millions of Russians march while carrying images of their war dead and sing “Katyusha,” a wartime song about a truck-mounted rocket launcher that was instrumental in victory.