Kazan is the capital of the Republic of Tatarstan, third capital of Russia; it’s one of the country’s largest economic, scientific and cultural centres. The city celebrated its 1,000th anniversary in 2005. About 1.2 million people – representatives of over 100 nationalities – live in Kazan in the atmosphere of cultural, religious and linguistic diversity.
The Kazan Kremlin, a unique complex of archeological, historical and architectural monuments enrolled into the UNESCO World Heritage list, is the main tourist attraction of the city. It is open for visits and tours on a daily basis. Tourists visiting the territory of the architectural conservation area will see such places of interest as the ‘falling’ Syuyumbike Tower, Savior Tower, Annunciation Cathedral and Kul Sharif, one of the largest mosques in the world.
There are all the reasons to call the thousand-year-old Kazan a ‘young’ city as it’s the largest student city of Russia. There are nearly 200,000 students from 67 countries studying in Kazan, Russia’s top higher education institutions are concentrated here, among them Kazan (Volga Region) Federal University, Tupolev Kazan National Research Technical University and Kazan National Research Technological University. Students of Kazan are always among winners of national and international contests, holders of state scholarships by international and national funds, medallists at sporting events.
The capital of Tatarstan has a busy cultural life. Aside from classical art, the city facilitates the development of contemporary art trends as well. Such cultural events as the Feodor Chaliapin International Opera Festival, Rudolph Nureyev International Ballet Festival, White Lilac International Festival named after Sergey Rachmaninov, Kazan Autumn International Open Air Opera Festival, Concordia Modern Music Festival, Aksenov-fest Literature Festival, and International Festival of Muslim Cinema have already become annual for Kazan. There are 9 theatres, 34 state museums, privately owned art galleries, Saidashev State Big Concert Hall and 2 philharmonics. The La Primavera Kazan State Chamber Orchestra is known far beyond the boundaries of Kazan. National Russian and Tatar holidays are celebrated in Kazan in a big way.
Kazan actively develops its infrastructure; new sports venues, industrial and social facilities, residential premises, roadways and traffic interchanges are being built. The city’s economics follows an innovative way of development; Idea Technopark, one of the largest technoparks in Europe, and the biggest IT centre in Russia have been successfully operating for several years in Kazan.
Sports and the city
Kazan is also a driving force for Russian sports development and is a home for many renowned athletes and sports clubs that compete at national and international championships of various sizes and in different sports, including the Olympic Games. Many high-profile competitions have been held at the city’s sports venues over the last few years.
The staging of the 27th Summer Universiade gave a new impetus to the development of children’s, youth and university sports not only in Kazan, but all over Russia. Kazan has become a well recognisable city on the international sporting stage. The city’s achievements in the field of hospitality, namely a newly refurbished airport, well-developed hotel infrastructure, state-of-the-art traffic and transport system, as well as a great number of sports venues are the successful formula behind many high-profile international events that are to be brought to Kazan.
In 2014, the city hosted major international sporting events such as the INTERSPORT European Championships, IWF Junior World Championships, World Fencing Championships, inaugural edition of the FINA High Diving World Cup, as well as a series of events dedicated to the World Fair Play Awards.
In 2015, Kazan played host to the 16th FINA World Championships and 16th FINA World Masters Championships, an international aquatics event for amateurs and former professional athletes across different age categories.
In 2016, the city hosts the European Men’s and Women’s Team Badminton Championships, European U15 Badminton Championships, European Judo Championships, European Sambo Championships, one of the legs of the FINA/NVC Diving World Series, Kazan leg of Rugby Europe Women’s Sevens Grand Prix Series, World Deaf Shooting Championships, World Mixed Curling Championship and other events. In 2017, Kazan will play host to matches of the FIFA Confederations Cup. The Tatarstan capital is also in the list of Russian cities for matches of the FIFA World Cup in 2018. And in 2019, Kazan is about to host the 45th edition of the WorldSkills Competition.