After becoming the official capital of Kazakhstan in 1998 and receiving the status of UNESCO City of the World Status, Astana is witnessing an economic, demographic and architectural boom.

Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Kazakhstan supported photographers of VOSTOK while they were shooting in Astana non-stop over 3 days. The perfect weather helped create photos of the unique sights and buildings found in the new part of the capital. The resulting portfolio shows a modern Astana with skyscrapers, modern parks and business centres, steeped in traditional culture and history of monuments and architecture, such as Mosques and other cultural sites.