On 11 December, 2018 at 15.00 in the building of the Nazarbayev Center will take place a ceremony of rewarding of participants of the annual open creative competition "Independence of Kazakhstan and Elbasy" among media professionals.

The Library and the Foundation of the First President of the Republic of Kazakhstan-Elbassy, announced the competition this May. It was held to highlight the achievements of the country during the years of independence, popularization of the "Nazarbayev model", ideas and initiatives of the Elbasy as the basis of Kazakhstan's statehood. Applications were accepted from June 1 to October 10.

The ceremony will be attended by the Director of the Foundation of the First President of the Republic of Kazakhstan-Elbasy, the Deputy of the Senate of Parliament of Kazakhstan, Chairman of the Committee on international relations, defense and security of the Senate of Parliament of Kazakhstan Dariga Nazarbayeva, Head of the office of the President of the Republic of Kazakhstan, the acting Director of the Library of the First President of the Republic of Kazakhstan-Elbasy Makhmud Kasymbekov, as well as members of the competition Commission – known political and public figures, journalists from different spheres of media.

The contest "Independence of Kazakhstan and Elbasy" is held for the third year and every year its popularity is increasing. In the first two years, 365 and 447 papers were submitted for the competition, respectively. In 2018 the number of competitive works increased up to 564. In addition, this year the nomination "Astana - the heart of our Motherland" dedicated to the 20th anniversary of the capital was added to the nominations "The best television material", "The best radio material", "The best article in newspapers and magazines" and "The best publication in the Internet media".

The winners will receive money prizes, award pins and diplomas.

The ceremony will be accompanied by musical numbers of artists of the state Opera and ballet theater "Astana Opera".