About Kazan

Kazan is the capital of the Republic of Tatarstan, third capital of Russia. For Russian and the whole world Kazan is the symbol of tolerance, peaceful and harmonious co-existence of two greatest cultures: Christian and Islamic. About 1.2 million people, the representatives of over a hundred nationalities live here in the atmosphere of cultural and religious harmony and linguistic diversity.

According to the Russian edition of “Forbes” magazine Kazan is the leader among Russian cities for the factors of business environment, infrastructure, and benefits for business development.

In 2005 Kazan celebrated its thousand year anniversary and during that time period the city hosted delegations from over 40 countries and about 30000 guests

About 40% of the population of Kazan is represented by young people less than 30 years old, hence there are all reasons to name the millennial Kazan as a “young” city since it is one of the largest students’ cities in the Russian Federation with approximately 200,000 students from 67 countries with a number of major universities and educational insitutions: Kazan (Volga Region) Federal University, Scientific and Research University, Kazan State Technical University and etc.

The thousand-year-old Kazan 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, Golden Minbar 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 sporting 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 IT Park, the biggest IT centre in Russia, have been successfully functioning for several years in Kazan.

The capital of Tatarstan is one of the most developed cities of the Russian Federation in terms of sport infrastructure. It has an extensive experience in staging international competitions at the very high level with sincere cordiality and hospitality. For the last few years Kazan hosted international championships, competitions and Russian cups in accordance with international standards with excellent results and promising perspectives. Kazan is proud with its sport teams, famous outside of Russia: “Rubin” football club, “Ak Bars” hockey team, “Zenit-Kazan” volleyball club, “UNIKS” basketball club and many others.

In the next few years Kazan will host a number of sport events of international caliber, such as the 27th Summer Universiade Kazan 2013, the 16th FINA World Championships in 2015, and matches of the FIFA World Cup in 2018.

According to the results of the research organised by the Russian mass media with the support of the Ministry of Youth Affairs, Sports and Tourism of the Republic of Tatarstan, Kazan is officially proclaimed as the sports capital of the Russian Federation.