KAZAN — is the capital of the Republic of Tatarstan, the "third capital" of Russia and one of the largest economic, scientific and cultural centres in the country. It is the sixth largest city of the Russian Federation. 1.2 mln. people, representing over 100 different ethnic groups, live in the city in multicultural, multireligious and multilingual harmony. In 2005 Kazan celebrated its 1000th anniversary.
The cultural life of Kazan is very diverse. Besides classical arts, modern art is also rapidly developing in our city. Every year a number of international festivals are organised in Kazan. Kazan has 9 theatres, 34 public museums, private galleries, the Saydashev State Great Concert Hall and 2 philharmonic halls, all open to the public. And the fame of Kazan State Chamber Orchestra La Primavera goes far beyond the city. Besides that, Kazan celebrates all the national holidays of both Russian and Tatar peoples on a large scale.
Kazan is one of the main university cities of Russia. About 200 thousand students from 67 different countries attend universities and colleges here. The city has some of the largest higher education institutions of Russia, including, but not limited to, Kazan (Volga Region) Federal University, Kazan National Research Technical University named after A.N. Tupolev and Kazan National Research Technological University.
New residential and social buildings, industrial and sporting facilities, roads and underground lines are being constructed in Kazan. The city's economy is developing in terms of innovations. We have one of the largest technoparks in Europe, the Idea Technopark, and the largest IT Park in Russia. In the vicinity of Kazan the first Russian city in the new century, Innopolis, has been recently built. Together with the eponymous university it is supposed to become the leading IT centre of Russia in the future.
With the aid of the government development program for public spaces of Kazan, a lot of city parks have been improved and redesigned, and that made them favourite places of leisure for both Kazan residents and visitors of our city.
In 2009 Kazan was officially named the sports capital of Russia. The city rightfully and proudly bears this title, acting as the engine of development for sports in Russia. Kazan is home for many celebrated athletes and teams that successfully participate in high-level international competitions.
In 2013 Kazan hosted the XXVII Summer Universiade. It featured over 10 thousand athletes competing in 27 different sports. In the summer of 2015 Kazan hosted the 16th FINA World Aquatics Championships. The high level of international title sports competitions held in Kazan has been recognized by the global sports community.
Today Kazan is one of the most visited cities of Russia. Its unique geographical position, authentic culture, rich cultural legacy and hospitality of its residents attract visitors from all over the world.