By the Decree of President Nursultan Nazarbayev, the capital city was officially transferred from Almaty to Akmola 21 years ago, i.e. on December 10, 1997. The annual Yelorda Zhuldyzy Award was established in honor of such a landmark event.
The award ceremony took place in the Astana Concert Hall. Famous Astana residents, creative teams and organizations were honored with the first Yelorda Zhuldyzy Awards.
Astana EXPO-2017 was awarded a crystal star-topped figurine as well for its great contribution to the development of the capital city and the successful International Specialized Exhibition EXPO-2017 hosted by Astana.
The International Bureau of Exhibitions recognized EXPO-2017 as the best specialized exhibition in history. The exhibition was attended by 115 countries from around the world and 22 international organizations. EXPO was visited by 4 million people for 93 days.