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Go Viral With US

Almaty, Kazakhstan

June 16-18, 2017

The U.S. Consulate General in Almaty together with Kazakhstani partners is organizing the first-ever Go Viral Festival.

Go Viral will connect 1000 of the most innovative thinkers in Almaty, Kazakhstan. Over three intensive days of performances, workshops, and keynote talks, participants will learn how they can make their own ideas go viral to inform, entertain, and market to new audiences.

Our mission is to empower journalists, entrepreneurs, filmmakers, and musicians to leverage social media and technology to connect with the world. Go Viral festival will have music, film, talks, discussions and master classes from from leading trendsetters from the United States, Central Asia and Eastern Europe, who will share their secrets to reaching global audiences.

Speakers

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Albert Tsukrenko

Ukrainian journalist, musician, radio personality

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Elena Pogrebizhskaya

A film director, an art manager of the “Partisan” documentary film studio

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Nasir Zhaumaliyev

Manager, DAR Play

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Ronald Binkofski

General Manager, Microsoft CIS

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Yorgos Krassakopoulos

Film expert

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Dodie Kharkheli

Head of Digital Communications, Chai Khana

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Bektour Iskender

Сo-founder of Kloop Media, publisher

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Artur Gurau

Digital communication strategist

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David Applefield

Communications specialist, editor, writer, publisher

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Nurtas Adambai

Director, scriptwriter, producer, actor

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Murat Dilmanov

Cartoonist-artist

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Asya Tulesova

Community and environmental activist

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Dennis Keen

TV show host, travel blogger

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Rula Raim

Entrepreneur

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Stephanie Pereira

Director of Learning and Engagement, Kickstarter

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Aziza Utegenova

Commercial Director, Mediacast LLP

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Samson Bezmyatezhnyi

Development manager, Genesis Youtube Kazakhstan

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Vyacheslav Abramov

Chief editor, Vlast.kz

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Yuframe

Popular viners

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Victor Elyseev

CEO Dentsu Aegis Network Kazakhstan

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Versha Sharma

Managing editor, NowThis

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Toby Leah Bochan

Head of Video, Storyful

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Lena apa

Popular Instagrammer

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Ruslan Zhemkov

General director, International Fund “Eurasian Media Forum”

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Nurlan Batyrov

Аctor, film director

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Katerina Suvorova

Filmmaker

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Kana Beisekeyev

Director and photographer

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Jokeasses

Team of video makers

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Gulnara Bazhkenova

Сhief editor, Esquire

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Griffin Hammond

Documentary filmmaker

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Erden Zikibay

Аnimator, designer, illustrator, educator

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Didar Kul-Mukhammed

Freelance writer and illustrator

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Diana Tsoy

Environmental engineer

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Christopher Gray

Founder, Scholly

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Charlotte Cooper

Director of Digital Strategy, Show of Force

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Brandon Andrews

Senior consultant, Values Partnerships

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Arman Suleimenov

CEO and founder, Zero To One Labs

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Alexey Li

Internet entrepreneur

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Alex Eaton

Traveler, professional teacher

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Aaron Hatch

Musician

Music & Film

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Aaron Hatch

Best-known for his series, BEAT SCOUT, Fresh Big Mouf can make music out of anything! From sailboats to taco trucks from Los Angeles to Shanghai, he takes the sounds he finds and creates beautiful songs that are adored around the world. Fresh Big Mouf has received accolades from Apple to the Music Recording Academy, as his BEAT SCOUT version of Lorde’s “Royal” was featured on the Grammys!

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Galymzhan Moldanazar

Kazakh singer and musician, a soloist of the Moldanazar group. He began his creative activity in 2011. Widely became known to the public in 2013, after the clip "Akpen birge" (with white). Musical critics noted that the use of Kazakh language in the songs and direct orientation to the best Western samples like Tesla Boy and Ivan Dorn opens up for Galymzhan a route to the music markets of Russia and the world.

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The Godfathers

The project Godfathers consists of two masters of club culture of Kazakhstan - Nariman Isenov and Nurbergen Makhambetov. Combining a completely different approach to music and technology, Godfathers is invariably a sample of excellent taste and an incredible selection of classical hip-hop, R’n’b and house music.

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Farleon

The versatile style of Kazakh DJ and music producer Sultan Karimov, better known as Farleon, has gained the attention of electronic music fans worldwide with his intoxicating blends of funk, nu disco, and house.

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Grace Garrett

Originally from Portland, Oregon, Grace currently lives in Almaty. She plays on a ukulele, sings in Kazakh, and writes her own songs in English.

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iLuminate

Dance-technology ensemble. iLuminate’s unique L.E.D. technology and modern choreography is used in live performances of superstars like Chris Brown, Christian Aguilera, and The Black Eyed Peas. The iLuminate team features renowned dancers, including JRock (John Nelson), Dario Mejia, Adrienne Hicks, Lisa Bauford and Trevor Harrison. Each of the dancers has exceptional talent and rich dancing backgrounds, specializing in various dance styles: popping, b-boying, jazz, ballet and hip-hop.

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Merey Alimkulova

Plays on guitar, piano, bass guitar, ukulele. She started writing songs in kazakh at her earlier days at university. She likes experimental, alternative music and looks for ways to bring that type of music in Kazakh language.

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ZZARA

Genres: electronics, trip-hop, experimental music. Her debut EP album, entitled "Perplex" was released in February 2015. Songs of Zzara - "Fly" and "Girl in the dark" from her album- "Peprlex" entered the official collection of soundtracks for the film "Unfriended", USA directed by Levan Gabriadz and produced by Timur Bekmambetov.

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Raikhana Mukhlis

Her professional musical career started with the release of her first single “Navsegda”. Several singles followed by afterwards: Feel me, No more and Dash. She perform her music mainly in RnB, Soul, Pop, Hip-Hop styles.

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Charlotte Cooper

Oversees digital strategy as well as development and execution of a wide variety of social impact and education campaigns at Show of Force, a New York based Peabody and Emmy award winning production company. She oversees development of the organization's growing social good division including global development work for the World Bank and USAID, as well as producing content for IGOs such as the UN.

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Griffin Hammond

A documentary filmmaker in New York City, known for producing DIY filmmaking tutorials for indie filmmakers, and his award-winning documentary Sriracha. Griffin studied film at New York University, earned a Masters in Communication from Illinois State University, taught video production at Millikin University, and produced an online course—Shooting Documentary Short Films.

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Kana Beisekeyev

A young director and photographer from Kazakhstan who specializes on histories about people. An author of the famous short documentaries about Kazakhstani immigrants in the USA. This year Kana directed and filmed one of his most awaiting work "BALA".

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Katerina Suvorova

A filmmaker based in Almaty, Kazakhstan. Her numerous short documentaries were awarded with various international prizes (Critics Guild's Award at "Kinoshok" FF, National Russian Premium “St. Anna”, Special Prize from Robert Bosch Stiftung etc).

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Elena Pogrebizhskaya

A film director, and art manager of the “Partisan” documentary film studio. Elena holds two TEFI statuettes for best documentary films and the "Laurel wreath" award. Among her international prizes, Elena notes her receipt of the Amnesty International Prize (Pesaro, Italy). Elena is the author of the film "Doctor Lisa", which introduced audiences to Elizaveta Glinka. Elena Pogrebizhskaya's film about orphans "Mom, I'll Kill You" caused a discussion in society and a resonance at the government level.

How to register


To Go Viral with us, apply to be included among the 1000 participants. We will carefully examine each and every application, so please tell us why you should be among this audience of creative content leaders. The demand is high, seats are limited. Get yours ASAP!

What’s included in the pass:

  • 3 days access to selected sessions
  • Participation in the workshops and masterclasses
  • Access to all music events
  • One of a kind atmosphere of creativity and inspiration
  • Endless networking opportunities with the upbeat, open minded community
  • Opportunity to ‘stress test’ your business/campaign/product ideas in a ‘pitch event’ with amazing U.S. and Kazakhstani experts

First Name

Last Name

Email

Phone number

Date of Birth (ex. 04/05/1992)

Link to your social media profile

Country

City

Company/Organization/School

Job/Role/Major

Why you should Go Viral with us?

What idea/project do you have that you want to Go Viral?

What would you like to learn/know/see about at Go viral?

What is the status of that idea/project?

Your favorite viral video/picture/performance, etc (we might show iton a big screen!)

Link to your favorite viral video/ picture/ performance

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Go Viral Team

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Ainur Umaeva

food coordinator

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Amirkhan Omarov

site coordinator

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Andrey Manuylov

PR coordinator

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Aziza Ibragimova

Makerspace coordinator

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Baglan Aidashov

design coordinator

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Charles Martin

executive producer

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Gauhar Mukaman

Director

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Nariman Abiev

PR coordinator

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Olga Kaplina

SMM coordinator

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Pavel Koktyshev

entrepreneurship coordinator

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Timur Nusimbekov

cultural coordinator

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Zaure Rozmat

media coordinator

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Zulfiya Abdukhalikova

registration coordinator

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Zhanna Tsoy

TechLab coordinator

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Alyona Tkachenko

TechLab adviser

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Yenlik Beketayeva

volunteer coordinator

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