The festival bearing the name of Rudolf “The Genghis Khan of Ballet” Nureyev has been staged in Kazan since 1987. Nureyev himself was in attendance in 1992. He conducted the music of Pyotr Tchaikovsky for the ballet The Nutcracker. It was then that Nureyev gave his consent for the festival to be named after him.The Rudolf Nureyev Ballet Festival provides an opportunity (if one is prepared to make an effort – it is not easy to get tickets) to see all the ballet productions of Kazan’s Musa Jalil Opera and Ballet House. The company’s artists dance at the festival alongside the guest stars from some of the foremost ballet companies of Russia and Europe - the likes of Ulyana Lopatkina and Nikolai Tsiskaridze.