19.03.2019 12:31 Azerbaijan celebrates Novruz HolidayNovruz holiday is one of the most important and favorite holidays of the Azerbaijani people. It marks the arrival of spring, renewal of nature, and is celebrated on the vernal equinox, March 20-21 – the beginning of the astronomical New Year. The origin of Novruz dates back to ancient customs, cult of nature and fertility, as well as beliefs in nature’s decline and rise. During the month leading up to Novruz, every Tuesday is devoted to celebrating nature’s four elements consecutively: water, fire, earth, and air (or wind), the last one, called “Akhir Charshanba (Last Tuesday)”, representing the time when the leaves bud out and the spring finally begins. Samani - a symbol of Novruz The growing of samani (green sprouting wheat) is the most sacred Novruz ceremony as the herald of spring. Sprouting samani symbolizes sowing and a rich harvest, it represents grain, bread, increase and abundance. Grain and abundance is a pledge of life, existence, the most vital material necessity for life. People have always grown samani from wheat, barley, peas, lentils or other grains in copper dishes; they have always revered it and rejoiced at its sprouting. In the evening, children put hats under neighbors’ doors and hide, waiting for the neighbors to fill the hats with holiday favors. After the sunset people gather in the streets to kindle bonfires, dance around them, and jump over them to cleanse their souls and ward off evil spirits. Khoncha – a holiday table filled with sweets, nuts, candles, and other treats One of the essential parts of the holiday table is Khoncha (xonça) – a tray filled with sweets, nuts, candles, and other treats. Each of the sweets baked for Novruz has a symbolic meaning. Pakhlava represents the four parts of the world, Goghal – the sun, Shekerbura – the moon, and the eggs painted for Novruz are a symbol of life. Samani decorates the middle of the tray and is tied with red ribbon. The main festivities during the Novruz Holiday usually take place by the walls of the legendary Maiden Tower. The top of the tower is decorated with a huge Samani, and the beauty Bahar (spring) lights the torch installed on the tower the flame of which symbolizes the awakening of nature and life. During the fourth session of the Intergovernmental Committee for the Safeguarding of the Intangible Cultural Heritage which took place from September 28 to October 2, 2009, multinational nomination “Novruz, Nowruz, Nooruz, Navruz, Nauroz, Nevruz” of Azerbaijan, India, Iran, Kyrgyzstan, Pakistan, Turkey and Uzbekistan was inscribed on the Representative List of the Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity. ..
15.03.2019 17:43 Azerbaijan, ISESCO discuss prospects for cooperationAzerbaijan`s Minister of Culture Abulfas Garayev has met with Director General of the Islamic Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (ISESCO) Abdulaziz Othman Altwaijri to discuss the Azerbaijan-ISESCO relations and joint cooperation projects. Abulfas Garayev noted that Azerbaijan-ISESCO relations continue developing thanks to the efforts of President Ilham Aliyev and First Vice-President, ISESCO Goodwill Ambassador Mehriban Aliyeva. The minister said that the 5th World Forum on Intercultural Dialogue to be held on May 2-3 in Baku will feature two panel sessions of ISESCO. Abdulaziz Othman Altwaijri hailed an exceptional role of President Ilham Aliyev and First Vice-President, ISESCO Goodwill Ambassador Mehriban Aliyeva in developing relations between Azerbaijan and the organization. ..
13.03.2019 10:40 Azerbaijan`s magnificent folk dancesThe history of folk dances of Azerbaijan is very old. The scenes of dances reflected on Gobustan rock pictures are proof of that. Azerbaijani folk dances are very colorful from the viewpoint of themes and these types are – labor, ceremony, household, heroism, sport, chorus game. Azerbaijan`s national dance shows the characteristics of the Azerbaijani nation. These dances differ from other dances with its quick temp. Azerbaijani folk dance expresses symbolically a wide variety of emotional themes, ranging from the hospitality and generosity to friendship and the unity of the people, from the high spirits of young girls to the courage of the young men, to the expression of simple joie de vivre. The narrative of the awakening of spring and feelings of love is depicted through the graceful, aesthetic, lithe and sensuous movements by the girls as they dance, while other dances are simply happy and joyful. Also famous are the heroic Caucasian dagger dances executed by the men, spirited dancers with their heads held high, making every effort to display their consummate dancing abilities. ..
04.03.2019 18:50 Baku hosts next meeting of Organizing Committee for 43rd session of UNESCO World Heritage CommitteeThe Organizing Committee for the 43rd session of UNESCO World Heritage Committee to be held in Baku in June this year has convened its next meeting. Addressing the event, Chairman of the Organizing Committee, Minister of Culture Abulfas Garayev highlighted the works done and the tasks set ahead. He described the fact that the authoritative international organizations around the world host their events in Azerbaijan as manifestation of the country’s growing influence. The minister emphasized First Vice-President of Azerbaijan, President of the Heydar Aliyev Foundation Mehriban Aliyeva’s irreplaceable contribution to the development and strengthening of the Azerbaijan-UNESCO relations. Minister Garayev said that the 43rd session of the UNESCO World Heritage Committee will be held in Baku from June 30 to July 10, 2019. The event also featured the presentation of the Operating Committee with the participation of Director of the UNESCO World Heritage Center Mechtild Rössler. The meeting continued with discussions. ..
01.03.2019 16:33 President Ilham Aliyev signs Order on development of Azerbaijani cinematographyPresident Ilham Aliyev has signed an order on the development of Azerbaijani cinematography. The order aims to boost the government`s commitment to culture, preserve traditions of the art of cinema and modernize the country`s film industry. Under the Order, the Ministry of Culture is allocated AZN5 million to support creative activity of young cinematographers. ..
27.02.2019 14:28 Exhibition of People’s Artist Arif Huseynov opens at Museum of Modern ArtAn exhibition of the People’s Artist, professor Arif Huseynov on the 27th anniversary of the Khojaly genocide has opened at the Museum of Modern Art. Organized with the support of the Heydar Aliyev Foundation, the exhibition features over 50 documentary and graphic art works of the artist. Vice-President of the Heydar Aliyev Foundation Leyla Aliyeva viewed the exhibition. Speakers at the event hailed the importance of the exhibition and wished the artist success. The event participants then viewed the exhibition. ..
22.02.2019 15:21 Dutch media publishes article on Azerbaijani film "Sholler's Archive"“The Netherlands-based +31mag.nl magazine has posted two articles on Azerbaijani film “Sholler's Archive“ on its website, screenwriter, director and executive producer of the film Jalaladdin Gasimov has told. He said the movie, “Sholler's Archive“ won the prizes at Noord-Holland European Cinematography Awards in the “Best Drama Film“ nomination. Sholler's Archive” is dedicated to the 200th anniversary of the resettlement of German colonists in Azerbaijan and was screened on the special order of Azerbaijani President Ilham Aliyev. The film highlights the commitment of Azerbaijanis to the European culture, the Azerbaijan-Germany friendship and the multicultural values of Azerbaijan. Starring in the film are Ajdar Zeynalov, Shirzad Pirallahi, Ramiz Valiyev and others. The film gained five gold medals so far and narrates a story of the German colonist and his family, who moved to Azerbaijan. During World War II, 22, 841 Germans were exiled to Kazakhstan and Siberia. One of the families were the Shollers. And Mrs. Sholler gave her 6 month old granddaughter to an Azerbaijani family due to the harshness of the conditions of exile. ..
18.02.2019 17:12 Heydar Aliyev Center hosts exhibition of Russian avant-garde artistsAn exhibition titled “Upon request. The Russian Avant-Garde Collection of the Regional Museums, 1900-1930. Part 3” has opened at the Heydar Aliyev Center. Vice-President of the Heydar Aliyev Foundation Leyla Aliyeva attended the opening ceremony of the exhibition. Addressing the event, executive director of the Heydar Aliyev Foundation Anar Alakbarov shared his ideas on the exhibition. Anar Alakbarov noted that the exhibition is held for the first time in Azerbaijan, and thanked First Vice-President of Azerbaijan, President of the Heydar Aliyev Foundation Mehriban Aliyeva, and Vice-President of the Foundation Leyla Aliyeva for their support for the organization of the exhibition. The event participants then viewed the artworks. The display features unique avant-garde paintings from 17 regional museums scattered all over Russia. The works include canvases by some recognized classical artists like Kazimir Malevich, Wassily Kandinsky, Alexander Rodchenko, Vladimir Tatlin, Alexandra Exter, Marc Chagall, as wel as Victor Bart, Alexei Grischenko, Alexei Morgunov, Sergei Romanovich, Pavel Mansurov and other figures known for their contribution to avant-garde art. The exhibition brings together artifacts presented at the Upon request, Part 1 and Upon request, Part 2 exhibitions held in Moscow in 2016 and 2017 respectively. The time period spans from the very emergence of the Russian avant-garde art as of the mid-1900s all the way to its decline in the early 1930s. The project’s objective is to promote works by well-known, lesser-known and unknown artists nowadays kept at various Russian regional museum collections, as well as to demonstrate the major techniques having prevailed in the Russian art throughout the first three decades of the 20th century. Supervised by Adnrei Sarabyanov, an art historian and the author of a great number of works on the Russian avant-garde art, the exhibition is a joint effort of the Russian Jewish Museum and Tolerance Center, and the Modern Art Museum of Moscow. The exhibition will run until May 5. ..
18.02.2019 11:34 "Turkey-Azerbaijan Common Heritage" concert hosted in IstanbulA concert titled “My Azerbaijan” of the Azerbaijan State Dance Ensemble within the “Turkey-Azerbaijan Common Heritage“ program was hosted in Istanbul, Turkey. The event was organized by Khazar Folklore, Education, and Research Center – Hazarfem, Azerbaijan Ministry of Culture, State Diaspora Committee of Azerbaijan and State Philharmonic of Azerbaijani, and hosted by Istanbul Metropolitan Municipality. The event aims to further strengthen the bonds of brotherhood between Turkey and Azerbaijan that share a common culture, history and speak the same language. The performs presented the best examples of Azerbaijani culture and staged the “Koroglu” National Ballet, the first national ballet of the Turkic world, in which the heroism of Koroglu is committed. The artistic director and director of the ensemble is the People's Artist of Russia, famous artist and choreographer Dikalu Muzakayev. “Koroglu” Opera is one of the musical works of East and Turkic Islamic World, first exhibited in the year of 1937, in Azerbaijan State Academic Opera and Ballet Theatre. The event was attended by high-level protocol and NGO representatives from Turkey and Azerbaijan and all Istanbulites invited. The concert was held free of charge at the Istanbul Congress Center (ICC). ..