A nation is known, recognized and distinguished among the world nations by certain characteristic features. The highest and the greatest of these features is culture.

HEYDAR ALIYEV
12.07.2019 14:38
Contest in honor of great Nasimi announcedThe legacy of the eminent Azerbaijani poet and thinker Imadaddin Nasimi went beyond the country's boundaries. Nature, the beauty of the world were the main source that inspired the poet on his perception of the life and the universe. The poet created a number of works in Azerbaijani, Persian and Arabic. A contest to honor a great Azerbaijani poet and eminent figure in the poetry has been held in country. The poetry evening marked the poet's 650th anniversary, the Year of Nasimi and the Day of National Press. The competition provides a look at the classic literature and national heritage. The project was implemented by the Ministry of Culture and  the Azerbaijani Fund of State Support to Media Development under the President. Culture Minister Abulfaz Garayev, Deputy Minister of Culture of Azerbaijan Rafig Bayramov, executive director of Azerbaijani Fund of State Support to Media Development Vugar Safarli, public and cultural figures attended the event. Speakers emphasized that the project is aimed at studying and promoting the genius Azerbaijani poet and thinker Imadaddin Nasimi (1369-1417), the study of his philosophy, reflecting the phenomena of the modern world. Nasimi believed that one who wanted to comprehend the truth should strive to understand a person, his motivations and striving for beauty and goodness. The announcement of 2019 by the President of Azerbaijan Ilham Aliyev the Year of Nasimi has become the source of a new wave in the study of the life and work of the brilliant poet.   The legendary poet, his tragic fate, deep artistic and philosophical heritage had a huge impact on the world poetry. His humanistic traditions and consonant to progressive ideas have always attracted a great attention of public figures, many artists of, who created numerous scenic and sculptural works, interesting films, new art history studies. The speakers congratulated the winners of the contest-journalists on the Day of the national press and wished them further success. Cash prizes were awarded to 16 best works. Notably, the Nasimi Festival of Poetry, Arts, and Spirituality will be held for the second time from September 28 to October 1. World-famous, scholars and poets, philosophers, artists, music, dance and theater groups will take part in the festival. ..
08.07.2019 18:26
China Daily highlights inscription of Sheki with Khan’s Palace on UNESCO's World Heritage ListChina Daily newspaper has published an article highlighting the inscription of Azerbaijan`s historic centre of Sheki with the Khan’s Palace on UNESCO’s World Heritage List. The article says: “Azerbaijan`s historic centre of Sheki with the Khan’s Palace has been added to UNESCO’s World Heritage List at a meeting of the World Heritage Committee in Baku. The historic city of Sheki is located at the foot of the Greater Caucasus Mountains and divided in two by the Gurjana River. While the older northern part is built on the mountain, its southern part extends into the river valley. Its historic centre, rebuilt after the destruction of an earlier town by mudflows in the 18th century, is characterized by a traditional architectural ensemble of houses with high gabled roofs. Located along important historic trade routes, the city's architecture is influenced by Safavid, Qadjar and Russian building traditions. The Khan Palace, in the northeast of the city, and a number of merchant houses, reflect the wealth generated by silkworm breeding and the trade in silk cocoons from the late 18th to the 19th centuries.” ..
07.07.2019 19:26
First Vice-President Mehriban Aliyeva congratulated the Azerbaijani people on the occasion of inclusion of the historical center of Sheki together with the Khan's Palace in the UNESCO World Heritage ListFirst Vice-President of the Republic of Azerbaijan Mehriban Aliyeva has congratulated the Azerbaijani people on the occasion of inclusion of the historical center of Sheki together with the Khan's Palace in the UNESCO World Heritage List. In the message of congratulation posted on her official Instagram page, First Vice-President Mehriban Aliyeva says: “The Azerbaijani people have reached great heights in preserving and spreading in the world the unique pearls of our national culture, customs and traditions, our historical heritage. Today we are celebrating the inclusion of the palace of Sheki khans together with the historical center of Sheki in the UNESCO World Heritage List. I sincerely congratulate our people on this historic event!” ..
07.07.2019 17:22
Message of congratulation to the people of Azerbaijan on the occasion of inclusion of the historical center of Sheki with the Khan's Palace in the UNESCO World Heritage ListDear fellow compatriots!  Today, the 43rd session of the UNESCO World Heritage Committee in Baku included the historical center of Sheki together with the Khan's Palace in the UNESCO World Heritage List. The historical part of Sheki, one of the most ancient cities of Azerbaijan, has for centuries been known as one of the cultural centers of our country. The protection and development of the historical part of the city of Sheki, which is rich in unique monuments, has always been in the center of attention for our state. In recent years, numerous projects have been implemented to protect and promote the cultural heritage of Azerbaijan at world level. It should be noted that this activity is carried out in close cooperation with international organizations, in particular with UNESCO, which is responsible for the protection of world culture, science and education. It is no coincidence that Icherisheher, the Maiden's Tower and the Shirvanshah’s Palace Complex and the Gobustan Rock Art Cultural Landscape have been included in the UNESCO World Heritage List, while 13 samples of intangible cultural heritage of our people have been included in the UNESCO List of Intangible Cultural Heritage. These events represent further global recognition of the contribution of the Azerbaijani people to universal human culture. Dear fellow compatriots! As of today, the Sheki Khan's Palace, the caravanserais, mosques and minarets, ancient bridges, artisan workshops and residential houses epitomizing our past in the historical center of Sheki are considered to be the cultural heritage not only of our people, but also of humanity. I congratulate the entire Azerbaijani people on the occasion of the announcement by UNESCO of the “Central part of Sheki together with the Khan's Palace” as World Heritage. Ilham Aliyev President of the Republic of Azerbaijan Baku, 7 July, 2019 ..
07.07.2019 14:11
Azerbaijan`s historic centre of Sheki with the Khan’s Palace added to UNESCO’s World Heritage ListAzerbaijan`s historic centre of Sheki with the Khan’s Palace has been added to UNESCO’s World Heritage List at a meeting of the World Heritage Committee in Baku. The historic city of Sheki is located at the foot of the Greater Caucasus Mountains and divided in two by the Gurjana River. While the older northern part is built on the mountain, its southern part extends into the river valley. Its historic centre, rebuilt after the destruction of an earlier town by mudflows in the 18th century, is characterized by a traditional architectural ensemble of houses with high gabled roofs. Located along important historic trade routes, the city's architecture is influenced by Safavid, Qadjar and Russian building traditions. The Khan Palace, in the northeast of the city, and a number of merchant houses, reflect the wealth generated by silkworm breeding and the trade in silk cocoons from the late 18th to the 19th centuries. ..
06.07.2019 18:09
Seven cultural sites inscribed on UNESCO’s World Heritage ListDuring the morning session of its current meeting, in Baku, the World Heritage Committee inscribed seven cultural sites on UNESCO’s World Heritage List. The sites added to the List are situated in Australia, Bahrain, China, India, Indonesia, Japan and People’s Democratic Republic of Lao. Inscriptions will continue through 7 July.   New sites, by order of inscription: Dilmun Burial Mounds (Bahrain) — The Dilmun Burial Mounds, built between 2050 and 1750 BCE, span over 21 archaeological sites in the western part of the island. Six of these sites are burial mound fields consisting of a few dozen to several thousand tumuli. In all there are about 11,774 burial mounds, originally in the form of cylindrical low towers. The other 15 sites include 17 royal mounds, constructed as two-storeyed sepulchral towers. The burial mounds are evidence of the Early Dilmun civilization, around the 2nd millennium BCE, during which Bahrain became a trade hub, whose prosperity enabled the inhabitants to develop an elaborate burial tradition applicable to the entire population. These tombs illustrate globally unique characteristics, not only in terms of their number, density and scale, but also in terms of details such as burial chambers equipped with alcoves.   Budj Bim Cultural Landscape (Australia) — Located within the Country of the Gunditjmara, an Aboriginal nation in the southwest of Australia, the property includes the Budj Bim Volcano and Tae Rak (Lake Condah), as well as the Kurtonitj component, characterized by wetland swamps, and Tyrendarra in the south, an area of rocky ridges and large marshes. The Budj Bim lava flows, which connect these three components, have enabled the Gunditjmara to develop one of the largest and oldest aquaculture networks in the world. Composed of channels, dams and weirs, they are used to contain floodwaters and create basins to trap, store and harvest the kooyang eel (Anguilla australis), which has provided the population with an economic and social base for six millennia.   Archaeological Ruins of Liangzhu City (China) — Located in the Yangtze River Basin on the south-eastern coast of the country, the archaeological ruins of Liangzhu (about 3300-2300 BCE) reveal an early regional state with a unified belief system based on rice cultivation in Late Neolithic China. The property is composed of four areas – the Area of Yaoshan Site, the Area of High-dam at the Mouth of the Valley, the Area of Low-dam on the Plain and the Area of City Site. These ruins are an outstanding example of early urban civilization expressed in earthen monuments, urban planning, a water conservation system and a social hierarchy expressed in differentiated burials in cemeteries within the property.   Jaipur City, Rajasthan (India) — The fortified city of Jaipur, in India’s northwestern state of Rajasthan was founded in 1727 by Sawai Jai Singh II. Unlike other cities in the region located in hilly terrain, Jaipur was established on the plain and built according to a grid plan interpreted in the light of Vedic architecture. The streets feature continuous colonnaded businesses that intersect in the centre, creating large public squares called chaupars. Markets, stalls, residences and temples built along the main streets have uniform facades. The city's urban planning shows an exchange of ideas from ancient Hindu and modern Mughal as well as Western cultures. The grid plan is a model that prevails in the West, while the organization of the different districts refers to traditional Hindu concepts. Designed to be a commercial capital, the city has maintained its local commercial, artisanal and cooperative traditions to this day.   Ombilin Coal Mining Heritage of Sawahlunto, (Indonesia) — Built for the extraction, processing and transport of high-quality coal in an inaccessible region of Sumatra, this industrial site was developed by the Netherlands’ colonial government from the late 19thto the beginning of the 20th century with a workforce recruited from the local population and supplemented by convict labour from Dutch-controlled areas. It comprises the mining site and company town, coal storage facilities at the port of Emmahaven and the railway network linking the mines to the coastal facilities. The The Ombilin Coal Mining Heritage was built as an integrated system that enabled the efficient deep-bore extraction, processing, transport and shipment of coal.   Mozu-Furuichi Kofun Group: Mounded Tombs of Ancient Japan (Japan) — Located on a plateau above the Osaka Plain, this property includes 49 kofun (old mounds in Japanese). Burial mounds of various sizes, kofun can take the form of key holes, scallops, squares or circles. These tombs were for members of the elite, containing a range of funerary objects (such as weapons, armour and ornaments). They were decorated with clay figures, known as haniwa, which can take the form of cylinders or representations of houses, tools, weapons and human silhouettes. These kofun have been selected from a total of 160,000 in Japan and form the richest material representation of the Kofun period, from the 3rd to the 6th century CE. They demonstrate the differences in social classes of that period and reflect a highly sophisticated funerary system.   Megalithic Jar Sites in Xiengkhouang — Plain of Jars (Lao People's Democratic Republic) — The Plain of Jars, located on a plateau in central Laos, gets its name from more than 2,100 tubular-shaped megalithic stone jars used for funerary practices in the Iron Age. This serial site of 15 components contains large carved stone jars, stone discs, secondary burials, tombstones, quarries and funerary objects dating from 500 BCE to 500 CE. The jars and associated elements are the most prominent evidence of the Iron Age civilization that made and used them until it disappeared, around 500 CE.   The 43rd session of the World Heritage Committee continues until 10 July. ..
05.07.2019 18:06
Two natural sites, one in China, another in Iran, inscribed on UNESCO’s World Heritage ListDuring its morning session, the World Heritage Committee, meeting in Baku, inscribed two natural sites in China and in the Islamic Republic of Iran on the UNESCO’s World Heritage List: Migratory Bird Sanctuaries along the Coast of Yellow Sea-Bohai Gulf of China (Phase I) (China)—The site features an intertidal mudflat system considered to be the largest in the world. These mudflats, as well as marshes and shoals, are exceptionally productive and serve as growth areas for many species of fish and crustaceans. The intertidal areas of the Yellow Sea/Gulf of Bohai are of global importance for the gathering of many migratory bird species that use the East Asian-Australasian flyway. Large gatherings of birds, including some of the world's most endangered species, depend on the coastline as a stopover to moult, rest, winter or nest. Hyrcanian Forests (Islamic Republic of Iran) – Hyrcanian forests form a unique forested massif that stretches 850 km along the southern coast of the Caspian Sea. The history of these broad-leaved forests dates back 25 to 50 million years, when they covered most of this Northern Temperate region. These ancient forest areas retreated during the Quaternary glaciations and then expanded again as the climate became milder. Their floristic biodiversity is remarkable: 44% of the vascular plants known in Iran are found in the Hyrcanian region, which only covers 7% of the country. To date, 180 species of birds typical of broad-leaved temperate forests and 58 mammal species have been recorded, including the iconic Persian Leopard (Panthera pardus tulliana). ..
04.07.2019 19:30
Minister of Culture, Abulfas Garayev met with Secretary General of Europe NostraOn July 4 the chairman of the session of World Heritage Committee, Minister of Culture Abulfas Garayev met with Sneška Quaedvlieg-Mihailović, Secretary General of Europe Nostra, the Organization for safeguarding of Europe’s cultural and natural heritage. Abulfaz Garayev thanked the guest for participation in UNESCO's remarkable event and spoke about the cultural richness of our country. S.Q. Mihailović thanked for the warm welcome and spoke about the activities of the organization. He stated that the organization created by the European Union in 2002 studies cultural heritage. The General Secretariat's awarding ceremony is held annually. Next award will be held in Paris in October of this year. The guest invited Azerbaijan to participate in this ceremony. She said that Azerbaijan deserves the highest awards in this field for its rich cultural heritage. The Minister thanked the guest for the proposal and noted that the Ministry of Culture had been implementing innovative programs on the cultural heritage of Azerbaijan. Abulfas Garayev briefed on the Twinning project implemented jointly with the European Union. Cultural heritage activities and projects implemented to involve young people for safeguarding cultural heritage were noted. Later, the guest shared views on the “Baku Process“ on intercultural dialogue. He emphasized the importance and international recognition of this platform. Issues of cooperation with the organization, the study of cultural heritage and Azerbaijan's experience in this area were discussed during the meeting. ..
04.07.2019 09:27
Country`s finest craftsmen gather in BakuThroughout its history, Azerbaijan has always been famous for its artisans, craftsmen of various arts. The craft culture is still successfully developing in the country, being passed on from generation to generation. Development of crafts is the focus of attention in Azerbaijan; therefore, the government has organized the first Republican Crafts Festival. The Festival has solemnly opened in Baku, bringing together 60 craftsmen from Baku and Sumgayit and 40 from the country's regions.  Colorful stands presented at the festival form symbolic carpet weaving village, pottery quarter, village of coppersmiths that immense the festival`s guests into the wonderful atmosphere of the past.  At the opening ceremony, the Minister of Culture of Azerbaijan Abulfas Garayev, public figures, representatives of culture and science, foreign guests made a tour of the town set up as part of the festival, Trend Life reported. The festival was organized in the framework of the 43rd session of the UNESCO World Heritage Committee, which gathered 2,500 delegates from more than 180 countries of the world in Baku. Abulfas Garayev said that each Baku resident and guest of the Azerbaijani capital can attend the festival, get acquainted with the works of masters of national applied art, artists and craftsmen, purchase their favorite products. “The festival not only serves to promote national art, productive leisure, but also contributes to the development of tourism and the formation of cultural routes, it provides ample opportunities for doing business. The state has created all the conditions for the disclosure of creative potential and the implementation of people’s ideas in life,“ he added. Moreover, master classes are organized as part of the festival, where visitors can to familiarize themselves with the technology of creating handmade products. All conditions are created for various art directions, including wall art and street art. The first Republican Crafts Festival is open to Baku residents and city's guests from 9:00 to 21:00 until July 7. The partners of the festival include the Agency for the Development of Small and Medium-sized Enterprises (SMEs), Sabail District Executive Power, Azeripek industrial corporation, I Love Baku network, ABAD (Simplified Support to Family Businesses), Organization of Disabled People of Yasamal district, Baku House of National Clothes, Turbet Culture Center, and Libraff network of bookstores. Media partners of the event are Azernews.az, Trend.az, Day.az, Milli.az. ..