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
15.11.2018 15:20
Azerbaijan represented in international conference in CroatiaAzerbaijan was represented in international conference called “cultural routes of the Olive tree as a model for Europe's values, heritage and sustainable development” organized by the Council of Europe and Croatian Ministry of Tourism. A section chief of Department for Folk Art and Development of Cultural Routes of the Azerbaijani Ministry of Culture Gunel Aslanova attended the event. Mayor of Mali Losinj Anto Nedic, Croatian Deputy Foreign Minister Mario Horvatic, Stefano Dominioni and Council of Europe, Directorate General of Democracy were among the participants of the conference. During the meeting, the sides discussed on Azerbaijan's joining the “Olive Trees Cultural Route“, and also gave information on olive groves around the Baku, as well as food and cosmetic products made from olives. The employee of Azerbaijani Ministry of Culture made a presentation on cultural richness of our country, examples included in the UNESCO Representative List of Material and Intangible Cultural Heritage. Joining Azerbaijan to this international cultural route has been highly appreciated both by the Council of Europe and by the member countries. ..
15.11.2018 14:49
Azerbaijani opera Layla and Majnun opens in LondonThe famous Azerbaijani opera by Uzeyir Hajibeyli, Layla and Majnun – one of the Middle East’s most beloved tales, its equivalent of Romeo and Juliet, opened at Sadler’s Wells, London, on November 13, The Guardian reported. American choreographer Mark Morris has collaborated with the Silkroad Ensemble, the famous musical collective founded by cellist Yo-Yo Ma, and the British artist Howard Hodgkin, to stage the famous Azerbaijani opera. Performed by 15 dancers, Mark Morris made exquisite use of the mesmerising mugham music sung by world-renowned mugham singer Alim Qasimov and his daughter Fargana Qasimova.    According to the British newspaper, it was Alim Qasimov who suggested Yo-Yo Ma in the first place. The cellist had never heard of Uzeyir Hajibeyli’s opera but as Qasimov explained the importance of brining the work to a new audience he came to share the latter’s enthusiasm. The Azerbaijani opera will continue to mesmerize London audience until November 17. ..
15.11.2018 13:30
Baku to host exhibition of Portuguese artistCo-organized by the Mission of Portugal and Honorary Consulate in Azerbaijan, the international painting exhibition “Found and findings” of the famous Portuguese artist Carlos Mota, will be launched at the Art Gallery of the Museum Centre of the Ministry of Culture of Azerbaijan. The works of Carlos Mota concretize multiple interpretations, as they are intrinsically free. They promote the imagination freedom of the spectator, as they provide various sensations during fruition of the works. A fruition that carry movement, energy and life, alluding clearly to what is contemporaneity. His work expresses beyond paint, using painting to express what transcendent his works transmits. Independently of the material, highlight in his work, the multiple, idyllic scenario, conduct the observer into the most intimate he may have within him. It is an open work, which doesn’t contain a concept, but instead, open the mind to infinite interpretations. Carlos Mota, born in Ponta Delgada, Portugal, graduated in Interior Architecture at CAD - Centre des Arts Décoratifs and Painting at École des Arts D'lxelles in Brussels, Belgium. He currently lives and works in Lisbon. Since 1993, Mota frequently does solo and collective exhibitions both nationally and internationally. His work has been showcased in both public and private collections in various countries, such as: Portugal, Spain, Italy, Belgium, Germany, Holland, Denmark, Mexico, USA, Canada and Brazil (he was the first contemporary Portuguese and foreign artist to be invited to have a piece in the permanent private collection of the Federal Presidency of Brazil at the Planalto Palace. From the years 1993 to 2002, his career was brought to life on a film called “Soul Adventures” (“Aventuras do Espírito”) by director Teresa Tomé and broadcast on a cultural show on several Portuguese TV channels. ..
14.11.2018 16:22
Museum of Modern Art to host exhibition “Melody of touches”On November 16, the Museum of Modern Art will launch an exhibition “Melody of touches” in connection with the opening ceremony after the renovation of the museum and on the eve of the 110th anniversary of the National Artist of Azerbaijan Sattar Bahlulzadeh. Sattar Bahlulzadeh was born on the 15th of December in Amirjan settlement near Baku. When he was five years old Sattar got involved in drawing. The walls of his house were decorated by his “paintings”. The teachers in the school liked creativity of the young painter. They used to say Sattar that his only way leads to art. In 1927 Bahlulzadeh entered Azerbaijan College of Art where he could get professional education. In 1931 after graduating the College, he began to work in the “Kommunist” newspaper as a “graphic artist” under the direction of Azim Azimzadeh. He went to Moscow in order to go on his education. In 1933 Sattar entered Moscow Art Institute named after Surikov to the graphic faculty. During summer experience in Crimea the Russian painter Mark Shagal noticed some sketches of Sattar Bahlulzadeh. Afterwards he suggested him to pass to the faculty of painting. Sattar Bahlulzadeh is an Azerbaijani painter who is mainly famous for his big landscapes with lyric motives which chant nature of Azerbaijan. He is one of the founders of modern Azerbaijani landscpape painting and a founder of Azerbaijani impressionism style as well. Apart from the picturesque works the artist created graphic works. These artworks of the painter except for classical completeness attract attention by its strength improvisation. The museum-house was opened in Amirjan settlement where the artist was born and spent most part of his life in which personal things and copies of the paintings were presented. The artist’s graphic artworks are presented at the exhibition named as “Melody of touches” from the private collection which never exhibited before. The visitors of the exhibition can view the exposition consisted of more than 130 unique paintings of great painter Sattar Bahlulzadeh. ..
14.11.2018 15:23
State Russian Drama Theater to perform in Georgia Azerbaijan State Russian Drama Theater will perform in Georgia on November 22. The theater team will present the play “Autumn Sonata“ at the Tbilisi Russian Dramatic Theater, Trend Life reported. The performance is a theatrical version of a film by Swedish director Ingmar Bergman. The production director is Ilgar Safat. It tells the story of a celebrated classical pianist Charlotte who is confronted by her neglected daughter. Eva, wife of the village pastor, invites her mother Charlotte for a visit to her village. She has not seen her for over seven years. Having met with her mother, Eve expresses all her childhood grievances that have turned her life into hell. As it turned out, any actions of the mother caused her pain. Eva believes that the mother at one time did not love her. Charlotte patiently listens to all the accusations of her daughter, she understands that the mother is always responsible for her children if they are unhappy. The cast includes People's Artists of Azerbaijan - Lyudmila Dukhovnaya, Mabud Magerramov, actresses Rumiya Agayeva, Tamilla Abutalibova. Azerbaijan Drama Theater was first established on December 20, 1920, as the “State Free Satirical Agitational Theater“, however on April 29, 1921, it was renamed as the “Baku Workers' Theater“. In 1937 the name was changed to “Azerbaijan State Red Banner Theater of Russian Drama“. Since 1938, it is named as the “Azerbaijan State Russian Drama Theater“. In 1956, the theater was additionally named after the Azerbaijani poet Samad Vurgun. Many works of Russian literary figures such as Tolstoy, Pushkin, Chekov, Gogol, Lermontov, Mayakovsky, Lavrenyov, as well as Azerbaijani literary figures such as Jafar Jabbarli, Mirza Fatali Akhundov, Ali bey Huseynzade, Najaf bey Vazirov, Huseyn Javid, works of world classics such as Shakespeare, Schiller, Molière, Dumas, Hugo, Balzac, are staged in the theater in Russian. The Ivan Vazov National Theater is Bulgaria's national theater, as well as the oldest and most authoritative theater in the country. Founded in 1904 by the artists from the Salza i Smyah company, it was initially called simply the National Theater, but before being named after the prominent writer Ivan Vazov it also bore the name of Krastyu Sarafov between 1952 and 1962. Vazov's play, “The Outcasts“ was the first to be performed at the theater when it was opened. The theater's Neoclassical building, designed by famous Viennese theater architects Hermann Helmer and Ferdinand Fellner, was constructed in 1906 and opened in 1907. ..
13.11.2018 17:24
42 countries to compete in Eurovision 2019n 2019, 42 countries will be travelling to Israel, according to the official website of the Eurovision Song Contest. 36 countries will perform in the Semi-Finals on 14 and 16 May, hoping to qualify for the Grand Final. Host country Israel and the so-called 'Big Five' countries — France, Germany, Italy, Spain and the United Kingdom — are traditionally prequalified to take part in the Grand Final on 18 May. The three shows will be co-produced by the EBU and Israeli public broadcaster KAN. The Netherlands and Switzerland will send a contestant to the Eurovision Song Contest for the 60th time next year. Greece will be on board for the 40th time, Croatia, Estonia and Slovenia are joining the competition for the 25th time, and Latvia and Lithuania will both take part for the 20th time. San Marino is sending an act for the 10th time in the contest's history. Sending their 63rd entry in 2019, Germany holds on to the record of most participations. 19 countries have a chance to bring home Eurovision victory, and thus the opportunity to host the contest for the very first time. The 64th Eurovision Song Contest will be held in Tel Aviv on 14, 16 and 18 May, 2019. ..
13.11.2018 17:08
Azerbaijan represented at International Book fair in TurkeyWithin the 37th International Book Fair held in Istanbul, the Head of the department for Book circulation and publishing issues of the Azerbaijani Ministry of Culture Aslan Jafarov, met deputy director of the Department of Libraries and Broadcasting of the Turkish Ministry of Culture and Tourism, Demet Koç and Head of the Department of Exhibitions of the Ministry Shula Aygun. During the meeting, Aslan Jafarov informed his Turkish colleagues about a project called “Recognition of the Azerbaijani Book in the World“ initiated by the Ministry of Culture of Azerbaijan. He said that under the project, more than works of 36 Azerbaijani writers were translated into Turkish and presented to readers of the fraternal country. Most often asked books by Turkish readers who visit the Azerbaijani stand during the exhibition will also be translated into Turkish soon. The project was also welcomed by employees of the Ministry of Culture and Tourism of Turkey. The issue of wider dissemination of Azerbaijani books in Turkey was also discussed at the meeting. The sides also discussed the issue of participation of several Turkish publishers through the Ministry of Culture and Tourism of Turkey in the International Book Fair which will be held in Baku in 2019. The 37th Istanbul International Book Fair ended on November 13.    ..
31.10.2018 09:46
A cultural route project called "Trip to the Music Capital of the East" has been developedThe Ministry of Culture implements various projects in cooperation with many international organizations to promote the rich culture of Azerbaijan. In this regard particularly, new projects are being developed for the creation and development of cultural routes. As part of these works, a cultural route project called “Trip to the Music Capital of the East“ has been developed to promote the musical culture of Azerbaijan and to increase the interest in cultural facilities. House-museums and monuments of Azerbaijan's prominent musical personalities, theaters and concert facilities, demonstration facilities, brief information and photos about prominent musicians were added to the route program. The program of the “Trip to the Music Capital of the East“ cultural route is scheduled for 4 days, but tourism companies can make the program according to the guests' requests in future. Implementation of this project will contribute to the wide propagation of Azerbaijan’s musical culture, the promotion of prominent musicians of our country and the development of the cultural industry. Moreover, taking into account the fact that every year international music festivals are held in our country, the cultural route “Trip to the Music Capital of the East“ will be the basis for further increase of interest among foreign visitors to the musical events such as Rostropovich International Music Festival, Jara-2019 International Music Festival, Gabala International Music Festival, Uzeyir Hajibeyli International Music Festival and the Baku International Jazz Festival which are planned to be held next year, and for arranging their leisure time effectively.  Please use the below link to see the program of route: http://mct.gov.az/medias/media/other/410/musiqi-turu.pdf   ..
26.10.2018 16:13
Aslan Aslanov: Traditional media should reinforce fight against misinformation policy“The Baku International Humanitarian Forum is a global platform for discussing the pressing issues, and the challenges that concern humanity. Initiated by the Azerbaijani and Russian presidents, the forum stems from the idea to broadly discuss the issues of concern to the world and has fully justified itself over the past period by bringing together prominent scholars, acclaimed politicians, public figures, experts, economists and journalists,” Chairman of the Board of AZERTAC Aslan Aslanov has told journalists. Aslan Aslanov underlined the constant expansion of the scope of the forum, saying it enjoys a growing interest. “Azerbaijan has become the center of intercivilizational dialogue and the world has already recognized this fact.” “It is with great honor that we say that thanks to Azerbaijani President Ilham Aliyev’s successful policy, the Baku International Humanitarian Forum is welcomed today in all continents and all countries,” Aslan Aslanov said. Pointing out serious changes that journalism has undergone, Aslan Aslanov noted that competition between the traditional media and the Internet journalism reveals new challenges, problems, and threats. “One of these threats is information warfare and the skilfull spread of false information and fake news by a number of social network users against various countries and nations. There is a crying need for the reinforcement of the fight against misinformation policy,” he noted. Aslan Aslanov said that a number of countries and nations suffer from this disinformation which is purposefully disseminated, describind Azerbaijan and its people as one of those who suffered from this evil. “For example, the Armenian armed forces occupied 20 per cent of the Azerbaijani lands. They have destroyed our material, cultural, religious and spiritual monuments, including cemeteries, and our home lands. However, they try to mislead the world community by impudently spreading fake and fabricated news full of slanders about Azerbaijan. The Baku Forum and other international events of this kind are also of vital importance in terms of exposing the true face of the malovelent forces.” “Journalists and prominent media representatives from a number of countries have gathered in Baku today. I think that the first part of our breakout session featured very interesting and heated debate. By discussing this kind of issues one more time we want to say that the world should not be deceived by the insidious policy of Armenia and the pro-Armenian forces which is based on false information. I hope that thanks to the efforts of the world community we will be able to prevent these notorious and insidious activities,” Aslan Aslanov concluded. ..