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
10.12.2019 11:05
Baku hosts "Journey to the Carpetland" Festival The two-day festival of joy, fun and excitement, dedicated to the 10th anniversary of the children's department of the Azerbaijan National Carpet Museum, has come to the end. Opening the festival, director of the Museum, Honored Worker of Culture Shirin Malikova noted that the museum's kids department was the first in the country. “Our goal is to get our children closer to our national values, heritage and culture“ she added. Melikova also stressed that the museum has turned into a favorite place to relax among youth. A number of young visitors is also growing every year. More than three hundred kids, including the dance group of the Center for Children and Youth Development N 3, Nur Kids Choir Studio actors of the Chichyayim Kids Theater, Azeri Ingilari dance group attended the festival. During the event, an employee of the Egyptian Embassy in Azerbaijan, Kamala Iskandarova read to children the mysterious Egyptian tales. The little guests also took part in master classes on souvenir rugs, soft toys, New Year's cards and etc.  The event also featured performances of “The Tale of Malikmamed“, “Shangyulum, Shungyulum, Mangyulum“ and “Carpet Dispute“. In addition, on the second day of the festival, participants experienced a spectacular carnival. The event continued with the  performance of the kids dance collective of the Baku Center for Russian Culture, with the selection of the best costumes in the nominations for Miss Carnival and Mr. Carnival. At the festival was also organized a charity sales fair. The proceeds from the sales fair will be spent on the treatment  of children suffering from the disease. The festival was organized by the Ministry of Culture and the Azerbaijan National Carpet Museum. ..
04.12.2019 08:59
Yugh Theater celebrates its 30th anniversaryAzerbaijan’s Yugh Theater has celebrated its 30th anniversary also marked the 70th anniversary of the theater's founder, Honored Artist Vagif Ibrahimoglu.   Speaking at the event, the Minister of Culture Abulfas Garayev said that Yugh Theater was founded on October 18, 1989 by Vagif Ibrahimoglu and Hasanaga Turabov at the State National Drama Theater. The Minister noted that, the theater quickly evolved into a large audience. Art director and director of the State Academic National Drama Theater Azerpasha Hematov said that the first performance of the theater was “Salam“ by M. Shahriyar's poem “Salam to Heydarbaba.“ The event also featured pieces from various theater performances.   ..
27.11.2019 09:01
Carpet museum hosts exhibition "Kelagayi: silk wings"On November 26, the National Carpet Museum of Azerbaijan has opened an exhibition called “Kelagayi: silk wings“. The exhibition is dedicated to the inclusion of the Traditional Art and Symbolism of Kelagayi into the UNESCO Representative List of the Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity on November 26, 2014. Speaking at the event, the museum's director, Chairman of the ICOM Azerbaijan National Committee Shirin Melikova noted that the concept of the exhibition is based on a synthesis of the traditional and modern approaches to the art of silk painting. The collection also includes the work of Inna Kostina. Kostina’s purple kelagayi with a beautiful golden ornament was created in 2003 at the creative forum in Baskal. Attending the event the member of the Azerbaijan Union of Artists Jalil Tariverdiyev, head of the sector of fine and decorative art at the Ministry of Culture Galib Gasimov, professor of the Azerbaijan State Academy of Arts, honored worker of culture Mammadhuseyn Huseynov praised the artist's creative work.   ..
21.11.2019 15:45
Baku Book Center to host presentation of the book dedicated to the 50th anniversary of Azerbaijan National Carpet MuseumThe presentation of the book dedicated to the 50th anniversary of the Azerbaijan National Carpet Museum will be held at the Baku Book Center on November 22, at 19:00. They will provide detailed information on the book’s each chapter. Afterward, Nargiz Karimova and Farid Aliyev, soloists of the Azerbaijan State Musical Comedy Theatre will perform arias from the opera Arshin Mal Alan. During the presentation, the guests will be asked interesting questions and those who know the correct answer will be awarded different prizes. Furthermore, the Museum will present its publications and handicrafts by weavers of the Traditional Technology Department, conduct various masterclasses including on flat woven zili technique, as well as invite to take part in the carpet cutting ceremony. ..
18.11.2019 15:24
Azerbaijan, ISESCO discuss prospects for cooperationAzerbaijan`s Minister of Culture Abulfas Garayev has met with new Director General of the Islamic Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (ISESCO) Salim bin Mohammed Al-Malik on the sidelines of the 40th session of UNESCO General Conference in Paris to discuss the current state and prospects for cooperation between the country and the organization. Abulfas Garayev congratulated Salim bin Mohammed Al-Malik on his appointment as ISESCO Director General. The minister briefed the ISESCO Director General on the development of Azerbaijan-ISESCO relations over the past period. He emphasized the outstanding contributions of President Ilham Aliyev and ISESCO Goodwill Ambassador, First Vice-President Mehriban Aliyeva to the development of this cooperation. The minister also highlighted numerous international projects jointly implemented by Azerbaijan and ISESCO. Salim bin Mohammed Al-Malik hailed the role of Azerbaijan’s leadership in developing relations between the country and the organization. He also pointed to the reforms and a number of projects carried out at ISESCO. Minister Abulfas Garayev invited ISESCO Director General Salim bin Mohammed Al-Malik to visit Azerbaijan, which he accepted with great pleasure. ..
14.11.2019 09:15
Azerbaijani movie receives best film award at VII CIS Young Cinema Forum in Bishkek“Chairs”, a movie by young Azerbaijani filmmaker Orhan Aghazade, has received the International Best film award at the UMUT (Hope) VII Forum of Young Cinema of the CIS countries held in Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan. The forum marked the 80th anniversary of Kyrgyz actor Suimenkul Chokmorov. The National Best film award went to the “Ayana”, a movie directed by Kyrgyz Aidana Topchubayeva. ..
13.11.2019 16:52
President Ilham Aliyev received delegation led by head of Iran’s Culture and Islamic Communications organizationPresident of the Republic of Azerbaijan Ilham Aliyev has received a delegation led by Head of Culture and Islamic Communications organization of the Islamic Republic of Iran Abuzar Ebrahimi Turkaman.  ..
13.11.2019 09:03
Baku to host the conference Museums, Textile Collections and Perspectives of Mutual CooperationThe Ministry of Culture of the Republic of Azerbaijan, the Azerbaijan National Carpet Museum, and the CIS Interstate Foundation for Humanitarian Cooperation will hold the conference Museums, Textile Collections and Perspectives of Mutual Cooperation on the dates November 14-17. The conference is timed to Latif Karimov’s birthday, the Azerbaijan National Carpet Museum’s founder, People’s Artist of Azerbaijan, the unsurpassed carpet-making master, and the date of inclusion of the Azerbaijani Traditional Carpet Art within the UNESCO Representative List of the Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity. Dr. Shirin Melikova, Director of the Azerbaijan National Carpet Museum is the conference curator. Thirty-nine experts from Azerbaijan, Turkey, UK, Germany, Russia, Italy, Georgia, Albania, Serbia, Kyrgyzstan, Kazakhstan, Uzbekistan, Argentina, and Thailand will take part in the conference. The academic sessions will cover such topics as Textile Museums in Digital World, Textile Collections, Project Management, Curatorial Work and Presentation, Specifics of Conservation in Textile Museums, and Audience Development. The conference schedule includes two full days of academic sessions, presentation of the Azerbaijan Carpet Museum book dedicated to its 50th anniversary, the opening ceremony of the exhibition Silk Stories, the fashion show, masterclasses, and the cultural program. It should be noted that the Silk Stories exhibition, dedicated to Uzbek silk weaving technology, will present all stages of ikat production. Ancient ikat, traditional costumes, suzanne, types of interior embroidery, pile carpets constitute a significant part of the exhibition. At the same time, a collection of silk and cotton dolls, replicas of the Russian Museum of Ethnography exhibits will be showcased here. The exhibition will include a short film about ikat production in Uzbekistan and its use in fashion. The Azerbaijan National Carpet Museum in the cooperation with the Embassy of Latvia to the Republic of Azerbaijan will host a fashion show Frozen Dreams of the Latvian designer Evita Smanuhina, LLmood concept costumes of linen and wool.  Furthermore, on the third day of the conference, the Carpet Museum staff will organize masterclasses on Carpet Weaving Technology, Production of Carpet Sketches and Their Specifics, and Production of Cheten. ..
09.11.2019 11:20
Film about Nasimi to be screened in Estonia“Nasimi“, an Azerbaijani movie, starring honored artist Rasim Balayev, will be shown in Tallinn, Estonia, on November 27. The movie, with free entrance, will be screened in Azerbaijani, with English subtitles. The screening will be held as part of the Year of Nasimi. ..