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
18.03.2020 10:27
Khan Shushinski – Epitome of traditional Azerbaijani art of mughamAzerbaijan marks 41st death anniversary of Khan Shushinski who was one of the most famous Azerbaijani mugham singers. Shushinski Khan (Isfandiyar Aslan oglu Javanshrov’s stage name) was born on August 20 in 1901 in Shusha. His father Aslan bey grandchild of Mahammad Javanshir who is from generation of Panahali khan, the founder and first ruler of Azerbaijan’s Karabakh khanate. Famous intellectuals of the Shusha would often gather in Aslan aga’s home and build meetings of poetry and music. Isfendiyar had grown up in the environment of music. Islam Abdullayev was his teacher. In 1918, he and his mugham teacher Islam Abdullayev attended a wedding ceremony in the village of Novruzlu (presently in the Aghdam district of Azerbaijan), where the guests were listening to a gramophone record of the Iranian singer Abul Hasan Khan performing the Kurd Shahnaz variety of mugham. After the song, young Isfandiyar was emphatically asked to resing that song live. Despite the complicated nature of Kurd Shahnaz his performance impressed the guests to the point of them comparing Isfandiyar to Abul Hasan Khan and saying: “Now, here is the real Khan. Shushinski made his first appearance in Baku in 1923, at the Azerbaijan State Philharmonic Hall. Khan Shushinski also highly represented Azerbaijani music abroad. In 1943, he was awarded with the title of people’s artist and later with different honor awards. The 70th birth anniversary of Khan Shushinski was held at the Azerbaijan State Philharmonic Hall in 1971. Khan Shushinski died on March 18 in 1979 in Baku. He was one of the well-known khanendes (singers) and popular artists of Azerbaijan. ..
12.03.2020 09:03
Turkmen President Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov visits Carpet MuseumPresident of Turkmenistan Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov, who is on an official visit in Azerbaijan, has today visited the Azerbaijan Carpet Museum. The Turkmen President was informed of the museum. In 2010, Azerbaijan's traditional art of carpet weaving was included in the UNESCO Representative List of Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity. The carpet museum, where unique samples of applied arts are exhibited, has been located in different places throughout its history. The Heydar Aliyev Foundation and UNESCO provided assistance in the construction of the new building. The building design is reminiscent of a rolled up carpet. The museum now houses exhibits and items, including carpets, thread-work samples, metalwork, fabrics, clothing, ceramic, glass, wooden and paper items, jewelry, books, and a unique collection of photographs. The exhibits are conserved on the basis of recommendations and instructions of Louis Sguirer, a renowned specialist in fabric conservation at the Victoria and Albert Museum who was invited to Baku in 2013. Designed by acclaimed Austrian architect Franz Janz, the museum highlights all areas of the Azerbaijani carpet making school and features a wide assortment of centuries-old carpets and thread-work samples. The Turkmen President viewed the museum’s Jewelry Fund which includes women’s and men’s jewelry belonging to the late 19th - early 20th century, as well as some created in the Bronze Age. President Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov donated Turkmen carpet to the museum. The Turkmen President was presented with a keepsake. ..
11.03.2020 15:22
Azerbaijan, Turkmenistan signed bilateral documentsA ceremony of signing Azerbaijan-Turkmenistan documents has been held with the participation of President of the Republic of Azerbaijan Ilham Aliyev and President of Turkmenistan Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov. ..
04.03.2020 16:22
President Ilham Aliyev inaugurated Azerbaijan State Museum of Ashug Art in Tovuz districtAs part of his visit to Tovuz district, President of the Republic of Azerbaijan Ilham Aliyev has attended the inauguration of Azerbaijan State Museum of Ashug Art. The head of state cut the ribbon symbolizing the opening of the museum. President Ilham Aliyev familiarized himself with the museum. ..
04.03.2020 16:21
President Ilham Aliyev opened Museum of History and Local Lore in Tovuz districtPresident of the Republic of Azerbaijan Ilham Aliyev has attended the opening of Museum of History and Local Lore in Tovuz district. The head of state cut the ribbon symbolizing the opening of the museum. President Ilham Aliyev viewed conditions created at the museum.  ..
29.02.2020 19:23
Famous Belarus conductor to appear on Baku stageAzerbaijan State Academic Opera and Ballet Theater will stage Giuseppe Verdi`s opera “Aida“ that will be conducted by chief conductor at the National Academic Opera and Ballet Theater Odessa, People`s Artist of Belarus Vyacheslav Volich. The theater invited the leading soloists from Russia and Ukraine. The role of Aida will be performed by the Honored Artist of Azerbaijan Afag Abbasova. The leading soloist of Stanislavski and Nemirovich-Danchenko Moscow Academic Music Theater Nikolay Erokhin will play the role of Ramzes. ..
21.02.2020 10:01
Azerbaijan's cultural routes to be discussedBaku will host a national conference on the potential of Azerbaijan's cultural routes on February 28-29. The event organized by the Azerbaijan's Ministry of Culture will be attended the Executive Secretary of the Enlarged Partial Agreement on Cultural Routes, director of the European Institute of Cultural Routes Stefano Dominioni, heads of cultural institutions and other officials. Azerbaijan joined the Cultural Routes programme in 2011. The country is now represented in 5 cultural routes as part of the project. Azerbaijan also joined the International Cultural Route ”Wine Road“  in 2011, to the European Cultural Route for Jewish Heritage in 2015, while in 2016 Azerbaijan entered to the European Route of Historic Thermal Towns and in 2019 to the Eruopean Council's Routes of Olive Tree.    ..
21.02.2020 09:06
Azerbaijan, Italy exchanged documentsFollowing the expanded meeting of President of the Republic of Azerbaijan Ilham Aliyev and President of the Council of Ministers of the Italian Republic Giuseppe Conte, a ceremony to exchange the Azerbaijan-Italy documents has been held.  ..
20.02.2020 16:32
Azerbaijani President Ilham Aliyev, Italian President Sergio Mattarella held expanded meetingFollowing the one-on-one meeting, President of the Republic of Azerbaijan Ilham Aliyev and President of the Italian Republic Sergio Mattarella have been joined by their delegations for a meeting in an expanded format. Welcoming President of Azerbaijan Ilham Aliyev, Italian President Sergio Mattarella said: - Mr. President, welcome to Rome. I am very pleased with your visit. I express my gratitude to you for the hospitality you showed me in Baku two years ago. Your current visit is also a great opportunity to once again note the sincere friendship and the strengthening cooperation between Azerbaijan and Italy, as well as to evaluate the policies pursued by you and your government in relation to Italian-Azerbaijani ties, cooperation between our countries in all directions - energy, trade, economic, political and cultural spheres. Mr. President, you are welcome again! Thank you, Mr. President! We are very pleased with your state visit to Italy. Х Х Х President Ilham Aliyev said: - Thank you, dear Mr. President. First of all, I would like to express my gratitude for the invitation to visit Italy on a state visit and for the hospitality extended to us. I am very delighted to be visiting your beautiful country again. I recall with pleasure your historic visit to Azerbaijan. The agreements reached during the visit are already reflected in life, and today Italian-Azerbaijani relations are rising to a new level. The interaction between our companies in practically all areas – political, economic, energy, cultural, transport, communications – is reaching a new level. The numerous documents that will be signed during the visit will further strengthen our ties. Among them, I would like to specifically note the Joint Declaration on Strengthening Strategic Partnership. There are excellent results in the energy sector. The Southern Gas Corridor, which we are implementing jointly, is in the final stages of completion. Our main desire in the future is that the relations between Italy and Azerbaijan in the non-oil sector develop even faster. Tomorrow's business forum, I am sure, will be a very important step in this direction. Let me once again express my gratitude for the hospitality and for the invitation. I am sure that the results of the visit will be very positive. Х Х Х During the meeting, the sides stressed the importance of the “Joint Declaration on Strengthening Multidimensional Strategic Partnership”. It was noted that this document covers all areas, including political, economic, trade and energy. The parties also underlined that Italy had always been a friend of Azerbaijan. It was noted that Azerbaijan is located in a very important region and is building very good ties with all countries. The sides once again emphasized the position of Azerbaijan on the settlement of the Armenia-Azerbaijan Nagorno-Karabakh conflict and pointed to the need for resolving this conflict within the framework of the territorial integrity of Azerbaijan in accordance with the norms and principles of international law and the Helsinki Final Act. During the meeting, the parties hailed the role of the Heydar Aliyev Foundation in developing cultural ties between the two countries. It was noted that Italy declared 2020 as the Year of Azerbaijani Culture. ..