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.

20.08.2019 11:12
Azerbaijani opera singer to perform at Bolshoi Theater in MoscowHonorary Artist of Azerbaijan Elchin Azizov will perform in the “Iolanta”, a lyric opera in one act by Pyotr Tchaikovsky, which will be staged at the Bolshoi Theatre in Moscow on October 5-6. He will play Ibn Hakia. Born in Baku, Elchin Azizov graduated from the Azerbaijan State University of Culture and Art with the profession of film director. Azerbaijan's opera singer possesses a charming baritone. In August 2005, he enrolled at the Summer Academy of the Mozarteum University (Salzburg, Richard Miller’s class). From 2006-2007, he studied with Alessandro Misciasci. In 2005-2007, he did a special course at the Opera studio attached to the Baku Academy of Music where he studied under Azad Aliyev. ..
16.08.2019 11:19
Registration for 6th Baku International Book Fair is availableThe 6th Baku International Book Fair will be held on September 27-29, 2019. The organizer of the event is the Ministry of Culture of the Republic of Azerbaijan. During the fair the participants will be able to demonstrate or sell their publications, they also will have an opportunity to negotiate and sign contracts with the national and foreign publishing houses, authors. The fair stands (up to 6 sq.m.) and equipment will be free of charge for the participants. The Organizing Committee will provide assistance for participants concerning the organizational issues, but all expenses (travel, accommodation, meal etc.) will be paid by the participants. Preliminary information about participation should be confirmed at least till          August 19, 2019 and application-contract form should be sent till August 31, 2019 to the Organizing Committee (e-mail: nrtis@mct.gov.az) The application-contract (PDF format) can be downloaded from here. ..
11.08.2019 18:43
"Steppe Man" film awarded in India“The Steppe Man“, a film by the Azerbaijani director Shamil Aliyev, has been successfully screened in White Unicorn International Film Festival 2019 (WUIFF) in India. The film won the prize in the nomination “Best Feature Film in Foreign Language“ for July-August 2019, Trend Life reported. The awarding ceremony, which took place on August 11 in Kolkata, featured a video message from Shamil Aliyev. “The Steppe Man” was produced in 2012 at the Azerbaijanfilm studio by the order of the Ministry of Culture and Tourism. The film has been screened at as many as 37 international film festivals. Over the past time, the film was named best at various film festivals, including Near Nazareth Festival 2019 (Israel), Florence Film Awards 2019 (Italy), European Screen Awards 2019 (Indonesia), Royal Wolf Film Awards 2019 (the U.S.), Oniros Film Awards (Italy), etc. It was named “Best Feature Film“ seven times. The film also won in such nominations as “Best Director“, “Best Screenplay“, “Best Female Actor“, “Creative Search“. “The Steppe Man” received a number of special diplomas and prizes, including the “Humay“ national prize. “The Steppe Man“ was selected as the Azerbaijani entry for the “Best Foreign Language Film” at the 86th Academy Awards (the Oscars). The scriptwriter of the film is Vidadi Hasanov, the director of photography is Rafig Guliyev, art directors are Rafig Nasirov and Ibrahim Halil Aminov, the composer is Rauf Aliyev, and producers are Mushvig Hatamov and Azer Guliyev. The film tells a story of a young steppe man who lives in remoteness from the city, closely tied to nature. His father teaches him the subtleties of life in the steppe. Soon after his father's death the young man meets a girl from a city. Their meeting becomes a new page in his life, a step to a big life unfamiliar to him before. White Unicorn International Film Festival is a monthly film festival held in Kolkata, India. It celebrates films from all around the world with awards in different categories and genres. WUIFF gives the opportunity to Indian filmmakers to compete for their dream project with other ingenious filmmakers around the world.  ..
10.08.2019 09:33
National Drama Theater gets ready for new seasonAzerbaijan State Academic National Drama Theater plays an important role in the cultural life of the country. The charismatic and extraordinarily talented theater actors always surprise the audience with wonderful performances. The theater will open its new season on September 21 with the “Karabakhname“ play. The play will be directed by People's Artist Marahim Farzalibayov, and the artistic director is Ismayil Mammadov. People's Artists Firangiz Mutallimova, Rafig Azimov, Saida Guliyeva, Haji Ismayilov, Ramiz Malik, Ramiz Novruz, Honored Artists Kazim Abdullayev, Elkhan Guliyev, Ajdar Hamidov, Ali Nurzade, Sabir Mammadov, Masma Aslangizi, Kazim Hasanguliyev, Parviz Baghirov, Elshan Jabrayilov, Anar Heybatov, as well as Amina Babayeva, Shahla Aligizi, Rovshan Karimdukht, Rashad Bakhtiyarov and others will perform in the play. The music for the play was composed by Hamid Kazimzade, the costume designer is Aygun Mahmudova, and the light artist is Rafael Hasanov. “Karabakhname” tells about the historical events in Shusha, the center of the Karabakh Khanate in the 18th century, and the socio-political and family life of the ruler of Karabakh, Ibrahim Khan. In the play, Ibrahim Khan, trying to establish political ties and friendly relations with Russia and Iran, becomes a victim of an Armenian provocation. Azerbaijan State Academic National Drama Theater has its origins in national holidays and dances. In 1873, comedy “Vizier of Lankaran khanate“ was staged there. The professional Azerbaijani theater was originated after this very performance. During the Soviet period, the theater was awarded many awards for successful activity. Such actors as Huseyn Arablinski, Mukhtar Dadashev, Jahangir Zeynalov, Mirzaagha Aliyev, Sidgi Ruhulla, Alasgar Alakbarov, Adil Isgenderov, Barat Shekinskaya, Leyla Badirbeyli and other famous actors played at the theater. Plays to works of Jafar Jabbarli, Mirza Fatali Akhundov, Ali bey Huseynzade, Najaf bey Vazirov, Huseyn Javid, Sabit Rahman, Nariman Narimanov, Ilyas Efediyev, as well as to works of other world classics such as Shakespeare, Schiller, Moliere, Dumas, Hugo, Balzac, Pushkin, Lermontov, Tolstoy, Gogol were staged in the theater. The troup of the theater was repeatedly in tours in Moscow, Saint Petersburg, Kazan, Tbilisi, Tashkent, Ashgabat, Turkey, Germany, Cyprus, etc. ..
09.08.2019 12:44
“Legend of Love” to be premiered at Opera & Ballet TheaterThe “Legend of Love” ballet by Arif Malikov will be soon staged at the Azerbaijan State Academic Opera and Ballet Theater. Speaking about the ballet, the musical director and chief conductor of the State Academic Opera and Ballet Theater, Honored Artist Eyyub Guliyev stressed that Arif Malikov’s music is famous in the country and abroad. “This year we all lost the world-famous composer Arif Malikov, whose music is known and loved in Azerbaijan, Russia and other countries. His symphonies are performed by the most famous orchestras in the world - in particular, Valery Gergiev conducted the performance of his famous Sixth Symphony,” said Eyyub Guliyev. He noted that the “Legend of Love” ballet was first staged in 1961. After the premiere of the ballet, Malikov became famous throughout the USSR. The ballet has been staged in 64 countries around the world and in the end of the year, this work will be presented to the audience in Baku. “Legend of Love” is a ballet in three acts, seven scenes, based on the libretto from “Farkhad and Shirin“ drama by the poet and playwright Nazim Hikmet. The drama, in turn, is based on the “Khosrov and Shirin“ poem by  the Azerbaijani philosopher and poet of the 12th-13th centuries Nizami Ganjavi. The ballet was premiered on March 23, 1961 in St. Petersburg at the Mariinsky Theater. Since then this ballet has been staged at the best stages in the world. To date, “Legend of Love”, which has become a classic of the 20th century, does not lose its relevance due to the unique and sophisticated choreography. The choreographer is People's Artist of the USSR Yuri Grigorovich, the stage designer is People's Artist of the USSR Simon Virsaladze. After “Legend Of Love”, Arif Malikov went on to write music for two more ballets: “Two“ (1967) and “Poem of Two Hearts“ (1981), five symphonies and eight symphony poems. He also wrote music scores for many films and plays and was familiar with practically all genres of music composition. Malikov is honored with a concert hall named after him at Turkey's Bilkent University. He was an Honorary Doctor of Khazar University (2012) in Baku.  He taught music at the Azerbaijan National Conservatoire and was a founding member of Eurasian Academy. The outstanding composer, laureate of the State Prize of Azerbaijan, holder of numerous orders, People's Artist Arif Malikov died on May 9, 2019. ..
09.08.2019 09:47
Book about prominent tar player publishedA book about famous Azerbaijani tar player Ahsan Dadashev has been published in Baku. The book “Praise be to you, Ahsan“ was written by the order of the Ministry of Culture. In his book, famous writer Rafig Hajiyev tells the story of the life and rich creative path of the prominent musician, Trend Life reported. The name of the outstanding tar musician, Honored Artist of Azerbaijan Ahsan Dadashev (1924-1976) is well known to lovers of folk music. The musician conquered the hearts of thousands of people. The follower of Mansur Mansurov’s mugham traditions, Ahsan Dadashev brought his own unique style to the performance of national music. Throughout his life, he toured many countries within Rashid Behbudov’s ensemble. In 1960, Dadashev created an ensemble of folk instruments under the Azerbaijani Television and Radio, and was its artistic director until the end of his life. Now the Khatira ensemble of folk instruments is named after Akhsan Dadashev. The artistic director of the ensemble is People’s Artist Adil Bagirov. Shur, one of the seven main mugham modes in Azerbaijani music, took a special place in the work of the prominent musician. There are a lot of versions of this mugham style, but music lovers who were ever lucky to hear shur performed by Ahsan Dadashev were amazed by his virtuosity. Dadashev was recognized not only as a brilliant mugham performer, but also as a skilled accompanist to prominent singers such as Rashid Behbudov, Shovkat Alakbarova, Khan Shushinski, Sara Gadimova, etc. Azerbaijani mugham, one of the most valuable heritages of the national culture, contains seven main modes - rast, shur, segah (especially common), shushtar, bayati-shiraz, chahargah, humayun and three extra kinds - shahnaz, sarenj and chargah. Vagif Mustafazade is the founder of Azerbaijani jazz-mugham movement that emerged in the late 1960s and 1970s in Baku, as a result of the mixture of these two styles. Jazz schools around the world recognized Vagif Mustafazadeh as a phenomenal musician. His works represent a unique combination of eastern and western schools, of tradition and innovation. Throughout years, he wrote numerous jazz compositions, including fugues, preludes, ballads and scherzos, many of them written in the 1970s. He released a total of eight albums, all with different line-ups, mood and style. ..
08.08.2019 09:56
National pianist delights music loversA meeting with the Honored Artist of Azerbaijan, talented pianist Nargiz Aliyarova has been held at Niyazi House-Museum within the Club of Classical Music Lovers. The director of the State Museum of Musical Culture, Honored Culture Worker Alla Bayramova and the head of the museum department Khanim Abdinova spoke about the creative activities of Nargiz Aliyarova, noting her contribution to promotion of Azerbaijani musical culture. Then Nargiz Aliyarova shared her experience in concert and pedagogical activities and answered numerous questions from the audience. At the evening, a slide show about the pianist was presented, fragments from Aliyarova’s concert programs were demonstrated. Nargiz Aliyarova then performed the works of Gara Garayev and Frederic Chopin. Her performance was met with great interest and a storm of applause. New York-based Azerbaijani musician Nargiz Aliyarova is an international pianist and professor. Since her first concert at the age of nine, she has been on stage as a soloist, collaborative musician as well as a performer with chamber and symphonic orchestras in over 40 cities around the world. Aliyarova’s repertoire includes music ranging from baroque to contemporary. In 2010, she was awarded a diploma “For outstanding contribution to the legacy of Frederic Chopin“ by the Government of Poland. Aliyarova has produced five CDs, three of which were released by the Belgian recording company Etcetera. Nargiz Aliyarova is a Doctor of Art and professor, as well as an author of more than 20 scholarly articles and several books. She was teaching piano and chamber music at Baku Music Academy for 25 years and has been a member of Azerbaijan State Piano Trio for 15 years. The musician has an active piano studio in Manhattan's Upper East Side. She is also the president of the Zonta Club of New York women's organization as well as the founder of the National Music & Global Culture Society (NMGCS), which operates in New York. NMGCS is a not-for-profit organization that aims to unite the multicultural community through the advocacy of music from around the world. It serves as a platform for the interactive presentation of worldwide music. NMGCS’ main goal is to help diverse society better communicate through appreciation of global multinational culture. ..
07.08.2019 16:33
Cultural relations with Argentina, Austria to intensifyAzerbaijan and Argentina enjoy strong cultural partnership based on mutual interests. Argentina's recent participation in the Gabala International Music Festival, the International Jazz Festival and other music events in Azerbaijan strengthened the cultural exchange between the two peoples. Azerbaijani Minister of Culture Abulfas Garayev has met with Argentine Ambassador Sergio Osvaldo Perez Gunella. The minister informed the ambassador about the international music festivals and cultural events held in Azerbaijan. He noted the importance of regular participation in these festivals for the development of mutual cooperation between the two countries, Trend reported. Garayev also emphasized the importance of organizing joint TV shows reflecting the culture of Azerbaijan and Argentina. In turn, Sergio Osvaldo Perez Gunella spoke about the Tango Festival in Argentina and various film festivals. The Argentine ambassador invited Azerbaijan to attend the Tango Festival to be held in October this year in Argentina. Later, Abulfas Garayev received the Austrian Ambassador to Azerbaijan Bernd Alexander Bayerl. Welcoming the ambassador, the minister said that Azerbaijan and Austria, which share the same geographical importance and population, have many similarities. Garayev stressed the importance of cooperation between the music schools of the two countries. He said that student exchanges between schools would have a positive impact on the younger generation of both countries and contribute greatly to the promotion of the culture of the two countries. “Through our museums, theaters, concert venues and cultural heritage examples, we can further strengthen relationship between the two countries and implement joint projects“, he said. Garayev also noted that a number of important projects have been implemented so far within the cultural cooperation between Austria and Azerbaijan. These projects promote friendship between the two countries and a dialogue of cultures. Bernd Alexander Bayerl, in turn, said that there is a strong relationship between the two countries in the field of culture and spoke about the work to further expand and develop these relations.  He noted that representatives from the music, theater and culture spheres of the two countries can exchange experiences. Bayerl also said that Azerbaijan has a rich culture. The sides exchanged views on the current state and prospects of cultural cooperation between the two countries and discussed the possibility of implementing joint projects. During the meetings, both ambassadors thanked the government of Azerbaijan for the high level of organization of the 43rd World Heritage Committee session held in Baku from June 30 to July 10. Both the Austrian and Argentine delegations, who attended the committee meetings, expressed their satisfaction with the organization of the event. At the Baku session, 45 significant decisions were made and 29 heritage sites were inscribed on UNESCO World Heritage List. The session participants included more than 2,500 delegates from 180 countries, including ministers, executives, representatives and ambassadors of international organizations in Azerbaijan, and members of the Azerbaijani government. The session included plenty of decisions made on inclusion of different cultural historic heritage sites in the UNESCO World Heritage List. Among other countries' historical sites, Azerbaijan’s Khan Palace and the historical center of Sheki were included in the UNESCO World Heritage List at the Baku session. This became the third cultural heritage site inscribed on the World Heritage List after the Icherisheher with Maiden's Tower and the Shirvanshahs Palace (2000) and Gobustan rock paintings (2007). ..
07.08.2019 09:59
"Leyli and Majnun" play to be staged in FranceBaku Puppet Theater has been operating since 2013 under the Icherisheher State Historical-Architectural Reserve. The theater aims to transfer the country's rich cultural heritage to future generations and preserve national values. To demonstrate their acting skills outside the country, the theater’s team has applied to participate in the World Puppet Theater Festival.  The 20th World Puppet Theater Festival will be held in France on September 20-29. Baku Puppet Theater will present “Leyli and Majnun” play at the festival, Azertag reported. “Leyli and Majnun” is a tragic love story, in which the male character Majnun (literally meaning “crazy“ in Arabic) goes mad because he cannot be with his beloved Leyli. The most popular version of this love story was penned by Nizami Ganjavi (1141-1209), who lived and died in Ganja. The foundation of Baku Puppet Theater was laid by artist and director Tarlan Gorchu in the 1980s. Among others, the theater’s repertoire includes works by the founder of Azerbaijani classical music, playwright Uzeyir Hajibeyli. The theater was named after the prominent Azerbaijani writer Abdulla Shaig since 1974. At present, the theater performs in Azerbaijani and Russian languages for children and adults. Plays of Azerbaijani, Russian and western European playwrights are staged in the theater, including “Haji Gara” by Mirza Fatali Akhundov, “The Doctor in Spite of Himself” by Jean Baptiste Moliere, “Almaz” by Jafar Jabbarli, and “Big Ivan” by Sergey Obraztsov. The World Puppet Theater Festival, founded by Jacques Felix in 1961, has made Charleville-Mezieres the capital of puppetry. The festival takes place every two years. Every year, about 250 troupes from five continents present their plays to over 150,000 spectators from all over the world. For 10 days, the festival holds around 200 shows as part of the main event and fringe festival, street shows, meetings, exhibitions and other festivities. ..