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Ministries of Foreign Affairs and Culture of Azerbaijan issue joint statement

Yalli (Kochari, Tenzere), traditional group dances of Azerbaijan’s Nakhchivan Autonomous Republic, have been included in the UNESCO List of Intangible Cultural Heritage in Need of Urgent Safeguarding, reads a joint statement by Azerbaijan’s Ministry of Culture and the Foreign Ministry.

As is reported, "Dede Gorgud's heritage: a file on culture, folk legends and music” file of Azerbaijan, Kazakhstan and Turkey was submitted  to the Representative List of Intangible Cultural Heritage at the 13th session of the UNESCO Intergovernmental Committee for the Safeguarding of the Intangible Cultural Heritage held in Port Louis, the Republic of Mauritius on November 28.

"Dede Gorgud's heritage: Saga culture, folk tales and music " the multinational culture example promotes unity, equality and diversity in Azerbaijan, Turkey and Kazakhstan, as well as the values of family, women’s role in society, hospitality and justice.

Armenian provocative attempts regarding the nomination of Yalli (Kochari, Tenzere) traditional group dances of Nakhchivan were suppressed, the statement said.

The Azerbaijani delegation pointed out the inadmissibility of the Armenian side's non-constructive and irrelevant position has attached great importance to regional cooperation of Azerbaijan and the factor of the sharing of cultural heritage with the common countries, thereby demonstrating its commitment to UNESCO goodwill principles.

With the support of the First Vice President of the Republic of Azerbaijan, the President of the Heydar Aliyev Foundation, Goodwill Ambassador of UNESCO and ISESCO, Mehriban Aliyeva, :” Dede Gorgud heritage: Saga culture, folk tales and music” multinational culture, the art of crafting and playing kamancha, the tradition of cooking and serving dolma, the performance of Azerbaijani mugham (a folk musical composition), the tradition of cooking and serving lavash, Lahij copper craft, ashig art, novruz holiday, the art of carpet weaving, tar performance, Kalagayi art  have been included to the UNESCO Representative List of the Intangible Cultural Heritage, as well as, “Chovgan - a traditional sporting team game with Karabakh horses” and Yalli (Kochari, Tenzere), traditional group dances of Azerbaijan’s Nakhchivan Autonomous Republic, have been included in the UNESCO List of Intangible Cultural Heritage in Need of Urgent Safeguarding.

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