“Speaking Walls” urban art project and “Designing a Hope” project have been presented in Gala settlement as part of the Nasimi festival.
Vice-President of the Heydar Aliyev Foundation Leyla Aliyeva and Arzu Aliyeva attended the event.
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. ..
07.11.2019 10:59 Heydar Aliyev Center hosts concert of famous pianist Ruslan AgababayevFamous pianist Ruslan Agababayev has performed with a concert program at the Heydar Aliyev Center. As a talented pianist and composer, he shows promise not only in jazz but also classical music. He was born in Baku on March 17, 1976, into a family of doctors and musicians. Having enrolled in the piano classes of Olga Khomenchuk at the school named after Shahriyar he received education in classical performance. In 1994, he began studying at the Uzeyir Hajibeyli Baku Music Academy, in the piano classes of Professor Elmira Safarova. He then continued his education after moving to the US, at City College of New York, in the department of classical composition, under the tutelage of distinguished professor David Del Tredici, a famous composer in America, winner of the Pulitzer Award, who’s many musical compositions include a piece for the large mixed ensemble of Alice in Wonderland (Final Alice, 1976). At the same time he studied jazz with the pianist Bruce Barth, Mike Hollober and the famous double bassist Ron Carter, and then moved on to the composition classes of David Loeb at New School University, where he received his Master`s degree. ..
06.11.2019 15:28 Days of Azerbaijani culture and literature open in UzbekistanDays of Azerbaijani culture and literature have opened in the city of Urgench, Uzbekistan. The event is held with the support of Azerbaijani Cultural Center named after Heydar Aliyev under Azerbaijan`s Embassy in Tashkent, “Uzbektourizm” State Committee, “Kaspi” newspaper and the Kaspi Education Company of Azerbaijan, and the leadership of Khorezm region of Uzbekistan. The workers of culture, literature and art of Azerbaijan and Uzbekistan, and journalists attended the ceremony. In his opening remarks, the khokim of the Khorezm region Farkhod Ermanov described the organization of the Days of Azerbaijani culture and literature as a milestone event. The founder of the Kaspi newspaper, writer-publicist Sona Valiyeva highlighted the cooperation between the two nations in the field of literature, as well as literary relations between the heritage of Nizami Ganjavi, Alisher Navoi, Mohammed Fuzuli, Aldulhamid Cholpon and Huseyn Cavid. Sona Valiyeva stressed the importance of values that bring the two nations closer, as well as conveying and promoting the Azerbaijan-Uzbekistan friendship to future generations. The event also featured a concert program performed by Azerbaijan`s honored artists Ehtiram Huseynov and Bayimkhanum Valiyeva. ..
06.11.2019 14:30 Museum Without BordersEvery year, November 13th is celebrated as the International Day of Persons with Disabilities. On this occasion, the Azerbaijan National Carpet Museum plans to present to the audience the permanent exhibition's second-floor adapted for individuals with disabilities. The opening ceremony will be on November 8 at 18:00. Here, one can observe small replicas of Azerbaijani carpets with geometric and vegetative elements and zoomorphic and anthropomorphic images in flat-woven and pile techniques along with the captions in Azerbaijani and English Braille. Thus, individuals who are visually impaired can feel the ornaments shape via a tactile method. This event organized by the Ministry of Culture of the Republic of Azerbaijan and the Azerbaijan National Carpet Museum becomes a major step for providing equality in a social and cultural environment and supporting the state of well-being of the visitor with visual impairments. It should be noted that visitors in wheelchairs can independently navigate our spaces. A tactile method display and Azerbaijani and English Braille have been adapted to the permanent exhibition's first-floor since the beginning of 2019. Furthermore, the weavers of the Museum's Traditional Technology Department and Children's Department constantly conduct free masterclasses for people with disabilities. ..
06.11.2019 10:20 The Minister and Deputy Ministers of Culture of the Republic of Azerbaijan will receive citizens in the regionsAccording to the schedule of acceptance of citizens in the cities and districts of the heads of the central bodies of executive power, the minister of Culture Abulfas Garayev will receive residents of Ucar and Zardab district individually in Heydar Aliyev Center (Ucar district, Heydar Aliyev Avenue 73), on 25 October 2019 at 11:00. On the same day, at 11:00, First Deputy Minister of Culture Vagif Aliyev will meet with citizens of Agdam region at the Heydar Aliyev Center (Agdam region, Guzanli settlement), while the Deputy Minister of Culture Rafig Bayramov will meet with Agcabadi and Lachin citizens at Flag Square (Agcabadi region, U.Hajibayli Avenue). Citizens can be recorded to the reception by contacting the Ministry of Culture officially, email@example.com e-mail address, ex.mct.gov.az e-services site and also by 147 (Call Center) or (012) 493-92-17, (012) 493-55-21 (coordinator Lala Karimova - Head of Division for Regional Policy Department). Citizens wishing to come to the reception are also asked to contact the following contact persons: № City (district) Coordinator Contacts phone 1 Kurdamir district Sevinj Hasanova 051-723-96-55 020-255-20-51 2 Aghdam district Shahin Gasimov 050-328-07-41 026-325-00-83 3 Ahdjabadi district Edil Hasanov 050-497-74-70 021-275-58-26 4 Lachin district Asif Aliyev 070-327-69-89 021-277-83-41 ..
05.11.2019 11:07 Heydar Aliyev Center to host retrospective exhibition by Russian photographer Yakov KhalipHeydar Aliyev Center will host “Heir to the Avant-Garde. The Azerbaijani diary” retrospective exhibition of the classic Soviet photographer Yakov Khalip. The exhibition is organized by the Lumiere Brothers Center for Photography, a Moscow-based non-profit organization. Retrospective exhibition of Yakov Khalip will give an insight into the evolution of Soviet photography - from the avant-garde 1920s to the stagnant 1960s - through the body of work of one great photographer. The exhibition is based on the Khalip family archive, collection of the Lumiere Center, private collections and photos taken in Azerbaijan. Archive of the Khalip family reveals unique artefacts introducing the epoch: documents of the Arctic expedition; original expedition maps; trip permits and assignments; postcards sets of the 1930s; rare books and booklets featuring Khalip`s work; handmade thematic photo albums, created by the photographer and many more. The exhibition will run till March 29, 2020. ..
01.11.2019 09:26 First Vice-President Mehriban Aliyeva congratulates Azerbaijani people on Baku’s inclusion in UNESCO Creative Cities NetworkFirst Vice-President of the Republic of Azerbaijani Mehriban Aliyeva has congratulated the Azerbaijani people on the occasion of Baku’s inclusion in UNESCO Creative Cities Network for design on World Cities Day. In a post on her official Instagram page, Mehriban Aliyeva said: “Having preserved its unique historical identity, the city of Baku, which is becoming more and more beautiful with modern architectural pearls, was added on the UNESCO Creative Cities Network for design on World Cities Day. I congratulate my fellow countrymen on this landmark event for our capital, and wish all the cities of our country peace, development and progress, and all its kind and hospitable residents happiness and prosperity.“ ..
31.10.2019 16:18 Azerbaijani delegation attends ICCROM 31st General AssemblyAn Azerbaijani delegation has attended the 31st General Assembly of the International Centre for the Study of the Preservation and Restoration of Cultural Property (ICCROM) in Rome, Italy. The General Assembly meets every two years and is attended by member states, as well as by observers from non-member states, intergovernmental organizations and other institutions that partner with ICCROM in the development of its programmes. This year the General Assembly welcomed the 137th member state of ICCROM, Costa Rica, and celebrated 60 years of activities. ..
31.10.2019 11:14 Monument to great Azerbaijani poet and thinker Imadeddin Nasimi unveiled in MoscowA monument to great Azerbaijani poet and thinker Imadeddin Nasimi has been unveiled in the atrium of the All-Russian State Foreign Literature Library named after M.I.Rudomino in Moscow, Russia. The monument was opened with organizational support of the Heydar Aliyev Foundation. Vice-President of the Heydar Aliyev Foundation Leyla Aliyeva, Deputy Minister of Culture of Russia Pavel Stepanov, Azerbaijani Ambassador to Russia Polad Bulbuloglu and Director General of the All-Russian State Foreign Literature Library Mikhail Shepel attended the opening ceremony. The event was organized as part of the series of events dedicated to the 650th anniversary of Nasimi. Author of the monument is academician of the Russian Academy of Arts, sculptor Aydin Zeynalov. The Heydar Aliyev Foundation also erected a monument to Azerbaijan’s eminent writer and philosopher Mirza Fatali Akhundov in the atrium of the All-Russian State Foreign Literature Library in 2012. x x x The same day, Vice-President of the Heydar Aliyev Foundation Leyla Aliyeva met with members of the Azerbaijani Youth Organization of Russia (AYOR) in the Botanical Garden of Moscow State University named after M.V. Lomonosov. The event featured “Pomegranate” painting exhibition. Two pomegranate saplings were presented to the Botanical Garden. The event continued with a concert program. ..
30.10.2019 10:09 Vice-President of Heydar Aliyev Foundation Leyla Aliyeva attends 8th Moscow International Biennale of Contemporary ArtVice-President of the Heydar Aliyev Foundation Leyla Aliyeva has participated in the 8th Moscow International Biennale of Contemporary Art held at Russia`s State Tretyakov Gallery. The exhibition features over 50 works of 34 artists from 11 countries. The multimedia installations “The Idea of Saving Aesthetics” by Azerbaijani artist Orkhan Mammadov and “Eternity” by Leyla Aliyeva were also displayed at the exhibition. “The Idea of Saving Aesthetics” explores data as a fruitful and yet thoroughly problematic resource for artistic inspiration in the turbulent epoch of global nomadism, uneven cultural diffusion, and rising nationalist movements. The “Eternity”, known as a genre of video-art tells about human courage. The artists from Russia, Austria, Bahrein, Germany, Italy, China, the Netherlands, Saudi Arabia, US and France also joined the Biennale, which will last until January 22 . A film about People's Artist of the USSR, Vice-President of the Russian Academy of Arts Tahir Salakhov will also be shot as part of the Biennale. ..
25.10.2019 09:25 European Union to conduct Cultural Heritage FestivalThe European Union Delegation to Azerbaijan will hold the 2nd edition of “Fantazia” Cultural Heritage Festival from November 1-15 in Baku, Ganja and Nij village of Gabala. The purpose of the “Fantazia” Festival, named after Baku's famous bath house protected building, is to raise awareness on the need to showcase and to preserve cultural heritage. This year's festival coincides with the Eastern Partnership's 10th anniversary, The Festival will be organized in partnership with EU Member States and third countries, namely France, Bulgaria, Italy, Latvia, Finland, Belgium, the Netherlands, Hungary, Moldova, Mexico, Argentina, Tajikistan, Venezuela as well as local partners, including the Ministry of Culture of Azerbaijan, Baku City Main Department of Culture, the Administration of State Historical-Architectural Reserve “Icherisheher”. The Festival will be launched on November 1 with an international conference on architectural heritage at the Azerbaijani-French University UFAZ and with the subsequent opening of a pop up museum dedicated to Baku's history. The Festival will also include exhibitions, theatre performance, concerts, workshops, film screenings on heritage issues presented by film directors, guided tours. More than 10 foreign guests will arrive to Baku on this occasion. Part of the Festival's activities will take place in Ganja, namely the organization of exhibitions, debates, a concert and film screenings. During the Festival, the guests of the Festival will also participate in the Albanian – Udi culture day in Nij village of Gabala region. The Festival is supported by “The Landmark” Hotel and Business Centre. Official partners of the initiative are: “YARAT” Contemporary Art Space, “Salaam” Cinema, Municipality of Ganja city, Albanian Udi community, AEDOS, Casa Battlo in Barcelona. Scientific partners are: Ca’ Foscari University of Venice, Azerbaijan National University of Culture and Arts, French-Azerbaijani University, Ganja State University. United Cultures is providing organizational support under a contract financed by the European Union. ..
17.10.2019 12:27 650th birth anniversary of Azerbaijani poet Imadaddin Nasimi celebrated at UNESCO headquartersA solemn ceremony to mark the 650th birth anniversary of the great Azerbaijani poet and thinker Imadaddin Nasimi has been held at UNESCO headquarters in Paris. Addressing the event, Azerbaijan’s Permanent Representative to UNESCO Ambassador Anar Karimov said that President Ilham Aliyev declared 2019 as a Year of Nasimi in the country. He noted that a series of scientific, literary and cultural events were being held in the country and abroad on the occasion. Karimov highlighted First Vice-President Mehriban Aliyeva`s initiative to plant 650,000 trees in Azerbaijan in one day to mark the 650th birth anniversary of the poet. UNESCO Assistant Director-General Ernesto Ottone Ramírez said Nasimi's works made a significant impact on the development of humane values. He said the celebrations would contribute to the promotion of mutual understanding, tolerance and culture of peace. Deputy Minister of Culture Sevda Mammadaliyeva highlighted the life and works of the great poet. German scholar Michael Hess described Nasimi’s works as a literary treasure, noting their importance for Western readers. The event then featured a concert program which included recitation of Nasimi poems and ghazels by People’s Artists Teyyub Aslanov and Honored Artist Sevda Alakbarzade in mugham and music genres, as well as performance of Azerbaijan State Pantomime Theater. ..
16.10.2019 17:47 Painting Museum hosts "Baku Speaking: 1900-1940s" exhibitionYARAT Contemporary Art Space presents “Baku Speaking: 1900s-1940s“, an exhibition held in the Museum of Azerbaijani Painting of the XX-XXI Centuries. “Baku Speaking: 1900s-1940s“ is a multidisciplinary museum exhibition that brings to light paintings and graphic works from the beginning of the twentieth century up to The Second World War. Literary works, archive chronicles and documents that reflect the attitudes of the time are also featured. The 1900s to 1940s are remembered as a politically, culturally, and socio-economically rich epoch in the history of Azerbaijan. The tense political environment of Azerbaijan, with its complex geo-political position, was a main influence in all areas of society. Added to socio-political processes that had begun at the dawn of the century, the socialist ideology of the Soviet regime was introduced around the 1920s, all the while secretly fighting against etatism, national democratic and panturkist sympathies. Amid these events, the fine arts in the country arguably underwent their most critical and decisive period resulting in changes to forms and themes and the emergence of new genres. Societal changes reverberated in literature with the publishing of various poems, plays and articles. The decorative arts that existed before the twentieth century were enriched with the traditions of the realist school of thought. With the education brought by the Russian school of art after the establishment of the Soviet regime, Azerbaijani artists moved from a flat to a more voluminous representation. As they acquired new methods of self-expression, the themes the artists addressed changed as well. Transitioning from decorative to documentary and narrative art, the works of the new century bear a historical significance. Themes of national identity and national belonging are represented and tackled satirically, such as the stalled development of society and lack of education. The issue of women’s freedom became a significant topic touched upon in the fine arts and literature, along with poetry and articles carrying nationalistic sentiments. “Baku Speaking: 1900s-1940s“ acts as a voice of its time, exposing the perceptions of art in the political, social, cultural, educational and literary spheres. The artists presented in the exhibition are: Ismayil Akhundov, Azim Azimzade, Latif Feyzullayev, Mikhail Gerasimov, Hasan Hagverdiyev, Ali bey Huseynzade, Geysar Kashiyeva, Bahruz Kangarli, Rustam Mustafayev, Ali Rasim Mukhtarov, Adil Gaziyev, Alakbar Rzaguliyev, Ogtay Sadigzada, Salam Salamzade, Sadig Sharifzada, Taghi Taghiyev, Gazanfar Khaligov, Kamil Khanlarov, and poet(esse)s Mikail Rafili, Jafar Jabbarli, Ahmad Javad, Seyid Huseyn Sadig, Umgulsum Sadigzada, Huseyn Javid, Mikayil Mushvig, Samed Mansur, tell of a complex, changing, yet a very bright epoch through their works. The exhibition is composed of paintings and graphic works belonging to the foundations of Azerbaijan National Museum of Art, Azerbaijan State Theatre Museum, Azerbaijan National Library and Azerbaijan Museum of Independence, as well as archive documents and manuscripts protected by the National Archives of the Republic of Azerbaijan. “Baku Speaking: 1900s-1940s“ will be accompanied by the opening of Villa Petrolia, an installation placed in front of the Museum of Azerbaijani Painting of the XX-XXI Centuries, which was gifted to YARAT Contemporary Art Space by Goethe Zentrum (Azerbaijan) and created by the artist Marco Montiel-Soto (Berlin, Germany). Villa Petrolia is a result of the author’s artistic research and is named after a famous mansion in Baku. The installation consists of a tower built during the Baku Oil Boom and shows posters and videos collected by the artist to pay respect to the modern oil realities of Baku. Curation: Suad Garayeva-Maleki and Farah Alakbarli Research: Zahra Mammadova ..
16.10.2019 09:14 Nizami Cinema Center hosts presentation of documentary commemorating Russian poet Andrey DementyevNizami Cinema Center has hosted a presentation of a documentary “One life, one love“ commemorating a famous Russian poet, Honored Artist, laureate of the State Prize Andrey Dementyev. Vice-President of the Heydar Aliyev Foundation Leyla Aliyeva attended the event. Prior to the screening of the film, famous journalist, screenwriter and director Oleg Schommer highlighted the life and creativity of the poet. Schommer noted that new documentaries will be made as part of the cooperation with the Heydar Aliyev Foundation. He said that each of the screenings will be presented separately. “Azerbaijan always pays attention to the works of great poets,” Schommer added. Then the event participants watched the film. ..
11.10.2019 14:03 Azerbaijan, Russia discuss development of cultural cooperationAzerbaijani Minister of Culture Abulfas Garayev has met with a Russian delegation led by advisor to the Minister of Culture Mikhail Kozhemyakin. Garayev hailed the development of cultural relations between Azerbaijan and Russia. He noted that Azerbaijan successfully cooperates with different countries in the cultural area as well as implements exchange of experience in the fields of theater, music and fine arts. The minister highlighted the country`s rich culture and samples of the cultural heritage. Abulfas Garayev underlined that Azerbaijan attaches special importance to preservation and promotion of the cultural heritage. He noted that the 43rd session of the UNESCO World Heritage Committee was excellently organized in Baku. Garayev underlined that the inclusion of the historical center of Sheki with the Khan's Palace in the UNESCO World Heritage List is a vivid evidence of the country`s rich cultural heritage. Advisor to the Russian Minister of Culture Mikhail Kozhemyakin praised the development of the bilateral relations in various areas. He said that his country is interested in closer cooperation with Azerbaijan in the cultural area and organizing reciprocal visits of the cultural workers. He stressed the necessity of expanding cultural relations and implementing joint projects. The sides also exchanged views on other issues of mutual interest. ..
03.10.2019 14:08 UNESCO holds international photo contest: “Youth Eyes on the Silk Roads” “Youth Eyes on the Silk Roads” international photo contest is open for submissions from 19 September 2019 and will end on 6 January 2020. The contest is open to young girls and boys aged between 14 and 25 years old, and the photos submitted have to correspond to one of the 3 themes proposed: Gastronomy and Food Production along the Silk Roads Traditional Sports and Games along the Silk Roads Music and Dance along the Silk Roads Official website: https://unescosilkroadphotocontest.org Announcement of the launching: https://en.unesco.org/news/participate-youth-eyes-silk-roads-photo-contest-2019 Below, UNESCO's official publications on social media: Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/p/B2pv7lzCdlM https://www.instagram.com/p/B2yhvzKiJgP https://www.instagram.com/p/B3BqGtbi342 Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/unesco/photos/a.10150253911838390/10157601483743390/?type=3&theater https://www.facebook.com/unesco/photos/a.10150253911838390/10157614833528390/?type=3&theater https://www.facebook.com/unesco/photos/a.10150253911838390/10157629187958390/?type=3&theater Twitter: https://twitter.com/UNESCO/status/1174579123294892032 https://twitter.com/UNESCO/status/1176361891888807936 https://twitter.com/UNESCO/status/1178188924851752961 Moreover, a travelling exhibition of the photos which best represent the spirit of the contest will be exhibited in various countries. These photos will also appear in a professional photo album. The 2018 exhibition has been displayed so far in China, Oman, Turkmenistan, Afghanistan, Russian Federation, UNESCO HQ in Paris, Azerbaijan (during the 5th World Forum on Intercultural Dialogue), and Turkey. ..
03.10.2019 12:13 9th Cultural Routes Annual Advisory Forum held in RomaniaThe 9th Cultural Routes of the Council of Europe Annual Advisory Forum 2019 “Cultural Routes for Cultural Tourism“ has been held in Sibiu, Romania. An employee of Azerbaijan`s Ministry of Culture, Vugar Mammadov attended the event, which was co-organized by the Enlarged Partial Agreement on Cultural Routes of the Council of Europe (EPA) and the Ministry of Tourism of Romania. This year`s forum focused on cultural tourism and the challenges it faces, especially in relation to sustainability. The forum addressed the role of the Cultural Routes in capitalising the potential for cultural tourism so to foster European heritage and traditions. The 2019 edition of the Advisory Forum brought together around 200 representatives from International Organizations, representatives of the Cultural Routes of the Council of Europe, Member States, national and local authorities. The Cultural Routes programme was established in 1987 by the Council of Europe and currently comprises 38 routes in the 47 member States of the Council of Europe and beyond, and 33 Member States and 3 Observer States of the EPA on Cultural Routes of the Council of Europe. 7 of these routes lead through Romania. The Cultural Routes aim to bring people and places together in networks of common history and common heritage, to invite them to travel and to discover Europe`s rich and diverse heritage. ..
02.10.2019 09:54 Vice-President of Heydar Aliyev Foundation Leyla Aliyeva attends presentation of documentary “Light behind window”A documentary “Light behind window” has been premiered as part of the Nasimi Festival of Poetry, Arts and Spirituality. Vice-President of the Heydar Aliyev Foundation, author and general producer Leyla Aliyeva and Arzu Aliyeva attended the presentation of the film, which won “Tefi Sodruzhestvo” award. The documentary was shot with the support of the Heydar Aliyev Foundation and Baku Media Center. The documentary is about eternal fight of good and evil. “I often visit the ill children and communicate with them which inspired me to make this film. The main idea of the documentary is to inspire everyone who sees it to do good,” Leyla Aliyeva told journalists. ..
01.10.2019 16:48 Leyla. Fons Vitae poetry performance presented“Leyla. Fons Vitae” – a poetry performance has been presented as part of the second Nasimi Festival of Poetry, Arts and Spirituality at Magsud Ibrahimbayov Creative Center. Vice-President of the Heydar Aliyev Foundation Leyla Aliyeva and Arzu Aliyeva were among the audience. “Leyla. Fons Vitae” is the first performance featuring Leyla Aliyeva and poetess and playwright Leyla Begim who lives in the Czech Republic. Fons Vitae means a source of life in Latin. The performance aroused great interest among the audience. ..
30.09.2019 10:40 Chamber & Organ Music Hall hosts concert program as part of second Nasimi FestivalA concert program has been held at Chamber & Organ Music Hall of Azerbaijan State Philharmonic as part of the second Nasimi Festival of Poetry, Arts and Spirituality. The concert featured the performance of Tallinn Boys Choir (Estonia) and Ensemble Horizonte (Germany). Vice-President of the Heydar Aliyev Foundation Leyla Aliyeva was also among the audience. ..
30.09.2019 10:37 Nasimi Festival features Argonauts international inclusive showThe Argonauts international inclusive show prepared by Candoco dance company in collaboration with Lost Dog and “Face in“ and You and I Know“ shows by Candoco Dance Company have been presented at the Azerbaijan State Academic National Drama Theater. Vice-President of the Heydar Aliyev Foundation Leyla Aliyeva attended the presentation. Organized by the British Council, the performances were made possible through the support of the Heydar Aliyev Foundation, the Ministry of Culture of Azerbaijan, and the British Embassy in Baku as part of the second Nasimi Festival of Poetry, Arts and Spirituality. Addressing the event, the UK Ambassador to Azerbaijan James Sharp informed the audience of the performances. The performances then were shown. The culminating performance of a four-year arts and disability programme features artists from 4 countries. The performance is part of the British Council program on the development of inclusive art in Ukraine, Georgia and Azerbaijan. ..
30.09.2019 10:26 BP contributes to Nasimi’s 650th anniversary celebrationsBP has presented a fundamental research book in English about Imadaddin Nasimi - one of Azerbaijan’s and the world’s great literary names. The public presentation of the book was held in the Shirvanshahs’ Palace, the Old City of Baku, as part of the Nasimi International Festival organized by the Heydar Aliyev Foundation. This publication is a valuable contribution to the 650th anniversary celebrations of Azerbaijan’s immortal poet Imadaddin Nasimi and as such is a substantial contribution to the efforts to introduce him to international readers and to promote his cultural legacy globally. The book is believed to be the most extensive scientific publication about Nasimi in a Western language since 1972. Bakhtiyar Aslanbayli, BP’s Vice President, Communications, External Affairs, Strategy and Region, said in his address to the public presentation event: “As Azerbaijan’s long-term and reliable partner, BP has always supported initiatives and activities to promote the country’s rich cultural heritage and national values. “We are proud to be part of the 650th anniversary celebrations of Nasimi whose cultural legacy ranks very high among the world’s prominent classical poets and whose name stands as high as Azerbaijan´s most important and great classical poet after Nizami and Fuzuli. The book was originally written and published in English which makes this valuable research accessible to the international scientific community and a wider readership. It represents an unprecedented methodological approach to the life of Imadaddin Nasimi and the interpretation of his literary works and philosophical concepts. For the first time, this research extends Nasimi’s philosophic roots beyond Islamic and Oriental borders and links them to the antique European and pre-Islamic cultural and intellectual concepts and perceptions. By funding this publication, we hope to make a substantial contribution to Nasimi’s promotion as a grand figure of the world’s cultural legacy.” The author of the research and the book is the well-known literary scholar Michael Reinhard Hess. The book was published in Germany by the publishing company Gulandot. This 260-page monograph contains over 1000 footnotes, a list of references, quotations from and interpretations of sources in many languages and presents all essential aspects of Imadaddin Nasimi´s life, the historical circumstances he lived in, the historical and intellectual background of his times and his afterlife. The book will be presented to the leading libraries and universities in Europe. ..
30.09.2019 09:52 Russian scientist Alexey Sitnikov gives lecture at International Mugham CenterA concert program has been held at Chamber & Organ Music Hall of Azerbaijan State Philharmonic as part of the second Nasimi Festival of Poetry, Arts and Spirituality. The concert featured the performance of Tallinn Boys Choir (Estonia) and Ensemble Horizonte (Germany). Vice-President of the Heydar Aliyev Foundation Leyla Aliyeva was also among the audience. ..
27.09.2019 20:12 “Manuscripts by Nasimi in world libraries” exhibition launched at National LibraryAn opening ceremony of the “Manuscripts by Nasimi in world libraries” book exhibition has been held at Azerbaijan National Library named after Mırza Fatali Akhundov. Vice-President of the Heydar Aliyev Foundation Leyla Aliyeva attended the event. Addressing the event, Azerbaijan’s Minister of Culture Abulfas Garayev gave detailed information about the exhibition. Director of the National Library Karim Tahirov presented a book about the library and a book of poems to Leyla Aliyeva. The event participants then viewed the exhibition. The opening of international cooperation hall with the participation of Leyla Aliyeva was also held at the National Library. Diplomatic representatives of 13 foreign countries and library heads attended the opening ceremony. The event participants then familiarized themselves with the reading halls of the National Library. ..
25.09.2019 16:47 Famous Canadian and Azerbaijani musicians to perform at Mugham CenterRenowned Canadian cellist Velitchka Yotcheva and honored artist of Azerbaijan, pianist Murad Huseynov will perform at the International Mugham Center on September 25 as a part of the 11th Uzeyir Hajibeyli International Music Festival. The concert will feature works by Azerbaijani and world composers. It will be Yotcheva`s first performance on the stage of the Mugham Center. Born in Bulgaria, Canadian cellist Velitchka Yotcheva is among the best of her generation. For the last decade she has been building a brilliant and successful career in America and Europe. She has studied with the best teachers and has inherited her performance practices from the Great Russian School lead by M. Rostropovich. Honored artist of Azerbaijan, winner of a number of international contests Murad Huseynov graduated from the A. Korto Paris Higher Musical School in 2002, and is currently working as an assistant-probationer at the Moscow State Conservatory after Tchaikovsky and teacher of the special piano faculty of Baku Musical Academy. ..
20.09.2019 17:29 Waltz from Gara Garayev`s ballet to be featured at opening ceremony of Transsiberien FestivalThe waltz from the “Seven Beauties“ ballet by great Azerbaijani composer Gara Garayev will be played at the opening ceremony of the Transsiberien Festival to be held in Lille, France, on December 12-14, according to the festival`s directors. The project is a joint idea by Jean-Claude Casadesus, Marina Bower and Vadim Repin, who created the Trans-Siberian Art Festival in his native Novossibirsk in 2014 with the aim of building a unique musical journey, bringing continents together through this event. The Transsiberien Festival has previously been held in Japan, the United States and South Korea. The first European station of the Transiberian Festival in France will be devoted to Youth. ..
19.09.2019 09:02 Baku hosts solemn opening of Uzeyir Hajibeyli International Music FestivalA solemn opening ceremony of the 11th Uzeyir Hajibeyli International Music Festival has been held in Baku. The festival is co-organized by the Heydar Aliyev Foundation and Azerbaijan’s Ministry of Culture. Minister of Culture Abulfas Garayev, head of the Department for Humanitarian Policy Issues of the Presidential Administration Farah Aliyeva, representatives of state and public organizations and music lovers attended the event. Uzeyir Hajibeyli was a founder of an opera genre not only in Azerbaijan, but the East and created the first Muslim opera in the Islamic world. His unique synthesis of Oriental and Western music significantly promoted the classical music traditions in the East and opened a page of classical music patterns. The festival will last until September 30. ..
18.09.2019 10:12 Exhibition of nearly 200 musical instruments from 31 countries launched at Heydar Aliyev Center, BakuAn opening ceremony of the exhibition titled “Musical Instruments: Unity and Diversity“ has been held at the Heydar Aliyev Center, Baku. Addressing the event, Rector of Azerbaijan National Conservatory, People’s Artist, professor Siyavush Karimi hailed the importance of the exhibition which was opened ahead of the National Music Day. Other speakers at the event also described the organization of the exhibition as a landmark event in the cultural life of the Azerbaijani people. The event participants then viewed the exhibition. Nearly 200 rare musical instruments of 18-20th centuries from 31 countries are showcased at the exhibition at the Heydar Aliyev Center. The exhibition features historical exhibits, as well as creates an opportunity to listen to musical instruments. Heydar Aliyev Center is a cultural complex designed by Iraqi-British architect Zaha Hadid. The Center houses a conference hall with three auditoriums, a library and a museum. The project is intended to play an integral role in the intellectual life of the city. Located close to the city center, the site plays a pivotal role in the redevelopment of Baku. The Center is engaged in studying and promoting the statehood policy and heritage of national leader Heydar Aliyev. An internationally recognized architectural work, the building of the Heydar Aliyev Center has become a signature landmark of modern Baku due to its innovative and cutting-edge design. The building was nominated for awards in 2013 at both the World Architecture Festival and the biennial Inside Festival. ..
12.09.2019 10:47 Nasimi's poetry inspires Sami YusufWith over 34 million albums sold to date, Sami Yusuf continues to influence the music world. The British musician of Azerbaijani origin has recently presented new music pieces composed within the “Timeless Spirit of Heritage“ project, organized by the Azerbaijani Ministry of Culture. The project brilliantly reflects Azerbaijan's ancient culture and history and features nine compositions - “Gobustan“, “Ateshgah“, “Nasimi“, “A Dancing Heart“, “The Garden“, “Shirvanshahs' Palace“, “Novruz“, “Shaki Khan Palace“ and “Azerbaijan”. These works were earlier presented during the 43rd World Heritage Committee session, held in Baku in June-July 2019. In his official YouTube channel, Sami Yusuf delighted music lovers with some of these compositions - “Shirvanshahs' Palace“, “The Garden“ and “Nasimi“. “Nasimi“ has been written by Sami Yusuf based on the Shur mugham (a traditional Azerbaijani music) and performed by an orchestra and two vocalists - Tayyar Bayramova and Samira Aliyeva. The music piece features famous ghazal “Worlds Can Fit Within Me“ by the 14th century Azerbaijani poet and thinker Imadaddin Nasimi. Sami Yusuf considers “Nasimi” as one of his best works as the piece reflects his spiritual beliefs, love and tolerance. This year was declared the Year of Nasimi in Azerbaijan and the 650th anniversary of Imadaddin Nasimi is being widely celebrated across the country. The singer performed his composition “The Garden“ in a duet with honored Azerbaijani musician Sevda Alakbarzade. Sami Yusuf sang in English while Sevda Alakbarzade performed in Azerbaijani. All these pieces are included in Sami Yusuf’s new album “Azerbaijan: A Timeless Presence“, which is already available in all music platforms. The singer will soon present his other music pieces through social media. Throughout his career that spans over 15 years, Sami Yusuf has conveyed divine love, and this love shines through in all his musical endeavors. He believes that all traditions in the world are expressions of the same essential spiritual truth and it is no surprise that the singer turns to traditional music as a means of conveying this message. The positive message of his lyrics gives voice to a collective yearning for peace and harmony, and his use of global rhythms and melodies united by spiritual vision captivates listeners worldwide. Sami Yusuf uses his fame to help people through his humanitarian activities such as the World Food Program. In 2014, The United Nations appointed Sami Yusuf the Global Ambassador against Hunger. In 2015 Sami Yusuf promoted the world’s first interfaith anthem, a song called “The Gift of Love”, to mark the World Interfaith Harmony Week. Through this effort, Sami Yusuf hopes to help people from different traditions recognize that the common values they hold far outweigh their differences and that this understanding can be the starting point for the journey toward a lasting peace. ..
10.09.2019 09:03 TURKSOY Youth Chamber Orchestra captivates audienceTURKSOY Youth Chamber Orchestra has given a concert on the stage of the Azerbaijan State Academic Philharmonic Hall. The orchestra mesmerized the listeners with their virtuosity. The magnificent performance of the works that make up the musical heritage of the Turkic peoples brought the orchestra fame among its numerous fans worldwide. The concert was attended by prominent public figures, representatives of diplomatic missions accredited in Azerbaijan, workers of science, culture and art, numerous fans of the musical heritage of Turkic peoples and classical music. Before the start of the concert program, TURKSOY Secretary General Dusen Kaseinov noted that the concert was organized as part of a long tour of the band in three countries - Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan and Azerbaijan. “The tour is dedicated to the 10th anniversary of the formation of the Turkic Council. The tour began on August 27. Concert programs took place in Kazakhstan - Turkistan, Shymkent, Taraz, – then there was a concert in Bishkek (Kyrgyzstan), and then again in Kazakhstan - the city of Almaty,” said Kaseinov. In the final concert in Baku, the orchestra performed under the direction of Renat Salavatov (Russia) and Anvar Akbarov (Kazakhstan). During the tour, the orchestra also performed under the direction of the Azerbaijani conductor Mustafa Mehmandarov. It was noted that next year, large-scale tours of the collective are planned in Europe and possibly in the U.S. During the evening, an interesting program was presented to the audience, which featured compositions by Seidaly Medetov (Kyrgyzstan), Turgay Erdener (Turkey), Nury Halmamedov (Turkmenistan), Turkish folk song “Uskudara Gideriken“ and the work of the orchestra soloist, musician and composer Birzhan Mynbaev ( Kazakhstan). Tchaikovsky's “Serenade for Strings“, Vivaldi's “Concert for Four Violins and Orchestra”, Schnittke's “Old Style Suite“ also sounded at the concert. At the end of the evening, the final part from the “String Symphony in Memory of Nizami“ by the Azerbaijani composer, People's Artist of the USSR Fikrat Amirov was performed. The members of TURKSOY Youth Chamber Orchestra are young talents, students of the conservatories of the TURKSOY member countries. Over the past years, about 100 young talents from ten different countries joined the orchestra. Numerous concerts of TURKSOY Youth Chamber Orchestra took place on the stages of various countries, including Azerbaijan, Kazakhstan, Turkey, Austria, the U.S., Germany, Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, France and Italy. TURKSOY is an international cultural organization of countries with Turkic populations, whose speaking languages belong to the Turkic language family. The organization has its roots going back to the 1992 meetings in Baku and Istanbul, where the ministers of culture of Azerbaijan, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Uzbekistan, Turkey, and Turkmenistan declared their commitment to cooperate in a joint cultural framework. TURKSOY was subsequently established by an agreement signed on July 12, 1993, in Almaty, Kazakhstan. ..
05.09.2019 15:49 Azerbaijani version of poems by Jewish poetess Rachel Bluwstein presentedNational Art Museum has hosted a presentation of the collection of poems by Jewish poetess Rachel Bluwstein (1890-1931) translated into Azerbaijani. Along with the poems, the book features her works in Hebrew. Addressing the event, Deputy Chief of Israel’s diplomatic mission in Azerbaijan Avital Rosenberg noted that the book was translated into Azerbaijani on the initiative of Israeli Embassy in Azerbaijan. She underlined the embassy’s efforts to promote the culture of Israeli people in Azerbaijan. Deputy Chief of the mission said that the Russian version of the poems was used during the translation of the book into Azerbaijani, and hailed the accurate translation. The collection of poems by Rachel Bluwstein was translated into Azerbaijani by a screenwriter, poet and translator Vagif Rasuloglu. ..
05.09.2019 15:46 Melih Yevdayev: Friendly ties between Azerbaijani and Israeli people will last for centuries“Friendly ties between Azerbaijani and Israeli people will last for centuries,” If we look at tolerance and multiculturalism reigning in Azerbaijan, we can see live demonstration of Azerbaijani realities at today’s meeting,” said Head of the Religious Community of Mountain Jews Melih Yevdayev at the presentation of a collection of poems by Jewish poetess Rachel Bluwstein into Azerbaijani. “High-level relations were established with the state of Israel in economic and political areas after Azerbaijan regained its independence. Domestic and foreign policy carried out by Azerbaijani President Ilham Aliyev totally coincides with the position of national minorities living in the country. Therefore, this policy serves both Azerbaijani people and all nations living here, as well as ensures protecting their rights and interests and improve the life style in Azerbaijan,” Melih Yevdayev added. ..
04.09.2019 15:00 Salam Int'l Youth Film Festival kicks offThe opening ceremony of the Salam International Youth Film Festival was held at CinemaPlus Amburan Mall on September 2. Narimanfilm studio organized the event with the support of the Ministry of Culture of Azerbaijan, the Union of Cinematographers of Azerbaijan, Pasha Holding LLC and other organizations. Representatives of culture and art, the Ministry of Culture, youth organizations, diplomatic missions and foreign guests attended the opening ceremony. Honored Culture Worker Nariman Mammadov, who is Narimanfilm Director, Honored Art Worker Jamil Guliyev, who is Deputy Head of the Cinematography Department of the Culture Ministry, and representatives of the diplomatic missions of Hungary and India made speeches at the festival. They noted that the main goal of the Salam Festival is to educate young people in accordance with national and universal spiritual values, establish friendly relations between young people, promote culture, and create positive public opinion about Azerbaijan in other countries through the invited participants of the festival. Boys and girls from 13 to 17 years old from 11 countries, including Azerbaijan, Turkey, Russia, Ukraine, Georgia, Italy, Germany, Croatia, Macedonia, Pakistan and India, participate in the festival. All adolescents who came from abroad live in Azerbaijani families in order to learn more about the national customs and traditions of Azerbaijani people, to see firsthand their hospitality and establish friendly relations with their local peers. Within the framework of the project, they will watch films of world and Azerbaijani cinema, discuss them with the participation of film professionals and determine the winners by voting as a jury. There will also be screenings of out-of-competition films, master classes, excursions and entertainment programs. The festival will continue until September 5. ..
03.09.2019 09:38 National culture presented in ViennaAn art evening dedicated to Azerbaijan was organized during the cultural week titled “Long Night of Intercultural Dialogue” on September 2 in Vienna, Austria. Leyla Gasimova, the head of Azerbaijani Cultural Center in Vienna, opened the event. The art evening program included samples of modern and traditional national art. Josipa Palac, the President and CEO of the International Cultural Diversity Organization (ICDO), highly appreciated Azerbaijan’s contribution to projects aimed at developing intercultural dialogue. Then, “LOST LAND” video installation by Azerbaijani artist and sculptor Elvin Nabizade was presented to the participants of the event. The documentary “Under the Same Sun,” filmed within framework of the Year of Multiculturalism and dedicated to ethnic groups living in Azerbaijan, was also shown. National dances such as Qarabagh, Naz Eleme, Agh Chicheyim and Sari Gelin, performed by the soloists of the Azerbaijan State Dance Ensemble – Alina Gontareva, Valeriya Konkina, Nurlan Rzazade and Eldar Huseynov, as well as other pieces of Azerbaijani national music aroused great interest among the participants. The “Long Night of Intercultural Dialogue” will wrap up on September 6. The Azerbaijani Cultural Center in Vienna was established in accordance with a Decree of President Ilham Aliyev dated November 16, 2012 to promote Azerbaijani culture in Austria. To provide the Austrian people with the opportunity to become better acquainted with Azerbaijan, the Center conducts various activities promoting the rich culture, art and tourism opportunities of the country. Participants of music evenings, which are held at the Center on a regular basis, have the opportunity to listen to the works of Uzeyir Hajibayli, Gara Garayev, Fikrat Amirov, Arif Malikov and other famous composers as well as to enjoy the Azerbaijani mugham. Exhibitions organized at the Cultural Center attract art lovers with the most interesting examples of Azerbaijani painting, sculpture and folk arts. One of the main objectives of the Center is to develop cooperation with culture, tourism and media institutions of Austria, establish close ties with the cultural centers of other countries already operating in this country, and contribute to intercultural dialogue. ..