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  • Minister Anar Karimov comments on decision to open cinema theaters

    A decision to open theaters, cinemas, and concert halls in October followed constructive talks with the Task Force under the Cabinet of Ministers, Report informs, citing Minister of Culture Anar Karimov.

    Karimov said the pandemic rules must be observed.

    "The premises must not exceed their 50% capacity and be open only to those with COVID-19 passports. The halls must be disinfected. The Ministry of Culture will strictly control this issue," the minister said.

  • Carpet Art: Evolution of Meanings

    A large-scale exposition "Carpet Art. Evolution of Meanings​" has opened at the National Carpet Museum.

    Speaking at the event, the museum's director Shirin Malikova gave detailed information about the project. She pointed out that the exhibition was previously held in the Kazan Kremlin Historic-Architectural and Art Museum-Reserve.

    The exposition won the sympathy of the audience. Notably, this event was the first large-scale exhibition in Tatarstan dedicated to Azerbaijan's carpet weaving art.

    The Azerbaijan National Carpet Museum's exhibition provides an opportunity for visitors to discover the wonderful examples of traditional carpets of the late 19th and early 20th centuries. Each carpet reflects different regional traditions distinguished by their ornamental features, colors, and techniques.

    The audience can enjoy the contemporary interpretation of ancient carpet art, the dialogue between past and present through the works of famous artist and sculptor Chingiz Babayev. 

    Professor Mammadhuseyn Huseynov stressed the high artistic content of carpet art, which is the most valuable tangible and spiritual heritage of the Azerbaijani people.

    General Director of the Baku Art Center Creative Association Rafael Gulmammadli noted that the ornaments reflected on Chingiz's carpets and full of mysterious meanings came from the artist's deep imagination.

    In his speech, Chingiz Babayev said that the Azerbaijani carpet weaving art is an invaluable source for creative people and thanked the participants for their valuable comments on his work.

    At the end, the guests got acquainted with the exhibition that will last until October 17.

    Meanwhile, the Carpet Museum stores over 14,000 exhibits of the finest Azerbaijani carpets.

    The museum hosts multiple events, including international symposiums, conferences, and various exhibitions.

    In 2019, the museum received the national status for its significant contribution to the popularization and promotion of the Azerbaijani Carpet Weaving Art.

    In 2020, the Carpet Museum enriched its collection with beautiful pile carpets purchased by the Culture Ministry at the Sartirana Textile Show in Italy.

    The 19th century Guba carpet Ugakh was donated to the Carpet Museum, while Karabakh carpet Chalabi enriched the collection of the museum's Shusha branch.

    The Carpet Museum also focuses on cooperation with world-leading museums like the State Hermitage Museum. 

    The two museums implement joint inclusive programs for visually impaired people.

    Moreover, the Carpet Museum won the Travelers' Choice Awards for the fourth time in a row last year.  

  • Classic music sounds at National Art Museum

    The National Art Museum has hosted a classical music concert as part of the 13th Uzeyir Hajibayli International Music Festival.

    People's Artist Ulviya Hajibayova and laureate of international competitions, talented pianist Saida Taghizadeh took part in the concert.

    The musicians performed music pieces of Johann Bach, Sergei Rachmaninoff, Frederic Chopin, Jean-Philippe Rameau, Gara Garayev, Arif Melikov, Ismail Hajibayov, Faraj Garayev and Frangiz Alizade.

    The musicians captivated the listeners with their virtuosity. The applause was deep and long after each performance. 

    The Day of National Music is celebrated in Azerbaijan on September 18 and timed to the birthday of the great national composer, founder of the Azerbaijan national opera Uzeyir Hajibayli. 

    The tradition of celebrating the composer's birthday as a holiday was laid by eminent conductor Niyazi, who used to celebrate this day each year after Uzeyir Hajibayli's death. This tradition continues till nowadays.

    Numerous cultural events, including gala concerts and festivals, are being held across the country including the international music festival named after the composer.

    The 13th Uzeyir Hajibayli International Music Festival was held in Shusha, Baku, Ganja and Aghdam.

    The festival brought together talented musicians from Azerbaijan, the U.S. and Poland.

  • Polish soprano shines in Baku

    Polish soprano has captivated the audience at the 13th Uzeyir Hajibayli International Music Festival.

    The opera singer was accompanied by the State Symphony Orchestra under the baton of Polish conductor Pavel Kotl. 

    Iwona Sobotka has successfully performed at major music venues, including the Berlin Philharmonie, the Konzerthaus in Vienna, Salle Pleyel in Paris, Royal Albert Hall in London, Palais des Beaux-Arts in Brussels, and the Suntory Hall in Tokyo.

    She made her opera debut in 2007 at the Opéra National de Paris and appeared also on the stage at Komische Oper Berlin, Polish National Opera in Warsaw, Perm Opera and Ballet Theatre, Grand Theatre, etc. Her operatic repertoire include roles of Violetta (La traviata), Tatyana (Eugene Onegin), Pamina (The Magic Flute), Donna Anna (Don Giovanni), Mimi (La bohème), Juliette (Roméo et Juliette), Liù (Turandot) or Micaëla (Carmen).

    The concert program started with a suite from Gara Garayev's ballet "The Path of Thunder".

    Karol Szymanowski's "Songs of a Fairy-Tale Princess" was performed as part of the concert. Note that a previous version of this work has been discovered a few years ago. However, its performance was postponed amid the coronavirus pandemic. The concert was followed by  Ludwig van Beethoven's Symphony No. 7 in A major, Op. 92.

    The State Symphony Orchestra under the baton of the  Polish conductor sounded in a new way. The concert program aroused great interest among classical music fans. The repertoire of works was chosen very carefully. 

    The Day of National Music was celebrated in Azerbaijan on September 18 and timed to the birthday of the great national composer, founder of the Azerbaijan national opera Uzeyir Hajibayli. 

    The tradition of celebrating the composer's birthday as a holiday was laid by eminent conductor Niyazi, who used to celebrate this day each year after Uzeyir Hajibayli's death. This tradition continues till nowadays.

    Numerous cultural events, including gala concerts and festivals, are being held across the country including the international music festival named after the composer.

    The 13th Uzeyir Hajibayli International Music Festival was held in Shusha, Baku, Ganja, and Aghdam on September 18-24.

    The festival brought together talented musicians from Azerbaijan, the U.S., and Poland.

  • Azerbaijani gymnast wins gold medal at Grand Prix in Hungary

    Nikita Simonov, a member of the Azerbaijani national gymnastics team, took first place at the international competition – the Hungarian Grand Prix, Trend reports.

    The gymnastics competition takes place in the city of Szombathely, Hungary from September 24 through September 26. The Azerbaijani gymnast won a gold medal in the ring exercise, his result was 14.500 points.

    The second place was taken by a gymnast from Austria, the third – by an athlete representing Israel.

  • Azerbaijani MoD shares footage dedicated to Remembrance Day

    The Ministry of Defense of Azerbaijan has shared footage dedicated to the Day of Remembrance of Azerbaijani martyrs who sacrificed their lives for liberating Azerbaijani territories from Armenian occupation in the 2020 Second Karabakh War, marked on September 27, Trend  reports citing the ministry.

    The footage is called "Heroic Chronicle".

    In accordance with President Ilham Aliyev’s order dated December 2, 2020, September 27 is marked annually as the Day of Remembrance in Azerbaijan.

  • Enchanting mountain village: Khinalig

    With its breathtaking landscapes, Khinalig village in Guba has turned into one of the country's top tourism spots.

    The oldest continuously inhabited place in the world is called an "Island among the Mountains" as it is surrounded by mountains Gizil Gaya, Shahdagh, Tufandagh and Khinalig. The first records of these people date back to the 1st century CE.

    Unique language and traditions

    The picturesque village has preserved its centuries-old cultural and historical heritage.

    Nestled in the mountains, the village is well known for its unique language, architecture and traditions. 

    Since the slopes here are very steep, the houses in Khinalig are built very close to each other. So, the roof of one house is the courtyard for another one located above.

    The ceilings are fitted with a smoke flap, through which the locals can also visit each other. The floors and walls are covered with cozy and warm carpets such as blankets, pillows, mutakka. Each family has its own patterns for carpets and clothing. 

    The villagers are mainly involved with sheep breeding. Shawls woven with wool in the village are famous throughout the entire region.

    Khinalig has a population of about 2,000, who speak the Khinalig language. This language is classified as "severely endangered" by UNESCO's Atlas of the World's Languages in Danger.

    UNESCO's Tentative List

    In 2020, the Khinalig State Cultural-Architectural and Ethnographic Reserve was included in UNESCO's Tentative List.

    The document was submitted to the organization by Azerbaijan's National Commission for UNESCO.

    According to the rules set by the UNESCO World Heritage Committee, State Parties should submit their Tentative Lists, properties which they consider to be cultural and/or natural heritage of outstanding universal value and therefore suitable for inscription on the World Heritage List.

    They prepare their Tentative Lists with the participation of a wide variety of stakeholders, including site managers, local and regional governments, local communities, NGOs and other interested parties and partners.

    In 2020, Khinalig was included in the preliminary list of UNESCO World Heritage Sites called "medieval mountain village".

    Best Tourism Village nominee

    Azerbaijan has nominated Khinalig village for the "Best Tourist Village" competition announced by the United Nations World Tourism Organization (UNWTO). 

    The contest aims to discover the best examples of tourism development in rural areas, as well as to identify villages that have retained their cultural and historical heritage and also meet the modern tourism requirements.

    UNWTO will announce the results at the 24th annual session to be held in Morocco this year.  Villages that have received UNWTO's "Best Tourism Village" rating will be included in the modernization program.

  • Baku International Book Fair will be hosted at Baku Expo Center
    From the 6th to the 10th of October 2021, the 7th Baku International Book Fair will be hosted at Baku Expo Center. The purpose of this fair is to promote and popularize books and reading habit, while familiarizing visitors with the print media of both Azerbaijani and foreign publishers. The fair’s aim is to support the publishing business and to connect publishers and bookstores for potential co-operation. This Book Fair aims at ensuring an exchange of experience and views on the development of the book business in the digital era. Baku International Book Fair 2021 will be dedicated to the 880th anniversary of a great Azerbaijani poet and philosopher Nizami Ganjavi, a prominent figure in world literature. The fair will feature publishing and printing houses, as well as bookstores and cultural centres; it is expected that about 200 companies from different countries will take part in the fair. Baku International Book Fair 2021 is a unique opportunity for various businesses to demonstrate and sell their printed products, as well as to negotiate and sign lucrative contracts with both local and foreign publishers and authors, as well as national publishing and printing companies. Participants and visitors will enjoy an interesting programme of additional events during five days of the fair. The organiser of the exhibition is the Ministry of Culture of the Republic of Azerbaijan, gold sponsor – “bp Azerbaijan” company, general TV partner - Azerbaijan Public TV and Radio Broadcasting Company (ITV). Organisational support is provided by Caspian Event Organisers (CEO). The organiser of the event will provide exhibitors with an exhibition space of up to 6 m2, including necessary equipment. Visitors can use the buses which leave every half an hour from Koroglu and every hour from Elmler Akademiyasi metro stations. To participate in the Baku International Book Fair exhibition and receive more detailed information, please contact the organizers at +994124041000, bookfair@ceo.az .
  • National designer thrills fashionistas

    IDFW Fashion Week 2022 will be held in Los Angeles on October 2. 

    The fashion show will be aired via  FNL Network founded by Rocco Leo Gaglioti. 

    International Digital Fashion Week unites talented designers from Europe, Asia and US. The fashion show features contest for new fashion designers.

    In 2020, representatives of 75 countries took part in IDFW. The fashion week got more than 75 million views, while this year the number of participating countries has reached to 135 with more than 100 million views.

    Speaking about  IDFW Fashion Week, Gulnara Khalilova expressed her readiness to represent Azerbaijan such prestigious event. The designer plans to further promote the country at the international platforms.

    Her fashion collections "Karabakh" and "Cizgi by Gulnara Khalilova" were successfully presented within the previous IDFW Fashion Weeks.

    The fashion designer also  aroused great public interest in the USA, Sweden, Turkey, Russia, China, Austria, Romania, Great Britain, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Uzbekistan, Bulgaria and other countries.

  • First performance staged in Azerbaijani theater since beginning of pandemic

    The Azerbaijan State Academic Opera and Ballet Theater hosts an opera performance "Leyli and Majnun" as part of the 13th Uzeyir Hajibayli International Music Festival.

    According to Report, this is the first theatrical performance in Azerbaijan in a pandemic.

    The main parts of the show are performed by the laureate of the republican mugam competition Ravana Amiraslanli (Leyli) and the honored artist Elnur Zeynalov (Majnun). Honored artists Tayyar Bayramov (Majnun's father), Jahangir Gurbanov (Nofal), and others also participated in the performance. The opera performance is directed by Honored Art Worker, Presidential Award winner Sevil Hajiyeva.

    The audience came to the theater by invitation. They were let in and placed following the rules established by the Task Force under the Cabinet of Ministers against the coronavirus.