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.

31.05.2022 10:20
The atmospheric performance of Shahin Novrasli closed the 1st Baku International Piano FestivalAn incredible combination of music from John Coltrane to Vagif Mustafazadeh performed by the maestro made this evening unforgettable. Shahin Novrasli's music perfectly combines the traditions of the West and the East, his improvisations of jazz, European classical music, blues and folk music are distinguished by magical polyphony and incendiary rhythm. Over the years of his successful career as a pianist, Shahin Novrasli has created his own individual style. His main features are virtuosity, masterful transitions with changing dynamics, temperament, expressiveness, organicity and compositional unity. At the concert, Shahin performed both songs from his new album, as well as the music that inspired him as a composer. The audience was delighted from the first notes, the creative charge of a powerful improviser and one of the most gifted pianists of Azerbaijan was transferred to it from the first minute. This concert was long-awaited for the Baku public, not without reason all the tickets for it were sold out even before the start of the festival. Shahin plays as he feels and masterfully conveys to the audience his breath and the rhythm of life, its meanings of mystery and harmony in everything. During the maestro's musical improvisations on stage, the audience was disconnected from all thoughts and charged with positive emotions. Shahin Novrasli does not have a specific program. He goes on stage and creates beauty with his feelings through musical improvisation. Each note is not played mechanically, but flows into a harmonious chorus of a beautiful composition. This is his magic of improvisation, harmonious, beautiful, magical and memorable. The final chord of this magical evening and the festival was a long standing ovation from the audience. ..
20.04.2022 17:26
The Azerbaijan National Carpet Museum hosted the opening of the exhibition Two Hearts One DestinyOn April 19, the Azerbaijan National Carpet Museum hosted the opening of the exhibition Two Hearts One Destiny, representing the creativity of Ujal Hagverdiyev and Elena Hagverdiyeva, remarkable Azerbaijani artists and an amazing couple secured in each other’s love and art journey through life together.  Curator Dr Shirin Melikova, Director of the ANCM, People's Artist Farhad Khalilov, Chair of the Union of Artists of Azerbaijan, Nargiz Abdullayeva, Head of the Museum, Gallery, and Exhibitions Department of the Ministry for Culture of the Republic of Azerbaijan, Prof. Zemfira Gafarova, Secretary of the Union of Composers of Azerbaijan, Honored Art Worker of Azerbaijan, spoke about the oeuvre of Elena and Ujal.  Elena Hagverdiyeva, Honored Artist of Azerbaijan greeted the guests and thanked the ANCM for organizing the exhibition.    The exhibition features 54 paintings and works of decorative and applied art. These include a series of paintings Carpet Gardens by Elena Hagverdiyeva. They narrate scenes reminiscent of luxurious Safavid palace carpets, hunting and garden carpets, illustrating landscapes, still life, and portraits of lovers. The show presents a never-seen-before facet of Ujal Hagverdiyev's strikingly versatile creativity in painting and graphics, murals, poetry, and applied art. Among them are embroidery, ceramics, stone and woodwork. The iconographic images of saints, portraits of his wife and muse Elena in the Italian Renaissance style, tableau vivant, and compositions that evoke associations with the works of the great modern artists constitute the majority of this direction of his creativity. Many of his ceramics and woodwork figure images of animals. During the opening, the ANCM presented the catalog Two Hearts One Destiny published in three languages as part of the project.  The museum will organize masterclasses and lectures within the exhibition.  Exhibition runs until 19 June.  ..
30.03.2022 11:38
The 2022 call for applications of UNESCO’s International Fund for Cultural Diversity is now openAre you a public institution in the field of arts or culture, or a local or international non-governmental organization (NGO) with a project that will make a strong contribution to the creative economy? This call is for you! On March 16, 2022, UNESCO launches the thirteenth call for applications to the International Fund for Cultural Diversity (IFCD), a multi donor fund established under the 2005 Convention for the Protection and Promotion of the Diversity of Cultural Expressions. Aimed at supporting the emergence of dynamic cultural sectors in developing countries, the call is open to projects from eligible countries that are Parties to the 2005 Convention. Successful projects will be granted financial support of up to US$ 100,000. In line with the aims and objectives of the IFCD, eligible projects must contribute to: the implementation and/or elaboration of policies and strategies that have a direct, structural impact on the creation, production, distribution and access to a diversity of cultural goods and services; strengthening the capacities of  public institutions and civil society organizations to support viable local and regional cultural industries and markets in eligible countries that are Parties to the 2005 Convention. Public institutions and non-governmental organizations (NGOs) from eligible countries are invited to submit their proposals, as well as international NGOs registered in countries that are Parties to the 2005 Convention. All projects should ultimately contribute to a sustainable creative ecosystem and be aligned with the 2030 Sustainable Development Agenda of the United Nations. In light of the disruption caused by the COVID-19 pandemic in the cultural and creative sectors, and the dramatic impact on the livelihoods of artists and cultural professionals globally, this call reinforces  UNESCO’s commitment to support the creative sector, to build back better and to ensure that artists and cultural professionals everywhere can keep on creating. Since 2010, the IFCD has invested US$9.4 million through 129 projects in 65 countries in support of the creative economy and inclusive and sustainable economic growth in creative and cultural industries. These diverse initiatives have contributed to the development and implementation of cultural policies, the strengthening of professional training and cultural entrepreneurship, access to new markets, and participation and access to cultural life.   The 13th Call for Applications will close on 15 June 2022, noon Paris time. For any inquiries, please contact the 2005 Convention Secretariat: convention2005.ifcd@unesco.org. Learn more about IFCD funded projects. Apply: https://en.unesco.org/creativity/ifcd/apply ..
10.03.2022 16:22
British Council and the British Embassy in Baku are launching the seventh edition of the British Film FestivalOn the eve of the 30th year anniversary of diplomatic relations between UK and Azerbaijan, the British Council in cooperation with the British Embassy and the Ministry of Culture of the Republic of Azerbaijan, is starting the seventh edition of the annual British Film Festival. This year, the festival will be held on 3-15 March 2022, with screenings taking place at Nizami Cinema Centre and YARAT Contemporary Art Space. We are bringing the most exciting, thought-provoking and criticallyacclaimed new films from the UK to Azerbaijan. The 2022 edition of the British Film Festival puts the global climate emergency into spotlight, creating opportunities for climate cooperation, dialogue and action. The festival will open with a retro comedy THE DUKE - a tale of robbery and a fight for justice, brought to cinema by the powerhouse partnership of Academy Award-winning actors Jim Broadbent and Helen Mirren. Two documentary films, THE PEOPLE V CLIMATE CHANGE and BREAKING BOUNDARIES: THE SCIENCE OF OUR PLANET will focus on climate emergency and what the human civilisation can do save our planet. Media representatives are kindly invited to attend the opening of the festival at 18.30 on 3 March at Nizami Cinema Centre. In Azerbaijan, the British Film Festival is brought to you by the British Council in Azerbaijan, the British Embassy in Baku, and the Ministry of Culture of the Republic of Azerbaijan. We would also like to use this opportunity to offer our thanks to our partners Nizami Cinema Centre, YARAT Contemporary Art Space and CoolConnections Art Association. The British Film Festival is a central pillar of our commitment to equality, diversity and inclusion through film. All films will be screened in English. You can watch the festival trailer here: http://bit.ly/britishfilmfestival The tickets are available at Nizami Cinema Centre box office, and at www.nizamicinema.az ..
22.02.2022 15:41
Parvin Gozalov delivered a speech at the 300th and 30th anniversary events in the Russian FederationThus, on February 18-20, 2022, a member of the Board of the PUU Cultural Heritage and Historical Monuments Preserve PU, a member of the ICOM Azerbaijan National Committee and a member of the ICOMAM International Committee (on military history, military museums and weapons collections), Doctor of Philosophy in History Parvin Gozalov took part in a hybrid conference organized by the State Hermitage and the Heraldry Council under the President of the Russian Federation in St. Petersburg, Russia.                                                                                                                                                      This year's conference was dedicated to the 300th anniversary of the establishment of the Heroldmeister's Office by Peter the Great and the 30th anniversary of the restoration of the Heraldry Service in the Russian Federation. P. Gozalov's report “Islamic and Soviet symbols in the revolutionary flags of 1919-1922“. Among the 48 (forty-eight) speakers at the event were scientists and experts from St. Petersburg, Moscow, Bryansk, Sochi, Novosibirsk, Komsomolsk-on-Amur, Orenburg, Tallinn, Tyumen, Syktyvkar, Ekaterinburg, Ivanovo, Kirov. It should be noted that Parvin Gozalov, Doctor of Philosophy in History, was the only foreign participant invited (the visit was at his own expense). At the opening of the event, Director General of the State Hermitage Mikhail Borisovich Piotrovsky greeted the participants online and wished success to the conference. Then, State Heraldmaster of the Russian Federation Georgy Vadimovich Vilinbakhov read congratulatory letters to the conference participants from the President of the Russian Federation Vladimir Vladimirovich Putin and Director of the Russian Foreign Intelligence Service Sergey Evgenievich Naryshkin. Reports and discussions on conceptual and strategic issues of state policy in the field of heraldry, problems of legal issues in the field of heraldry and other topical heraldic problems were held at the conference meetings. P. Gozalov's report “Islamic and Soviet symbols in the revolutionary flags of 1919-1922“ includes flags used in the revolutionary processes that took place during the establishment of the Soviet Union in 1919-1922, among the flags published by the French diplomat. In the report of the Azerbaijani scientist P. Gozalov, symbols embodying the religious affiliation of the peoples and the attributes of the state structure were presented on the flag. The size of the 1919 flag is 64 x 61 cm, with a “Muslim crescent“ on the front and a five-pointed star on the top, both symbols are made of red cloth. The number “1“ on the top of the star and “Bash.Cav.P.“ (Bashkir Water Regiment) under the crescent. The first Bashkir cavalry regiment awarded with this flag is a typical example of many different military units during the Civil War. in fact, he served the highest paid man and changed sides at least four times: when the civil war broke out, the 1st platoon with the “white“ armies turned “red“ in 1919, and then briefly became “white“ again. He ended his brilliant career as a mercenary during the Civil War and disappeared as a result of the 1921 peace. and this mixture of political symbolism is widespread among Muslim militias on both sides, and other similar flags confirm this more convincingly. The second flag of the petition is made of canvas measuring 81x112 cm. The flag of 1922 is made of red velvet, made of silver and colored threads, applied with colored fabrics and decorated with silver cord. On the front: artillery and cavalry symbols, two cross-shaped cannons and horseshoes, stripes symbolizing the sun's rays on the horseshoe. In the center there is an image of the Order of the Red Banner on a blue background, as well as two (II) Roman numerals in dark gray below. The text of the “Council of People's Commissars of the Federal Socialist Republic of Ukraine“ is written on the canvas: “USSR ANK 1921 / II. Galician light battery. “On the back of the canvas is the text“ Ukrainian workers and peasants. “ He represented the Second Galician Battalion, which supported the army under Antonov-Ovseenko's leadership on the Ukrainian front against several enemies: the Ukrainian nationalists from Petlyura, the White Army from Denikin, and the first, Wrangeli, the French army after defeat by the British. Nestor Maxno's gang 2nd Galisi Light Battery During the 1920 campaign with Poland, the Red Army lost more than 40 standards. It was exhibited at the Army Museum in Warsaw during the war. After Poland liberated the country from Soviet troops in 1945, the USSR forced them to return these standards (flags). After the report, P. Gozalov answered many questions of the participants. In response to questions, the rapporteur suggested to the Heraldry Council a number of collaborations on historical facts published and distorted in Europe. As part of the conference, the participants toured the BN Elsin Presidential Library. During his stay in St. Petersburg, Gozalov met with VM Krylov, director of the Military History Museum of Artillery, Engineering and Communication Troops. It should be noted that for the first time in the history of Azerbaijan after 1925, the state and battle flags of the Nakhchivan Khanate were discovered by P. Gozalov from the flags of the Azerbaijani khanates annexed to the Russian Empire in 2015. The issue of bringing is resolved. ..
18.02.2022 21:51
Dr Shirin Melikova, Director of the Azerbaijan National Carpet Museum was awarded the Knight of the Order of the Arts and the Letters (Ordre des Arts et des Lettres) of FranceEmbassy of France in Azerbaijan organized an event on the occasion of Dr Shirin Melikova’s awarding the Knight of the Order of the Arts and the Letters (Ordre des Arts et des Lettres).  Zacharie Gross, Ambassador of France to Azerbaijan spoke about efforts made by Dr Melikova to enhance the cultural relations between our countries. Ambassador noted that Sh. Melikova is a curator of 20 exhibitions and the author of 11 monographs and articles. “She is also the specialist on the oriental carpet weaving art. Since 2016 she has led one of the most outstanding museums in Baku. Not so long ago she participated in the realization of the important exhibition held within the framework of cooperation with the Embassy of France,“ he added. Z. Gross also stressed that people like Sh. Melikova undertakes considerable work to instill love to the arts in the current and future generations. Ambassador thanked Dr. Melikova for her efforts to develop cultural relations and presented her the Order. Shirin Melikova expressed her gratitude to Zacharie Gross for awarding her with the Order of the Arts and the Letters. She noted, “Thanks to the invaluable contributions of President Ilham Aliyev and First Lady Mehriban Aliyeva, Azerbaijani-French relations are developing on a high level. With the support of the Heydar Aliyev Foundation, cultural events are held in various cities of France, and this has already become a good tradition. The Embassy of France in Azerbaijan introduces the French culture to our people and often organizes different events. In 2012, new halls displaying the splendid collection of Islamic Art opened at Louvre Museum with the support of the Heydar Aliyev Foundation. The collection includes rare samples of Azerbaijani cultural heritage, as well as the Azerbaijani carpets. Three Azerbaijani carpets of the 18th-19th centuries among those invaluable art pieces were on display at the ANCM during the exhibition Azerbaijan Heritage in Louvre Museum held within the framework of the 43rd Session of the UNESCO World Heritage Committee in 2019”. Sh. Melikova also emphasized that the Embassy has significant contributions to strengthening the cultural relations between our countries. She said that French people always highly appreciated Azerbaijani carpets, some of them are now preserved in French museums and private collections. At the end of the event, Shirin Melikova added that the award is a strong impetus for her to expand the cultural relations between Azerbaijan and France and develop mutual cooperation with the French museums. It should be noted that the Knight of the Order of the Arts and the Letters is awarded to the persons who have significant contributions in the field of arts and literature. ..
10.02.2022 11:58
The director of the Azerbaijan National Museum of Art has been invited as a member of the jury of the international art festivalThe Ministry of Culture and Information Policy of Ukraine organizes the IV International Art Festival МАЛЮЙ.UA from December 2021 to February 2022, for children and youth aged 5-25. The exhibition of the winners' works will take place on February 14-28 at the Museum-workshop of I. P. Kavaleridze in Kiev. The international jury includes prominent artists, sculptors, cultural and artistic figures from 12 countries of 5 continents, as Spain, Italy, the United States, Canada and Belgium. Director of the Azerbaijan National Museum of Art, Honored Art Worker, Professor Chingiz Farzaliyev has been invited to this year's festival as a jury. It should be noted that the main purpose of the festival is to contribute to the development of cultural relations between Ukraine and other nations, as well as the establishment and strengthening of ties between generations of different countries. ..
09.02.2022 11:15
Statement by the Ministry for Culture of the Republic of AzerbaijanThe Ministry for Culture of the Republic of Azerbaijan welcomes the agreement on upcoming mission of UNESCO to Armenia and Azerbaijan. It is known that, in the territory of Armenia there were rich historical, cultural and religious heritage samples of Azerbaijani people who lived in those territories for centuries. “Caucasian calendar for the year 1870” published by the Russian Viceroyalty of the Caucasus back in 1869, contained statistical data according to which there were 269 mosques in Irevan governorate alone. Apart from the mosques, the palace of Khan of Irevan, the walls of Irevan castle, numerous baths, caravanserai, tombs and cemeteries were present in the territory of modern-day Armenia.   We hope that the upcoming mission of UNESCO will be important in terms of detailed study, relevant monitoring and documentation of the heritage of the Azerbaijani people located in the territory of Armenia. ..
07.02.2022 18:39
Statement by the Ministry for Culture of the Republic of AzerbaijanReferring to the reports circulated by some biased foreign mass media outlets over the past few days, we would like to underline that, Azerbaijan has always been respectful of its historical and cultural heritage, regardless of religious and ethnic origin. Similar approach is followed also in relation to historical and cultural heritage located in liberated Azerbaijani territories. Azerbaijani officials have repeatedly stated that historical and religious monuments located in our liberated territories constitute part of the Azerbaijani heritage and as such, their protection falls under the responsibility of the Azerbaijani state. Restoration of mosques along with 2 Christian churches, within the large-scale restoration and reconstruction process in Shusha, can be considered as a vivid example of this. Unlike Armenia, Azerbaijan does not discriminate its historical and cultural heritage based on religious and ethnic ground and is committed to its obligations under international conventions, including the 1954 Hague Convention for the Protection of Cultural Property in the Event of Armed Conflict. It should be added that, the Ministry for Culture of the Republic of Azerbaijan is currently conducting relevant monitoring procedures in the liberated territories. When it comes to the ancient Albanian heritage in the liberated Azerbaijani territories, it should be noted that a working group has been set up to study this heritage. The working group, comprised of both local and international experts, will monitor and study this Christian heritage, subject to the security conditions on the ground. Should any falsifications be identified, they will be documented with the participation of international experts and presented to the international community. We would also like to recall that any alterations on the historical and cultural heritage, as well as altering their origin runs in contradiction with the provisions of the 1954 Hague Convention. ..