The church is located on Beshikdag Mountain in Aghdam district.
The church, built in the style of Caucasian Albanian architecture, dates back to the 4th-7th centuries.
31.05.2023 09:42 Azerbaijan was elected a member of the UNESCO Subsidiary CommitteeAzerbaijan was elected to the Subsidiary Committee of the Meeting of States Parties to the 1970 Convention on the Means of Prohibiting and Preventing the Illicit Import, Export, and Transfer of Ownership of Cultural Property. As a reminder, the meeting of the State Parties to the 1970 UNESCO Convention on the Means of Prohibiting and Preventing the Illicit Import, Export, and Transfer of Ownership of Cultural Property is held every two years. A total of 18 state parties from all regions are represented in the Committee of the Convention. Committee members can be elected for four years. The main functions of the Subsidiary Committee include promoting the purposes of the Convention, reviewing national reports presented to the General Conference by the States Parties to the Convention, preparing and submitting to the Meeting of the States Parties recommendations and guidelines that may contribute to the implementation of the Convention, identifying problem areas arising from the implementation of the Convention, including issues relating to the protection and return of the cultural property, initiating and maintaining co-ordination with Return and Restitution Committee in relation to capacity building measures combating illicit traffic in cultural property, and reporting to the Meeting of States Parties on the activities that were carried out. ..
30.05.2023 19:11 The UK Prime Minister's Trade Envoy for Azerbaijan, Baroness Emma Nicholson, visits the Ministry of CultureAs previously reported, Baroness Emma Nicholson, the UK Prime Minister's trade envoy for Azerbaijan, is on a visit to our country. Ms. Emma Nicholson's visit to Azerbaijan for the traditional Baku Energy Week focuses not only on commercial and economic relations between the two countries but also includes a wide range of collaborative efforts in the humanitarian sphere. On May 30, the Minister of Culture of the Republic of Azerbaijan, Adil Karimli, met with the UK Prime Minister's Trade Envoy for Azerbaijan, Baroness Emma Nicholson. The meeting centered around the collaboration between Azerbaijan and Great Britain in the realm of culture and creative industries. The meeting also emphasized the significance of projects and programs jointly conducted by the British Council and the Ministry of Culture of Azerbaijan. At the meeting, the importance of cultural cooperation with Great Britain to protect and present Azerbaijan's cultural heritage on a global scale was highlighted. Additionally, there was an exchange of ideas concerning future endeavors in the fields of music, the film industry, museums, sculptures, and literature. The talks revolved around the significance of engaging experts and introducing new methods for the restoration of the destroyed cultural infrastructure and sculptures in the liberated territories. It is worth mentioning that the UK Prime Minister's trade envoy for Azerbaijan has made multiple visits to Azerbaijan since 2016, with a focus on bilateral cultural relations. During these visits, Emma Nicholson familiarized herself with the operations of prominent cultural centers in Baku. Furthermore, during Mrs. Emma Nicholson's visits to our country after the Patriotic War of 2020, attention was drawn to the conditions in our liberated territories, the acts of vandalism perpetrated by the Armenian invaders against our cultural heritage for nearly three decades, and the extensive construction works undertaken in these regions under the leadership of President Ilham Aliyev. In 2022, Emma Nicholson attended the “Karabakh, the Pearl of Our Culture“ and “Azerbaijani Art Throughout the Millennia“ exhibitions held at the National Museum of Art. On May 25, 2023, as a representative of the Prime Minister of Great Britain, she took part in an Azerbaijani art evening dedicated to the 100th anniversary of national leader Heydar Aliyev and held at the world-famous Victoria and Albert Museum's “Raphael“ gallery in London. ..
30.05.2023 18:10 The Ministry of Culture accepts documents for the organization of Public Council electionsPursuant to Law No. 816 “IVQ“ of the Republic of Azerbaijan of November 22, 2013, on Public Participation, and in accordance with the Regulations on the Election of the Public Council by Civil Society Institutions, as approved by Resolution No. 171 of the Cabinet of Ministers of the Republic of Azerbaijan on May 30, 2014, the process of initiating the submission of documents for the establishment of the Public Council under the Ministry of Culture has commenced. The purpose is to ensure the involvement of civil society institutions in the formulation of legal instruments pertaining to the respective fields of operation and the facilitation of public oversight in the relevant domains. The purpose of establishing the Public Council is to enhance transparency in the operations of the Ministry of Culture and to ensure stronger interaction with the public in the respective domain. The Public Council will serve as an advisory body that will organize discussions on various issues in the field of culture, offer proposals to the Ministry of Culture regarding the implementation of state policies in the relevant field, and enjoy other rights as prescribed by law. The Public Council will function on a voluntary basis, without any remuneration. Any Azerbaijani citizen with expertise in the cultural domain is eligible to be elected as a member of the Public Council. An Election Commission is established to organize the Public Council elections. The commission comprises four representatives from the Ministry of Culture and five representatives from civil society institutions specialized in the field of culture. The Commission has taken decisions regarding the Public Council's membership count, candidate and voter registration, and other organizational aspects. The registration process for candidates seeking membership in the Public Council will remain open until June 25, 2023, while voter registration will continue until July 6, 2023. The eligibility criteria for candidates and voters can be accessed in the “Announcements“ section of the official website of the ministry through the following links: Eligibility criteria for candidates Eligibility criteria for voters ..
30.05.2023 17:15 Adil Karimli, the Minister of Culture to meet citizens in GanjaAccording to the schedule for receiving citizens in cities and regions by heads of central executive power bodies and other administrative institutions, the Minister of Culture of the Republic of Azerbaijan Adil Karimli will meet citizens from Ganja and Naftalan cities and Goranboy, Samukh, Kalbajar, and Khojali districts on June 9, 2023, at 10:00 a.m. at the Heydar Aliyev Center in Ganja city (535 Nizami Ganjavi avenue, Ganja city). Citizens can register until June 5, 2023, by contacting WhatsApp (0 777 147 147), using the Ministry's email@example.com email address, or by calling (012) 493-30-02. ..
28.05.2023 20:11 President of the Republic of Azerbaijan Ilham Aliyev has attended a groundbreaking ceremony for the Occupation and Victory Museum Complex in the city of LachinPresident of the Republic of Azerbaijan Ilham Aliyev has attended a groundbreaking ceremony for the Occupation and Victory Museum Complex in the city of Lachin. Minister of Culture Adil Karimli informed the head of state about the works to be carried out in the complex. The complex to be built in Lachin district will consist of the Occupation and Victory museums as well as a memorial park where the ruins will be exhibited. The logo of the complex symbolizes the juniper trees that are widespread in the Lachin district, which boasts mysterious beauty and rich nature. The Museum Complex, which covers an area of 3.5 hectares, is located close to the main road networks and the city center. Art installations reflecting the themes of the museums will be displayed in the Occupation and Victory Museums. Exhibitions covering various themes will be organized in the halls. A Memorial Park will be built in the territory of the Complex, where the remains of many destroyed historical and cultural monuments of the city will be exhibited. The ruins in the Memorial Park will be enriched with artistic installations and turned into an open-air museum. The head of state laid a foundation stone for the Lachin Occupation and Victory Museum Complex. ..
26.05.2023 17:00 Minister of Culture Adil Karimli meets citizens in KhachmazIn accordance with President Ilham Aliyev's directive, the heads of executive power bodies and other administrative institutions conduct monthly meetings with citizens in various cities and districts. The most recent citizens’ reception of the Minister of Culture, Adil Karimli, took place on May 26 in Khachmaz. Deputy Minister of Culture Saadat Yusifova, Chief of Staff Khanlar Aghalarov, and heads of departments were also present at the reception. Residents from Khachmaz, Guba, and Gusar, as well as other districts, attended the meeting held at the Khachmaz City Museum of History and Local Studies. In the meeting attended by the heads and representatives of the relevant structural units of the Ministry of Culture, citizens' appeals were related to employment, renumeration, upgrading the material and technical resources of cultural facilities, and other issues. In addition, suggestions were made regarding local cultural activities. After hearing each resident's concerns, the minister gave relevant instructions to review all the appeals and address the concerns raised in accordance with the legislation. ..
23.05.2023 09:37 Citizens' concerns were heard in GobustanAccording to the schedule for receiving citizens in cities and regions by heads of central executive power bodies and other administrative institutions, Minister of Culture of the Republic of Azerbaijan Adil Karimli held a meeting with citizens in Gobustan district on May 22. Deputy Minister of Culture, Farid Jafarov, Chief of Staff, Khanlar Aghalarov, and heads of departments were also present at the reception. A total of 84 residents, mostly from Gobustan, Shamakhi, and Aghsu districts, participated in the reception. The citizens' appeals were mainly related to employment issues, recommendations for conferring honorary titles, and matters in the cultural sphere. Each citizen's appeal was duly recorded, and the heads of the respective units received instructions to thoroughly examine and address the raised concerns in compliance with the laws. ..
17.05.2023 12:33 International Mugham Festival to present various concert programsThe upcoming VI International Mugham Festival “World of Mugham“ will take place from June 18 to 25. The winners of the National Mugham Competition, which took place from April 24 to 27, will represent our country at the festival organized by the Heydar Aliyev Foundation and the Ministry of Culture, with the support of the Ministry of Science and Education and the Azerbaijan National Conservatory. International performers can register until May 20 to take part in the festival. As part of the festival, a series of concerts will be organized in Baku, Aghjabadi, and Shusha. The music festival kicks off on June 18 with performances by People's Artist Alim Gasimov at the Heydar Aliyev Palace, People's Artist Anvar Sadigov, and Honored Artist Emil Afrasiyab at the National Conservatory. The festival will carry on its journey on June 19 with concerts taking place at the International Mugham Center, National Conservatory, and Stone Chronicle Museum with the concerts of Honored artist Elchin Shirinov and several mugham performers from Azerbaijan, Daud Khan Sadozai from Afghanistan, and Mahan Mirarab from Iran. As part of the “World of Mugham“ festival, the next performances will take place on June 20 at the Chamber and Organ Music Hall, the International Mugham Center, and the National Conservatory. Renowned Azerbaijani artist Sakina Ismayilova, winner of international competitions Etibar Asadli, Indian musicians Vasumathi Badrinathan and Jyotsna Srikanth, and Kankou Kouyate from Mali will perform in these venues. On the following day of the festival, June 21, there will be performances by the Cadenza Orchestra of the Azerbaijan State University of Culture and Arts, pianist Tural Rafael, Majadi Nahhas from Jordan, Ilyos Arabov from Uzbekistan, and Sardor Soliyev from Tajikistan. On June 22, Mustafa Said and the “Asil“ ensemble from Egypt will perform at the International Mugham Center, Firudin Hamidov from Azerbaijan, Varijashree Venugopal, Jyotsna Srikanth from India will perform at the National Conservatory, and the “En Chordais“ ensemble from Greece will perform at the Chamber and Organ Music Hall. On June 24, the Azerbaijan State Symphony Orchestra named after Uzeyir Hajibeyli will perform at the Heydar Aliyev Center, while People's Artist Teyyub Aslanov and pianist Nijat Aslanov will enchant the audience with their concerts at the National Conservatory. Tickets for the upcoming concerts in Baku will be available for purchase soon at the iTicket.az website and ticket offices. As part of the festival, a concert featuring mugham performers will take place in Aghjabadi. Shusha, our cultural capital, will host mugham and poetry performances in various locations. An international symposium will be held during the festival, featuring instrumental mughams in the Old City. There will be a mugham marathon where 24 groups will take turns performing non-stop in the same location for 24 hours and an open-air “Mugham hour“ will be arranged. On June 25, the final day of the festival, the “World of Mugham“ will conclude with a closing ceremony at the Azerbaijan State Academic Philharmonic Hall, named after Muslim Magomayev. Following the awarding of the winners of the International Mugham Competition held during the festival, a concert will be presented. The international jury, consisting of members from Azerbaijan, Great Britain, Iraq, Uzbekistan, and Turkey, will select the winners for both singing and instrumental performances. In recent years, significant efforts have been undertaken to safeguard and promote mugham in Azerbaijan. Thanks to the support of the First Vice-President of Azerbaijan, Mehriban Aliyeva, towards our national culture and the dedicated initiatives in this field, Azerbaijani mughams were included in UNESCO's Representative List of the Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity in 2008. It is worth mentioning that since 2009, the Heydar Aliyev Foundation, led by Mehriban Aliyeva, has taken the initiative to organize national mugham competitions and international mugham festivals. These endeavors serve the purpose of showcasing and preserving mugham, which holds a special place as our national treasure, within the global cultural landscape. ..
17.05.2023 09:34 Open door day announced in museums for International Museum DayInternational Museum Day is celebrated annually on May 18. This day was founded in 1977 under the initiative of the International Council of Museums (ICOM). The primary objective is to highlight the significant role museums play in society. International Museum Day, instituted by the International Council of Museums (ICOM) to foster cultural exchange and collaboration among nations, is celebrated annually with a different theme. This year, the theme is “Museums, Sustainability, and Well-Being.“ An “Open Door“ day has been designated as part of the International Museum Day celebration at the museums under the Ministry of Culture in order to effectively manage people's leisure time and foster an appreciation for Azerbaijan's rich cultural heritage through museum establishments. Thus, on May 18, both citizens and visitors to our country will be able to enjoy free admission to museums. ..
15.05.2023 11:05 Fuad Ibrahimov was appointed as the artistic director and chief conductor of the State Symphony Orchestra named after U. HajibeyliFuad Natig oglu Ibrahimov has been appointed as the artistic director and chief conductor of the State Symphony Orchestra, named after U. Hajibeyli, under the Azerbaijan State Academic Philharmonic Hall, named after M. Magomayev. He has taken over this position from People's Artist Rauf Abdullayev. Fuad Ibrahimov was the conductor of the Azerbaijan State Symphony Orchestra, the Symphony Orchestra of the Munich New Philharmonic, and the chief conductor of the “Baku Chamber Orchestra,“ established under the Baku Music Academy named after Uzeyir Hajibeyli. Fuad Ibrahimov won 2nd place in the 4th Evgeny Svetlanov International Conducting Competition in Paris, organized with the support of “Radio France“, “France musique“, “L'orchestre philharmonique“, and the Heydar Aliyev Foundation. He conducted in various famous concert halls worldwide, was granted the President's Award in 2022 and is an honored artist of the Republic of Azerbaijan. ..
15.05.2023 11:03 Mehriban Alakbarzadeh was appointed artistic director of the Academic National Drama TheaterHonored art worker, director Mehriban Zaur gizi Alakbarzadeh was appointed artistic director of the Academic National Drama Theater. Mehriban Alakbarzadeh, who was appointed as the director of the Academic National Drama Theater by the order of the Minister of Culture, is the author and director of numerous plays and screen productions. Previously, she served as the theater director of the Theater of Young Spectators and the Yugh Theater. ..
15.05.2023 11:03 Honored artist, tar player Sahib Aghaverdi oglu Pashazadeh was appointed director of the International Mugham CenterHolder of the “Taraggi“ medal of the Republic of Azerbaijan and winner of the Republican mugham competition in 1998, he also holds the position of assistant professor at the Azerbaijan National Conservatory. He has performed as a soloist and as part of a mugham trio in many concerts and festivals held in Azerbaijan and other countries and gained recognition as a prize winner in international competitions. ..
15.05.2023 11:02 Farid Tahir oglu Jafarov was appointed Deputy Minister of Culture of the Republic of AzerbaijanFarid Jafarov, a graduate of the Faculty of International Law of Baku State University, served as executive director of the Youth Foundation of the Republic of Azerbaijan before his appointment. Moreover, he held a position at the Heydar Aliyev Foundation and was director of the Department of Humanitarian and Social Projects at the Heydar Aliyev Center. ..
13.05.2023 15:11 Decree of the President of the Republic of Azerbaijan on amending the "Regulations on the Ministry of Culture of the Republic of Azerbaijan" approved by Decree No. 119 of the President of the Republic of Azerbaijan on June 6, 2018Guided by Item 32 of Article 109 of the Constitution of the Republic of Azerbaijan, I hereby decree: 1. The following amendments shall be made to part 5 of the Regulations on the Ministry of Culture approved by Decree No. 119, dated June 6, 2018 of the President of the Republic of Azerbaijan (Collection of Laws of the Republic of Azerbaijan, 2018, No. 6, Article 1209, No. 10, Article 2002; 2019, No. 5, Articles 822, 825, No. 10, Article 1588, No. 12, Article 1929; 2020, No. 7, Article 892; 2022, No. 9, Article 1030, No. 11, Article 1256; Decree No. 2051 of March 3, 2023 of the President of the Republic of Azerbaijan): 1.1 The word “four“ shall replace the words “two first deputies and two“ in the first sentence of clause 5.4. 1.2. The words “first deputies or“ shall be deleted from clause 5.8. 1.3. The words “of the first deputy ministers“ shall be deleted from the first sentence of clause 5.9. 2. The Cabinet of Ministers of the Republic of Azerbaijan shall address the issues arising from this decree. Ilham Aliyev President of the Republic of Azerbaijan Baku, May 13, 2023 ..
12.05.2023 16:57 The Order of the President of the Republic of Azerbaijan on awarding the "Honorary Diploma of the President of the Republic of Azerbaijan" to E.I. AfandiyevGuided by Item 32 of Article 109 of the Constitution of the Republic of Azerbaijan, I hereby order: To award the “Honorary Diploma of the President of the Republic of Azerbaijan“ to Elchin İlyas oglu Afandiyev in recognition of his long-standing and impactful contributions to the development of Azerbaijani culture. Ilham Aliyev President of the Republic of Azerbaijan Baku, May 12, 2023 ..
12.05.2023 16:37 The official opening ceremony of the year "Shusha - the cultural capital of the Turkic world" takes placeThe official opening ceremony of the year “Shusha - Cultural Capital of the Turkish World 2023“ was held on May 12, under the joint organization of the Ministry of Culture of the Republic of Azerbaijan and TURKSOY. The ceremonial event was held in Shusha in line with the order of the President of the Republic of Azerbaijan “on the measures related to the declaration of the city of Shusha as the “Cultural Capital of the Turkic World“ for 2023.“ The event was attended by Sultan Raev, Secretary General of the International Organization of Turkic Culture - TURKSOY; Kumanichbek Omuraliyev, Secretary General of the Organization of Turkic States; Ganira Pashayeva, Chairman of the Culture Committee of the Milli Majlis; Adil Karimli, Minister of Culture; Emin Amrullayev, Minister of Science and Education; Gunay Afandiyeva, President of the International Turkic Culture and Heritage Foundation along with officials, artists, and creative teams from Turkic states. In his speech during the ceremony, Minister of Culture Adil Karimli expressed his delight in welcoming the guests to Shusha, the cultural capital of Azerbaijan. He stated that this year holds immense historical significance for Azerbaijan and the Turkic world: “The 100th anniversary of Heydar Aliyev, the founder of independent Azerbaijan, the national leader of the Azerbaijani people, and an exceptional leader in the Turkic world, is celebrated with great solemnity. In light of this, 2023 has been officially proclaimed the “Year of Heydar Aliyev“ in Azerbaijan. Shusha, recognized as Azerbaijan's cultural capital, has been designated the cultural capital of the Turkic world for the current year. In addition, the Turkic world is celebrating the 100th anniversary of the Republic of Turkey and the 30th anniversary of the establishment of TURKSOY with utmost solemnity. We extend our congratulations to the entire TURKSOY family on this remarkable occasion”. The minister emphasized that the proclamation of Shusha as the “cultural capital of the Turkic world“ for the year 2023 signifies the profound respect that the Turkic world has for Shusha: “For Azerbaijanis, Shusha holds immense moral significance. This city has played a pivotal role in the destiny of our nation, its history, culture, and the path of national development, and is known as a city of poets, writers, artists, architects, and composers. The national leader Heydar Aliyev used to say, “Shusha is the heart and soul of Azerbaijan. It serves as a source of immense pride for every Azerbaijani. Shusha is the symbol of our culture and history! Shusha holds a dear place in the hearts of all.” Shusha, the cultural center of our nation, was of special significance for the national leader of the Azerbaijani people, Heydar Aliyev. He placed great emphasis on safeguarding our nation's cultural heritage. Today, the President of the Republic of Azerbaijan, Mr. Ilham Aliyev, successfully continues to implement this policy. Shusha, along with 20 percent of Azerbaijan's territory, suffered destruction and looting during the 30-year Armenian occupation. During the occupation, mosques, madrasas, houses of prominent personalities, tombstones, and other examples of cultural heritage, which are considered cultural heritage of the Turkic world, fell victim to Armenian vandalism. On November 8, 2020, after enduring a 30-year occupation, the Armed Forces of Azerbaijan, under the leadership of the triumphant Supreme Commander Ilham Aliyev, successfully liberated the occupied territories of Azerbaijan, including Shusha, during the 44-day Patriotic War and brought a great victory to the Turkic world. Seeing Shusha liberated was one of Heydar Aliyev's biggest dreams. The call to prayer echoing from the restored Shusha mosques two days ago stands as a symbol of the return of Azerbaijani culture and moral values to Shusha. Today, Shusha and the entire Karabakh are experiencing a chapter of renaissance. Despite the short time that has elapsed since the victory, intensive efforts are underway, under the direct guidance of President of the Republic of Azerbaijan Ilham Aliyev, to comprehensively restore and reconstruct the devastated forests, cities, villages, historical and cultural monuments, and the entire residential infrastructure within a short timeframe. Shusha's historical and cultural essence is being revived, and cultural life is returning to the city. The Heydar Aliyev Foundation, led by Azerbaijan's First Vice-President, Mehriban Aliyeva, organizes a wide range of local and international cultural events in Shusha. Additionally, significant efforts are underway to restore our cultural heritage: The “Kharibulbul“ festival, established in 1989 but disrupted for many years by the occupation, has been organized in liberated Shusha for the third consecutive year. Formerly represented as Soviet Union countries, the brotherly Turkic states now join this festival as independent nations. It lasts for three days. Yesterday we held the closing ceremony of the festival together with the representatives of friendly republics”. Adil Karimli emphasized the significant role of culture in fostering unity among Turkic states and promoting strong connections between them: “Recognizing this, Heydar Aliyev, the national leader of the Azerbaijani people, made invaluable contributions to the establishment of TURKSOY. Throughout his political career, one of the key goals of the national leader, Heydar Aliyev, has always been to ensure unity among Turkic nations, expand cultural connections, and facilitate the integration of Turkic states around shared national values. After 30 years of operation, TURKSOY has established itself as a respected international organization. Through its effective and fruitful initiatives, TURKSOY consistently facilitates the mutual integration of our peoples, enabling them to maintain strong ties to their rich historical and cultural heritage. I would like to highlight that, in line with the order of the President of the Republic of Azerbaijan, Mr. Ilham Aliyev, declaring Shusha the “cultural capital of the Turkic world“ for 2023, an extensive action plan is developed. In this regard, the First Turkic World Culture Forum is set to take place in Shusha as part of the scheduled Permanent Council of Ministers in October. The main objective of the forum is to gather all the stakeholders involved in cultural work in our region and make a substantial contribution to the advancement of our shared culture. I am confident that our colleagues, international organizations, scientific communities, and creative industries will back Azerbaijan's initiative by lending their support. I have no doubt that the First Turkic World Culture Forum in Shusha will open new avenues for the advancement of cultural connections and serve as a powerful shared platform, turning the 21st century into the century of Turkic peoples.” Concluding his speech, the minister conveyed his gratitude to the special representation of the President of the Republic of Azerbaijan in Shusha district, the TURKSOY Secretariat, relevant institutions, and everyone who contributed to the event. Aydin Karimov, the special representative of the President of the Republic of Azerbaijan in Shusha district, highlighted the ongoing restoration and construction efforts undertaken by our government in Shusha. He emphasized that the development of cultural infrastructure in Shusha is also being given due consideration. Sultan Raev, the Secretary General of TURKSOY, spoke about the literary and cultural figures that Shusha has historically gifted to Azerbaijan and the Turkic world at large. He emphasized the organization's commitment to continuously promoting and preserving the cultural wealth of Shusha. Kumanichbek Omuraliyev, the Secretary General of the Organization of Turkic States, highlighted the significance of relations among Turkic states and the crucial role played by cultural factors in this regard. He emphasized the important decisions made by the heads of Turkic states in recent years. Polad Bulbuloghlu, the Ambassador of Azerbaijan to Russia and a People's Artist expressed his delight in returning to his homeland. He shared information about the establishment and activities of TURKSOY. Afterwards, the awards of TURKSOY were presented, and a concert program was introduced. In the conclusion, Anar, the Chairman of the Union of Azerbaijani Writers, People's Writer presented the Bakhtiyar Vahabzadeh Award to Sultan Raev, the Secretary General of TURKSOY. It is worth noting that on March 31, 2022, in Bursa, Turkiye, the decision was made by the Permanent Council of Ministers of Culture of TURKSOY member countries to designate Shusha, the historical birthplace of mugham art, as the “cultural capital of the Turkic world“ for 2023. It is important to remember that the “Cultural Capital of the Turkic World“ project was initiated in 2010 during the 10th summit of Turkic-speaking countries in Istanbul. According to the decision, a city from the Turkic world is selected each year to be declared the “capital of culture. So far, cities like Astana (2012, Kazakhstan), Eskishehir (2013, Turkiye), Kazan (2014, Tatarstan, Russia), Merv (2015, Turkmenistan), Shaki (2016, Azerbaijan), Turkestan (2017, Kazakhstan), Kastamonu (2018, Turkiye), Osh (2019, Kyrgyzstan), Khiva (2020, Uzbekistan), and Bursa (2022, Turkey) have been honored as the “cultural capital of the Turkic world.“ Shusha is the 11th city in the Turkic world to undertake this important role. ..
10.05.2023 14:47 The staff of the Ministry of Culture visited the grave of national leader Heydar AliyevOn May 10, our country celebrates the centennial of the father of the modern independent state of Azerbaijan Heydar Aliyev. The name of the world-famous politician and esteemed statesman, Heydar Aliyev, is linked with over three decades of Azerbaijan's history. During both periods of his leadership in our republic, the national leader was a true supporter of our culture, taking great care to nurture its development and ensure that our rich cultural heritage and art are recognized and promoted worldwide. The memory of the brilliant leader who holds a special place in our history is always cherished by those working in the field of culture, just like all the people of Azerbaijan. The staff of the Ministry of Culture visited the national leader's grave on May 10. Employees of the Ministry visited the grave of Heydar Aliyev and paid their respects by laying flowers before it. ..
10.05.2023 10:37 Order of the President of the Republic of Azerbaijan on awarding the Heydar Aliyev Award to R. J. AbdullayevGoverned by Clause 32 of Article 109 of the Constitution of the Republic of Azerbaijan, I hereby resolve as follows: The Heydar Aliyev Award shall be awarded to Rauf Janbakhish oghlu Abdullayev for his outstanding service to the development of Azerbaijani culture. Ilham Aliyev President of the Republic of Azerbaijan Baku city, May 10, 2023 ..
08.05.2023 12:39 On May 5, the exhibition "Chronicle of History" and the documentary film "Our National Wealth" were showcased to the public by the Azerbaijan National Carpet Museum in connection with the declaration of 2023 as the "Year of Heydar Aliyev" by the Order of the President of Azerbaijan, Ilham Aliyev. A video projection was used to bring to life the images and motifs that shape the intricate composition of the carpets featured in the exhibition. The projection included animations of elements such as Gobustan rock paintings, hunting scenes, the national dance "Yalli", revered elder Dada Gorgud, the national hero Koroghlu, the tricolor flag of Azerbaijan, the poem by Nizami Ganjavi, and quotes from Heydar Aliyev, as well as the symbol of the Novruz holiday samani, the fire symbol buta, the sacred tree, etc. The exhibition also showcased a documentary film called "Our National Wealth," produced in honor of the 100th anniversary of the national leader Heydar Aliyev.On May 5, the exhibition “Chronicle of History“ and the documentary film “Our National Wealth“ were showcased to the public by the Azerbaijan National Carpet Museum in connection with the declaration of 2023 as the “Year of Heydar Aliyev“ by the Order of the President of Azerbaijan, Ilham Aliyev. A video projection was used to bring to life the images and motifs that shape the intricate composition of the carpets featured in the exhibition. The projection included animations of elements such as Gobustan rock paintings, hunting scenes, the national dance “Yalli“, revered elder Dada Gorgud, the national hero Koroghlu, the tricolor flag of Azerbaijan, the poem by Nizami Ganjavi, and quotes from Heydar Aliyev, as well as the symbol of the Novruz holiday samani, the fire symbol buta, the sacred tree, etc. The exhibition also showcased a documentary film called “Our National Wealth,“ produced in honor of the 100th anniversary of the national leader Heydar Aliyev. ..
08.05.2023 10:46 Azerbaijan is represented at the First International Congress on Cultural Heritage and Sustainable Development held in CubaThe First International Congress on Cultural Heritage and Sustainable Development takes place in the Cuban capital, Havana. Our country was represented at the event by a delegation led by Sabina Hajiyeva, the head of the State Service of Cultural Heritage Conservation, Development, and Rehabilitation under the Ministry of Culture. Cuban President Miguel Diaz-Canel Bermudez received the guests on the first day of the event and highlighted the value the country places on cultural heritage, the initiatives it has undertaken, and wished success to the 2023 congress of the “G77+China“ Group, which Cuba will chair for the first time. As part of the congress, a meeting of the ministers of culture from the member countries of the UN “G77+China“ Group was held. During the “Culture for Sustainable Development“ meeting, it was emphasized that our country, due to its geographical position between the East and the West, possesses a rich historical and cultural legacy, and plays an active role in promoting intercultural dialogue worldwide. The speech underlined the importance of the Baku Process, an initiative of our country, and the regular World Forums on Intercultural Dialogue held within its framework as a significant global platform. ..
05.05.2023 10:23 Shusha to Host "Kharibulbul" International Music FestivalOn May 9–11, the “Kharibulbul“ International Music Festival will take place in Azerbaijan's cultural capital, Shusha. The festival is organized by the Heydar Aliyev Foundation and the Ministry of Culture. The three-day festival will include concerts, exhibitions, and various presentations. Shusha was declared the “cultural capital of the Turkic world“ by the International Organization of Turkic Culture (TURKSOY) in 2023. The festival will host creative teams from TURKSOY member countries and Turkic-speaking nations of the region. Meanwhile, the official opening of the event “Shusha: The Cultural Capital of the Turkic World 2023“ will take place on May 12. ..
04.05.2023 16:53 Minister of Culture Adil Karimli will meet citizens in KhachmazOn May 26, 2023, the Minister of Culture of the Republic of Azerbaijan, Adil Karimli, will meet citizens from Khachmaz, Guba, and Gusar districts at 10:00 (2 Heydar Aliyev Avenue, Khachmaz city) as per the schedule of reception of citizens by heads of central executive power authorities and other administrative institutions in cities and districts. Citizens can register until May 19, 2023, by contacting WhatsApp (0 777 147 147), using the Ministry's firstname.lastname@example.org email address, or by calling (012) 493-30-02. ..
01.05.2023 16:39 Minister of Culture Adil Karimli visits state film institutionsAdil Karimli, the Minister of Culture of the Republic of Azerbaijan, paid a visit to the “Azerbaijanfilm“ film studio named after Jafar Jabbarli. During his visit, the minister toured the sound, costumes, and props, pyrotechnics, technical equipment departments, and studio floors. He shared ideas with the employees and discussed potential steps that could be taken to further develop the field. The director of the film studio, Nazim Huseynov, acquainted the minister with the premises and administrative buildings. The preservation of the working rooms of Eldar Guliyev, Hasan Seyidbeyli, Huseyn Seyidzadeh, Tofig Taghizadeh, and other notable film personalities in the studio was emphasized as it serves as a source of inspiration for young cinematographers. It was stressed that one of the necessary steps is to transform the 100-year-old cinema temple into a competitive cinema organization of the present time in order to develop the cinema environment. The discussions revolved around the need for investment by the state and private sector to ensure all units are equipped with technical support in line with modern standards. The importance of cooperation for other film institutions to gain from the experience of “Azerbaijanfilm“ was also highlighted. The minister also visited the State Film Fund, located on the premises. *** Later, the Minister of Culture Adil Karimli also visited the State Film Fund. The director of the fund, honored art worker Jamil Guliyev, introduced the minister to the general area and mentioned that the State Film Fund was established on the initiative of the national leader Heydar Aliyev based on the order of the Cabinet of Ministers of Azerbaijan of December 22, 1993. As part of the State Program on Development of Azerbaijani Cinema in 2008–2018, signed by President Ilham Aliyev, a new building of the State Film Fund was put into service in 2008. The Minister of Culture, Adil Karimli, was shown around the premises, which occupy an area of around 6.6 thousand square meters including administrative rooms, a laboratory, a performance hall, auxiliary rooms with technical equipment, as well as film storage and restoration facilities, tape storage boxes, tape recovery equipment, and other technical capabilities. The minister was briefed extensively on the exhibits at the Cinema Museum operating under the Film Fund. He was informed about the Fund's annual events, jubilees, and memorial nights dedicated to Azerbaijani cinema figures, as well as the creation of private archive funds. The Film Fund presently safeguards over 80,000 storage units. Later, the Minister of Culture showed interest in the challenges currently faced by the Film Fund and emphasized that the institution will continue to receive state support in the future. ..
01.05.2023 15:22 The representatives of the Ministry of Culture visit ADMIU to observe the personnel training processOn April 29, the Minister of Culture, Adil Karimli, and the employees of the ministry visited the Azerbaijan State University of Culture and Arts (ADMIU). Jeyran Mahmudova, the rector of ADMIU, greeted the visitors. The rector highlighted the importance of 2023, which marks the 100th anniversary of the university. She also presented the new initiatives introduced by the institution in recent years. The Minister was introduced to the studio of the Faculty of Theater Arts and the Art and Audiovisual Arts Faculties, met with the deans, and exchanged ideas. Later, the guests watched the performance of Bertolt Brecht's “Señora Carrar's Rifles“ directed by Honored Artist Nofal Valiyev and performed by the students of the SABAH groups of ADMIU. ..
21.04.2023 18:01 The Forum on Azerbaijani Cinema 125: Reality, Challenges, and Goals concludesThe forum on “Azerbaijani Cinema 125: reality, challenges, and goals,“ organized jointly by the Ministry of Culture and the Heydar Aliyev Center at the Heydar Aliyev Center, came to a close on April 21. The final panel session, which focused on “Applying International Practices in Azerbaijani Cinema,“ took place in the second half of the day. At a meeting moderated by Rufat Hasanov, Head of the Audiovisual and Interactive Media Department at the Ministry of Culture, discussions focused on the topics of “Transitioning from a Planned Economy Model to a Market Economy Model in the Film Industry,“ “Integration Mechanisms in the Context of International Cinema,“ and “Principles for Attracting Foreign Investment in the Cinema Industry.“ Reports on the mentioned topics were presented by Erkin Yılmaz, Director of the Film Department of the Ministry of Culture and Tourism of Turkey, Fyodor Sosnov, Executive Director of the Russian State Film Fund, Matthieu Darras, the programmer of the Cannes, Venice, and San Sebastian Film Festivals, Lala Rustamova, the General Producer of Timur Bekmambetov's “Bazelevs“ Studio, Levan Nanobashvili, International Media Law and Intellectual Property Lawyer, and Guillaume de Seille, Cannes, Venice, Berlin, and Sundance Festival Laureate and Producer. After participants' questions were addressed, the two-day film forum concluded by taking commemorative photos. ..
21.04.2023 15:12 Day 2 of the Film Forum focuses on financing mechanisms for cinema and audiovisual worksThe Forum “Azerbaijani Cinema 125: Reality, Challenges, and Goals“, which started on April 20 under the joint organization of the Ministry of Culture and the Heydar Aliyev Center within the framework of the “Year of Heydar Aliyev“, continues. Along with distinguished cultural and artistic figures from Azerbaijan, the forum also includes film personalities from other countries. Actor Azer Aydamir moderated the first panel of the second day of the film forum, which was dedicated to “Business: Principles and Mechanisms of Financing Cinema and Other Audiovisual Works“ on April 21. The panel addressed the following topics: “Improving the regulatory and legal framework in the field of cinema,“ “Regulating audience interest in local films,“ and “Azerbaijanfilm“ film studio's 100-year history and prospects. During the panel, the Chairman of the Film Directors Guild of Azerbaijan, Honored Art Worker Huseyn Mehdiyev, Director of the “Azerbaijanfilm“ film studio, Honored Worker of Culture Nazim Huseynov, Executive Director of Baku Media Center, Honored Worker of Culture Orman Aliyev, Chairman of the Supervisory Board of “CinemaPlus“ cinema chain Zaur Darabzadeh, “Park Cinema“, executive director of the cinema chain Elnur Allahverdiyev, secretary of the Azerbaijan Union of Film-makers Ali Isa Jabbarov, and film director Emil Guliyev shared their views on the mentioned topics. After the speeches, participants engaged in productive discussions and put forth proposals. ..
21.04.2023 11:53 Capital theater and music groups tour regionsIn honor of the 150th anniversary of Azerbaijan's national theater and as part of the “Year of Heydar Aliyev,“ several theaters and music groups based in the capital are launching new tours to different regions. The purpose of the tour organized by the Ministry of Culture on April 22 and 24 is to revitalize cultural life in the regions, provide meaningful leisure time for the population, especially the youth, facilitate close communication with local creative groups, and exchange beneficial experiences. As part of the project, the Variety Ensemble of the Azerbaijan State Song Theater will perform for music lovers on April 22 at the Shamakhi Culture Center (at 15:00). On the same day, Arslan Novrasli's jazz group will perform an ethno-jazz concert at the Khachmaz Culture Center named after Heydar Aliyev (at 16:00). The April 24 schedule includes three performances: Azerbaijan State Academic National Drama Theater will stage “Talking Doll“ in Lankaran State Drama Theater (14:00), Azerbaijan State Puppet Theater after A. Shaig will perform “Malikmammad“ in Gusar Lezgi State Drama Theater (12:00), and Azerbaijan State Pantomime Theater will present “Pantomime Bouquet“ in Ismayilli Culture Centre (14:00). Tours to regional areas will continue in May. It is worth noting that several theaters based in the capital traveled to regions from March 20 to 27 under the auspices of the Ministry of Culture. ..
20.04.2023 19:53 “National Cinema: Yesterday, Today, and Tomorrow”: the film forum continues with panel discussionsAs previously reported, on April 20, the film forum “Azerbaijani Cinema: 125: Reality, Challenges, and Goals“ was held under the organization of the Ministry of Culture and the Heydar Aliyev Center. The forum is being held at the Heydar Aliyev Center in honor of the national leader's centenary. Following the opening ceremony, the film forum proceeded to panel sessions, where various speakers discussed topics such as “Ideology: National Cinema's Past, Present, and Future,“ “The Role of Cinema in Cultural Policy,“ “Choosing Themes for National Cinema: Society's Expectations and State Orders,“ and “Professional Staff Training Mechanisms for the Film Industry.“ During the panel session moderated by TV host Vusala Mammadova, film director and People's Artist Vagif Mustafayev discussed the role of cinema in cultural politics and topic selection. During his speech, Rafig Guliyev, an honored art worker and film director, pointed out that the film industry has moved away from ideology and the connection between cinema and the audience has deteriorated compared to the past. He expressed concern that cinema's priority has become profit rather than serving social needs. The significance of a unique cinematic language for each nation and the necessity of creating a distinct image for national cinema was highlighted by film director, film critic, and honored art worker Ayaz Salayev. He stressed the need for movies and TV series centered on patriotism, heroism, and the Karabakh victory. Elkhan Jafarov, an honored art worker and film director, expressed contentment with the gathering of creative individuals and the film community. He viewed this discussion format as an important step toward the future of Azerbaijani cinema. Jafarov discussed the primary cinema trends, which include ideological, commercial, and purely creative films. He mentioned the shortage of qualified personnel in the field, which affects the technical and creative quality of films. Honored art worker and screenwriter Orkhan Fikratoghlu stressed the need for modern cinematography to align with market demand and remain open to new trends in terms of management and organization. Ilgar Fahmi, a playwright, screenwriter, and secretary for creativity issues of the Azerbaijan Writers’ Union, emphasized that screenwriting the scope of topics covered by Azerbaijani films, the role and status of screenwriters in film production, and the ideological influence of mass art should be considered. The film director, Teymur Hajiyev, highlighted the importance of cinematography as a communication tool with the global community. He stressed the need to determine the appropriate film language, idea, and form to reflect the realities of Karabakh and reach both domestic and international audiences. Creativity: prospects of Modern Azerbaijani cinema The second panel, which took place on April 20, was centered on “Creativity: Prospects for Modern Azerbaijani Cinema.“ Under the moderation of TV journalist Kamran Gasimov, the panel discussed topics like “The Criteria for Success in Auteur Cinema“, “The Role of Film Festivals and Funds as Necessary Platforms for Joint Production“, and “The Support System for Films with Sales Potential“. The topic was addressed by film directors and honored art workers Jamil Guliyev, Yavar Rzayev, and Oleg Safaraliyev, head of the International Cinema School operating under the Azerbaijan Union of Film-makers, film director and screenwriter Asif Rustamov, cinematographer Orkhan Abbasov, and young director Turkan Huseynova. The audience had the opportunity to ask questions and exchange views. The film forum on “Azerbaijani Cinema: 125: Reality, Challenges, and Goals“ will continue its work on April 21 with panel meetings. ..
20.04.2023 16:27 Forum "Azerbaijani Cinema: 125: Reality, Challenges, and Goals" takes place in BakuThe Forum “Azerbaijani Cinema 125: Reality, Challenges, and Goals,“ organized by the Ministry of Culture and Heydar Aliyev Center, takes place in Baku on April 20–21, as part of the “Year of Heydar Aliyev“. On April 20, prior to the forum's commencement, film personalities visited the grave of national leader Heydar Aliyev at the Alley of Honor and placed wreaths and flowers in front of it. Later, the opening ceremony was conducted at the Heydar Aliyev Center. Farah Aliyeva, Head of the Department of Humanitarian Policy, Diaspora, Multiculturalism, and Religious Issues of the Administration of the President, officials of the Ministry of Culture, notable film personalities, and media members attended the event. First, the attendees were shown a photo exhibition showcasing 125 years of Azerbaijan's cinema history. During his opening speech, the Minister of Culture, Adil Karimli, welcomed the participants of the forum. He highlighted that the forum dedicated to the rich traditions of Azerbaijani cinema is taking place as part of the celebration of the 100th anniversary of the national leader Heydar Aliyev. The minister noted that recently, a forum celebrating the 150th anniversary of the national theater was held at this venue 10 daya ago. Over the course of two days, theater figures from Azerbaijan and other countries convened to address current issues and modern challenges and discuss future directions. The Minister said, “We hope that the film forum will be remembered for stimulating interesting discussions and providing insights into the future of Azerbaijani cinema. The main goal of today's gathering is to discuss the challenges and prospects, identify solutions to the issues currently confronting the national film industry, and set new development paths. It's worth mentioning that we're not just holding theater and film forums, we will also organize forums on other cultural areas as part of “Heydar Aliyev Year.“ The Ministry of Culture will take into account the recommendations made by experts at these events when developing the strategy for the advancement of Azerbaijani culture until 2040”. The minister highlighted that the history of Azerbaijani cinema goes back to 1898, which is not far behind world cinema. It has gone through a rich and tumultuous 125-year journey and left an impressive legacy for the people of Azerbaijan. The establishment of the “Azerbaijanfilm“ film studio, named after Jafar Jabbarli and celebrating its 100th anniversary, whose foundation was laid in 1923, paved the way for the systematic development of national cinema art. For decades, the movies produced by our cinematographers have contributed to shaping the national worldview by inspiring respect for national and moral values as well as love and dedication to our motherland among our fellow citizens. Highlighting the significant contributions of Heydar Aliyev to the development of Azerbaijani cinema Adil Karimli said, “National leader Heydar Aliyev has made important contributions to the development of our national cinema, as he did in all fields of art. The national leader once said that “cinema is the annals of our people,” and he paid great attention and care to the field of national cinema both during the Soviet era and during the years of independence when he led Azerbaijan. After the collapse of the Soviet Union, Azerbaijan's cinema was stagnant, as were other fields. However, thanks to the national leader's care, Azerbaijan's cinema started to develop again. Azerbaijan's legal framework for cinema activity began to take shape under the guidance of the national leader in 1993. On December 22 of the same year, the State Film Fund of the Republic of Azerbaijan was established. The establishment of Azerbaijan Cinema Day marks a historical milestone that was made possible by Heydar Aliyev's invaluable contributions to the field. Azerbaijan used to celebrate Soviet Cinema Day as its national cinema day for a long time, with Azerbaijani cinema being deemed to have begun only in 1916. However, President Heydar Aliyev's order of December 18, 2000, ended this injustice against our cinema history by accepting August 2, 1898, as the beginning of national cinema history. It has been celebrated as the Day of Azerbaijani Cinema for over 20 years as a professional holiday for cinema workers.“ The minister emphasized that Azerbaijan's film art is essential in promoting national ideology, history, culture, and spiritual values and raising social awareness. Therefore, the state and personally, the Honorable President Ilham Aliyev, are giving it special attention and care, the minister pointed out. The state's high attention and care for the national art of cinema are clearly evident in the “State Program on Development of Azerbaijani Cinema in 2008–2018“ approved by the relevant order of March 1, 2019, by the head of state, and the order “On some measures related to the development of Azerbaijani cinematography.“ In recent years, films produced by our country's film industry have been participating in and receiving awards at the world's most prestigious international film festivals. This, along with the increase in investment in film production and the expansion of our audience, suggests that our cinematography has entered a qualitatively new phase. Moreover, the Action Plan of the “Socio-Economic Development Strategy of the Republic of Azerbaijan for 2022-2026,“ approved by the order of President Ilham Aliyev dated July 22, 2022, includes the concept for the development of cinema art. These steps taken by Azerbaijan's leadership will improve the implementation of state policy in the field of cinematography and modernize local production and broadcasting infrastructure. This is also crucial in terms of guaranteeing international competitiveness, taking part in numerous international collaborative projects and film productions, joining global platforms to achieve international acknowledgment of the expertise of Azerbaijani cinematography, and driving new economic activity and stimulation in this domain”. The Minister highlighted that Azerbaijan's cinema art was promoted at several festivals, including the prestigious Cannes Film Festival, thanks to the dedication and support of Mehriban Aliyeva, the First Vice-President of Azerbaijan and President of the Heydar Aliyev Foundation, who has played an invaluable role in the advancement of our culture. The establishment of the Cinema Agency with transparent management mechanisms was emphasized as a new stage in the development of Azerbaijani cinema art. The Ministry of Culture has accomplished all the necessary steps in collaboration with the relevant institutions for the launch of the agency. The establishment of this agency will unlock opportunities for the Azerbaijani film industry to participate in various international projects, such as joint film production on prestigious platforms like Eurimages. This move will bring fresh experiences to local cinematography and boost economic activity in the audiovisual sector. The minister noted, “The current period can be described as a renaissance for Azerbaijani film in terms of creativity. This is anticipated to enhance the appeal of our films to both domestic and global viewers, leading to further advancements in national cinematography. On the other hand, it is important to highlight that while there have been notable advancements, the Azerbaijani film industry is confronted with a number of challenges. The forum aims to safeguard the rich heritage of our cinema industry, identify the current issues facing cinema art in Azerbaijan, as the custodians of this legacy, deliberate on measures to drive its growth and competitiveness in the coming years and create development strategies and state programs accordingly. We are confident that the esteemed members of the audiovisual community present here will lend their support to our efforts in researching and improving all aspects of this field, starting with personnel training.“ The minister highlighted the pressing need for novel relationships, fresh challenges, encouraging private sector participation, reducing reliance on the state, and introducing radical changes to match the evolving trends in the global film industry. Karimli said, “We are certain that you are already a part of these changes and challenges, having successfully established your presence in the industry. All that is required now is for us to unite as a single team to expedite and enhance this process. In this regard, the film forum serves as an excellent starting point and the main public dialogue format for achieving the mentioned objectives. It's certainly impossible to address all the problems that exist within our cinema and cinematography over the course of two days, and that's not our goal. However, the primary objective is to continue these dialogues and discussions on a larger scale and convert this process into a functional mechanism. We anticipate receiving more systematic and constructive ideas and proposals from you regarding the existing issues and the mechanisms to resolve them.“ In conclusion, the minister wished the forum success and expressed his appreciation for all the participants and individuals who put in their best efforts to organize the event. *** The Chairman of the Union of Cinematographers of the Republic of Azerbaijan and People's Artist, Shafiga Mammadova, delivered a speech on “Heydar Aliyev and Azerbaijani cinema.“ Noting the importance of 2023 for our cinema, she expressed her satisfaction that the forum was dedicated to the 100th anniversary of the national leader. The People’s artist said, “Heydar Aliyev's contribution to the growth of cinema in Azerbaijan is exceptional. The name of Heydar Aliyev is closely associated with successful projects in our cinema history. His contribution to the arts is immeasurable, as our films received the USSR State Prize during his leadership in Azerbaijan and Moscow. Upon his return to the leadership of independent Azerbaijan, our national cinema witnessed a serious turnaround. Today, President Ilham Aliyev is continuing this tradition. The cinema community expresses its appreciation to the leader of our country for his continued attention and care”. People's Artist Rasim Balayev, Chairman of the Azerbaijan Union of Filmmakers, emphasized the significance of training specialists in the field of cinema, educating a new generation of directors and screenwriters, and focusing on creating films that address universal issues. People's artist and director Ogtay Mirgasimov stressed the importance of preserving universal and timeless values in cinema. He highlighted the mismatch between the films screened in cinemas and the national characteristics, and expressed serious concern about the showing of films that do not reflect national values. Following the speeches, the event continued with a screening of a video that portrayed the history of Azerbaijani cinema. Later on, the forum proceeded with panel sessions. ..
17.04.2023 16:49 The first stage of the Children's Art Festival kicks offThe first stage of the Children's Art Festival, jointly organized by the Ministry of Culture, the Ministry of Science and Education, and the Heydar Aliyev Center, in honor of the 100th anniversary of national leader Heydar Aliyev, is currently underway. The first stage of the festival began on April 17 in 120 institutions all over the country. The festival, comprising three rounds and featuring 21 categories across three age groups (6–9 years, 10–13 years, and 14–17 years), attracted approximately 27,000 participants from all regions and cities of the republic, including the Nakhchivan Autonomous Republic. Over 2,500 experts are involved in the festival's award panel. Three experts are designated for each nomination. Additionally, 450 coordinators and 250 system administrators will be working during the festival. To maintain objectivity and transparency during the festival, the names of the judges will remain undisclosed. Note that the first stage of the festival, consisting of both professional and amateur categories, will be held from April to June. The second stage of the festival will take place from June to August, and the winners of this stage will earn the opportunity to compete in the final stage. The final stage will take place in Baku in September. Information regarding the venue, date, and time will be announced on the festival's official website and through mass media. At the conclusion of the festival, the city or district that demonstrated the greatest level of involvement and participation in numerous categories will be awarded the right to host the festival the following year. ..
14.04.2023 13:01 Order of the President of the Republic of Azerbaijan on the appointment of A.G. Karimli as Minister of Culture of the Republic of AzerbaijanGuided by Item 5 of Article 109 of the Constitution of the Republic of Azerbaijan, I hereby order: To appoint Adil Gabil oglu Karimli as Minister of Culture of the Republic of Azerbaijan. Ilham Aliyev President of the Republic of Azerbaijan Baku, April 14, 2023 ..
14.04.2023 13:00 Order of the President of the Republic of Azerbaijan on the dismissal of First Deputy Minister of Culture of the Republic of Azerbaijan A. G. Karimli Guided by Item 32 of Article 109 of the Constitution of the Republic of Azerbaijan, I hereby order: 1. Adil Gabil oghlu Karimli shall be dismissed from the position of Deputy Minister of Culture of the Republic of Azerbaijan. 2. This order shall come into effect on the day of its signing. Ilham Aliyev President of the Republic of Azerbaijan Baku, April 14, 2023 ..
13.04.2023 12:30 Our country participates in 37th International Music FestivalFrom April 4 to April 28, the 37th International Music Festival took place at the Main Hall of CSO ADA Ankara in Ankara, Turkiye. The Azerbaijan State Symphony Orchestra named after Uzeyir Hajibeyli,, led by Honored Artist Fuad Ibrahimov, participated in the opening day of this prestigious festival with the support of the Ministry of Culture of the Republic of Azerbaijan. It's both gratifying and a matter of pride that the first concert of the festival featured the Azerbaijan State Symphony Orchestra named after Uzeyir Hajibeyli. The concert featured performances by two well-known soloists, Murad Adigozal-zadeh on the piano and Elvin Khoja Ganiyev on the violin. The concert included performances of three pieces: “Lightwood in the River“ by Ferit Tuzun, Concerto for violin, piano, and orchestra by Fikret Amirov, and Symphony No. 9 “From the New World“ by Antonin Dvorak. Furthermore, towards the end of the first part, a piece by George Williams written for the movie “Schindler's List“ was performed, in memory of those who died in earthquake in Turkiye. The concert came to a close with “Turkish March“ by Niyazi. ..
13.04.2023 11:17 Certificates of the International Board on Books for Young People presentedSolmaz Amanova, the author of the children's book “Courageous Bear and His Friends,“ along with artist Iskander Mammadov and Nemat Aliyeva, the executive director of “Everest“ publishing house, received certificates from the International Board on Books for Young People (IBBY) on April 11, 2023. The certificates were presented by Akif Marifli, the head of the Book Industry Department of the Ministry of Culture of the Republic of Azerbaijan. The International Board on Books for Young People (IBBY) started operating in Zurich, Switzerland, in 1953. It unites creators of children's literature and children from around the globe and has national sections in 81 countries. In 2012, Azerbaijan became a member of the Board with the participation of the Republican Children's Library named after F. Kocharli under the Ministry of Culture of the Republic of Azerbaijan. This membership initiated a collaboration to promote children's literature in Azerbaijan. The primary objective of the institution is to ensure that children worldwide have access to books with high artistic value. It also works towards promoting the publication and distribution of quality children's books, especially in developing countries. Every two years, the Board arranges international conferences that bring together influential professionals who work in the children's literature and book culture industries. Additionally, the Board presents the Hans Christian Andersen Award, which is known as the most prestigious award in the field of children's literature and is sometimes called the “Little Nobel Prize.“ Additionally, the board creates an honor list that recognizes outstanding writers, illustrators, and translators. This list plays a crucial role in promoting children's and adolescent literature worldwide. ..
13.04.2023 10:28 Chingiz Farzaliyev's "Along the Steps of Time" exhibition kicks offOn April 12, 2023, the Gallery of the Georgian National Museum named after Dimitri Shevardnadze hosted the opening ceremony of the solo exhibition “Along the Steps of Time“ by Chingiz Farzaliyev, an honored art worker and the Director of the Azerbaijan National Art Museum.“ The event was jointly organized by the Azerbaijan National Art Museum and the Georgian National Gallery, with the support of the Ministry of Culture of Azerbaijan and the Ministry of Culture, Sports, and Youth of Georgia. As part of the exhibition celebrating 30 years of diplomatic relations between Georgia and Azerbaijan, visitors viewed a catalog of the artist's creations and numerous books and albums. The exhibition will be open until May 10th of this year. ..
12.04.2023 20:00 The Theater Forum on "Azerbaijani Theater—150: Development Prospects" has endedAs reported earlier, on April 11-12, the theater forum titled “Azerbaijani Theater - 150: development prospects“ was held in Baku as part of the “Year of Heydar Aliyev“. The forum, jointly organized by the Ministry of Culture and the Heydar Aliyev Center with the participation of the Azerbaijan State University of Culture and Arts (ADMIU), continued its work on April 12 with the first-panel meeting on “Conception and strategic goals“. The meeting addressed topics such as the “National theater development strategy,“ “Formation of audience demand and stimulation of audience flow,“ “Marketing and advertising strategy,“ and “The role of independent theaters in the contemporary theater process.“ In the discussion moderated by the deputy director of the Azerbaijan State Academic Musical Theater, Vafa Muhajirova Bakhtiyar Khanizadeh, the artistic director of the Azerbaijan State Pantomime Theater, shared his thoughts on theater and education, while Naida Ismayilzadeh, the director of the Azerbaijan State Theater of young Spectators expressed her views on reforms, traditions, festivals, and modern requirements in the theater industry. Vidadi Hasanov, the head of “M Teatr“, highlighted the problems faced by independent theaters, and Gumrah Omar, the production director of the Azerbaijan State Yug Theater, talked about the director's work and the exchange of experience. During the panel discussion, Tarlan Rasul, head of “dOM“ theater, talked about a specific approach to solving theater issues, and Nihad Gulamzadeh, head of “Asa“ theater, discussed the relationship between the audience and theater. At the meeting, experts answered questions and offered various suggestions. The final panel meeting of the forum was held in the second half of the day. Honored Art Worker Aligismat Lalayev, the director of the Azerbaijan State Academic Musical Theater, moderated the meeting. During the panel focused on the development of human capital in the field of theater, attendees discussed various topics such as “Mechanisms for harmonization of demand and supply in theater education“, “Theatre as an effective platform for the promotion of current issues“, “The need to build a system and apply innovative ideas“, “Festival movement in modern theater art“ and “ Personnel capacity in regional theaters.“. The Chief Director of the Azerbaijan State Academic Russian Drama Theater Alexander Sharovski, Dean of the Department of Theater Art of the Azerbaijan State University of Culture and Arts Buyukkhanim Talybova, the Chief Director of the Shaki State Drama Theater Mirbala Salimli, Director of the Azerbaijan State Theater of Young Spectators Nijat Kazimov, Producer of the Academic Musical Theater Irada Gozalova, and a theater critic and an employee of the Union of Theater Workers Daghlar Yusif shared their thoughts on the aforementioned topics. The discussions were fruitful and led to some interesting suggestions. Thus, the two-day forum, which focused on the development prospects of the 150-year-old Azerbaijani professional theater, concluded its activities. It concluded with taking some pictures to commemorate the event. ..
12.04.2023 13:37 Documentary on Fikret Amirov Screened at Russian House, BakuA film was presented at the Russian House in Baku on April 11 to celebrate the 100th anniversary of Fikret Amirov, a well-known Azerbaijani composer who received state awards and was a People's Artist of the USSR. Representatives from the Ministry of Culture of the Republic of Azerbaijan, the diplomatic corps, and various artists attended the event. The screenwork that portrayed the life and creative works of the great musician received a positive response. The Ministry of Culture ordered the production of this movie in 2022, and it was first shown at Heydar Aliyev Palace on December 19 of the same year. Vagif Mustafayev is the scriptwriter and director of this feature documentary film, with Orkhan Abbasov as the cameraman, Asgar Rahimov as the editing director, and Nazim Huseynov as the producer. ..
11.04.2023 16:05 A forum on "Azerbaijani Theater—150: Development Prospects" held in BakuThe forum dedicated to the theme “Azerbaijani Theater—150: development prospects“ is organized jointly by the Ministry of Culture and the Heydar Aliyev Center, with the participation of the Azerbaijan State University of Culture and Arts (ADMIU). Prior to the commencement of the Theater Forum at the Heydar Aliyev Center on April 11, members of the theater community visited the Alley of Honor to pay homage to national leader Heydar Aliyev and laid wreaths and flowers in front of his grave. The work of the Theater Forum began at the Heydar Aliyev Center following the visit. Adil Karimli, the Acting Minister of Culture and First Deputy Minister, delivered the opening speech. Adil Karimli highlighted that the Theater Forum was being held at the Heydar Aliyev Center and drew attention to the fact that 2023 had been declared the “Year of Heydar Aliyev“ in honor of our national leader's 100th anniversary. He emphasized that various events and projects were being carried out in our country and overseas to commemorate the occasion, and that the holding of the first theater forum in this landmark year held immense significance. He mentioned the care and attention the President of the Republic of Azerbaijan demonstrated to the country's cultural development, including its theater industry. Under the guidance of Mr. Ilham Aliyev, a worthy successor to the national leader, regular steps have been taken to ensure the continued growth of the cultural sector and the elevation of the status of cultural figures. First Vice-President Mehriban Aliyeva has played a vital role in promoting Azerbaijani culture globally, and she has always extended her support to those working in this field. Speaking about the forum, the first deputy minister highlighted the significance of constantly evolving, modernizing, and responding to contemporary challenges in the field of theater. He drew attention to the significance of personnel training in this field. It was noted that the “Culture Volunteers“ public association also began its activities at the Theater Forum. Adil Karimli wished the association success in its activities. In his closing remarks, the first deputy minister expressed gratitude to all those who helped to organize the forum, including the assistant to the President, Mr. Anar Alakbarov, who provided valuable advice and guidance, as well as Farah Aliyeva, head of the Department of Humanitarian Policy, Diaspora, Multiculturalism, and Religious Issues of the Presidential Administration, and all the theater professionals and participants. He conveyed his wish for the success of the forum. *** Theater critic and honored art worker professor Maryam Alizadeh delivered a speech on “Heydar Aliyev and Azerbaijani theater.“ Alizadeh spoke about the love and attention that national leader Heydar Aliyev had for the theater after he became the leader of Azerbaijan in 1969. She recounted Heydar Aliyev's visits to premieres, meetings with actors, and backstage interactions with the creative team. She also highlighted the leader's early involvement in the drama club during his youth as the origin of his love for theater. Following Maryam Alizadeh's speech, a video titled “Azerbaijani Theater: Yesterday, Today, Tomorrow“ was presented. The video included footage of Heydar Aliyev's encounters with theater employees, President Ilham Aliyev's attendance at theater openings, and meetings with members of the theater industry. *** On April 11, the first-panel discussion was held with the theme “Traditions and trends in Azerbaijani theater.“ During the discussion, contemporary theater and its general and specific challenges were explored within the context of the topics “New objectives in the advancement of Azerbaijani theater,“ “Development trends in national playwriting,“ and “The role of contemporary theater criticism.“ During the panel moderated by Parvin Nuraliyeva, writer and playwright, and editor-in-chief of “Gobustan“ magazine, the main focus was on the actor-director and their integral role in theater. Theater critic and Honored Art Worker Ilham Rahimli, Honored Art Worker and writer-playwright Ali Amirli, Honored Art Worker and theater critic Aydin Talibzadeh, Chief Director of the State Theater of Young Spectators and Honored Art Worker Mehriban Alekbarzadeh, writer-playwright and secretary for creativity issues of the Azerbaijan Writers’ Union Ilgar Fahmi, playwright Ismayil Iman, and theater critic and doctor of philosophy in art studies Elchin Jafarov participated in the discussion. The participants engaged in question-and-answer sessions, sharing impressions and offering suggestions. Matters of concern to the attendees, such as those raised by People's artists Afag Bashirgizi and Ali Nur, the director of the Iravan State Azerbaijan Drama Theater Iftikhar Piriyev, and theater representatives, were brought to the forefront of the discussion. *** In the second half of April 11, the Theater Forum “Azerbaijani Theater-150: Development Prospects“ continued with a panel meeting titled “Modern Director and Actor's Art in the National Theater: A Systematic Approach to the Renewal Process.“ During the meeting, which was moderated by Elnur Karimov, an Honored artist, and actor at the Azerbaijan State Theater of Young Spectators, the attendees discussed the “Universal type of actor in modern theater“ and “New trends in modern directing.“ During the panel, Grigory Zaslavsky, the Rector of the Russian Institute of Theater Arts (GITIS), Mustafa Kurt, the General Director of the State Theater Department of the Ministry of Culture and Tourism of Turkiye, Elshan Mammadov, Head of Department at GITIS, Bakhtiyar Khanizadeh, the Artistic Director of the Azerbaijan State Pantomime Theater, People's Artists Nuraddin Mehdikhanli and Jeyhun Dadashov, as well as Mikayil Mikayilov, the Chief Director of the State Yugh Theater, delivered speeches. The first day of the forum concluded after the panel meeting, where theater issues were analyzed at length, participants' questions were addressed, and suggestions were heard. Thus, the first day of the forum came to a close. The forum will proceed on April 12 with two-panel sessions titled “Conception and strategic goals“ and “Development of human capital in the field of theater.“ ..
11.04.2023 14:53 The first stage of the Children's Art Festival launches on April 17 The first stage of the Children's Art Festival, jointly organized by the Ministry of Culture, the Ministry of Science and Education, and the Heydar Aliyev Center on the occasion of the 100th anniversary of national leader Heydar Aliyev, is set to begin in a few days. To take part in this stage, all registered individuals can visit the festival's official website, www.uif.az starting April 10. On the website, they should navigate to the “Stage I“ section and enter either their registration code or PIN number to retrieve details about their participation time and location. Don't forget to bring your ID and a printed copy of your attendance information when you arrive. Make sure to reach the designated venue 15 minutes before the scheduled time. For more detailed information about the festival, visit the “Information“ section of the website at www.uif.az. Dear participants, we wish you success at the festival! ..
11.04.2023 11:37 The Ministry of Culture announces the interview phase for library positionsInterviews for the competition for hiring personnel in the libraries under the Ministry of Culture of the Republic of Azerbaijan are set to commence on May 15, 2023. 141 candidates who passed the test will proceed to the interview stage of the competition. The interview will evaluate each candidate's expertise and knowledge level for the position they applied for. The interview program can be accessed through this link. The Ministry will soon post the schedule of interviews on its official website. ..
11.04.2023 11:29 Competitions and interviews to be conducted for the recruitment and transfer of principals, deputy principals, and teachers in children's music, art, painting, mugham, and ashig schools and centersAs per the Regulations for the Recruitment of Principals, Deputy Principals, and Teachers for Children's Music, Art, Painting, Mugham, Ashig Schools, and Centers, which were approved by the Ministry of Culture of the Republic of Azerbaijan on April 4, 2023 under Order No. 3-24/3-1-f-63/2023, the recruitment of teachers, deputy principals, and principals for these schools and centers shall be conducted via a competitive process. You can access the test and interview programs by visiting the link below. The transfer of principals, deputy principals responsible for educational affairs, and teachers with indefinite employment contracts in schools and centers under the Ministry of Culture, from areas with different employment competition terms (such as from other areas to Baku or from any region to Absheron, Ganja, or Sumgait cities), shall be done through an interview process, as specified in the above-mentioned regulations. Further details regarding the competition and interviews will be provided at a later stage. The program for the test examination of principals and deputy principals The Interview program for principals and deputy principals The program for the test examination of teachers The Interview program for teachers ..