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.

HEYDAR ALIYEV
01.02.2023 20:42
"The Dead" to be staged at the Heydar Aliyev Center for the first timeThe Heydar Aliyev Center plans a number of projects and events in connection with the proclamation of 2023 as the Year of Heydar Aliyev in our country. As part of the project “Heydar Aliyev and the National Theater Art“, the Center will host a number of performances. The spectacle “The Dead“, based on the tragicomedy of the same name by Jalil Mammadguluzadeh, will be performed at the Heydar Aliyev Center on February 24 as part of the project. The play is jointly organized by the Heydar Aliyev Center and the Ministry of Culture. The representative of the Heydar Aliyev Center, Zafig Khalilov, said that the Center is planning a series of projects to promote the national leader’s political legacy within the framework of the Year of Heydar Aliyev. One of the projects is “Heydar Aliyev and National Theater Art,“ where they plan to showcase the plays that the great leader loved and watched with interest. Heydar Aliyev often spoke about the play “The Dead“ in his interviews, pointing out that the play was a unique, historical, and deeply philosophical work. People's Artist Azer Pasha Nematov, the director of the play, stated that the adaptation of the play for the stage of the Heydar Aliyev Center is currently underway. He pointed out that the stage of the Center is larger than the stage of the Academic National Drama Theater. As the stages are different, new decorations are being made. The director stressed that there will be a new ending exclusive to this performance. He mentioned that this will be the first time that the finale is changed. This final will take place only at the Heydar Aliyev Center. The audience will enjoy the stage work. People's artist Nuraddin Mehdikhanli, who plays one of the main characters in the play “The Dead“ - Sheikh Nasrullah praised the initiative of the Center. The performance of the national leader's favorite play is organized in the Center that bears his name. The cast is excited to represent the theater well on February 24. We invite all our spectators to the Heydar Aliyev Center. Honored Artist Anar Heybatov (Kefli Iskandar of “The Dead“) noted that the rehearsal process is is already finished. Adjustments were made to accommodate for the varying scene sizes, and now everything is fully prepared Honored Artist Aslan Shirin (Sheikh Ahmed) referred to the production as a remarkable cultural event, coinciding with the 100th anniversary of the national leader.  A good atmosphere is created in the theater, and the rehearsal process is proceeding well. The actor expressed his delight at receiving one of the lead roles in the play. He emphasized that on February 24, the creative team will appear before a big audience, in a good sense. The two-part play will also feature People's Artists Ali Nur, Haji Ismayilov, Kazim Abdullayev, Lalazar Mustafayeva, Rafig Azimov, Sabir Mammadov, Honored Artists Elkhan Guliyev, Elshan Rustamov, Alvida Jafarov, Kazim Hasanguliyev, Matlab Abdullayev, Mazahir Jalilov, Mirza Aghabayli and other actors of the theatre. The music composed by the People's Artist of the USSR Gara Garayev for “The Dead“ will also be presented in a new version. ..
23.01.2023 13:46
Ministry of Culture to launch "Life Connected with Culture" project as part of the year of Heydar Aliyev YearThe Ministry of Culture of the Republic of Azerbaijan is kicking off the Life Connected with Culture project in connection the proclamation of 2023 as the Year of Heydar Aliyev. Within the project, viewers will get familiar with historical photos of Heydar Aliyev from cultural events he actively participated in different years, as well as his statements in the field of culture and art. The project, which will be presented in various categories, will be featured on the Ministry's official website and social media accounts.“ ..
13.01.2023 12:45
Heydar Aliyev Center to host the performances of Heydar Aliyev's favorite plays“The Dead's“ by Jalil Mammadguluzadeh will be performed at the Heydar Aliyev Center on February 24 as part of the Heydar Aliyev and the National Theater Art project honoring the 100th anniversary of national leader Heydar Aliyev. Jointly organized by the Heydar Aliyev Center and the Ministry of Culture, the play will be performed by the Azerbaijan State Academic National Drama Theater. The production and artistic director of the performance is People’s Artist Azer Pasha Nematov. A new version of the music written by People's Artist Gara Garayev for “The Dead's“ will be used in the stage work. The Azerbaijan State Symphony Orchestra named after Uzeyir Hajibeyli will play the music under the direction of People's Artist Rauf Abdullayev.  In the two-act drama, the part of Sheikh Nasrullah will be performed by People's Artist Nureddin Mehdikhanli, and that of Iskander will be performed by Honored Artist Anar Haybatov. They will be joined on stage by people's artists Ali Nur, Haji Ismayilov, Rafig Azimov, Sabir Mammadov, Honored Artists Elkhan Rustamov, Mazahir Jafarov, and Mirza Aghabeyli, and other actors. *** The tragicomedy “The Dead's“ by Jalil Mammadguluzadeh is the favorite work of the national leader Heydar Aliyev. The great leader said in his interviews, “When I was in high school, I was very interested in theater and frequently watched the performances of the local drama theater ... Thus, our theater played “The Dead's,“ and I watched this performance several times with great pleasure. “The Dead's“ is a profound philosophical work. Due to its philosophical significance, it ranks first among the dramatic works of Azerbaijani literature. At the same time, its strong national spirit distinguishes it from other works ... I am familiar with all dramatic works, starting with Shakespeare. I think no one has ever managed to create a play comparable to “The Dead's“. Coming up with such a theme requires philosophy and imagination...“ *** Heydar Aliyev was very close to the theater from an early age. Heydar Aliyev, who performed on the stage of theater clubs during his school and student years, loved theater very much and referred to the Azerbaijani National Theater as our national wealth. The national leader regularly watched theater performances, met the creative staff, and gave his recommendations and instructions. The Heydar Aliyev Center plans to organize a number of projects and events in conjunction with the decree of the President of Azerbaijan Ilham Aliyev declaring 2023 the year of Heydar Aliyev in our country. The Heydar Aliyev Center will host a number of theatrical productions as part of the Heydar Aliyev and National Theater Art project. You can obtain tickets for “The Dead's“ at the box office of the Center, and at the iTicket.az sale points and website. ..
29.09.2022 13:08
2023 declared “Year of Heydar Aliyev” in AzerbaijanOn 29 September, President of the Republic of Azerbaijan Ilham Aliyev signed an Order to declare 2023 as a “Year of Heydar Aliyev” in the country. 10 May 2023 will mark the 100th anniversary of the birth of Heydar Aliyev, the national leader of the Azerbaijani people, the founder of the independent state of Azerbaijan, and an outstanding politician and statesman. The Order emphasizes that Heydar Aliyev is a powerful personality who successfully took his people out of the complex historical and political trials of the time and led them to independence through consistent struggle. The people of Azerbaijan entered the new century and the new millennium precisely in the light of Heydar Aliyev's brilliancy. Modern Azerbaijan, confidently advancing along the path of continuous progress, is a celebration of Heydar Aliyev's life-long mission. In the first period of his leadership in Azerbaijan, Heydar Aliyev achieved tremendous progress in the way of development of socioeconomic, scientific-technical and cultural fields in the republic in a very short time thanks to his extraordinary management skills, iron will, immense patriotism, as well as his visionary and goal-oriented decisions. The years when the course of our history and the harmony of life were dramatically changing and when the sentiments of freedom and independence began to prevail in national conscience are among the brightest pages of Azerbaijan’s history. The bold steps taken by the great leader to restore the historical memory by directing the creative energy of the people towards the goal of reviving the national spirit provided the nation with self-awareness and a return to the roots and became the cornerstone of the road to independent state building. It is noted that Heydar Aliyev's inexhaustible state management talent, great political will and unshakable conviction manifested themselves brilliantly again during the years when he worked as one of the leaders of the USSR and implemented large-scale projects. Heydar Aliyev always promoted the interests of his native people, whom he loved with all his entire being, and used all the opportunities available to him to facilitate the development of the republic. It is indicated that Azerbaijan, which regained its state independence in the 1990s of the last century due to the dictate of time, faced the threat of being erased from the political map of the world and losing its statehood due to the Armenian aggression, external pressure and internal strife. Heydar Aliyev, who returned to power by heeding popular demand at a difficult time when Azerbaijan’s fate was being decided, showed unparalleled selflessness to save the native country, rescued it from the clutches of public and political fragmentation and anarchy, prevented the deep decline observed in all areas, rebuilt it and freed it from all kinds of plots, thus paving the way for sustainable development of the state. The years of Heydar Aliyev's leadership in Azerbaijan are the fateful stage when the nation took advantage of a rare historical opportunity and made its independence eternal and irreversible at the cost of great suffering. “All the stages of Heydar Aliyev's abundant life and exceptional activities complemented each other and became a living embodiment of close attachment to his people and loyalty to the ideology of national statehood. Heydar Aliyev, who possessed extensive and in-depth knowledge, successfully resolved the most serious concerns of the Azerbaijani public not only during the period of independence, but also in all other periods with his thoughtful and courageous decisions. The great leader clearly saw the organic connection between different areas of society and the national development strategy he was the author of, correctly defined the tasks ahead in public, political, social, economic, cultural and other fields, and skillfully implemented them. As a result of the successful implementation of Heydar Aliyev's national oil strategy, the people of Azerbaijan has become the full owner of its natural resources and acquired these resources in a short period of time, providing a strong impetus to the development of the country. The adoption of the first Constitution of the Republic of Azerbaijan and the implementation of fundamental reforms covering all spheres, the democratic and law-governed state building, and the creation of a regular army are Heydar Aliyev's outstanding contributions to the people of Azerbaijan. The development of the ideology of Azerbaijaniism that unites the people around a single goal, the protection of the mother tongue by the state, the introduction of a tradition to celebrate significant events of the public, political, scientific and cultural history, the fact that Azerbaijan as an ancient land with a centuries-old spiritual and cultural heritage and a place of tolerance located at the junction of civilizations has gained international recognition are all an integral part of Heydar Aliyev's excellent construction program. Standing alongside the most authoritative politicians of his time, Heydar Aliyev played an exceptional part in promoting the modern appearance of Azerbaijan and the rich values of the people, in securing a worthy position of the state in the system of international relations. The resolution of the Armenia-Azerbaijan conflict based on the norms and principles of international law was the main laid out task set by the great leader, and all the resources of the country and the potential of the people were mobilized for the restoration of this historical justice. The powerful state of Azerbaijan, the masterpiece of the great leader, proved its ability to protect its sovereignty and independence by winning a glorious Victory in the 44-day Patriotic War. Heydar Aliyev, who left an indelible mark in the chronicle of the statehood, was proud of being an Azerbaijani throughout his life, is a source of national pride, and is recognized as a symbol of Azerbaijan all over the world. Our people always cherish and remember his dear memory with immense gratitude and celebrate the day he came back to power as a national holiday of the Republic of Azerbaijan – National Salvation Day. The legacy of the great leader of independent Azerbaijan to the present and future generations, as well as his rich and diverse heritage is the national wealth of the Azerbaijani people. It is the honorable duty of every Azerbaijani to preserve this sacred heritage,” the Order states. Under the Order, the Administration of the President of the Republic of Azerbaijan has been instructed to prepare and submit to the President of the Republic of Azerbaijan within two months proposals regarding a plan of actions related to the declaration of 2023 as a “Year of Heydar Aliyev” in Azerbaijan. ..