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A discussion was held on "Protection of intangible cultural heritage and modern challenges"

The second panel of the Cultural Heritage Forum organized by the Heydar Aliyev Foundation and the Ministry of Culture, held on December 18, was dedicated to the topic "Protection of intangible cultural heritage and modern challenges". The moderator of the panel, Sevil Karimova, Head of the Art Department of the Ministry of Culture, introduced the topic and invited the speakers to the stage. Then a video dedicated to our intangible cultural heritage prepared by the Ministry of Culture was shown.

Doctor of Philosophy in Art Studies, and architect Elchin Shamilli spoke about the role of visual language in decorative and applied arts, architecture, and design art in his speech on "Examples of decorative and applied art and modern forms of artistic expression". Telman Ibrahimov, Head of the Science Department of the Azerbaijan National Art Museum, Ph.D. in Art Studies, and Associate Professor, spoke about our cultural resources that were appropriated and looted by Armenians in the last thirty years, and said that recently our infamous neighbors have started to present the examples of intangible cultural heritage they took from Khankandi as their own. He noted the importance of compiling the "Red Book" of our lost wealth.

The creative director of "Azerkhalcha" OJSC, Doctor of Philosophy in Art Studies Asmar Abdullayeva spoke on the topic of "Intangible cultural heritage as the basis of creativity and innovation: economic and social aspect". She spoke about the organization of carpet weaving and felting courses for women who have never worked in Pirshagi, Balakhani, and other settlements of Baku, the revival of the art of dyeing by ancient technology, and the art of printing on silk in Shaki. The art historian and scientist voiced her suggestions for creating new opportunities for the innovative ideas of young carpet artists. Honored artist Mammadhuseyn Huseynov presented a list of forgotten cultural heritage examples of carpet art in the form of a slide and expressed his suggestions.

The last speaker of the panel, Head of Division at the Ministry of Culture Nuriya Mammadova spoke on the topic "Intangible cultural heritage examples of Azerbaijan in international lists". She provided information about the provisions of the UNESCO Convention for the Safeguarding of the Intangible Cultural Heritage. After the speeches, opinions were exchanged on the issues and proposals raised, and questions were answered.

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