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
22.09.2020 16:24
First Vice-President Mehriban Aliyeva attended opening of new building of Children’s Art School in Bulbula settlementA new building of Children’s Art School No.3 named after Gulara Aliyeva has today been inaugurated in Bulbula settlement, Surakhani district, Baku. First Vice-President of the Republic of Azerbaijan, President of the Heydar Aliyev Foundation Mehriban Aliyeva attended the event. First Vice-President Mehriban Aliyeva was informed that the school was established in 1935 under the music society. As the two-storey school building was unfit, the new three-storey building was constructed by the Heydar Aliyev Foundation. The building has 25 classrooms, dance and painting rooms, a conference hall, a library, teachers’ room and a canteen. The school currently enrolls 493 students who are served by 110 teachers. ..
21.09.2020 16:26
"Arshin Mal Alan" to premiere in BulgariaSeptember 18 marks the 135th anniversary of the birth of Uzeyir Hajibayov - a genius personality of the Turkic world, the founder of the Azerbaijan National Composer School, a musicologist - scientist, publicist, playwright, teacher and public figure. His works are among the cultural pearls not only of Azerbaijan, but also of the Turkic world as a whole. Co-organized by the International Turkic Culture and Heritage Foundation, Azerbaijan’s Ministry of Culture and the Azerbaijani Embassy to Bulgaria the musical comedy “Arshin Mal Alan“ by the brilliant composer was staged in the Kadriye Latifova Musical and Theatre in the city with a rich history – Kardzhali on the occasion of the 135th anniversary of Uzeir Hajibayov. The director of the play is the chief director of the Azerbaijan State Academic Opera and Ballet Theatre Hafiz Guliyev, the artist is Tomiana Tomova-Nacheva. The premiere was planned for March this year, but due to the announced pandemic, it was postponed and scheduled for this October. ..
18.09.2020 14:51
First Vice-President Mehriban Aliyeva makes Instagram post on National Music DayFirst Vice-President of the Republic of Azerbaijan Mehriban Aliyeva has made an Instagram post on the occasion of the National Music Day. A post on her official Instagram page says: “On the occasion of the National Music Day, I extend my sincere greetings to everyone who spared no efforts to preserve, develop and promote Azerbaijani music in the world, and wish them great achievements in this case. I respectfully commemorate prominent Azerbaijani composers Uzeyir Hajibayli and Muslim Magomayev whose 135th anniversary we are marking today. May our national music, preserving its traditions, always be enriched with new voices, new performances and approaches!” ..
14.09.2020 18:15
Master classes for children and adults will be held. Dear children and adults, block your calendars and join our masterclasses every Tuesday!  10:00 - make a card (5 AZN) 11:00 - make a souvenir carpet (5 AZN) 12:00 - tapestry weaving (10 AZN) 14:30 - shadda (a flat-woven carpet) weaving (5 AZN) 15:30 - make a felt bag with the image of the fairy tale hero (5 AZN) 16:00 - draw national ornament on leather (3AZN) 16:30 - applique on national clothes with woolen threads (3 AZN) The museum will provide all the necessary materials for masterclasses. Dear children, mark your calendars for the upcoming events:  Wednesday, Fairytale Time: 12:00 - Baghchada Guller (Flowers in the Garden) fairytale  Thursday Plays: 11:00 - Shangulum, Shungulum, Mangulum play (3 AZN) 12:00 - Tig-Tig Khanim puppet play (3 AZN) 14:30 - Jirtdan folk puppet play (3 AZN) 15:30 - Fairy Tale of Malikmammad play (3AZN) 16:30 - Jirtdan shadow play (3AZN) On Friday at 17:00, we invite you to join the lecture “History of samovar and benefits of samovar tea“ by Professor Tahir Amiraslanov, the President of the Azerbaijan National Culinary Center.  The museum follows all quarantine rules, sanitary norms, and guidelines, groups of no more than 10 people are allowed.  Entry to the museum is free of charge for children under 6 and adults over 65.  Visit our museum and learn more about the rich and renewed permanent exhibition, as well as enjoy new opportunities created especially for you. Hurry up and spend your leisure time in the Azerbaijan National Carpet Museum! Places are limited. Contact: (012) 497 20 57 / +994558603022 ..
18.08.2020 17:43
Assistant to President of Azerbaijan meets with a group of prominent culture and art figuresAssistant to the President of the Republic of Azerbaijan Anar Alakbarov has met with a group of culture and art figures at the Azerbaijan National Museum of Art. Head of the Humanitarian Policy, Diaspora, Multiculturalism, and Religious Affairs Department of the Presidential Administration Farah Aliyeva, Acting Minister of Culture, First Deputy Minister of Culture Anar Karimov also attended the meeting. The presidential assistant highlighted the reforms implemented in various fields in Azerbaijan, including in promoting development of culture, addressing the problems of citizens and strengthening support for projects in this regard. He said although due to the widespread transmission of COVID-19, mass gatherings are banned in Azerbaijan like in the rest of the world, numerous cultural projects continued to be implemented in the country in accordance with the instructions of President Ilham Aliyev. Anar Alakbarov said the main goal of the meeting was to conduct exchange of views with culture figures, listen to their proposals and convey them to the country's leadership. The assistant to the president also highlighted the projects implemented by the Heydar Aliyev Foundation under the leadership of First Vice-President Mehriban Aliyeva aiming to develop and promote Azerbaijani culture worldwide, reconstruct cultural facilities and promote the world community`s awareness about the Armenia-Azerbaijan Nagorno-Karabakh conflict. During the meeting, the culture and art figures discussed the works to be done in the country in various fields, including in the sphere of culture. They also made proposals on preservation and promotion of the country’s cultural heritage. The meeting participants emphasized the importance of holding such meetings, noting that the format of this event was necessary for effectively addressing the future tasks. ..
30.07.2020 13:38
President Ilham Aliyev attended inauguration of new building of Balakan City Children's Art SchoolPresident of the Republic of Azerbaijan Ilham Aliyev has attended the opening of a new building of the 320-seat Balakan City Children's Art School. The head of state was informed of the conditions created at the building. ..
29.07.2020 16:18
President Ilham Aliyev attended inauguration of new building of Balakan City Children's Art SchoolPresident of the Republic of Azerbaijan Ilham Aliyev has attended the opening of a new building of the 320-seat Balakan City Children's Art School. The head of state was informed of the conditions created at the building. ..
27.07.2020 16:49
Film admission to Short Film Festival startsSubmission of films for the 11th Baku International Short Film Festival (BISFF), which will be held in Baku on November 13-17 this year, has begun. Established by the Center for Young Cinematographers ”CINEMA”, the festival is supported by the Ministry of Culture and the Ministry of Youth and Sports of the Republic of Azerbaijan. Nizami Cinema Center, The Guild of Producers, “02 MEDIA” and OZ FILM company are among the supporters of the festival. This year, the festival remains committed to the principle of “35 years, 35 minutes.“ Directors under the age of 35 must submit the film that should not exceed 35 minutes to the festival by September 1. There are international, local and Cinemobil competition sections at the festival. Foreign and local directors can participate in the international competition with fiction, documentary and animated films. The festival's programs for local directors are rich. Along with fiction, documentary and animation, social videos also join the local competition. The Cinemobil competition, in which mobile phone films compete, is also intended for local authors. Unlike previous years, this year participants can submit a film to the competition which do not exceed 5 minutes. Each author can submit his film on the festival website (www.filmfestival.az) and on the platform www.filmfreeway.com. The films are reviewed by the Selection Committee and included in the competition program. The official program of the festival will be announced on October 20. Films competing for the key prize of the festival, the Golden Pomegranate, will be judged by a jury of local and foreign experts. Always trying to support local directors, the festival will have newness this year. The festival will provide technical and post-production support for the next film project to the winners of the local competition for “Best Short Film“ and “Best Documentary Short Film“. The winner of the “Best Animated Short Film“ nomination will be supported only by post-production works of the next film project. Founded in 2004, the Baku International Short Film Festival is the longest-running festival in Azerbaijan, bringing to the country films that have won awards and success at Cannes, Venice, Berlin Film Festivals and Oscar award. Each year, the most interesting of more than 1,500 films sent from around the world are selected and included in the program of the festival. In addition, for five days at this festival the audience will have a chance to watch new films of local directors, who try to show the events in a different way and in interesting styles. The Baku ISFF reflects the growing interest in short films, which are considered to be the foundations of cinema in Azerbaijan, also encourage and support young cinematographers. ..