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
16.05.2019 09:40
Azerbaijani art masters join Asian Culture CarnivalAzerbaijani art masters have attended the opening ceremony of the Asian Culture Carnival as part of the Conference on Dialogue of Asian Civilizations in Beijing, China. President of the People's Republic of China Xi Jinping addressed the participants of the Carnival hosted at the Beijing's National Stadium. Along with local art masters, the carnival's shows also featured performances by singers, dance groups and musicians from Asian countries. The Azerbaijan State Dance Ensemble performed an impressive “My Azerbaijan” dance composition at the event. Themed “Celebration of Youth, Dream of Asia,“ the Asian Culture Carnival aims to promote exchanges between the Asian civilizations and the rest of the world as well as showcase the distinctive charm of the Asian civilizations and Chinese civilization through various spectacular art performances and marvelous high-tech stage effects. ..
14.05.2019 09:48
International Museum Day will be solemnly celebrated in our countryThe International Museum Day, established in 1977 on the initiative of the International Council of Museums (ICOM), is celebrated every year on May 18 with a certain theme. This year International Museum Day will focus on the theme Museums as Cultural Hubs: The Future of Tradition. Museums are not only traditional cultural centers – they are looking for new ways to protect and interpret their collections and create new museum traditions that will be substantial both for future generations and their target audience. Today, museums are turning into interactive centers, where visitors have the opportunity to become participants in innovative programs. This significant day will be solemnly celebrated in our country within the support of the Ministry of Culture of the Republic of Azerbaijan, ICOM Azerbaijan National Committee, and the Park Boulevard shopping center. Twelve museums of our country – Azerbaijan Carpet Museum, Azerbaijan National Museum of Art, Azerbaijan State Museum of Musical Culture, Azerbaijan State Theater Museum, Azerbaijan Independence Museum, National Museum of History of Azerbaijan, Icheri Sheher Museum Center, Uzeyir Hajibeyli House Museum, Samad Vurgun House Museum, Bulbul House Museum, Leopold and Mstislav Rostropovich House Museum, and Azerbaijan Customs History Museum – will unite under the motto Museums Visit Park Boulevard and present a variety of programs for visitors during three days (May 17–19). The official opening of the event will take place on May 17 at 17.00 on the ground floor of the Park Boulevard shopping center. These days, the Azerbaijan Carpet Museum will hold master classes on weaving and interactive educational programs, and present a play Fairy Tale of Jirtdan for children; the Azerbaijan National Museum of Art – pantomime In Love with Art, the play of the shadows theater, master classes on drawing and a quiz; Icheri Sheher Museum Center will present an interactive henna ceremony, face art, games with costumed characters (backgammon with Baku Gagash, chess with Shirvanshahs’ Vizier), as well as a concert program performed by students of the Republican High School of Arts; the Azerbaijan State Museum of Musical Culture has prepared for the event a piano performance, as well as a concert program performed by the violin ensemble Detashe, the folklore ensemble Shirvan, and the ensemble of ancient musical instruments; Leopold and Mstislav Rostropovich House Museum – a concert program of classical compositions; Samad Vurgun House Museum will show guests literary and musical performances based on the poet’s works; Uzeir Hajibeyli House Museum will present a scene from the operetta If Not That One, Then This One performed by schoolchildren; Bulbul House Museum – a concert program within the participation of students of the secondary music school named after Bulbul; and the Museum of Independence of Azerbaijan – a concert Art of Ashugs in Tradition by the Majlis Dirili Gurbani. ..
12.05.2019 10:47
Heydar Aliyev Center hosts concert program “With love to Azerbaijan”Heydar Aliyev Center has hosted a concert program titled “With love to Azerbaijan” with participation of famous opera singers Anna Netrebko, Yusif Eyvazov and Elchin Azizov. First Vice-President of the Republic of Azerbaijan Mehriban Aliyeva, and Vice-President of the Heydar Aliyev Foundation Leyla Aliyeva attended the concert. The concert was conducted by Fuad Ibrahimov and Murtuza Bulbul. The opera singers were accompanied by Azerbaijan State Symphonic Orchestra named after Uzeyir Hajibayli. Soprano Anna Netrebko is one of the prominent opera singers of Russia in the 21st century. Netrebko was among the Time Magazine`s list of 100 most influential people in 2007. She was awarded with numerous prizes, including the Order of Friendship of the Republic of Azerbaijan for strengthening cultural cooperation between Russia and Azerbaijan. Tenor Yusif Eyvazov is the People`s Artist of Azerbaijan. He performs at the scenes of La Acal, Metropolitan Opera, Vienna and Paris. He was included in the World`s best tenors book. Elchin Azizov is Azerbaijan`s People`s Artist. He is a soloist of the State Academic Bolshoi Theatre of Russia. Together with Netrebko and Eyvazov, he participated in the Half Way Around the World concert. ..
10.05.2019 10:40
“My way passes through Karabakh” drawing exhibition opens at Baku Book CenterA ceremony has been held at the Baku Book Center to launch a drawing exhibition called “My way passes through Karabakh” and a catalogue of the same name. Vice-President of the Heydar Aliyev Foundation Leyla Aliyeva attended the event. Opening the ceremony, Director of the Baku Book Center Gunel Rzayeva said that the exhibition coincides with the 27th anniversary of the occupation of Shusha, one of the most beautiful corners of Azerbaijan. She noted that the exhibition features nearly 40 works by young U.S. artists aged from 12 to 18. Other speakers at the event included Chairman of the Union of Writers of Azerbaijan, People's Writer Anar Rzayev, Rector of Baku Music Academy named after Uzeyir Hajibayli, Peoples' Artist Farhad Badalbayli and Secretary of the Azerbaijan Union of Artists, People's Artist Aghaali Ibrahimov. ..
03.05.2019 19:43
5th World Forum on Intercultural Dialogue wraps up in BakuThe 5th World Forum on Intercultural Dialogue under the motto “Building dialogue into action against discrimination, inequality and violent conflict” has ended in Baku. Addressing the closing ceremony, Executive Director of the Centre for Trust, Peace and Social Relations at Coventry University, UK, Professor Michael Hardy thanked the Government of Azerbaijan for the excellent organization of the Forum. He highlighted the importance of the event. Michael Hardy said that three main plenary sessions on the themes of “Managing diversity: multi-level and multi-sectoral collaboration”, “Youth4Peace: Building a CounterNarrative to Violent Extremism” and “Migration, displacement and human security” were held on the sidelines of the Forum. Azerbaijan`s Minister of Culture Abulfas Garayev thanked all participants and partners. He noted that important topics were discussed during the 2-day Forum. Then High Representative of the UN Alliance of Civilizations Miguel Ángel Moratinos, Assistant Director-General for Social and Human Sciences at UNESCO Nada Al-Nashif, ISESCO Director General Abdulaziz Othman Altwaijri and UNWTO Executive Director Manuel Butler Halter commended the Government of Azerbaijan and President Ilham Aliyev for the excellent organization of the event. ..
03.05.2019 18:35
Vice-President of Heydar Aliyev Foundation Leyla Aliyeva attends plenary session of 5th World Forum on Intercultural DialogueThe 5th World Forum on Intercultural Dialogue has featured the second plenary session on “Youth for peace: Building a counter-narrative to violent extremism”. Vice-President of the Heydar Aliyev Foundation Leyla Aliyeva attended the session. Leyla Aliyeva addressed the session which was moderated by High Representative of the United Nations Alliance of Civilizations Miguel Ángel Moratinos. ..
03.05.2019 16:07
The UN Office of Counter-Terrorism hosts an interactive dialogueThe United Nations Office of Counter-Terrorism (UNOCT) organized today, jointly with the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), and the United Nations Alliance of Civilization (UNAOC), a side-event on “Youth Engagement and Vocational Training: Innovative approaches to Address Discrimination, Inequality and Violence”. With the participation of Member States, United Nations entities and civil society organizations, the event, which took place in the margins of the 5th World Forum on Intercultural Dialogue hosted by the Republic of Azerbaijan, focused on the need to further engage and focus on youth as a positive force and a crucial partner in preventing and countering violent extremism conducive to terrorism. Opening the side-event, Ms. Sevil Alirzayeva, Chief of the Office of the United Nations Under-Secretary- General for Counter-Terrorism, underlined that young women and men, boys and girls, are on the frontline, affected by terrorism in multiple ways. “Terrorism robs young people of their lives and opportunities, of their present and their future. Youth, therefore, has as much a stake as anyone in counter-terrorism. We need practical and innovative ways to help them raise and address their concerns and safeguard their peers and communities.” The event included an interactive dialogue with experts, including Mr. Keneshbek Sainazarov, Regional Director for Central Asia with Search for Common Ground, Ms. Wedad Al-Hassen, Executive Affairs Manager at Hedayah, Mr. Tony Sgro, Chief Executive Officer of Ed Venture Partners, and Mr. Zain Awan, Growth and Operations Manager at Re:Coded. Experts discussed lessonslearnt and shared good practices to engage, empower and partner with youth through innovative approaches to build resilience to violent extremism conducive to terrorism. The ideas and recommendations shared at the event will help inform the development by UNOCT of a comprehensive global Youth Programme, through the United Nations Center for Counter-Terrorism (UNCCT), in order to consolidate, reinforce and advance its current youth engagement activities. The Programme will provide a solid long-term framework within which capacity-building support with and for youth can be offered to Member States on a strategic and sustained basis. This framework will also put in place a modality for collaboration with civil society organizations and the private sector on youth and efforts to prevent and counter violent extremism conducive to terrorism.   ..
02.05.2019 16:49
World Forum on Intercultural Dialogue features High Level Ministerial Panel High Level Ministerial Panel “Mobilizing intercultural dialogue for concrete transformative action” has been held on the sidelines of the 5th World Forum on Intercultural Dialogue in Baku. The panel heard speeches on ongoing conflicts, elimination of violence, establishment of cooperation, development of tourism and other important issues. The event was chaired by Azerbaijan`s Minister of Culture Abulfas Garayev. He stressed the historic importance of the 5th World Forum on Intercultural Dialogue. Garayev noted that the Forum brings together high-ranking officials from more than 100 countries and 30 international organizations. ..
02.05.2019 14:49
ISESCO Director General hails First Vice-President Mehriban Aliyeva`s activity in humanitarian sphere “First Vice President of Azerbaijan Mehriban Aliyeva is a model for the ladies of not only the Islamic world but for other countries to imitate, and to learn her experience, goodness, big heart and care for the needy and poor people,” said ISESCO Director General Abdulaziz Othman Altwaijri, who attended the 5th World Forum on Intercultural Dialogue under the motto “Building dialogue into action against discrimination, inequality and violent conflict” in his interview with AZERTAC. “She is a Goodwill Ambassador of UNESCO and ISESCO, and she is very keen on participating in all the good venues and activities that serve the humanity. She decides her responsibilities as the Vice-President of the Republic and as the President of the Heydar Aliyev Foundation. She is also involved in many other activities not only locally but outside the country regionally and internationally. And at ISESCO we are very proud that she accepted to be our Goodwill Ambassador,” Altwaijri said. “The Fifth Forum on the Intercultural Dialogue is a step in the Baku process that leads to new understanding and cooperation between cultures and followers of the religions all over the world. And it is also a sign of the success of the forum which started in 2011. The fact behind this success is the commitment of the Republic of Azerbaijan and its leadership to dialogue, peace, understanding, and creating an atmosphere of friendship between the followers of cultures and religions that reveals the beauty of this diversity and eradicate the factors of decadence, misunderstanding, and stereotypes. So I am very optimistic that the Baku Process represented in this forum will continue to give the world the needed culture that strengthens cooperation and understanding among the peoples of the world. And ISESCO is very proud to be one of the organizers of this forum since its inception,” ISESCO Director General added. ..