George Washington University hosts presentation on Azerbaijani mugham
ns based on traditional mugham and played on the oud, kamancha and tar, as well as a lecture on the theory and history of Azerbaijani mugham. The musician spoke about his 40 years of experience in the research and performance of mugham. Jeffrey Werbock is one of the most unique musicians of the USA, who fell in love with Azerbaijani music in 1971 and devoted his life to the promotion of Azerbaijani mugham. He gave hundreds of concerts and lectures in museums, colleges, universities and community centers in the United States, Israel and other countries.
Peace stone from Hiroshima delivered to Azerbaijan
Thriller based on Elchins original play premieres in London
Two Azerbaijani films — «Akhinla ashagi» (Down the River) and «Nabat» feature films won Let’s CEE international festival prize held in Vienna on October 1-11. The films were demonstrated in Urania, Village Cinema and Actord’s Studio cinemas. The heroine of Nabat film, performer of Nabat role, Fatima Motamed-Arya was nominated as the best leading role performer. Another Azerbaijani film Akhinla ashagi (Down the River) whose producer is Asif Rustamov won the award on «The most promising debut» nomination. The LET’S CEE Film Festival presents high-quality feature films, documentaries and short films from Central and Eastern Europe (CEE), the Caucasus and Turkey, together with lectures, workshops and concerts. Thanks to the initiative and cooperation of the Azerbaijani Cultural Center in Vienna Azerbaijan has been represented in the international festival for the third year.
Azerbaijan joins Meet in Beijing Arts Festival in China
An Event on Azerbaijani music has been arranged at the Beijing Concert Hall. Addressing the ceremony, official of Chinese Ministry of Culture Zhao Haisheng highlighted the history and current state of Azerbaijani-Chinese cultural relations. He also stressed the importance of such festivals and concerts in terms of bringing the two nations closer to each other. Azerbaijani Ambassador to China Latif Gandilov said such projects contribute to the culture of both countries. The event featured performance of Azerbaijani national mugham. The 15th Meet in Beijing Arts Festival saw 42 art troupes and 104 bands from 25 countries and regions perform more than 100 indoor shows and 50 outdoor galas. The festival opened with a performance by dancers from the National Ballet of China, including Ma Xiaodong and Wang Ye, and American Ballet Theatre principal dancer Isabella Boylston and Boston Ballet principal dancer Paulo Arrais. The Brigham Young University, one of the largest private universities in the United States, has performed in China more than 30 times. This year, the Brigham Young University Singers performed in China for the first time at Tsinghua University and at Beihang University. The choir performed a variety of pieces, ranging from classical, folk to Broadway music in its concerts, Music of the Masters. Other art troupes from the US included the Georgia Boy Choir, the William and Mary Wind Ensemble and the Richmond Ballet. Isao Tomita, a pioneering Japanese electronic music artist, is one of the headliners of the festival. The 82-year-old composer, who was born in Tokyo and spent his early childhood with his father in China, will bring his Symphony Ihatov to his «second hometown» on May 20 at the Century Theater. Zhang Huoding, one of China’s leading Peking Opera stars, closde the festival with Reunion in the Dream and Suolin Purse at the National Center for the Performing Arts. More than 30 DJs from the US and European countries performed at Beijing Intro Electronic Music Festival at Chaoyang Park in Beijing.
Azerbaijan represented at KOICA Global Village exhibition in Seoul
Those visiting the exhibition can get large information about the history and culture of Azerbaijan. The national carpet samples and books on the art of the ancient carpets, musical instruments and national clothes samples, miniature and pictures of ancient monuments presented by the Azerbaijani Embassy in Korea, were shown in “Azerbaijani pavilion” created at the exhibition. KOICA President Young-mok Kim, a member of the Korean National Assembly Yoon-jo Shim, Director General of the Development Cooperation Bureau (Office) of the Foreign Affairs Ministry Oh Young-joo and others attended the ceremony, welcomed repersenattives of the participant countries. Addressing the opening ceremony, the officials expressed confidence that the organization of this kind of the exhibition and educational programs will create new opportunities for raising awareness among people, strengthening further friendship and cultural relations and cooperation regardless of geographical location of countries, their religion and belief. The exhibition will last up to June 2016.
Germany hosts evening of Azerbaijan culture
Speaking at the opening ceremony, Azerbaijan’s Ambassador to Germany Parviz Shahbazov said this evening takes place within the framework of a series of events being held following the initiative of Azerbaijan’s First Lady, President of the Heydar Aliyev Foundation Mehriban Aliyeva. The ambassador gave information about the country’s location at the crossroads of the East and West, its culture and music, contribution made by the country to the world music, and Garabagh – the music cradle of the Azerbaijani people – being under occupation by Armenia. Parviz Shahbazov talked about Azerbaijan’s development, relations between Azerbaijan and Germany, and recent bilateral high-level visits by officials of both countries. Talking about two business visits made by President of the Republic of Azerbaijan Ilham Aliyev to Germany early in 2015, the ambassador emphasized that this visits have made significant impact on the development of bilateral relations. Giving information about the relations between Azerbaijan and Frankfurt am Main, the ambassador invited local residents to Baku to watch upcoming First European Games. The host of the event gave information about the historical ties between Azerbaijan and Germany, German heritage existing in Azerbaijan, and projects implemented by the Heydar Aliyev Foundation both in and outside the country aimed to preserving cultural heritage, as well as projects in the social, scientific and educational fields. Then a concert programme by jazz musicians Elchin Shirinov, Dave Humbert and Andrea di Biase took place. Within the framework of the event was also demonstrated a photo exhibition entitled “German Traces in Azerbaijan”. Over 500 guests participated in the Evening of Azerbaijani Culture held in Germany. Executive Director of the Heydar Aliyev Foundation Anar Alakbarov, government and parliament representatives of the Hessen Federal Land, members of Frankfurt am Main municipality, and representatives of the diplomatic corps accredited in Germany, public and political, cultural, scientific circles of Germany, as well as mass media were present at the event.
Euronews TV reports on Intercultural Dialogue Forum in Baku
The report says that The third World Forum on Inter-cultural Dialogue was held over two days in Azerbaijan. Finding solutions to conflicts and problems, discussing relationships between different cultures and religions was the idea behind the gathering of opinion formers and religious leaders in Baku, the capital of Azerbaijan, AzerTag reports. The theme this year was “Culture and sustainable development in the post 2015 development agenda,” with a view to marking the World Day for Cultural Diversity for Dialogue and Development. The Channel underlines that the World Forum, also known as the “Baku Process” was officially opened by the President of Azerbaijan. “Today we have representatives here from over 100 countries. It is really very important that these people have come to Azerbaijan to share their opinion because there are a lot of conflicts in the world. Blood is being shed in these conflicts, battles are taking place in Europe and also in our region. In this case Azerbaijan is like a stable island in the region,” stressed President Ilham Aliyev. According to the Euronews TV, the French Senator, Nathalie Goulet said at the Forum: “We have to get away from theory. I think it will be a long and hard journey. Because for the moment the world is not very safe and it is much more violent than it was 10 years ago,” The World Forum for Inter-cultural Dialogue is a biennial event organized in partnership with UNESCO. “The situation in the world today is really worrying. We are seeing more conflicts and they are changing and we become more intolerant. I think we have not paid enough attention to culture – our cultural heritage and cultural diversity. “We have not paid enough attention to education programs. I think we have to change the content of school text books. We have to study more history. We have to know our own culture and that of other countries,” contended Irina Bokova, General Director UNESCO. The Forum looked to the future in its meetings in terms of ‘the big project’ and ‘the small project’, with the abiding theme that tolerance is possible. Participants of the event believe that the Forum would make notable contributions to the peace, tolerance and multiculturalism in the world. “We share difference diversity and we have to learn how to live together without killing each other. That’s the hope. That’s the big project. The small project is to look at things that work so that we can live together,” concluded Paul Morris of UNESCO.
Maiden Tower awarded in Europe
Maiden Tower passed the qualifying round in the «European Museum of the Year 2015″ competition, held in Glasgow (Scotland), with the participation of prestigious museums more than in 21 European countries, and received the award in the nomination «For significant achievements in the area of increasing social significance of a museum». The contest «European Museum of the Year 2015″, conducted by the European Museum Forum, is one of the most prestigious competitions in the world in the field of museum work. The aim of the contest is to draw public attention to raising the quality and innovation in museums. Under the terms, the museums opened in the last two years, or which have been reconstructed over this period, are free to participate in the competition.
«Night of Azerbaijan» held in Vienna as part of 2015 Eurovision song contest
The participants first commemorated the victims of the fire outbreak in a 16-storey building in Baku with a minute’s silence. Head of the Vienna-based Azerbaijani Cultural Center Leyla Gasimova addressed the ceremony saying that they are proud that such an event was organized as part of the Eurovision 2015 song contest. The event was attended by delegations from various countries, including some Eurovision-2015 representatives — Aminata from Latvia, Vaidas Baumila and Monika Linkytė from Lithuania, Måns Zelmerlöw from Sweden and Amber from Malta. The guests were handed out magazines, brochures reflecting the important events in sports and cultural life of Azerbaijan and offered dishes of the country’s national cuisine. Azerbaijan’s 2015 Eurovision entry Elnur Huseynov changed his program due to the tragedy occurred in Baku. He didn’t sing rhythmic songs on that day, but only lyric ones. Elnur Huseynov will today perform in the second semifinal of the Eurovision 2015 song contest.
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