19.10.2020 12:55 Hamza Soltan PalacePalace of Hamza Soltan is located in Husulu village of Lachin region. Oriental architectural traditions were widely used in the construction of the palace, which was supposed to be built in 1761. After the occupation of Lachin region by the Armenian armed forces, the name of the village was changed, and the Hamza Sultan Palace had been repaired and put into use as a guest house. ..
16.10.2020 15:15 Ganjasar Monastery ComplexThe main buildings of the Ganjasar monastery complex, known in scientific literature as the Khaznadagh temple, were built in the 13th century. After the occupation of the Kalbajar district by the Armenian armed forces in 1993, the Ganjasar monastery was presented to the world as the “Gandzasar” Armenian monastery complex. ..
15.10.2020 15:44 Saatli MosqueThe historic mosque, located in the Saatli neighborhood of Shusha, was built by architect Karbalai Safikhan Garabaghi in 1883. Adjacent madrassas and mosque buildings where the great Azerbaijani poet Molla Panah Vagif taught were located on the site of the mosque. After occupation of Shusha by Armenia in 1992, the mosque was turned into a ruin, its rich interiors were completely destroyed, and its minaret was partially destroyed. ..
14.10.2020 15:10 Gargabazar Caravanserai Although it is named after the village where the Caravanserai was built in the center of Gargabazar village of Fuzuli region in 1681, this historical monument is sometimes called Shah Abbas caravanserai. A relic of the 17th century - Gargabazar Caravanserai was located on an ancient caravan route that was very important for the silk trade. The caravanserai is considered one of the immovable historical monuments of the Republic of Azerbaijan. After the occupation of Gargabazar village by the armed forces of the Republic of Armenia, the armenians turned this historical and architectural monument into a cattle barn. ..
13.10.2020 16:36 Mammadbeyli tomb The tomb, located in Mammadbeyli village of Zangilan district and consisting of an octagonal prism, was built in 1305 in honor of Muhammad al-Haj's son Yahya. The architect and builder of the tomb is Ali Majdaddin, who created monuments on the Great Silk Road during the 14th century. The current state of the tomb after the occupation of Zangilan district by Armenia is unknown. ..
12.10.2020 14:46 Museum Mausoleum Complex of Molla Panah VagifMuseum Mausoleum Complex of Molla Panah Vagif was inaugurated in January, 1982. The complex was built on the tomb of the great poet located in the area close to the famous Jidir Duzu (horse race field) - the prominent place of Shusha. About eighty museum pieces reflecting the period of M. P. Vagif’s life in Shusha were exhibited there. As a result of the occupation of Shusha by the Armenian Armed Forces in May, 1992, the complex building and dozens of exhibits contained there were destroyed, and transportable exhibits were carried to Armenia. ..
09.10.2020 16:45 Azykh CaveThe Azykh cave camp (inv. 22), an archeological monument of global importance, is located in Azykh village of Khojavend district, in the Tug concave, on the left bank of the Guruchay river. The lower jawbone of an ancient man found here is 350,000-400,000 years old. In addition to the jawbone, various tools and bonfire traces of ancient people were found in the Azykh cave. After the occupation of the area by the armed forces of the Republic of Armenia, illegal archeological excavations were repeatedly carried out in the cave. Lately it has been used as a military store by the Armed Forces of Armenia. ..
08.10.2020 16:04 Khurshudbanu Natavan’s HouseThe two-storey house belonging to Khurshidbanu Natavan, popularly known as “Khan gizi“ (“Khan’s daughter”), is a historical and architectural monument of the 18th century located in the city of Shusha. Shusha Music School, the first children's music school established in Azerbaijan on the initiative of Bulbul, the founder of Azerbaijan's vocal art, began operating in this building in the early 1930s. Since 1984, the school was renamed the Shusha Children's Art School named after Niyazi. After the overhaul and restoration of the building in 1987, the Karabakh branch named after Khurshidbanu Natavan of the National Museum of Azerbaijani Literature named after Nizami Ganjavi began to operate here. After the occupation of Shusha by the armed forces of the Republic of Armenia on May 8, 1992, hundreds of rare gems of art, paintings, carpets, miniatures, souvenirs, archeological samples collected in the museum were destroyed and seized by the occupiers. ..
07.10.2020 17:55 Shusha CastleShusha Castle implies the castle walls embracing the Shusha city of Azerbaijan. Taking into account the unfavourable geographical position of Bayat and Shahbulag castles, Panahali Khan, the Khan of Karabakh, enacted a decree on reconstruction of Shusha castle in 1753, and the centre of the Karabakh khanate was transferred to Shusha castle. After reconstruction the castle was for a long time named Panahabad in the sources. Shusha Castle is one of the most beautiful pieces of the Azerbaijani architecture. The castle is constructed in Arran style of architecture. The castle has three doors. Ganja door is distinguished by its architectural features. The castle has a circular guard towers. At close quarters of the castle there is a bridge of fine architectural qualities connecting the castle with outside world. The bridge is known as Gala Bridge (“Gala” means castle). ..
07.10.2020 12:51 Khudafarin bridgesThere are two Khudafarin bridges connecting the northern and southern banks of the Araz River in the Jabrayil district. Located on the historical Silk Road, the 11-arched Khudafarin bridges (inv. 12) was built in the 11th-12th centuries, and the 15-arched Khudafarin bridges (inv. 13), in the 13th century. After the occupation of the Jabrayil district by Armenia in 1993, Khudafarin bridges have suffered distruction. On October 4, 2020, the Azerbaijani Armed Forces liberated the city of Jabrayil, where the Khudafarin bridges is located, and several villages of the district from Armenian occupation. ..
07.10.2020 11:35 The Ministry of Culture has addressed an appeal to international organizations The First Deputy Minister of Culture of the Republic of Azerbaijan, Acting Minister of Culture Anar Karimov addressed an appeal to UNESCO Director-General Odre Azuley, ISESCO Director-General Salim M. Al-Malik and UN High Representative for the Alliance of Civilizations Miguel Angel Moratinos. The appeal notes that since September 27 of this year, the Armenian armed forces have committed military provocations on the frontline and fired on Azerbaijani settlements. As a result of heavy artillery fire on settlements, civilians were killed and wounded, as well as civilian infrastructure, residential buildings, various structures, including material and cultural heritage were damaged. The appeal stressed the importance of unconditional implementation of UN Security Council Resolutions 822, 853, 874 and 884 on the liberation of the occupied territories of Azerbaijan, noting that Armenia’s targeting of civilian population and infrastructure and historical monuments is a gross violation of international humanitarian law, including the 1954 Hague Convention for the Protection of Cultural Property in the Event of Armed Conflict and its Second Protocol, signed in 1999; the 1972 UNESCO Convention Concerning the Protection of the World Cultural and Natural Heritage; 1949 Geneva Conventions and Additional Protocols on the Protection of Civilians in Military Conflicts; 1992 European Convention on the Protection of Archaeological Heritage, and other norms of international law, which is an indication of the country’s continuing aggressive policy. At the end of the appeal, Anar Karimov called on these international organizations to condemn Armenia’s actions, which run contrary to international law, and to end the occupation of Azerbaijani lands by Armenia. ..
06.10.2020 17:40 House Museum of Mir Mohsun NavvabThe house of Mir Mohsun Navvab, a prominent Azerbaijani poet, artist, calligrapher and musicologist, located in the historic Mamayi neighborhood of Shusha, was one of the architectural examples of the 19th century. In 1990, the house-museum of Mir Mohsun Navvab was opened here. Exhibits about the life and work of Mir Mohsun Navvab were displayed in the museum. Among them were his typewriter, telescope, paintings drawn by him and items proving his printing activity. As a result of the occupation of Shusha by the Armenian Armed Forces, the museum building and exhibits were destroyed. ..
06.10.2020 12:58 Memorial Museum of Sari AshiqIn 1989, the memorial museum of the bayati (a kind of Azerbaijani poem created by people) master Sari Ashiq lived in the 17th century, was opened in Gulabird village of Lachin region. At that time, a total of 150 items reminiscent of Sari Ashiq were handed over to the museum. The monument of Sari Ashiq was erected there. The main activity of the museum was to work for the preservation of the memorized bayatis, sayings of Sari Ashiq, originally from the village of Gulabird, and to pass them on to future generations. As a result of the occupation of Lachin region by the Armenian Armed Forces in 1992, the museum building and nearly 200 exhibits were destroyed and plundered. ..
05.10.2020 17:38 The mansion of the HajigulularsThe mansion of the Hajigululars (inv. 341) is located in the central part of Shusha city. This three-storey building, like all luxurious mansions, reflects the national architectural style in both exterior and interior. The mansion was founded in 1849 by the merchant Gulu Mahammadali oglu. During the occupation of Shusha by the armed forces of the Republic of Armenia in 1992, the mansion of the Hajigululars was shelled and its walls were destroyed. Today only the ruins of a mansion, consisting of the outer walls, remain. ..
05.10.2020 17:13 Aghdam Juma MosqueAghdam Juma Mosque (inv. 202) was built between 1868-1870. The are two minarets in this mosque built by Karbalai Safikhan Garabaghi. While the building itself is made of stone, the minarets rising from the corners of the facade are made of brick. After the occupation of Aghdam by the armed forces of the Republic of Armenia in 1993, the Aghdam Juma Mosque, like other historical monuments, was burned and severely damaged. The current state of the mosque once again demonstrates the violation of the “1954 Hague Convention for the Protection of Cultural Property in the Event of Armed Conflict“ by the Republic of Armenia. ..
05.10.2020 16:32 House-Museum of Bulbul in ShushaIn 1983, the house-museum of Bulbul, the founder of Azerbaijan's professional vocal art, was inaugurated in the house where he was born and spent his childhood in Shusha. Bulbul's personal belongings, photos and documents depicting his life and activity were exhibited in the museum. After the occupation of Shusha by Armenians on May 8, 1992, the museum discontinued its function, and all the exhibits were destroyed and looted by the enemy. ..
05.10.2020 11:13 STATEMENT by the Ministry of Culture of the Republic of Azerbaijan As reported earlier, on October 4, by the order of the military-political leadership of Armenia, the Armenian armed forces fired from heavy artillery at Ganja, the second largest city in Azerbaijan, the center of ancient history and culture. As a result, 1 civilian was killed, 32 people were injured, civilian objects, residential buildings, various structures of the city, including a state-protected historical monument (inv. 3838) were severely damaged. There are 195 state-registered immovable monuments of history and culture in Ganja. Of these monuments, 1 is an archaeological monument of world importance, 15 - architecture of national importance, 3 - garden-park, monumental and memorial monuments of national importance, 169 - of the architecture of local significance, 6 - garden-park, monumental and memorial monuments of local importance, 1 is an example of decorative-applied art. “Old Ganja“ (Middle Ages), taken under state protection as an archaeological monument of world importance, located on the territory of the Ganja State Historical and Cultural Reserve, architectural monuments of national importance, such as the Imamzadeh complex (XVII-XIX centuries), Ugurlu khan and Shah Abbas caravanserais (XVII-XVIII centuries), Ganja fortress and fortress walls (XV-XVI centuries) located on the banks of the Ganja river testify to the rich cultural heritage of the city. Known for centuries as a cultural center on the Great Silk Road, Ganja has contributed to the world's cultural heritage with the great poet and thinker Nizami Ganjavi, the prominent poet Makhsati Ganjavi, whose 900th anniversary was celebrated at the UNESCO level in 2013, and many other famous artists, composers and architects. Despite numerous warnings issued by Azerbaijan through relevant international organizations, Armenia's continued targeting of civilians, civilian objects and historical monuments is a violation of international humanitarian law, including the 1954 UNESCO Hague Convention for the Protection of Cultural Property in the Event of Armed Conflict, 1972 UNESCO Convention Concerning the Protection of the World Cultural and Natural Heritage, 1949 Geneva Convention relative to the Protection of Civilian Persons in Time of War, 1992 European Convention for the Protection of Archaeological Heritage and gross violations of other norms of international law are an indication of the country's continuing aggressive policy. By firing rockets at the ancient city of Ganja, the center of Azerbaijan's historical and cultural heritage, Armenia is targeting not only Azerbaijan, but also the world's cultural heritage and universal values, once again demonstrating its long-standing policy of vandalism. The fact that the head of the so-called regime in Nagorno-Karabakh demonstratively took responsibility for the shelling of Ganja is yet another confirmation of the hypocritical policy of the Armenian side. ..
03.10.2020 12:18 Declaration of the Secretary General of the International Organization of Turkic Culture TURKSOYDeclaration of the Secretary General of the International Organization of Turkic Culture TURKSOY The Secretary General of the International Organization of Turkic Culture TURKSOY, Mr. Dusen Kasseinov hereby expresses his deep sorrow regarding the increasing tensions as well as concerning the civil victims of the armed conflicts on the territory of Azerbaijan under occupation. Secretary General Kasseinov stresses that with reference to the importance of fundamental norms and principles of international law, it is paramount for this problem to be solved within the framework of international decisions made in this respect and more particularly upon enforcement of decisions of the UN Security Council approved in 1993 as soon as possible so as to put an end to the afore-mentioned unlawfulness. On behalf of artists and intellectuals of the Turkic World, Mr. Kasseinov hereby further expresses his wish as to the fact that conflicts currently occurring on this sacred and historical territory of Azerbaijan shall be replaced by peace, justice and the revival of humanitarian values. Finally, Mr. Kasseinov hereby expresses his most sincere condolences to the families and relatives of the victims who lost their lives in the above-mentioned attacks and wishes a swift recovery to those who suffered injuries therein. May the victims of these assaults rest in peace. ..
02.10.2020 16:28 Lachin Historical and Ethnographic MuseumThe Lachin Museum of History and Ethnography, rich in exhibits of high artistic and historical value, was founded in 1979. More than 5,000 exhibits were collected in the main fund of the museum and, together with the auxiliary fund, the museum had a total of about 10,000 items. As a result of the occupation of the city of Lachin by Armenia in 1992, the museum building was razed to the ground, museum exhibits were destroyed and looted. More than five thousand valuable exhibits were pillaged and smuggled to the Republic of Armenia and now the stolen exhibits of the Lachin Historical and Ethnographic Museum are exhibited in a number of countries “as samples of Armenian culture.“ The museum has resumed its activities in Baku. The museum is mainly engaged in collecting, and so far 1089 items have been included in the museum's fund. ..
02.10.2020 11:10 Melik Ajdar MausoleumTwo tombs rise side by side in a large cemetery near the village of Cicimli (Dzhidzhimli) in the Armenian-occupied Lachin district. The oldest of them is a tomb monument, visited as a shrine and known to the locals as the tomb of Melik Ajdar (inv. 311). The epitaph on the tomb, built in the 14th century, is in Arabic. The inscription is not fully readable due to exposure to erosion. ..
01.10.2020 11:50 Shusha Branch of the Azerbaijan National Carpet MuseumShusha Branch of the Azerbaijan National Carpet Museum began its activity on May 19, 1987 in Shusha in an 18th-century mansion owned by General Samad Bey Mehmandarov. Because of the occupation of Karabakh by Armenia, the exhibits in the branch that could be transported were evacuated and brought to Baku. Since then, the rescued objects have been preserved, stored, and exhibited at the Azerbaijan National Carpet Museum. ..
01.10.2020 10:50 Kalbajar Museum of History and EthnographyKalbajar Museum of History and Ethnography was established in 1982. After occupation of Kalbajar region by Armenia, the museum ceased to exist, its collection was completely lost. Since 1993, the museum has been partially restored in Baku. It is currently operating on the ground floor of a residential building in Mehdiabad. The main and auxiliary collection of the museum consists of 6,237 exhibits. ..
30.09.2020 16:45 Fuzuli Museum of History and EthnographyAfter occupation of Fuzuli region by Armenia in 1993, the Museum of History and Ethnography of Fuzuli has resumed its activities in Baku based on partially saved exhibits. A new building for the museum was built in Horadiz settlement. In 2014, Fuzuli Museum of History and Ethnography conducted artistic design works, purchased technical means and equipment. The area of the museum is 345 m2, and its collection is 5,197 exhibits. ..
29.09.2020 16:27 “Yukhari Govhar Agha” mosqueSituated in Shusha, a famous cultural city of Azerbaijan occupied by Armenia The “Yukhari Govhar agha” (The Upper Govhar Agha Mosque) mosque was constructed by Karbalayi Safikhan Sultanhuseyn oglu Garabaghi by the instruction of Govhar agha, daughter of Ibrahimkhalil khan, in 1883-1884. A mosque had been built with cane and thatch in the place of today’s mosque during the power of Panahali khan. The mosque constructed by Panahali khan was replaced with stone by Ibrahimkhalil khan in 1768. Later, in its place the mosque called “Yukhari Govhar agha” was constructed that existed up until today. The Republic of Armenia is willing to falsify the history by making serious changes in the interior of the mosque as “restoration”. Dissemination of photos of the mosque on various internet sources proves it clearly. The mosque is waiting for the permanent residents of Karabakh. Karabakh is ours! Karabakh is Azerbaijan! ..
29.09.2020 12:12 Aghdam Bread MuseumThe Aghdam Bread Museum, the second bread museum in the world and the first and only in the CIS, was opened in November 1983. Fossilized ancient grains, rare sorts of cereals, numerous valuable books on grain farming, manuscripts, also labor tools - wooden plough, threshing board, toothed sickle, reaping hook, hand-mill and thresher were among the exhibits collected in the museum. A missile fired by Armenians on August 12, 1992, put an end to existence of the Aghdam Bread Museum and about 1,500 exhibits in the museum were burned down. ..
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. ..
16.06.2020 11:14 Great prizes are waiting for the winners of III ANIMAFILM festival! A new award for category “Best Azerbaijani Short Animated Film“ is established for the upcoming ANIMAFILM Festival in cooperation with the French Embassy in Azerbaijan, the French Institute in Azerbaijan (IFA) and with the support of the Annecy International Animated Film Festival. This year's winner of the ANIMAFILM Festival will have a chance to attend in the 2021 Annecy Festival in France and receive professional MIFA accreditation. Return flight to France and accommodation in Annecy of the winner will be covered by IFA. ANIMAFILM Festival is also cooperating with Delegation of the European Union to Azerbaijan to present a new award for the winner of the category “Best Azerbaijani Screenplay for a Short Animated Film”. The winner will receive a valuable photo camera as a prize. The screenplay should be linked to one of the following themes: diversity, tolerance, multiculturalism, human rights, woman rights or climate change. Deadline for applications: 30.06.2020 For more information: www.animafilm.az III ANIMAFILM Festival will be held in two cities of Azerbaijan, Baku and Sheki, from 14 to 18 October 2020. This year festival will be dedicated to French animation. The Festival is supported by the Azerbaijan Ministry of Culture, Sheki City Executive Power, Azerbaijan Union of Film-makers, Embassy of the Czech Republic to Azerbaijan, Embassy of France in Azerbaijan, French Institute in Azerbaijan, Nizami Cinema Center, Mujru Publishing, Barat Abdullayev and other partners and sponsors. ..
05.06.2020 10:52 Movie by Azerbaijani director to be featured at 2020 Semaine de la Critique in CannesAzerbaijani movie “Axşama doğru” (Towards Evening) by Teymur Hajiyev will be featured at the 59th edition of La Semaine de la Critique 2020 in Cannes, the date that`s rescheduled. Honouring its commitment, the parallel section of the Cannes festival nevertheless continues to shine a light on emerging talents in order to support filmmakers and the film industry. To address this unprecedented situation, La Semaine de la Critique kicks off a tailored-made support programme for the films that Charles Tesson – artistic director – and his selection committees chose to actively support over the next few months. Accordingly, 5 features and 10 short films will receive the “2020 Semaine de la Critique label”. La Semaine de la Critique will guide the selected features throughout their previews and their theatrical releases in France. The films in French will be presented during a “La Semaine de la Critique carte blanche” at the Angoulême Francophone Film Festival, which will take place between August 28 and September 2, 2020. The ten short films of the non-competitive support programme will be screened online on Festival Scope Pro between October 19 and 25 to Industry professionnals and on Festival Scope between October 22 and 25 to the general audience. The 10 filmmakers of this year’s programme will be invited in December 2020 to take part in the Next Step workshop, whose purpose is to assist short film directors towards making feature films. Since its inception the workshop launched and led by Rémi Bonhomme has supported 55 filmmakers from 29 different countries. ..
03.06.2020 09:28 Azerbaijan`s “Steppe Man” wins 3 awards at international film festivals“Cholchu” (The Steppe Man), a movie by Azerbaijani filmmaker Shamil Aliyev, has been awarded in three categories at international film festivals held in Japan, Italy, Israel and the USA. In a voting held virtually because of the COVID-19 pandemic, the film won “Best Feature Film”, “Best Director“ and “Best Cinematography“ nominations. The Steppe Man” tells a story of a young steppe man who lives in remoteness from the city, closely tied to nature. His father teaches him the subtleties of life in the steppe. Soon after his father's death the young man meets a girl from a city. Their meeting becomes a new page in his life, a step to a big life unfamiliar to him before. The movie has been featured at nearly 30 international film festivals and forums, receiving a number of awards. ..
15.05.2020 17:07 Azerbaijan to hold online presentations on International Museum DayInternational Museum Day is established at the initiative of the International Council of Museums (ICOM) and held annually on May 18. The event highlights a specific theme that changes every year to promote cultural exchange and cooperation among peoples. This year's theme is “Museums for Equality: Diversity and Inclusion”. Due to the current situation with the coronavirus threat, museums of Azerbaijan will celebrate International Museum Day online. Thus, under the “Virtual museum tour” project, famous public figures will become guides, taking the audience to a virtual tour around the museum's permanent exhibition, and talk about carpets and other samples of decorative and applied arts in Azerbaijani, English, and Russian. More, for the first time in Azerbaijani museum practice, the tour will be accompanied by sign language translation consistent with the motto “Museums for Equality: Diversity and Inclusion”. Furthermore, this day, the Azerbaijan National Carpet Museum and the Russian Ethnographic Museum will organize the online conference and discuss ongoing work within the joint project “Treasures of Azerbaijan in the Russian Ethnographic Museum Collection”, both museums' virtual activity, and exchange their experience in this direction. On May 18, at 2 pm Baku time, for the first time, the National Museum of Art of Azerbaijan will present the exhibition of paintings by children with vision disabilities. These paintings were created by students of the Republican Special Boarding School No. 5 and the Rehabilitation Center during masterclass led by Georgi Guraspashvili, Professor at the Tbilisi Academy of Arts. The masterclass was a part of the international seminar “Art Without Border”. The virtual exhibition will be available on the museum’s Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter pages. The Azerbaijan State Museum of Musical Culture will present its collections to a wide audience in three languages: “Listen to What We Have”; “Fine Arts in the Azerbaijan State Museum of Musical Culture”. The presentation will be adapted to people with disabilities. The audio and video anthology prepared by the museum will include posts about national and world musical instruments. The Museum Ensemble of Ancient Musical Instruments will give a festive concert to congratulate museum workers around the world. On International Museum Day, the YARAT Contemporary Art Center plans to implement an urban multimedia project where they present to the public exclusive artworks. Viewers will be able to get acquainted with museum collections and exhibition projects dedicated to various historical periods and topics. The artworks for the project will be presented by the Azerbaijan National Carpet Museum, the Museum of Azerbaijani Painting of the 20th-21st Centuries, the National Museum of Hungary, the National Museum of Latvia, and the YARAT Contemporary Art Center. The viewers will be able to observe the show from their windows and balconies without need to leave home. The National Museum of the History of Azerbaijan has developed an online project “One Touch - A Thousand Values”. As part of the project, on May 18 at 10:20 am, Sevinj Nasirova, Head of the Museum's Ethnographic Science Foundation, PhD in Arts will inform the public about the protection of cultural heritage and future joint activities of museums in the “Dikdaban” public television program. Gobustan National Historical-Artistic Reserve has announced on social networks the media campaign “Be on the Rock of Gobustan!”. Those who want to join this campaign should send their photos taken in Gobustan to the reserve’s Facebook and Instagram pages. These photos will be used in the poster design in Gobustan. Furthermore, this day at 3 pm, the reserve will arrange a live meeting on Facebook with the ceramics artist Mir Teymur Mammadov. On May 18, the Icherisheher Museum Center will present a video promotion of “Inclusive Education Through Traditional Arts” about the first program of inclusive education for artistic and creative expression in the field of culture, implemented by the Museum Center of the Administration of Icherisheher State Historical-Architectural Reserve together with the European Union and the UN Development Programme. The Azerbaijan Independence Museum will conduct an online tour “Equality” for vulnerable groups within society on May 18 at noon on Zoom. The Azerbaijan State Museum of Theater after Jafar Jabbarli will join the celebration with the program “World Belongs to All of Us”, which includes a virtual exhibition of paintings by children with autism spectrum disorders from the Together and Healthy (Birgə və Sağlam) Public Union, as well as a live broadcast of a play “Blue Bird” of the inclusive theater “Əsa”. The virtual exhibition will be live on the museum’s Facebook page at noon, and the performance at 5 pm. The House Museum of Jafar Jabbarli will present the Morning Star photo exhibition, introducing visitors to unique historical exhibits stored in the museum, as well as photographs reflecting successful projects and interesting events implemented by the museum in different years. On May 5-18, the Khachmaz Museum of History and Local Lore holds an online painting contest “Mysterious and Magical World” among schoolchildren under the motto “Museums for Equality: Diversity and Inclusion” and “My Exhibit”. Students send their drawings of favorite museums or exhibits, as well as their photos to the museum’s Facebook and Instagram pages. Winners will receive diplomas and gifts. On May 18, at 11 am, the Masalli Museum of History and Local Lore will arrange on its Facebook account a virtual presentation “Past and Present of our Folklore” accompanied by the Halay folk music and dance ensemble. ..
07.05.2020 11:19 The beauties of KarabakhOne of the wonderful works of Qayyur Yunus, a traveler of truth, a devotee of traditions and history, a famous represantative of art, ensured with magic and mysteries, is an example of art called “The beauties of Karabakh“. The artist's interest and appeal to the Gajar style and oriental miniatures manifest in this artwork. The main part of the artist's work is female images. The image of 3 women is reflected in the scene surrounded by a natural landscape. The beauty and powerful combination of different shades of red and brown colors instills artistic power and energy in the composition. With small details of clothes; sineband, ornaments and chargat emphasis the tradition and antiquity. We are also provided with information about the life of the period with a description of a simple, square-planned and domed village house. This work, created in modern times, is one of the most beautiful examples in the “Gajar style“. ..
02.04.2020 12:06 Rare samples from our collections - Ceramics, Glass, Paper and WoodThe ceramic products allow us to gain insight into the economic life and various craft industries in ancient and Middle Ages Azerbaijan. The variety of their types, shapes, and colors, and the complexity of ornaments and narrative scenes, reflect not only the artistic tastes of the local people, but also their religious views, rituals, and mythology. Among the Azerbaijan National Carpet Museum’s ceramic products of the Seljuk period, the ceramic fragments with narrative motifs spark interest. An example is a fragment of a dyed ceramic dish from the 12th – 13th centuries from Oren-Gala (Beylagan). Through the constructive and artistic features of this product, folk masters achieved a harmonious combination of content and form. There is a hunting scene featuring a young horseman wearing a characteristic aristocratic costume of the period: A green abe (a coat) and crown. The young man is accompanied by a tamed leopard, a loyal companion of hunters (Inv. No. 1718). Another polychrome glazed dish fragment, found during archaeological excavations in Beylagan, depicts a delightful scene of the ancient game chovgan (a horse polo). The ancient ceramist presents a young rider, sitting upon a horse and holding a chovgan-stick in his hand, against a green backdrop surrounded by plant elements. This dish fragment is a fine art masterpiece of that period and is one of the most outstanding objects in the museum (Inv. No. 1719). ..
18.03.2020 10:27 Khan Shushinski – Epitome of traditional Azerbaijani art of mughamAzerbaijan marks 41st death anniversary of Khan Shushinski who was one of the most famous Azerbaĳani mugham singers. Shushinski Khan (Isfandiyar Aslan oglu Javanshrov’s stage name) was born on August 20 in 1901 in Shusha. His father Aslan bey grandchild of Mahammad Javanshir who is from generation of Panahali khan, the founder and first ruler of Azerbaijan’s Karabakh khanate. Famous intellectuals of the Shusha would often gather in Aslan aga’s home and build meetings of poetry and music. Isfendiyar had grown up in the environment of music. Islam Abdullayev was his teacher. In 1918, he and his mugham teacher Islam Abdullayev attended a wedding ceremony in the village of Novruzlu (presently in the Aghdam district of Azerbaijan), where the guests were listening to a gramophone record of the Iranian singer Abul Hasan Khan performing the Kurd Shahnaz variety of mugham. After the song, young Isfandiyar was emphatically asked to resing that song live. Despite the complicated nature of Kurd Shahnaz his performance impressed the guests to the point of them comparing Isfandiyar to Abul Hasan Khan and saying: “Now, here is the real Khan. Shushinski made his first appearance in Baku in 1923, at the Azerbaijan State Philharmonic Hall. Khan Shushinski also highly represented Azerbaijani music abroad. In 1943, he was awarded with the title of people’s artist and later with different honor awards. The 70th birth anniversary of Khan Shushinski was held at the Azerbaijan State Philharmonic Hall in 1971. Khan Shushinski died on March 18 in 1979 in Baku. He was one of the well-known khanendes (singers) and popular artists of Azerbaijan. ..
12.03.2020 09:03 Turkmen President Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov visits Carpet MuseumPresident of Turkmenistan Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov, who is on an official visit in Azerbaijan, has today visited the Azerbaijan Carpet Museum. The Turkmen President was informed of the museum. In 2010, Azerbaijan's traditional art of carpet weaving was included in the UNESCO Representative List of Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity. The carpet museum, where unique samples of applied arts are exhibited, has been located in different places throughout its history. The Heydar Aliyev Foundation and UNESCO provided assistance in the construction of the new building. The building design is reminiscent of a rolled up carpet. The museum now houses exhibits and items, including carpets, thread-work samples, metalwork, fabrics, clothing, ceramic, glass, wooden and paper items, jewelry, books, and a unique collection of photographs. The exhibits are conserved on the basis of recommendations and instructions of Louis Sguirer, a renowned specialist in fabric conservation at the Victoria and Albert Museum who was invited to Baku in 2013. Designed by acclaimed Austrian architect Franz Janz, the museum highlights all areas of the Azerbaijani carpet making school and features a wide assortment of centuries-old carpets and thread-work samples. The Turkmen President viewed the museum’s Jewelry Fund which includes women’s and men’s jewelry belonging to the late 19th - early 20th century, as well as some created in the Bronze Age. President Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov donated Turkmen carpet to the museum. The Turkmen President was presented with a keepsake. ..