Azerbaijan to join international cultural forum in St. Petersburg

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September 22, 2021 10:00 am (UTC + 04:00 am)

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By Laman Ismayilova

Azerbaijan was invited as a guest country to the 9th St. Petersburg International Cultural Forum.

The delegation led by Minister of Culture Anar Karimov will represent the country at the cultural forum from November 11 to 13.

This status reflects strong intercultural ties and contributes to strengthening cultural partnership.

As a guest country, Azerbaijan will delight festival guests with its modern culture and traditions. A large-scale cultural program will be presented as part of the festival.

Exhibition at the Hermitage Museum

The list of important events includes the inauguration of the country’s permanent exhibition at the Hermitage Museum.

The Hermitage Museum is known as one of the largest and most prestigious museums in the world.

St. Petersburg’s most popular tourist attraction was founded in 1764 when Empress Catherine the Great acquired an impressive collection of paintings from Berlin merchant Johann Ernst Gotzkowsky.

The museum’s collections include over three million exhibits. In 2020, the Hermitage Museum ranked eleventh on the list of the most visited art museums in the world.

Monument to the eminent composer

The ceremony of laying the foundation stone for the monument of the eminent national composer Uzeyir Hajibayli will take place in St. Petersburg Square which bears the name of the outstanding composer since 2020.

Uzeyir Hajibayli laid the foundation for professional Azerbaijani music. He was the first opera composer in the Islamic world.

The opera “Leyli and Majnun” (1908) is based on traditional folk music and dance, musical genres that drew on oral traditions.

In addition, the composer wrote his second opera “Sheikh Sanan”, “Rustam and Sohrab”, “Asli and Karam”, “Shah Abbas” and “Khurshudbanu and Harun” and “Leyli” entirely based on the elements of folk music. national, mainly mugham.

He also composed three comedies including “Husband and Wife” (1910), “If Not This One, That One” (1911) and “Archin Mal Alan” (1913).

“Arshin Mal Alan” or “The Cloth Peddler” was the last and one of the eminent composer’s most popular operettas.

The operetta has been performed successfully in a plethora of languages ​​in over 60 countries around the world, including the United States, Austria, France, China, Greece, India, Russia and Turkey..

The birthday of a national composer is celebrated in Azerbaijan on September 18 as National Music Day.

Spectacular concert

Fikrat Amirov’s ballet “Thousand and One Nights” will be presented at the Mariinsky Theater.

“Thousand and One Nights” is a collection of folk tales from the Middle East compiled in Arabic during the Islamic Golden Age. Known in English as “Arabian Nights”, the work is about Scheherazade, a Sassanid queen, who tells a series of stories to her husband, King Shahryar in order to delay his execution.

The fascinating history of Scheherazade laid the foundations for the ballet of the same name.

The ballet was first performed at the Azerbaijan State Academic Opera and Ballet Theater in 1979. In 1980, the ballet was awarded the USSR State Prize.

“A Thousand and One Nights” was first performed at the Buryat Opera and Ballet Theater in 1992.

The new version of the ballet premiered as part of the 5th Mariinsky Far Eastern International Festival.

Over 300 hand-embroidered costumes were made for the ballet performance conducted by Eldar Aliyev, Honored Artist of Russia.

Traditional Azerbaijani musical instruments – tar and naghara were presented at the theater on behalf of national musicians.

The festival will also offer a jazz concert and film screenings as part of the program.

Notably, the St. Petersburg International Cultural Forum brings together stars of theater, opera and ballet, exceptional directors and musicians, public figures, representatives of the authorities and businessmen on the shores. of the Neva.

The large-scale project includes both a business program for professionals and numerous cultural events.

France and South Korea will also join the forum as guest countries

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