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Azerbaijan’s ancient history, rich culture and art presented within Muslim Art and Culture Festival

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On Sunday, 4th of April current year Muslim Art and Cultural Festival (MACFEST) with the participation of Azerbaijan concluded. Very esteemed and honorable guests both from Azerbaijan, Great Britain, and the US took part in the work of this remarkable event. The preventing of islamophobia, bringing together Muslim and non-Muslim communities, and promoting peace and tolerance were the main goals and themes of the Festival.

Qaisra Shahraz, MBE, Founder and Executive Director of MACFEST, The host from the UK

Leyla Qasimova, the host and organizer from Azerbaijan, an alumna from the University of Manchester at the end stressed her gratitude to all guests and participants and highlighted the importance of promotion of peace and tolerance quoting “Our common values bring us together and the differences make us respect each other”

Chief-guests added the value of and special meaning to the Festival by their thoughts and personal experiences:

Professor Akbar S.Ahmed, anthropologist, poet, playwright, a scholar of Islam, filmmaker and former ambassador. He has been recognized by BBC as “the world`s leading authority on contemporary Islam and included in the list of 100 influential Muslims”. He currently holds the Ibn Khaldun Chair of Islamic Studies and Professor of Islamic Relations at the American University in Washington

Jonathan Davidson, poet, writer, literature activist, Director of Birmingham Literature Festival and Chief Executive-Writing West Midlands

Sajjad Karim, British politician and former MEP, Chair of Delegation to the EU-Azerbaijan Parliamentary

Dr. Patrick Walsh, historian and author of books on South Caucasus

Mike Shaft, who has spent over 40 years of his life in British Broadcasting. During his career Shaft has presented programs for Piccadilly Radio, Jazz FM, BBC Radio Manchester

Dr. Ravan Hasanov, Acting executive director of Baku International Center of Multiculturalism, a former adviser at President Administration of Azerbaijan

Rufat Hasanov, film director, Head of Cinema Department at the Ministry of Culture of Azerbaijan

Organizers express their special gratitude to:

Fund For Support to Azerbaijani Diaspora (FSAD), Ministry of Culture of Azerbaijan and Baku Creative for material and technical support

Farid Mirzoyev, an artist and sculptor, demonstrated the religious diversity in Azerbaijan through contemporary art.

Historian Kerim Sultanov presented to the guests the information about the transition from various faiths and the adoption of Islam by the population of Azerbaijan in the middle ages

Prof. Tahir Amiraslanov, Chef and President of the National Culinary Association of Azerbaijan, gave valuable information of rich traditions of the national cuisine of Azerbaijan through historical retrospective

Yashar Guluzadeh, who provided valuable information about the symbol of national pride of Azerbaijanis – Karabakh horses

Ph.D. fashion designer Gulnara Khalilova demonstrated national ornaments and distinctive features of the national costumes within her internationally recognized collections

Firakhnaz Musayeva Head of International relations and Innovation Department, representative of the national Carpet Museum during her speech highlighted the historical background of the carpets after video-screening “Gasimushagi” Carpets from the 17th century.

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Rainless weather expected in Baku

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Changeable cloudy and mainly rainless weather is expected in Baku on April 20. Mild south-east wind will blow.

The temperature will be +11-14 °C at night, +19-24 °C in the daytime on Absheron peninsula, the Ecology and Natural Resources Ministry reported.

In Baku, the temperature will be +11-13 °C at night, +19-21 °C in the daytime.

Atmospheric pressure will drop 761 mm Hg to 758 mm Hg. Relative humidity will make 70-80 percent at night and 50-55 percent in the daytime.

The weather will be mostly rainless in the regions. However, short rain is expected in some mountainous areas. Mild west wind will blow.

The temperature will be +12-17 °C at night and +25-30 °C in the daytime, +7-12 °C in the mountains at night, +15-20 °C in the daytime.

The day is expected to be favorable for weather-sensitive people.

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Visit of Israeli journalists to Aghdam ends

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A trip of Israeli journalists to Azerbaijan’s Aghdam district ended, Trend's Karabakh bureau reports on April 19.

Israel Hayom correspondent Dean Shmuel Elmas and political analyst for The Jerusalem Post and The Jewish Press Arye Gut took part in it.

Israeli journalists visited the Juma Mosque in Aghdam, the ruins of the Drama Theater and witnessed the consequences of Armenian vandalism in the Museum of Bread and on the territory called "Imaret".

The journalists’ trip to Fuzuli, Zangilan, and Gubadli is scheduled for April 20.

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Israel Hayom newspaper reporter saddened by destroyed mosque in Azerbaijan’s Aghdam

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It is very sad to see that mosque [in Aghdam] has been damaged, destroyed during the occupation Azerbaijani territories, Israel Hayom correspondent Dean Shmuel told Trend.

Shmuel made the statement during the trip of Israeli journalists to Azerbaijan’s Aghdam district began on April 19.

Shmuel said what was done to Aghdam's mosque, it is a sad fact, regardless of whether you are Jewish, Christian or Muslim.

Shmuel also added that the main challenge for Azerbaijan now is the restoration work that will be carried out from now on.

Following over a month of military action to liberate its territories from Armenian occupation from late Sept. to early Nov. 2020, Azerbaijan pushed Armenia to sign the surrender document. A joint statement on the matter was made by the Azerbaijani president, Armenia's PM, and the president of Russia.

A complete ceasefire and a cessation of all hostilities in the zone of the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict was introduced on Nov. 10, 2020.

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