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Program of second Nasimi Festival of Poetry Art and Spirituality disclosed

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The festival will be held from September 28 to October 1.

World-renowned researchers of Nasimi, poets, scholars and philosophers will deliver lectures at the festival. Moreover, books of German scholar and renowned Nasimi researcher Michael Hess and an Azerbaijani researcher living in the UK, Orkhan Mirgasimov on Nasimi and hurufism will be presented within the framework of this festival.

Films winning globally known SIGNIS awards on interreligious dialogue in film making will also be demonstrated at this year’s festival. Finnish film director Aki Kaurismäki’s film “The Other Side of Hope” highlights the understanding and friendship between people who belong to different religions, cultures and life styles.

The 1st Baku International Festival of Traditional Crafts-“Folk art” organized by the Icherisheher State Historical-Architectural Reserve Department and the Research Center for Islamic History, Art and Culture (IRCICA) will also start as part of the series of events.

The socio-cultural project called Creation of Hope will also be implemented with participation of residents and graduates of orphanages and boarding schools within the framework of the Nasimi festival this year. A total of 30 participants in this project, who were involved in design courses, expressed their dreams by painting, and then their handiworks were copied onto shirts. These shirts will be demonstrated and sold within the framework of the festival. The project aims to develop the creative abilities of residents of orphanages and boarding schools and create job opportunities for them.

Baku and Shamakhi will also host a number of exhibitions on the days of the festival.

The 4th international symposium of sculpture, Song of Stone, will be held at the Qala Archaeological Ethnographic Museum Complex and the 8th International Exhibition, From Waste to Art, will be held at the Qala State Archaeological Ethnographic Reserve on 30 September.

The art project called Talking Walls, which consists of paintings on the walls of the unused industrial warehouse in Qala settlement, will be publicly presented. Works of urban and street arts by artists from Azerbaijan, Brazil, South Africa, Spain, the Netherlands and France and wall pictures of paintings of creative children from Buzovna and Mardakan settlements will be demonstrated.

An exhibition of renowned Turkish artist Ahmet Gunestekin will be launched at the Heydar Aliyev Center on the sidelines of the exhibition from 1 October to 31 March 2020.

An exhibition on the Shamakhi anthology (1468, the British Museum, London) will open in Shamakhi District.

Shamakhi will also host a modern art installation dedicated to Imadaddin Nasimi.

The results of a number of competitions announced within the Nasimi festival will also be disclosed: the final exhibition of the carpet drawing competition, which the Azerbaijan National Carpet Museum dedicated to the great poet, will open. Moreover, the results of the best poetic works in the spirit of Nasimi or in the form of imitative poems for his poetry, announced within the framework of the SOZ (Word) project of the Ministry of Culture, will also be disclosed.

Music programs and plays performed by people of art and groups from different countries to glorify morality searches and interreligious and intercultural dialogue will also be presented as part of the festival.

The Horizonte ensemble from Germany, the Zahra orchestra from Afghanistan, the Clara Furey dancing group from Canada, the Candoco and Lost Dog dancing groups from the UK, the Tallinn Boys Chorus from Estonia and the Dudu Tassa & the Kuwaitis group from Israel will present interesting programs.

People’s artist Nazakat Teymurova will perform in a program of Mugham songs on the basis of Nasimi’s poetry in Meysari village of Shamakhi district on 29 September.

On the same day, renowned jazz musician of Azerbaijan Salman Gambarov will perform together with Michel Godard (serpent player) from France, Margriet Buchberger (a singer with baroque repertoire) from Germany and Wu Wei (sheng player) from China at the Azerbaijan State Philharmonic Theater as part of the project called “Sincere dialogues”.

A staged poetry evening will take place in the Creativity Center named after Magsud Ibrahimbayov on 30 September as part of this festival.

On the same day, a play, “Grievous Heart” by the Hui Chin Theater of Anhui region of China, will be staged at the Opera and Ballet Theater.

The closing ceremony of the festival will take place at the Heydar Aliyev Center on 1 October. People of art from Azerbaijan and performers of traditional music from the US, Turkey, Iran, Jordan and Morocco will take part in the ceremony.

The festival aims to study and promote the activities of genius Azerbaijani poet and thinker Imadaddin Nasimi (1369-1417) and follow the reflection of his thoughts and ideas in the modern world. The first such festival was organized in 2018.

This year’s festival also coincides with the 650th jubilee of the poet. 2019 was declared the Year of Nasimi under the Order of the President of the Republic of Azerbaijan Ilham Aliyev in connection with the 650th birth anniversary of Azerbaijani poet and thinker Imadaddin Nasimi.

The program of the Nasimi festival is available at: https://nasimifestival.live/az/program/

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Southern Gas Corridor to bring needed diversification of supply to Europe Intl Gas Union

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Southern Gas Corridor project, which envisages transportation of Azerbaijani gas to Europe, will bring needed diversification of supply to Europe, the International Gas Union (IGU) told Trend.

The Southern Gas Corridor project is a welcomed development for diversification of supplies into Europe, according to IGU.

"Domestic production in Europe is on the decline and more imports will be needed. Projects such as the Southern Gas Corridor not only bring more needed supply to Europe, but they also bring needed diversification of supply thus enhancing the security of supply," said IGU.

The Southern Gas Corridor is one of the priority projects for the EU and envisages the transportation of 10 billion cubic meters of Azerbaijani gas from the Caspian region through Georgia and Turkey to Europe.

The launching ceremony of the first stage of the Southern Gas Corridor was held in Baku on May 29, 2018, while opening ceremony of TANAP was held on June 12, 2018, in the Turkish city of Eskisehir.

The gas from the Azerbaijani Shah Deniz field has already gone through the first segment of the Southern Gas Corridor – from the Sangachal terminal to the expanded South Caucasus Pipeline.

Trans-Adriatic Pipeline (TAP) and Trans-Anatolian Natural Gas Pipeline (TANAP) were connected on the Turkish-Greek border.

The International Gas Union (IGU) was founded in 1931. It is a worldwide non-profit organization registered in Vevey, Switzerland with the Secretariat currently located in Barcelona, Spain.

The mission of IGU is to advocate gas as an integral part of a sustainable global energy system and to promote the political, technical and economic progress of the gas industry. The more than 160 members of IGU are associations and corporations of the gas industry representing over 95% of the global gas market. The working organization of IGU covers the complete value of gas chain from exploration and production, transmission via pipelines and liquefied natural gas (LNG) as well as distribution and combustion of gas at the point of use.

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Azerbaijani FM meets Holy Sees secretary in Vatican

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As part of his official visit to the Vatican, Azerbaijani Foreign Minister Elmar Mammadyarov has met with Archbishop Paul Richard Gallagher, Secretary for Relations with States within the Holy See's Secretariat of State.

At the meeting, the sides expressed their satisfaction with the development of relations between Azerbaijan and the Vatican.
Referring to the significant projects implemented with the direct support of Heydar Aliyev Foundation, Gallagher highly appreciated the restoration of a number of historical monuments in the Vatican.

In turn, Mammadyarov noted that Azerbaijan has historically been a place where the representatives of different cultures and religions co-exist peacefully. The minister reiterated that on the basis of national traditions of tolerance Azerbaijan promotes the ideas of peaceful co-existence, mutual respect, and multiculturalism in the world.

At the meeting Mammadyarov briefed his counterpart about the settlement process of the Armenia-Azerbaijan Nagorno-Karabakh conflict, just and fair position of Azerbaijan, as well as Armenia’s plundering and destruction policy of the cultural heritage of Azerbaijani people in the occupied territories of Azerbaijan.

At the meeting, the sides also exchanged their views on regional and international issues of mutual interest.

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President Ilham Aliyev congratulates his Chilean counterpart

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Azerbaijani President Ilham Aliyev has sent a congratulatory letter to his Chilean counterpart Sebastian Pinera Echenique.

“On my own behalf and on behalf of the people of Azerbaijan, I extend my heartfelt congratulations to you and the people of your country on the occasion of the national day of the Republic of Chile-Independence Day,” Ilham Aliyev said in his letter.

“I hope that bilateral relations between Azerbaijan and Chile will continue developing and expanding in the spirit of friendship and cooperation to the benefit of our nations. On this remarkable day, I extend my best regards to you, and wish the people of your country everlasting peace and prosperity.”

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