Dresden marks Days of Azerbaijani Culture

By: Nigar Orujova

Dresden enjoyed Azerbaijani culture within the framework of the Days of Azerbaijani Culture on December 8.

The event was held in Albertinum Museum with the organizational support of the Heydar Aliyev Foundation and assistance of the Azerbaijani embassy in Germany.

Participants of the event listened to piece of music by Azerbaijani and world composers performed by the Azerbaijani State Chamber Orchestra named after Gara Garayev.

Azerbaijan’s Ambassador to Berlin Parviz Shahbazov noted that the event was held based on an initiative by Azerbaijan’s First Lady, President of the Heydar Aliyev Foundation Mehriban Aliyeva.

He talked about the development processes, historical roots and current state of the relations between Azerbaijan and Germany. He also mentioned that Karabakh, a music cradle of Azerbaijan, and surrounding districts have been occupied by Armenia.

The host of the event talked about the German legacy in Azerbaijan, as well as the works carried out by the Heydar Aliyev Foundation towards preserving cultural legacy both in Azerbaijan and abroad, and popularization of cultural relations and improvement of education opportunities for the youth.

Participants of the event were also presented the book “German Legacy in Azerbaijan”, a new publication of the Heydar Aliyev Foundation, prepared with close participation of professor Eva Maria Auch, the Head of “History of Azerbaijan” Department at the Humboldt University, Berlin.

The event also included demonstration of a photo-exhibition called “German Traces in Azerbaijan” and an exhibition of the works of the winners of the art competition on the subject “Germany Through An Artist’s Eyes”.

The event was attended by members of the Dresden City Municipality, Director of the Dresden Philharmonic Anslem Rose, Director of the Dresden Museums Union Guisbert Porzman, member of the city’s Chamber of Trade and Industry Helput Goltz, Rector of the Dresden Academy of Art Matias Flüge, Director of the Dresden State Museum Erika Eschebach, member of the Dresden Opera Directorate Solweig Eckert, representatives of the diplomatic corps accredited in Germany, media, as well as heads of the Muslim, Orthodox and Jewish religious communities of the Land of Saxony.

Earlier, the foundation organized similar cultural events in Hannover and Dusseldorf.

Previous cultural events held by the foundation abroad included exhibitions on the 20th anniversary of restoration of national independence by Azerbaijan and marking the 870th anniversary of the great Azerbaijani poet Nizami Ganjavi in London, Paris, Berlin, Moscow, Strasbourg, and Rome.