The 2nd Nasimi-Poetry, Art and Morality Festival

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In the course of the period from 28 to 30 September 2019, the 2nd Nasimi-Poetry, Art and Morality Festival was held with the organizational support of the Heydar Aliyev Foundation and the Culture Ministry.

 

The festival aimed at studying and popularizing great Azerbaijani poet and thinker Imadeddin Nasimi (1369-1417), and tracing his thoughts in the contemporary world.

 

A number of researchers and critics of poetry introduced their comments on selected ghazals of Nasimi, to be followed by discussions over these comments. Over 10 authors from Azerbaijan, Russia, Iran, Turkey and Egypt presented their interpretations of the ghazals “But I am a dervish, a poor, and padishahi-alem” (“Mən ki, dərvişəm, fəqirəm, padişahi-aləməm”). Internationally-renowned researchers of Nasimi creativity, poets, scholars and philosophers delivered lectures. In their lectures, Russian psychologist Aleksey Sytnikov, researcher from the USA Alan Godlas, Italian poet David Rondoni, Azerbaijani decent, philosopher and artist living in the Great Britain Zeygam Azizov drew a parallel between the Nasimi philosophy and different theories and concepts related to the past and the present.

 

Demonstration of films awarded famous international SIGNUS Prize on interreligious dialogue took place at the festival.

 

A social and cultural project called “Formation of Hope” was implemented in the framework of the Nasimi Festival, with participation of inhabitants and graduates of children’s homes and boarding schools. 30 participants involved in the design courses in the framework of the project expressed their dreams through pictures, and then their works were copied onto T-shirts.

 

A series of exhibitions took place in the festival days in Baku and Shamakhy: Works by 10 artists and sculptors from Azerbaijan, Turkey, France and Uzbekistan were demonstrated at the exhibition “Irfani secrets” to be inaugurated on September 28 at the Shirvanshahs Palace in Baku.

 

On September 30, the 4th International Sculpture Symposium “Music in Stone” was launched at the “Gala” Archaeology and Ethnography Museum Complex, while the 8th International Exhibition “From Waste to Art” was inaugurated at “the Gala” State History and Ethnography Reserve.

 

Open presentation of the art project “Talking Walls”, comprised of paintings on the walls of an abandoned industrial warehouse, took place in Gala settlement. In the framework of this project, works created in the genre of “urban/street art” by artists from Azerbaijan, Brazil, South Africa, Netherlands and France, and a wall art based on pictures of creative children from Buzovna and Mardakan settlements were demonstrated.  

 

A solo exhibition of renowned Turkish artist Ahmet Guneştekin was inaugurated at the Heydar Aliyev Centre, in the framework of the festival.

 

An exhibition was opened in Shamakhy district on the manuscripts “Shamakhy Anthology” (1468, the British Museum, London).  

 

Inauguration of a modern art installation, called “The Spirit of Nasimi”, dedicated to Imadeddin Nasimi also took place in Shamakhy. Author of the work, made of light metal parts, is Rashad Alakbarov.

 

Music programmes and plays praising search of morality and dialogue between religions and cultures performed by art figures and groups of various countries was presented in the framework of the festival. In these programmes, spiritual and modern music pieces related to different time periods were performed, and dances expressing equality and togetherness of people with physical disabilities demonstrated.  

 

Ensemble “Horizonte” from Germany, “Zahra” Orchestra from Afghanistan, Canada’s “Clara Furey” Dance Group, “Candono” and “Lost Dog” Dance Group of the Great Britain, “Tallinn Boys Choir” from Estonia, and Italy’s “Dudu Tassa & Kuwaitis” Group presented interesting programmes in the framework of the festival.

 

On September 29, People’s Artist Nazaket Teymurova gave a concert comprised of mughams on the basis of Nasimi’s poems in Meysari village of Shamakhy.  

 

On the same day, joint performances of renowned jazz musician of Azerbaijan Salman Gambarov, together with Michel Gaudar from France (serpent player), Margriet Buchberger from Germany (baroque style singer) and Woo Wey from China (chang player), were presented at the State Philharmonic of Azerbaijan.

 

An evening of poetry was held on September 30 at the Maksud Ibrahimbeyov Creativity Centre in the framework of the festival.

 

On the same day, demonstration of the play “Agonizing Heart” by Huijin Theatre of China’s Anhui province was shown at the Opera and Ballet Theatre.

 

The Festival’s closing ceremony took place at the Heydar Aliyev Centre on October 1st. Masters of art from Azerbaijan, as well as performers of traditional music from the USA, Turkey, Iran, Jordan and Morocco participated in the programme.



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