1st International Ashyg Festival

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During 22-27 October 2010, the first International Ashyg Festival took place in Baku, supported by the Heydar Aliyev Foundation, with organizational support from the Ministry of Culture and Tourism of Azerbaijan and the Ashygs Union of Azerbaijan.


Art masters from 8 countries – Azerbaijan, Turkey, Iran, Kazakhstan, Uzbekistan, Kyrgyzstan, Georgia and Dagestan – participated in this international festival, first ever organized in Azerbaijan. 


Following the initiative of President of the Heydar Aliyev Foundation Mehriban Aliyeva, in 2009, Azerbaijan’s ashyg art was entered on UNESCO’s Representative List of World Intangible Cultural Heritage.