Vera Brezh­neva cap­ti­vates her Baku fans

Azer News - - Culture & Lifestyle - By La­man Is­may­ilova By La­man Is­may­ilova

The In­ter­na­tional Mugham Cen­ter has hosted the award­ing cer­e­mony of the sec­ond Book­trailer Fes­ti­val in Azer­bai­jan.

Book­trail­ers are short videos that pro­mote a book or an au­thor, pro­vid­ing a good il­lus­tra­tion of the book con­tent. The project aims at pro­mot­ing books, sup­port­ing and de­vel­op­ing cre­ative forms of read­ing, search­ing tal­ented young peo­ple in cin­e­matog­ra­phy and pro­mot­ing bookrail­ers as a part of art and busi­ness.

The fes­ti­val, which took place un­der the slo­gan "Pro­mote a book, get pro­moted with a book!" was or­ga­nized by ac­tor Rus­lan Sabirli with sup­port of Azer­bai­jan's Min­istry of Cul­ture and Tourism.

The fes­ti­val was timed to the World Book Day or World Book and Copy­right Day, held an­nu­ally on April 23.

“Book is the best friend. How of­ten do we hear these words? In mod­ern life there are a huge num­ber of var­i­ous sources of in­for­ma­tion, but noth­ing can re­place a book, a price­less gift to mankind. It's a store­house of knowl­edge, a great thoughts and good ad­vice, source of wis­dom and con­science.” This was the key­note speech de­liv­ered by Rus­lan Sabirli.

In their speeches, First Deputy Min­is­ter of Cul­ture and Tourism of Azer­bai­jan Vagif Aliyev, MP Ganira Pashayeva, hon­ored art work­ers Mush­fiq Hata­mov, Ayaz Salayev and Kanan Mam­madov, ac­tress Senu­ber Isk­enderli stressed the im­por­tance of the project and wished young peo­ple fur­ther cre­ative achieve­ments. Later the win­ners were named. Book­trail­ers were as­sessed by each mem­ber of the jury in­di­vid­u­ally. In the end, the Or­ga­niz­ing Com­mit­tee sum­ma­rized the assess­ment of each jury mem­ber.

Di­rec­tor of the film Stu­dio "Azer­bai­jan­film", hon­ored art worker Mush­fiq Hata­mov, poet, Sec­re­tary for cre­ative af­fairs at Azer­bai­jan's Union of Writ­ers Il­gar Fahmi, film di­rec­tor, screen­writer, the founder of the pro­duc­tion cen­ter “Cin­ema Evi” Elchin Musaoglu, film critic, writer, film maker Ayaz Salayev, cam­era­man, hon­ored artist Kanan Mame­dov chose the win­ner of the fes­ti­val.

Thus, the first place went to El­nur Rza­yev, who cre­ated book trailer on the book by Ramiz Rovshan "Breath". The sec­ond place was shared by Emin Hasankhan­zadeh (Mush­fiq Khan, “O 2”) and Orkhan Adi­gezalov (Agshin Yenisey, "I Write you a let­ter").

The third place was shared by Galib Mirza­liyev (Azer El­shadoglu, "Night man"), Javi­dan Al­izadeh (Tarana Valid ,"Sui­cide,) and Veli Mam­madov (Sahila Ibrahi­mova, "Coup").

The first place got a prize in the amount of 1000 man­ats ($ 558), while the win­ners of the sec­ond and third places 800 man­ats ($446) and 500 man­ats ($279), re­spec­tively.

The fes­ti­val's par­tic­i­pants ex­pressed grat­i­tude to the event or­ga­niz­ers.

The gala evening was hosted ac­tress and ra­dio host Ay­gun Akif, who ap­peared in a gor­geous dress from the fash­ion house of Gul­nara Khalilova.

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Rus­sian pop-singer Vera Brezh­neva gave a mar­velous con­cert to her fans in Baku. The spec­tac­u­lar show called #NUMBER1 took place at the Hey­dar Aliyev Palace on April 20, Trend Life re­ported.

For Baku au­di­ence, Brezh­neva pre­pared an in­ter­est­ing and vi­brant pro­gram, fea­tur­ing both new and old songs.

The gala con­cert gave the au­di­ence a lot of pos­i­tive emo­tions. Brezh­neva warmly chat­ted with the au­di­ence and highly ap­pre­ci­ated hos­pi­tal­ity of Azer­bai­jani peo­ple.

"Fi­nally my dream has come true! I have been in Baku sev­eral times and per­formed at var­i­ous con­certs and events, but for the first time I per­form on such a big stage. Azer­bai­jan wel­comed me with bright sun­shine and lovely weather!" said the singer.

Each per­for­mance fea­tured a video in­stal­la­tion, en­chanted melodies and won­der­ful dances. Dur­ing the gala con­cert, the singer also shared with spec­ta­tors in­ter­est­ing sto­ries of her life.

In sum­mer, Vera Brezh­neva will come back in Baku. She will be a guest of the sum­mer mu­sic fes­ti­val "Zhara" sched­uled for July 27-31.

For the past five years, Vera Brezh­neva was awarded such prizes as "Golden gramo­phone", "the Best per­former of the year", "Most stylish singer", "Diva of the year" and has re­peat­edly won in such nom­i­na­tions as "the Best song and video of the year".

In Novem­ber 20, 2014, she be­came a good­will Am­bas­sador of the Joint United Na­tions Pro­gramme on HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS) in Rus­sia and CIS coun­tries.

In July 2007, Brezh­neva de­cided to have a break from the band, which ended in De­cem­ber 2007 with the official an­nounce­ment of her leav­ing the band.

In May 2008, Vera pre­miered her first sin­gle called "I Don't Play". The song was writ­ten by her former pro­ducer Kon­stantin Me­ladze. The sec­ond sin­gle Nir­vana came out on 27 Oc­to­ber 2008. Third sin­gle Ljubov "Love in the big city" was re­leased in 2009.

Vera has also ap­peared in a num­ber of Rus­sian-lan­guage films. She played Katya in the film Love in the Big City in 2009 and its two se­quels in 2010 and 2013. Most of her film work has been in ro­man­tic come­dies.

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