EU brings in­ter­na­tional festival to cap­i­tal

Azer News - - Country Guide - By La­man Is­may­ilova

Bright and col­or­ful show ac­com­plished by live per­for­mance de­lighted guests of the EuroVil­lage 2018 or­ga­nized by EU Del­e­ga­tion to Azer­bai­jan and the em­bassies of the EU mem­ber states in the coun­try in the Baku Na­tional Sea­side Park on June 2.

Ad­dress­ing the event, Azer­bai­jani Min­is­ter of Cul­ture and Tourism Abul­fas Garayev said that EuroVil­lage 2018 timed to the 100th an­niver­sary of the Azer­bai­jan Demo­cratic Repub­lic is a clear ex­am­ple of co­op­er­a­tion be­tween Azer­bai­jan and the EU.

“Azer­bai­jan, be­ing a fo­cal point of cul­tural fea­tures of all mankind, has al­ways sup­ported and sup­ports the ideas of mul­ti­cul­tur­al­ism, eth­nic and reli­gious equal­ity. Azer­bai­jan can be per­ceived as a spot where world’s cul­tures unite. To­day, our coun­try is a place of peaceful co­ex­is­tence of peo­ple from dif­fer­ent parts of the world, rep­re­sen­ta­tives of dif­fer­ent be­liefs, and we will con­tinue to ad­here to these prin­ci­ples. We hope that the projects car­ried out be­tween the EU and Azer­bai­jan will give im­pe­tus to the fur­ther strength­en­ing of the co­op­er­a­tion,” he said. Speak­ing about co­op­er­a­tion with the EU coun­tries, the min­is­ter stressed that the joint projects of the EU and Azer­bai­jan will un­doubt­edly serve to strength­en­ing of bi­lat­eral co­op­er­a­tion lead­ing to new in­no­va­tive dis­cov­er­ies ben­e­fi­cial for both sides.

Head of the EU Del­e­ga­tion to Azer­bai­jan Kes­tutis Jankauskas said that the EU and Azer­bai­jan are cur­rently build­ing new part­ner­ship, hold­ing ne­go­ti­a­tions.

“There are a lot of projects that bind us. We are try­ing to cre­ate bridges by co­op­er­at­ing with Azer­bai­jan. We work with young gen­er­a­tion, and im­ple­ment dif­fer­ent projects in var­i­ous fields. Such events give pos­si­bil­ity to ex­pand re­la­tions, fa­mil­iar­ize, and dis­cover cul­ture, learn lan­guages of each other,” he added.

Fur­ther, the guests viewed stands of the EU mem­ber states.

The event of­fered karaoke, vir­tual tour, dance lessons, chem­i­cal and phys­i­cal ex­per­i­ments, var­i­ous mas­ter classes, face art along with the lan­guage classes led by rep­re­sen­ta­tives of em­bassies and cul­tural cen­ters.

More­over, vis­i­tors were in­vited to join foot­ball match or­ga­nized by AFFA. In ad­di­tion, EuroVil­lage guests tasted de­li­cious Euro­pean dishes.

The win­ners of nu­mer­ous con­tests and quizzes were awarded with spe­cial prizes.

The festival came to the end with a fas­ci­nat­ing con­cert of Azer­bai­jani singer Miri Yusif and Ital­ian pop singer In­grid.

EuroVil­lage be­came an ideal op­por­tu­nity to learn more about the Euro­pean Union (EU) and its val­ues, in­clud­ing the long-term co-op­er­a­tion and part­ner­ship re­la­tions be­tween the EU and Azer­bai­jan.

The fes­tive event is held since 2013.

Euro­pean Union's re­la­tions with Azer­bai­jan date back to 1991 and are based on the EU-Azer­bai­jan Part­ner­ship and Co­op­er­a­tion Agree­ment (PCA) (in force since 1999), which pro­vides for wide-rang­ing co­op­er­a­tion in the ar­eas of po­lit­i­cal di­a­logue trade, in­vest­ment, eco­nomic mat­ters, leg­is­la­tion and cul­ture.

Azer­bai­jan and the Euro­pean Union en­joy fruit­ful bi­lat­eral re­la­tions.

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