Nasimi Fes­ti­val of Po­etry, Arts and Spir­i­tu­al­ity wraps up in Baku

Azer News - - Front Page - By La­man Is­may­ilova

Nasimi Fes­ti­val of Po­etry, Arts and Spir­i­tu­al­ity, or­ga­nized by the Hey­dar Aliyev Foun­da­tion with the sup­port of the Min­istry of Cul­ture of Azer­bai­jan, came to an end at the Baku Me­dia Cen­ter on Septem­ber 30.

Ex­hi­bi­tions, in­stal­la­tions, video pro­jec­tions, fash­ion show, con­certs were held as part of the four­day fes­ti­val. The project was im­ple­mented on an in­ter­na­tional scale with the par­tic­i­pa­tion of world-fa­mous singers, philoso­phers, sci­en­tists who write about spir­i­tu­al­ity in mod­ern so­ci­ety, as well as pro­fes­sion­als, ama­teurs in this field and young peo­ple.

Vice-Pres­i­dent of the Hey­dar Aliyev Foun­da­tion Leyla Aliyeva and Pres­i­dent of the Baku Me­dia Cen­ter Arzu Aliyeva at­tended the clos­ing cer­e­mony, which fea­tured a lit­er­ary and mu­si­cal play "Mәrhaba" (Hello).

Fol­low­ing the per­for­mance, a cer­e­mony was held to award the win­ners of a lit­er­ary com­pe­ti­tion ded­i­cated to Nasimi. Leyla Aliyeva pre­sented the awards to win­ners.

At the con­test, about 90 young po­ets pre­sented works in­spired by the ge­nius of Nasimi.

Se­ries of events in Gala

Within the part of the fes­ti­val Vice-Pres­i­dent of the Hey­dar Aliyev Foun­da­tion vis­ited a num­ber of events.

On the last day of the fes­ti­val Leyla Aliyeva and Arzu Aliyeva at­tended a pre­sen­ta­tion of the works cre­ated as part of the 3rd In­ter­na­tional Symposium on Sculp­ture "The song in the stone" at the Gala Arche­o­log­i­cal-Ethno­graphic Mu­seum Com­plex.

This year’s symposium ex­hib­ited the works of 20 sculp­tors from Azer­bai­jan, Bel­gium, Italy, Tur­key, In­dia, Ukraine, Spain, Egypt, Mex­ico, Ro­ma­nia, Iran, Nor­way, Greece, Slove­nia, Ar­gentina, Syria, and Ge­or­gia.

The event par­tic­i­pants then viewed the 7th In­ter­na­tional "From waste to art" ex­hi­bi­tion, which gath­ered artists from dif­fer­ent coun­tries, who gave a se­cond life to pa­pers, au­to­mo­bile parts, glass, me­tal pieces and un­nec­es­sary waste, once again demon­strat­ing that even a work of art can be cre­ated from the "un­nec­es­sary things".

The ex­hi­bi­tion aims to in­still in the pop­u­la­tion an un­der­stand­ing of the im­por­tance of keep­ing the en­vi­ron­ment clean.

No­tably, "From Waste to Art" Mu­seum has been op­er­at­ing on the ter­ri­tory of the Gala Re­serve since 2015.

The event also fea­tured a con­cert pro­gram of Paraguay’s fa­mous Re­cy­cling orches­tra, com­prised of chil­dren and ju­ve­niles and the mu­sic in­stru­ments of which are made of re­cy­cled wastes.

A pub­lic art project "Open­ing Wall" in the aban­doned in­dus­trial ware­house in Gala set­tle­ment was then pre­sented. The project fea­tured the works of eight lo­cal and for­eign "ur­ban art" artists from Azer­bai­jan, Brazil, Bel­gium, South Africa, Spain, the Nether­lands, and France who cre­ated their works on the walls of the build­ings.

Ba­hariyya mu­sic per­for­mance

Leyla Aliyeva and Arzu Aliyeva also took part in pre­sen­ta­tion of Ba­hariyya mu­sic per­for­mance held at the Stone Chron­i­cle Mu­seum.

Prior to mu­sic per­for­mance, the Stone Chron­i­cle Mu­seum hosted a video lec­ture ti­tled "Em­phatic civilization and shared econ­omy" by world-fa­mous US econ­o­mist Jeremy Rifkin. Gorkem Shen per­formed on in­stru­men­tal in­stru­ment "yay­bakhar" in­stru­men­tal im­pro­vi­sa­tions on Sufi mu­sic. Nasimi was a fol­lower of Hu­ru­fism, one of the branches of Su­fism.

In­spired by the works of the im­mor­tal Nasimi mu­sic project Ba­hariyya be­came the true high­light of the even­ing.

Next, folk singer Teyyub As­lanov took the stage ac­com­pa­nied by Aliaga Sadiyev (string in­stru­ment), El­nur Mikay­ilov (bowed string in­stru­ment), Shirzad Fataliyev (wind in­stru­ment), Kam­ran Ka­ri­mov (drums). The event also fea­tured per­for­mance by Farhad Farza­liyev (elec­tronic mu­sic and sound de­sign). Syn­the­sis of mugham and elec­tronic mu­sic and sounds of na­ture gave spe­cial sound and orig­i­nal­ity to the mu­sic piece.

Then, the even­ing par­tic­i­pants shared their thoughts on Nasimi Fes­ti­val of Po­etry, Arts and Spir­i­tu­al­ity.

Gorkem Shen came to Baku for the very first time. “I have come to Baku for the first time and was fas­ci­nated by its aura. Nasimi Fes­ti­val of Po­etry, Arts and Spir­i­tu­al­ity is a won­der­ful cel­e­bra­tion of high spir­i­tual art and po­etry. Su­fis be­lieve that only the heart and soul can un­der­stand the mystical na­ture of the uni­verse. Thus, one can get knowl­edge about this only in an ir­ra­tional, non-ex­per­i­men­tal way, con­stantly im­prov­ing his spir­i­tual po­ten­tial,” he said.

Aliaga Sadiyev spoke re­vealed the unique mean­ing of "Ba­hariyya" mu­sic per­for­mance.

“For the first time, mugham was pre­sented in the syn­the­sis of such a for­mat of elec­tronic mu­sic and there­fore "Ba­hariyya" ac­quired a new sound, a spe­cial mean­ing of unity with na­ture and hu­man think­ing and mu­sic, calling for spir­i­tual per­fec­tion,” he said.

Po­etry ma­jlis

A po­etry ma­jlis was also or­ga­nized at the Baku Book Cen­ter as part of Nasimi Fes­ti­val of Po­etry, Arts and Spir­i­tu­al­ity.

The event fea­tured the pre­sen­ta­tion of Hey­dar Aliyev Foun­da­tion Vice Pres­i­dent Leyla Aliyeva’s books "Spa­sibo" and "Molchanie". Leyla Aliyeva re­cited a few po­ems from her books.

At the even­ing, the young po­ets, in­clud­ing Ni­jat Nasri, Zaur Rakhshan, Tahira Bar­rar, Rus­tam Tofik and oth­ers read their po­ems, writ­ten un­der the in­flu­ence of Nasimi. The chair­man of the Khazar branch of the Azer­bai­jan Writ­ers' Union Arif Bu­zov­nali ap­praised the fact that young peo­ple pre­sented their po­ems at the Nasimi Fes­ti­val. He also read an ex­cerpt from a poem by Leyla Aliyeva.

Sec­re­tary of Azer­bai­jan Writ­ers Union Il­gar Fahmi high­lighted the im­por­tance of Nasimi Fes­ti­val of Po­etry, Arts and Spir­i­tu­al­ity. He stressed that Nasimi’s po­ems sound great in all lan­guages, re­flect­ing the beauty of Ori­en­tal po­etry. Il­gar Fahmi said that the Azer­bai­jani clas­si­cal po­etry is in re­li­able hands, ex­pressed con­fi­dence that the tra­di­tions of Azer­bai­jani peo­ple will con­tinue in the fu­ture.

Im­mo­la­tio play

Leyla Aliyeva also watched premiere of play "Im­mo­la­tio" as part of the fes­ti­val.

The premiere of the play "Im­mo­la­tio" (Sac­ri­fic­ing) was held at the Mag­sud Ibrahim­bayov Creative Cen­ter on Septem­ber 29. The play was cre­ated by po­et­ess Leyla Begim and film­maker Ye­fim Abramov.

The play was ded­i­cated to great thinkers, Imadaddin Nasimi (13691417) and Jan Hus (1369-1415) who were born in the same year and lived at the same time in dif­fer­ent parts of the world, East and West, Azer­bai­jan and Bo­hemia (now Czech Repub­lic). They had sim­i­lar views, vi­sions, and at­ti­tudes to­wards the preser­va­tion and de­vel­op­ment of the na­tive lan­guage.

Fol­low­ing the play, Vice-Pres­i­dent of the Hey­dar Aliyev Foun­da­tion had a con­ver­sa­tion with the creative staff of the play and posed for pho­tos to­gether with them. She con­grat­u­lated them on the suc­cess­ful premiere and wished them suc­cess in their fu­ture ac­tiv­i­ties.

The work on the play lasted two years, the direc­tor, Peo­ple’s Artist of Azer­bai­jan, Vagif Asadov, said. The idea that had arisen spon­ta­neously later be­came se­ri­ous creative work. He said that hold­ing a fes­ti­val ded­i­cated to the bril­liant thinker and philoso­pher Nasimi is of great im­por­tance not only for the cultural life of the coun­try, but for the en­tire pub­lic as a whole.

“This play tells about the sim­i­lar­ity of the fate of Nasimi and the Czech philoso­pher and thinker Jan Hus and the prox­im­ity of their ideas and be­liefs. Of course, we are think­ing about putting the play in var­i­ous the­aters. Events in the play oc­cur in two pe­ri­ods - 15th and 21st cen­turies,” said the direc­tor.

The po­et­ess Leyla Begim praised the pre­sen­ta­tion of per­for­mance.

“Mag­sud Ibrahim­bayov was an out­stand­ing play­wright. A play about two bril­liant thinkers in such a sym­bolic place cre­ates a spe­cial en­ergy. I have learned that Nasimi and Jan Hus have sim­i­lar fates, work­ing on the play. They are car­ri­ers of one idea. This is ev­i­denced by their death. All this is fully re­flected in the play,” she said.

Three fan­tas­tic ex­hi­bi­tions at Hey­dar Aliyev Cen­ter

As part of the Nasimi Fes­ti­val of Po­etry, Arts and Spritu­al­ity, three ex­hi­bi­tions: "Live Life", "Hu­ru­fiah", and Brian Eno's "77 mil­lion paint­ings" was launched at the Hey­dar Aliyev Cen­ter on Septem­ber 28.

Vice-Pres­i­dent of the Hey­dar Aliyev Foun­da­tion Leyla Aliyeva at­tended the open­ing cer­e­mony of the ex­hi­bi­tions. Leyla Aliyeva con­grat­u­lated the event par­tic­i­pants on the open­ing of the fes­ti­val and pro­vided an in­sight into the themes of the ex­hi­bi­tions.

She stressed that "Live life" ex­hi­bi­tion has been al­ready shown in Lon­don, Berlin, Moscow, Paris and Tbil­isi. “It draws at­ten­tion to the en­vi­ron­men­tal prob­lems and gives an op­por­tu­nity to many tal­ented artists to rep­re­sent their art, and also, highlights the beauty of our planet and the unity of all hu­mans,” she noted.

Leyla Aliyeva said "Hu­ru­fiah" ex­hi­bi­tion by Bar­jeel Art Foun­da­tion of the United Arab Emi­rates con­sists of 28 works of paint­ings and graph­ics.

“It presents works by con­tem­po­rary artists liv­ing in a num­ber of Arab coun­tries who rep­re­sent an artis­tic cur­rent called Hu­ru­fiah, an im­age based on let­ters, a cal­lig­ra­phy. This ex­hi­bi­tion presents sev­eral works by hon­ored artists of Azer­bai­jan, Tar­lan Gorchu,” she added.

She said the "77 mil­lion paint­ings" ex­hi­bi­tion fea­tures mu­sic and video art in­stal­la­tions by Brian Eno.

Speak­ing to the event, rep­re­sen­ta­tive of Bar­jeel Art Foun­da­tion of the United Arab Emi­rates Charles Po­cock, and Nasimi’s rel­a­tive Mo­ham­mad Nasimi thanked the Hey­dar Aliyev Foun­da­tion for the or­ga­ni­za­tion of the fes­ti­val and ex­hi­bi­tions.

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