5th In­ter­na­tional The­ater Con­fer­ence held in cap­i­tal

Azer News - - Culture & Lifestyle - By Ab­dul Ker­imkhanov

TThe con­fer­ence en­ti­tled "The Phi­los­o­phy of The­ater in the 21st Cen­tury: the Con­cept of Ex­is­tence" was or­ga­nized by the Min­istry of Cul­ture in co­op­er­a­tion with the Union of The­ater Work­ers and the Na­tional Academy of Sciences of Azer­bai­jan.

The open­ing cer­e­mony be­gan with a demon­stra­tion of video footage re­flect­ing the his­tory of the in­ter­na­tional the­atri­cal con­fer­ence, the glo­ri­ous past of the Azer­bai­jani the­ater.

Wel­com­ing the guests, Head of the De­part­ment for Hu­man­i­tar­ian Pol­icy Is­sues of the Pres­i­den­tial Ad­min­is­tra­tion of Azer­bai­jan Farah Aliyeva read out a con­grat­u­la­tory mes­sage of Pres­i­dent Il­ham Aliyev to the con­fer­ence par­tic­i­pants.

The mes­sage says that the Azer­bai­jan The­ater oc­cu­pies its proper place in the so­cial and cul­tural life of the peo­ple.

In his mes­sage, the Pres­i­dent de­clared that cul­ture at all times was the main means of com­mu­ni­ca­tion be­tween peo­ple and a re­li­able bridge of in­ter­con­nec­tions be­tween civ­i­liza­tions.

"Pro­ceed­ing from this, the­atri­cal art was also con­stantly formed in close con­nec­tion with the his­tory of spir­i­tual and cul­tural progress, and al­ways played an im­por­tant role in en­rich­ing artis­tic and aes­thetic thought," he said.

The Pres­i­dent noted with sat­is­fac­tion that the or­ga­ni­za­tion of a con­fer­ence in the cap­i­tal of Azer­bai­jan within the frame­work of the State Pro­gram "Azer­bai­jani The­ater in 2009-2019" has be­come a good tra­di­tion.

The par­tic­i­pa­tion of the­atri­cal fig­ures, lead­ers and rep­re­sen­ta­tives of pres­ti­gious the­atri­cal struc­tures, the­ater spe­cial­ists from 40 coun­tries of the world tes­ti­fies to the grow­ing au­thor­ity of this con­fer­ence. He ex­pressed con­fi­dence that a fruit­ful ex­change of views will take place on top­ics re­lat­ing to the pos­si­bil­i­ties of modern the­ater in the con­text of rapid glob­al­iza­tion, on the prob­lems it faces, and the main di­rec­tions of its fur­ther de­vel­op­ment, joint projects will be de­vel­oped.

Ad­dress­ing the event, Min­is­ter of Cul­ture Abul­faz Garayev said that the Azer­bai­jani state has al­ways paid and is pay­ing great at­ten­tion to the the­ater art.

The min­is­ter fur­ther noted that the Azer­bai­jani na­tional pro­fes­sional the­ater, the his­tory of which dates back 147 years, ad­e­quately rep­re­sents the coun­try abroad to­day.

He went on to say that Azer­bai­jani the­ater is de­vel­op­ing both in Baku and re­gions. In the near fu­ture, the 90th an­niver­sary of the the­ater of the young spec­ta­tor will be cel­e­brated, he said.

"The his­tory of the Azer­bai­jani the­ater can­not be viewed sep­a­rately from the 135-year his­tory of the Yere­van State The­ater," Garayev said.

Twenty per­cent of Azer­bai­jani lands were oc­cu­pied - cul­tural mon­u­ments of Azer­bai­jan there were de­stroyed, in par­tic­u­lar the the­ater build­ings suf­fered dam­ages, he said.

"Thanks to the at­ten­tion and care of the Azer­bai­jani state, the Ire­van, Fuzuli and Shusha the­aters have not stopped their cre­ative ac­tiv­ity, and to­day they con­tinue to func­tion in other places. This ac­tiv­ity proves that art is im­mor­tal," he added.

In con­clu­sion, the min­is­ter noted that to­day, along with 26 state-run the­aters, such the­aters as UNS, mu­nic­i­pal the­aters op­er­ate in Azer­bai­jan.

"We are at­tach­ing and will at­tach spe­cial im­por­tance to the ac­tiv­ity of all the­aters," he added.

Baku In­ter­na­tional The­ater Con­fer­ence is held for the fifth time. Fa­mous cul­tural fig­ures from the U.S., Canada, Mex­ico, Ger­many, France, Italy, Aus­tria, Ser­bia, Greece, Slo­vakia, Slove­nia, Bul­garia, Turkey and other coun­tries par­tic­i­pate in it.

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