April 21, 2012
President of the Heydar Aliyev Foundation Mehriban Aliyeva took part in a ceremony associated with the completion of the Days of Azerbaijani Culture in Italy
A ceremony was held in connection with the completion of the Days of Azerbaijani Culture in Rome’s “Auditorium della Musika” Concert Complex, April 21.
The ceremony held with support from the
Heydar Aliyev Foundation, the Ministry of Culture and Tourism of Azerbaijan,
Embassy of our country in Italy, Rome city Mayor’s office was attended by First
Lady, President of the Heydar Aliyev Foundation Mehriban Aliyeva and
Vice-president of the Foundation Leyla Aliyeva.
First Lady of Azerbaijan met here with
Mayor of Rome Gianni Alemanno.
The Mayor of Rome said he was pleased to
see the First Lady of Azerbaijan in the capital of Italy. Gianni Alemanno noted
that he was familiar with the activity of Mrs. Mehriban Aliyeva, and touched
upon the significance of relations between our countries. The Mayor emphasized
the newly opened air flight between Baku and Rome will give him the opportunity
to visit and see the capital of Azerbaijan.
President of the Heydar Aliyev Foundation
Mrs. Mehriban Aliyeva thanked Gianni Alemanno for the support given to the
erection of a monument to great Nizami Ganjavi in Rome. Expressing pleasure
with the holding of the Days of Azerbaijani Culture in Italy, the Fist Lady
emphasized the significance of continuing such events in future.
Mayor of Rome Gianni Alemanno gave a
present to First Lady of Azerbaijan Mehriban Aliyeva.
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The host of the ceremony organized in connection
with the completion of the Days of Azerbaijani Culture in Italy informed the
guests about our country, its history and culture.
Azerbaijani Ambassador to Italy Vagif
Sadigov said the days of culture were held at a high level. The diplomat
underlined that Azerbaijani-Italian relations, which has an old history, has been
successfully developing and that Italy is one of the large trade partners of
our country. Having touched upon the significance of humanitarian relations
between our countries, the Ambassador emphasized that the days of culture will
play an essential role in the development of bilateral relations.
Delivering a speech at the ceremony, mayor
of Rome Gianni Alemanno also talked of the significance of the steps made in
recent periods towards the development of relations between Azerbaijan and Italy,
which rely on old history. The mayor emphasized that the monument erected to
great Azerbaijani poet and thinker Nizami Ganjavi in Rome has been an essential
contribution to the cultural cooperation between our countries.
Then a concert program was presented with
participation of Azerbaijani masters of art.
The first element of the concert was the
“Jangi” dance performed by the Azerbaijani State Dance Group headed by people’s
Artist Afag Melikova.
Then thousands of spectators witnessed our
national culture at the “Auditorium della Musika” Concert Complex, where
performance by “Buta” Camera Choir headed by people’s Artist Elnara Kerimova,
“Sary Gelin” people’s song, “Yally of Garabagh” and “Novrus” rhythms and other interesting Azerbaijani
music items were performed.
Let us note that the Days of Azerbaijani
Culture started on April 16 at the Kariniano Theatre of Turin, which is
considered to be the Italians’ source of pride. Then the cultural events were
continued in the cities of Milan and Venetia, and finalized in Rome.
The events held in Italy once more proved
that our country, which has been carrying out the function of a strategic place
in creation of a platform for dialogue of cultures, is already drawing the
world attention with its cultural values and rich music.