COMPENDIUM CULTURAL POLICIES AND TRENDS IN EUROPE
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Azerbaijan/ 3.4 International cultural co-operation  

3.4.1 Overview of main structures and trends

Since Azerbaijan regained independence, international cultural ties have become one of the important instruments of the new foreign policy. The main aims of the policy have been to foster relations based on mutual understanding and trust with other countries, work with them on the basis of mutual benefit and equal rights, and to give to the world a clear, objective picture of the Republic of Azerbaijan. Culture has played a major part in forming the young state's image, and achieved as much as political and economic developments in creating a strong and persuasive impression of the country. Democratisation, decentralisation and de-monopolisation in areas of culture have also been reflected in Azerbaijan's international cultural relations. Collaborative links have been formed with many countries in Europe, Asia, America and Africa, at national, regional and city levels, and between artists' associations and individual artists, which now operate often autonomously. Besides the traditional forms of bilateral cultural relations e.g. exchanges of theatre and concert ensembles, days of culture etc., the Ministry of Culture and Tourism is developing, in a very successful and productive way, multilateral cultural co-operation with international organisations such as the UN, UNESCO, Council of Europe, EU, WTO, OIC, ISESCO, TURKSOY, BSEC, CIS, GUAM, IFESCCO, etc.

Development of international cooperation by promoting multilateral collaboration in the framework of international organisations; strengthening of bilateral relations with leading European, American, Asian and African states; supporting the Azerbaijan national cultural centres functioning abroad are the main directions of international cultural cooperation.


Chapter published: 31-10-2016

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