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Azerbaijan/ 3.4 International cultural co-operation  

3.4.5 Cross-border intercultural dialogue and co-operation

In accordance with the working plans of the Ministry of Culture and Tourism, the performances of artists, theatre and music collectives and exhibitions organised abroad during the Days of Culture, as well as international competitions and festivals are covered by the Ministry. There is no special system of fellowships and financial aid, however, at the same time, the Ministry of Culture and Tourism assists artists and NGOs functioning in the field of culture. Furthermore, funds, banks and other financial institutions, operating in Azerbaijan, give considerable sponsorship to assist and promote the mobility of artists and artworks.

One new, and particularly significant, priority of Azerbaijan's cultural policy abroad is maintaining links with cultural centres and associations run by Azerbaijanis living in other countries. According to the latest data, there are more than 100 of these, in a broad range of countries - Australia, Belarus, Belgium, Canada, Denmark, Estonia, France, Georgia, Germany, Great Britain, Holland, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Latvia, Lithuania, Moldova, Norway, Russia, Spain, Sweden, Turkey, Turkmenistan, Ukraine, United States, Uzbekistan, etc. Many of these associations / centres were represented at the First, Second and Third World Congress of Azerbaijanis, held in Baku in November 2001, in April 2006 and in July 2011. The State Committee on Work with Azerbaijanis Living Abroad (now, the State Committee on Work with Diaspora) was formed in accordance with the Decree of the President of the Republic of Azerbaijan in 2002.

Another popular form of cross-border intercultural dialogue and co-operation is active involving of relevant cities of the Republic of Azerbaijan in different Culture Capitals Programmes initiated by international organisations:

  • at the 5th Islamic Conference of Culture Ministers (Tripoli, 21-23 November 2007), the capital of the Republic of Azerbaijan, Baku was proclaimed Islamic Culture Capital for 2009;
  • Qabala city was proclaimed Commonwealth Culture Capital for 2013 by decision of CIS;
  • Sheki city was proclaimed Culture Capital of Turkic World for 2016 by TURKSOY;
  • Ganja city was proclaimed European Youth Capital for 2016 by European Youth Forum; and
  • Nakhchivan city was proclaimed Islamic Culture Capital for 2018 by decision of the 6th Islamic Conference of Culture Ministers (Baku, 13-15 October 2009).

For more information, see our Intercultural Dialogue section.

Chapter published: 31-10-2016

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