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Azerbaijan/ 8.4 Amateur arts, cultural associations and civil initiatives  

8.4.2 Cultural houses and community cultural clubs

There has been a decrease in the number of cultural clubs over the last years. This is not only due to the fact that many of the "nomadic" or so-called "mobile clubs" or "cultural tents" have shut down because of insufficient funding, but also to the internal changes occurring within society, increased social and political activity by the people, freedom of choice and freedom to develop one's own initiative.

Recently the Ministry of Culture and Tourism has initiated the process of reorganisation of the cultural houses and community cultural clubs system, aiming at broadening the platform of social participation in cultural life in the current economic circumstances. There are emerging ideas to reconfigure this broad system, to set aside non-working functions and develop new forms, serving as infrastructural units of Azerbaijani intangible cultural heritage, by creating -on this basis- a network of city (town) centres of culture and their local-lore, folklore and craftsmanship branches, attracting relevant masters, performers, collectives, research, NGOs and private structures. A Pilot Project of the Ministry of Culture and Tourism of the Republic of Azerbaijan on establishing City (district) Centres of Culture is being implemented now in Lenkaran, Ismayilly, Sheki, Absheron, Balakan, Gedabey, Goygol, Khachmaz, Qazax, Qabala, Masally, Shamaxy regions in this regard.

Table 39:  Clubs (at the end of the year), 2000, 2005, 2010 and  2014

Years

Number of clubs

Number of seats in auditoriums and lecture-halls

Total

per 1 000

Urban and rural

2000

3 354

491 783

62

2005

2 763

458 702

55

2010

2 772

442 602

49

2014

2729

414946

44

Urban

2000

432

112 119

28

2005

393

104 071

24

2010

412

96 119

20

2014

393

84084

17

Rural

2000

2 922

379 664

97

2005

2 370

354 631

87

2010

2 360

346 483

81

2014

2336

330862

75

Source:    Ministry of Culture and Tourism, 2015; State Statistical Committee, 2014.

Table 40:  Clubs by economic and administrative regions of the Republic of Azerbaijan at the end of 2014

Economic and administrative regions

Number of clubs

Number of seats in auditoriums and lecture halls

The Republic of Azerbaijan – total

2729

414946

Baku city

60

14093

Absheron economic region

38

6660

Ganja-Gazakh economic region

422

68838

Shaki-Zagatala economic region

263

40384

Lankaran economic region

310

43095

Guba-Khachmaz economic region

240

30870

Aran economic region

643

106324

Yukhari Karabakh economic region

313

47480

Kalbajar-Lachin economic region

93

6310

Dakhlik Shirvan economic region

118

14909

Nakhchivan economic region

229

35983

Source:    Ministry of Culture and Tourism, 2015; State Statistical Committee, 2015.

The Ministry of Culture and Tourism is the main responsible central executive body for the functioning of the clubs, taking into consideration that the district club system is funded by local authorities. There are also a number of clubs within other ministries and departments.

Table 41:  Distribution of clubs by departmental division, 2000, 2005, 2010, 2013

Year

2000

2005

2010

2014

Ministry of Culture and Tourism

3 275

2 703

2 697

2 680

State Oil Company

-

-

15

3

Confederation of Trade Unions

79

60

6

6

Committee on Trade Union of  Employees in Education

-

-

16

7

Other

-

-

38

33

Total

3 354

2 763

2 772

2 729

Source:    State Statistical Committee, 2015.

Table 42:  Leisure objects in recreation centres in the system of the Ministry of Culture and Tourism, 2000, 2010, 2014 (at the end of the year)

 

2000

2010

2014

Number of leisure objects

164

111

102

including:

 

 

 

green theatres

25

13

16

dance pavilions and halls

20

16

21

sports facilities and grounds

18

14

14

number of  video clubs, game-playing machines, computer games, youth leisure objects

63

23

29

other

38

45

22

Number of leisure objects  situated in the parks territories

150

93

96

Source:    Ministry of Culture and Tourism, 2015; State Statistical Committee, 2015.

Table 43:  Recreation centres, 2000, 2010, 2014 (at the end of the year)

 

2000

2010

2014

Number of parks – total

...

365

347

Under the system of the Ministry of Culture and Tourism

61

63

59

Number of cultural-recreational and health-sports activities

4 108

1 645

1399

of which for children

2 047

629

554

Number of side-shows:

Mechanised  

105

66

47

Gaming

126

42

13

Source:    Ministry of Culture and Tourism, 2015; State Statistical Committee, 2015.

Table 44:  Recreation centres in economic and administrative regions of the Republic of Azerbaijan, 2014

Economic and administrative regions

Number of parks

of which under subordination of the Ministry of Culture and Tourism

The Republic of Azerbaijan – total

347

59

Baku city

105

7

Absheron economic region

3

2

Ganja-Gazakh economic region

58

8

Shaki-Zagatala economic region

19

6

Lankaran economic region

15

6

Guba-Khachmaz economic region

24

5

Aran economic region

52

15

Yukhari Karabakh economic region

10

7

Kalbajar-Lachin economic region

2

2

Dakhlik  Shirvan economic region

8

1

Nakhchivan economic region

50

-

Source:    Ministry of Culture and Tourism, 2015; State Statistical Committee, 2015.

Table 45:  Circus, 2000, 2010, 2014 (at the end of the year)

 

2000

2010

2014

Number of circuses

1

1

1

Number of performances

139

120

115

Number of  museums - total

179

127

126

per 1000 population

22

14

13

Source:    Ministry of Culture and Tourism, 2015; State Statistical Committee, 2015.

Chart 22:  Number of attendees at circus, thousand persons, 2000, 2005, 2010 and 2014

Source:    Ministry of Culture and Tourism, 2015; State Statistical Committee, 2015.


Chapter published: 02-11-2016

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