The Programme
of events

September 27-30
Baku 2018

  • Day One

    Thursday, September 27

    Shamakhi city

    12:30 pm

    Tour on historical places of Shamakhi and event by Nasimi monument featuring Alim Gasimov Opening ceremony of new exposition of The Museum of Local History of Shamakhi

    Shamakhi region, Meysari village, Shirvan Wines, a vineyards and winery complex

    03:00 pm

    Poetry readings by the finalists of the Nasimi Poetry Competition (in the frame of “SOZ” project). Mugam programme. Opening of Həssas Dəb – Ethical Design Point. Performance of “Les Gardiens du Silence” music group

    Shamakhi region, Pirgulu, Astrophysical Observatory

    07:30 pm

    “Closer to Stars”, a music programme - Ar Bard (France), Elemaun (Iran), Görkem Şen (Turkey), Hanoi Duo - Nguen Le (Vietnam/France) and Ngo Hong Quang (Vietnam), Irshad Huseyn (Azerbaijan), Rabih Beaini (Lebanon/Germany) featuring Abdel Karim (Lebanon),

  • Day Two

    Friday, September 28

    Baku city, ADA University

    12:00 pm

    The role of Nasimi in the development of Turkic mystical poetry and phylosophy - Farid Alakbarli

    Baku city, Azerbaijan Carpet Museum

    02:00 pm

    Presentation of old carpets newly acquired into the collection performance of "Mugam Souls" music group featuring Gochag Askarov (Azerbaijan) and  Pierre de Trégomain (France) and “Sound of Ages” Ensemble of Early Music Instruments by Azerbaijan National

    Baku city, Heydar Aliyev Center

    04:00 pm

    “Nasimi legacy in contemporary contexts” - lecture talk by Michael Hess

    05:00 pm

    “Live Life”, “Hurufiyya”, “77 Million Paintings” exhibitions opening

    06:30 pm

    Festival Inauguration Concert featuring Sami Yusuf (UK)

    Baku city, TBA

    09:00 pm

    “Cosmic Love” group’s concert *

    Baku city, Chamber and Organ Music Hall

    10:00 pm

    “CYCLE”, a music project

  • Day Three

    Saturday, September 29

    Baku city, Heydar Aliyev Center

    08:00 am

    Artistic Yoga Session with Nandan Gautam

    Baku city, Old City, Azerbaijan Marionette Theatre

    01:00 pm

    UrbanNomadMixes (Austria) poetry performance

    Baku city, Old City, Magsud İbrahimbeyov Creative Centre

    03:00 pm

    “İmmolitio”, theatre performance based on the play by Leyla Begim

    Baku city, Baku Book Center

    03:00 pm

    “Nazira” poems based on Nasimi poetry” - lecture talk by Saadet Shikhiyeva

    04:00 pm

    “The tradition of imitation in the Near and Middle East poetry: uniqueness in imitation” - lecture talk by Rafael Huseynov

    05:00 pm

    Nasimi poetry majlis of the Khazar Poetry Group led by Arif Gazalkhan

    Baku city, Square in front of Shirvanshahs’ Palace

    04:00 pm

    “Aus den Sieben Tagen”, live broadcast watching – Christina Vantsou (USA/Belgium), Elchin Shirinov (Azerbaijan), Elizabeth Harnik (Austria), Gianluca Iadema (Italy), Kudsi Erguner (Turkey), Naomi Sato (Japan), Osman Eyublu (Azerbaijan), Sefoudi Koyate

    Baku city, National Park/New Boulevard

    05:30 pm

    DanceAbility-Azerbaijan street performance (project leader –Nigar Sultanova)

    Baku city, International Mugam Centre

    06:00 pm

    Concert performance by Abderrahim Abdelmoumen et sa troupe andalouse de Tanger (Morocco)

    Baku city, National Flag Square, Stone Chronicle Museum

    07:30 pm

    “Emphatic civilization and shared economy”, a live video lecture talk by Jeremy Rifkin (USA)

    09:00 pm

    “Bahariyya”, a music performance – Teyyub Aslanov, Aliaga Sadiyev, Elnur Mikailov, Shirzad Fataliyev, Kamran Karimov, Farhad Farzali

  • Day Four

    Sunday, September 30

    Baku city, A warehouse in Gala township

    11:30 am

    Inauguration of “Açılan Divar” Urban/Community Art project –artists Fernando Chamarelli (Brazil), Lula Goche (Spain), Nazrin Musayeva (Azerbaijan), Niels Shoe (Netherlands), Philippe Baudelocque (Belgium), R1 (South Africa), Samir Salahov (Azerbaijan), Ta

    Baku city, Nizami cinema

    01:00 pm

    Azerbaijan CineMarathon – short film competition – finals screening and award-giving ceremony

    Baku city, Gala township, “Gala” Archeology and Ethnography Reserve

    02:30 pm

    Concert of Recycling Orchestra (Paraguay) Attending 3rd International “Music of Stone” sculpture symposium and 7th International “Waste – to Art” art exhibition

    Baku city, Surakhani township, Atashgah

    04:00 pm

    Fire Ceremony by Himalaya Yoghis (India) *

    04:30 pm

    “The Pursuit of Happiness” - lecture talk by Bharat Thakur (India) “Fireworshipping in Azerbaijan” – lecture talk by Farid Alakbarli (Azerbaijan)

    Baku city, Yarat Contemporary Art Space

    04:30 pm

    "For, in your tongue, I can not fit" - solo exhibition by Shilpa Gupta (India)

    Baku city, Elektra Events Hall

    06:30 pm

    “In memoriam Nasimi” a music performance. Composer – Franghiz Ali-zade

    Baku city, Baku Media Centre

    08:30 pm

    Closing of the Festival. “Marhaba!” - poetry & music performance Award-giving Ceremony of the Nasimi Poetry Competition in the frame of “SOZ” project *

  • All days through

    September 27-30

    Art Exhibitions in Heydar Aliyev Centre: Live Life, Hurufiyya, 77 Million Paintings

    Guided tour of historical locations in Shamakhi region

    Points of Inspiration – poetry manifested across Icherisheher – Old Town (free access to locations to be announced at the website, and indicated on the special mobile application and printed maps)

    “Giz Galasi” Art Festival in Old City

    “From Waste to Art” and “Music in Stone” art residencies in Gala

    “Açılan Divar” Urban/Community Art Exhibition in warehouse in Gala

    Artworks on the Flame Towers

Map of Old City

TV shooting at the events - through the media accreditation led by Organisational Committee

* Entry for the invited persons only

** pre-festival event - 25 September 10:00am, Maqsud Ibrahimbeyov Creative Centre “The tradition of “nazira” in the literatures of Near and Middle East” - lecture talk by Mehdi Kazimov.