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The Ministry of Culture and Tourism announces a photography competition - “Faces of Baku”

As we know, the Ministry of Culture and Tourism of the Republic of Azerbaijan will host the 7th UNAOC (United Nations Alliance of Civilizations) Global Forum in Baku from 25-27 April 2016, following Decree 1334 by the President of the Republic of Azerbaijan, dated 24 July 2015. Within the forum's programme, the ministry has planned an exhibition of photography that will reflect Baku's cultural diversity and tolerance. The exhibition will showcase portraits and brief information about the city's inhabitants and visitors of various national backgrounds. The information should include the stories of how the characters portrayed came to Baku, their current occupation and their impressions of the city.
Thus the ministry has announced an open competition and invites both experienced professionals and young and amateur photographers to participate in the exhibition.

Every participant may submit a maximum of 5 photographs. The images must be taken after the competition is announced, however photographs taken during the past year that meet the requirements of the competition may also be accepted. They must be in .jpeg format with1500 pixels on the longest side. Should the photographs be accepted, they must then be submitted in either .tiff or .raw format. There must not be a signature or logo on the photographs. Photographs must not be edited by use of software; only true colours, contrast and similar qualities must be used. Photographs submitted will be coded and presented to the judges at the first stage of the contest.
Participants are asked to send their photographs, contact information (telephone, e-mail) and short bio to At the first stage of the contest, a panel of 5 judges (chairman of the Azerbaijan Photographers' Union Mirnaib Hasanoghlu, director of the "Art Factor" photo agency Asiyat Fatullayeva, head of the Department of International Cooperation at the Ministry of Culture and Tourism, photographer Sitara Ibrahimova and expert on cultural policy and art historian Jahanghir Salimkhanov) will select photographs. These images will be printed in large format (approximately 1.80m x 1.40m) and will be showcased in one of Baku's magnificent public locations for an audience of 3,000 foreign guests. Every participant in the exhibition will be paid 100 AZN per photograph displayed and awarded a special certificate. It is a strict requirement of the competition that the authors of the images chosen for the exhibition also give authors' rights to the organisers for nonprofit purposes (display in various mass media, printing in catalogues, books etc.).
Finally, guests of the Forum will vote to determine the three winners of the competition who will be awarded a prize and a valuable gift.
First Prize - Canon Macro Ring Lite MR-14EX II Flash (valued at 1,000 AZN)
Second Prize - GoPro HERO 4 Silver camera (valued at 750 AZN)
Third Prize - "Surface Windows RT" tablet (valued at 500 AZN)

Deadline for applications - 7 April, 2016.

Contact information:
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Telephone: +994 12 493 58 83
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Working hours: every day except Sunday from 10:00 to 18:00
Designated coordinator: Samira Nuriyeva, head of expositions, Exhibition Gallery

The building of the Museum Center of the Ministry of Culture and Tourism of the Azerbaijan Republic is located in the very center of Baku, on the Seaside Boulevard; it was constructed in 1960 in a project led by outstanding Azerbaijani architect Hasan Majidov to commemorate the 90th anniversary of V.I.Lenin and was opened in 1961 as a branch of the Moscow Lenin Museum. Hasan Majidov also realised a number of other projects in Azerbaijan – the Baku airport building in Bina, the Hotel Baku, the Drama Theatre in Nakhchivan and others. In 1991, following the collapse of the USSR, by decree of the President of the Azerbaijan Republic the building was transferred to the Ministry of Culture of the Azerbaijan Republic and renamed the Museum Center.
Director of the Museum Center of Ministry of Culture and Tourism of the Azerbaijan Republic – Vazirova Liana.
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In the Museum Center of Ministry of Culture and Tourism of the Azerbaijan Republic are disposed:
The State Museum of Musical Culture of Azerbaijan
The State Museum of Musical Culture of Azerbaijan was founded in 1967. Main objectives and policies of the Museum: collection, preservation, study, popularization and reactivation of the materials related to the history of the Azerbaijani music.
There are more than 50 thousands exhibits collected in the museum fund. Among them are such Azerbaijan national musical instruments as tar, kamancha, saz, daf, goshanaghara, zurna, ney as well as other musical instruments with specific features - cane-tar, cane-saz. Furthermore, the museum's collection contains gramophones, gramophone records, musical boxes, original music manuscripts (scores) of Uzeyir Hajibeyov, the founder of the Azerbaijan professional music, Bulbul, the founder of the national professional vocal art, and the famous composers Gara Garayev, Fikret Amirov and other distinguished music figures, personal belongings of the prominent musicians, posters, playbills, photographs, audio and video records, fine art exhibits, sheet music, books and other materials. All of them are valuable samples of the Azerbaijan national musical culture.
The Museum has the following branches:
-The Permanent Exhibition of the Azerbaijani Traditional Musical Instruments
-The Niyazi House Museum
-The Vagif Mustafazade House Museum
-The Gara Garayev House Museum
Attached to the Museum is The Museum Ensemble of Old Musical Instruments consisting of 15 musicians.

Azerbaijan State J. Jabbarli Theatre Museum
The Theatre Museum established in 1934 has, since 1935, borne the name of the outstanding Azerbaijani playwright Jafar Jabbarli. The museum store holds more than 117,000 exhibits. They reflect more than one century of the history of our theatre. Its unique collection offers complete information about the origins and reformation of theatre, about the different stages of its development, about the invaluable contribution of the educational intelligentsia and masters of theatre to the history of Azerbaijani culture. There are priceless programmes and posters, manuscripts, letters and directors’ explications, scripts, photographs and negatives, costume sketches, scenery models, personal possessions and requisites, theatre costumes and character models, sound recordings and cinema film. Most of the museum’s exhibits are original artefacts.
The museum exhibition is displayed in seven rooms on the third floor. The Administration is in the left wing of the building, on the first floor. The stores are on the fourth floor. The Director of the Azerbaijani State J. Jabbarli Theatre Museum is Nurida Hamdulla gizi Nurulayeva.

The Museum of Azerbaijani Independence
The Museum of Azerbaijani Independence was established on 9th January 1991. Currently, there are more than 20,000 exhibits. The main purpose of the museum is enlightenment about the struggle of the Azerbaijani nation for independence, from ancient times to the present day.
The expositions in the museum cover the history of Azerbaijan from ancient times to the beginning of the XX century, the people’s liberation movement in South Azerbaijan in the early XX century, the history of Azerbaijan during the years of Stalin’s repression and the heroism of Azerbaijanis during World War II, also displayed is the history of the national liberation movement in Azerbaijan at the end of the XX century and the last room has an exhibition devoted to the most recent history of Azerbaijan and the life and work of national leader H.A.Aliyev. The Independence Museum displays sculptures, paintings, maps, photographs, books, currency and other exhibits. The museum exhibition is displayed in six rooms on the third floor. The Administration is in the left wing of the building, on the first floor. The stores are on the first floor. The Director of the Museum of Azerbaijani Independence is Farida Mahammad gizi Shamsi.

The Store of the Azerbaijan State Museum of the History of Religion
The Museum of the History of Atheism, established in 1967 by decree No 130 of the Cabinet of Ministers of the Azerbaijan SSR, was renamed the State Museum of the History of Religion on 17th September 1990 by decree No 414 of the Cabinet of Ministers.
The museum, with a collection of more than 4,000 exhibits, has been located in the Museum Centre since June 1993. The Scientific Collection of the Azerbaijan State Museum of the History of Religion consists of materials concerning humanity’s conceptions of religion from ancient times, paintings, sculptures, graphics, photographs, books, manuscripts, newspapers, magazines, documents and other items illustrating Buddhism, Judaism and Islam.
Unique items in the store include moulded statues of Buddha, embellished with precious and semi-precious stones, and also icons painted on fabric. There are examples of the Talmud from the beginning of the last century. A large part of the museum collection consists of Christian materials: Bibles, icons painted on wood, metal and flax, priests’ cassocks, paintings on religious themes and other unique materials. In the department of Islamic religion there is a large collection of hand-written Korans from different periods, works of art on religious themes by Azerbaijani artists, items essential to the fulfilment of religious ceremonies and rituals in the Islamic religion, a large collection of photographs and a newspaper/magazine archive.

Also on the fourth floor of the building, in five rooms, are found:
- An Art gallery, which is one of the biggest and most beautiful in the city

- A Circular Ceremonial hall, below the glass cupola of the building, for the holding of presentations, ceremonies, concerts and other important governmental events.

- An Assembly hall is situated between the second and third floors. This is a venue for conferences, round tables, seminars, symposia, cinema evenings and other events.

Brief description of the building
Size of building:
Volume - 46,800m3
Total area of exhibition rooms – 3700m2
Assembly hall of the Museum Centre, seating 150, area - 240 m2
Circular hall, total area - 230 m2
Art gallery, total area - 400 m2 and exhibition area - 700 m2

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