Baku, Azerbaijan, Sept.28
Azerbaijan`s first lady, President of the Heydar Aliyev Foundation Mehriban Aliyeva has had meetings and a joint dinner with head of the Greek delegation to the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe Dora Bakoyannis, Goodwill Ambassador of UNESCO Marianna Vardinoyannis and president of the Hellenic Olympic Committee Spyros Kapralos as the Days of Azerbaijani Culture get underway in Athens, AzerTAc reported.
A charitable concert was organized at the Odeon of Herodes Atticus by the Heydar Aliyev Foundation in collaboration with Azerbaijan`s Embassy to Greece and Marianna V. Vardinoyiannis Foundation.
Azerbaijan`s first lady, President of the Heydar Aliyev Foundation Mehriban Aliyeva and Goodwill Ambassador of UNESCO Marianna Vardinoyannis were among the audience, which also included Greek public, political and cultural figures, Athens residents and tourists.
The host of the concert highlighted the activities of the Heydar Aliyev Foundation and Mehriban Aliyeva, saying the foundation has gained international acclaim thanks to its projects that cover many areas, particularly culture.
Azerbaijani Ambassador to Greece Rahman Mustafayev praised the relations between the two countries. He said culture was a highlight of Azerbaijani-Greek cooperation. The Ambassador hailed the event as "a good opportunity" to further promote Azerbaijan in Greece, thanking Mehriban Aliyeva for support.
The concert featured performance of the Azerbaijan State Dance Ensemble and Azerbaijan State Symphonic Orchestra named after Uzeyir Hajibeyli conducted by Fakhraddin Karimov.
The audience enjoyed a unique performance that combined the long dancing tradition of Azerbaijan with the timber of the State Symphonic Orchestra, which balances between classic and contemporary, traditional and cosmopolitan sounds.