Baku, Azerbaijan, Nov. 14
The opening of the exhibition on the life and creativity of genius Azerbaijani poet Nizami Ganjavi in Paris organised by the Heydar Aliyev Foundation was considered a significant event on promoting the country's culture and literary heritage.
An exhibition opening ceremony organised in the Museum of Letters and Manuscripts of Paris and supported by the Azerbaijani embassy in France was held on November 12.
Founder and president of the museum Gerard Lheritier, his authorised representative Pascal Fulacher, Azerbaijani ambassador to France Elchin Amirbayov, Senator Pierre Bourdieu, lecturer at the Institute of Oriental Languages and Civilisations of France Aygun Eyubova delivered a speech at the event.
The speakers expressed confidence that this exhibition will play an important role in promoting the creativity of Nizami Ganjavi in France and the convergence of East and West.
It should be stressed that the Heydar Aliyev Foundation holds several events in France, dedicated to 870th anniversary of Nizami Ganjavi who is one of their brilliant representatives of Eastern revival.
A concert programme of songs based on Nizami Ganjavi's poems was presented at the Azerbaijani Cultural Centre in Paris on November 13.
Cultural events are also planned to be held in Strasbourg on November 19.
At the exhibition, Parisians and the city's quests can see archaeological finds referring to Nizami Ganjavi's life and activity, namely coins of the Shirvanshakh and Atabay period, samples of jewellery, household items, reproductions of miniatures created by Azerbaijani artists in the Middle Ages, crockery, painted miniatures, as well as carpets and batik created on the basis of plots of poems included in 'Khamsa'.
The exhibition also showcases photos reflecting old and modern Ganja, the layout of the mausoleum of the poet-philosopher in Ganja, photos of monuments erected in Baku, St. Petersburg, Moscow, Rome, Cheboksary and Beijing and the Heydar Aliyev Foundation's publications about Nizami Ganjavi's creativity.
An extensive photo session from the exhibition was presented.