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From Regions to Regions art festival solemnly opens

28 June 2018 [17:07] - TODAY.AZ

By Azernews

By Laman Ismayilova

"From Regions to Regions" art festival, held by the Ministry of Culture and Tourism, opened in country's spectacular regions Masalli and Lankaran on June 25.

The art festival kicks off in honor of the 100th anniversary of the Azerbaijan Democratic Republic, Trend Life reported.

A series of fascinating events took place in Heydar Aliyev Park of Masalli and Lankaran.

In their statements, MP Parviz Iskenderli, People's Writer of Azerbaijan Elmira Akhundova, heads of executive authorities of the regions and other speakers emphasized the importance of the project aimed at promoting the cultural heritage of the Azerbaijani people and strengthening of interregional exchanges .

Exhibitions of handicrafts, concerts of masters of arts and folklore groups from different cities and regions are organized as part of the festival.

Fifteen regional cultural administrations of the Ministry of Culture and Tourism  installed tents, where samples of folk art, reflecting the cultural heritage of cities and regions, works of art, souvenirs, handicrafts were presented.

Guests are also provided with video materials and literature.

"From Regions to Regions" Art Festival presents an opportunity for foreign guests, as well as local residents to familiarize themselves with the cultural life of the regions.

Further, the festival will continue in other regions (a total of 15 cities and districts).

In 2015 and 2016, another art project "From regions to the capital"  was held in Baku.

A series of event dedicated to Khachmaz, Masalli, Gabala, Guba, Sheki, Gadabay, Ismayilli Shamkir and other regions were held in Azerbaijan's capital to showcase rich cultural heritage of these regions.

 Masalli, southern region of Azerbaijan, attracts many tourists every year.

There are many picturesque villages in the region, where you can get acquainted with the local history and traditions. You can also relax from the city bustle in the largest villages of Masalli, including Boradigyah, Erkivan, Sharafa, Banbashi, Gizilagaj, Taza Alvadi and others.

The village of Gizilagaj, located 15 kilometers of the center of Masalli, has an ancient history.

There is a mound of the Neolithic and Eneolithic epochs known as H?zi T?p?si. In the Middle Ages, Gizilagaj was a port that maintains trade relations with other ports of the Caspian Sea. Its population went on a voyage and was engaged in fishing. The sea caravan routes, going to Gilan and Mazandaran, also ran through Gizilagaj. For many centuries, Gizilagaj played a significant role in the trade relations between Europe and the Middle East.

Masalli is also very rich with its architectural sights such as the 19th century Mosque and old baths. It is also possible to see the mosques that were built back in the 16th century in the nearby villages.

The region is famous for its healing water called "Istisu", translated as "hot water"

The source does not dry for many hundreds of years, and no one knows the exact history of its occurrence.

The water, coming from the bowels of the earth at a depth of 90-250 meters, has been called magical water since ancient times. It’s rich with hydrogen sulphide, calcium, sodium, chloride, magnesium hydrocarbons, and iodine, which makes it a cure for thousands of diseases.

Lankaran, one of the most vibrant and beautiful cities of Azerbaijan, is located in the southeastern part of the country.

The region has many attractions within its borders.

The Gizil-Agach State Reserve located here hosts over 250 kinds of plants, 30 species of fish and more than 220 kinds of birds. The reserve was included into the list of UNESCO Ramseur convention "On internationally important swampy areas as the birds' residing places".

The fertile soil of the region is ideal for growing citrus fruits, rice, grapes, tobacco and tea-growing. The region is a home of Azerbaijan's first tea plant, built in 1937.

Lankaran is also famous for its rich and delicious cuisine. Lavangi, Lankaran kulcha, marji plov, white plov, pumpkin plov and turshu kebab are the best examples of local cuisine.

Unique landscapes, wonderful sceneries, historical attractions and great climate create favorable conditions for tourism development.

The ancient tower Abirlar, the tomb of Sheikh Zahed, Qala mosque, Guldasta minaret, ruins of Ballabur castle were preserved here.

There are many other sites of interest in Lankaran. Don’t miss the three-storey Lankaran Fortress and house of Mirakhmad Khanhere. This palace was built in 1913 by French architects, but has clear Azerbaijani features in its architecture.


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