Tehran & Baku Cultural Ties


Attended by Iran, the sixth Baku International Book Fair was held on September 2019.

Ali Akhmedov, Prime Minister’s deputy, Abulfas Garayev, Minister of Culture, and Karim Tahirov, Director of National Library of Azerbaijan Republic visited Iran’s booth in this fair. In this visit, Khazaiee, the manager of Iran’s booth, initially introduced Tehran International Book Fair and said, “Tehran International Book Fair is one of the greatest book fairs in the region in which more than 2000 domestic publishers and about 40 publishers from other countries attends.”

The Minister of Culture of Azerbaijan Republic announced satisfaction about Iran’s participation in this course of Baku Book Fair and stated hopes that such cultural cooperation between Iran and Azerbaijan would be extended more than ever. Declaring His satisfaction about Iran’s participation in the BIBF, the Director of Azerbaijan National Library said, “I am interested in participating in Tehran International Book Fair and participation in the next Tehran Book Fair has been put atop agenda of my schedules.”

Likewise the draft of a MOU between Tehran and Baku book fairs was prepared which was signed in the Frankfurt Book Fair.

125 publishers from 22 countries participated in this international fair, and Iran Cultural Fairs Institute and Cultural Counselor Embassy of the Islamic Republic of Iran were representatives of Iran in this fair. Participating for the second time in the BIBF, Iran presented more than 400 book titles on Persian language education, Iranology, Islamic-republic Art, children and young adults, which some of them have been translated into Azeri.

Cultural Counselor Embassy of the Islamic Republic of Iran to Berlin, Embassy of Islamic Republic of Iran to Budapest, Yazd City Council, Grant Plot Secretariat and some publishers, publishing guilds, the Literary agency were active in the Iran’s national booth.

Baku is the capital and largest city of Azerbaijan, as well as the largest city on the Caspian Sea and of the Caucasus region. Baku is located 28 metres (92 ft) below sea level, which makes it the lowest lying national capital in the world and also the largest city in the world located below sea level.Baku has wildly varying architecture, ranging from the Old City core to modern buildings and the spacious layout of Baku port. Many of the city’s most impressive buildings were built during the early 20th century, when architectural elements of the European styles were combined in eclectic style. Baku has an original and unique appearance, earning it a reputation as the ‘Paris of the East’.

Baku joined UNESCO’s Network of Creative Cities as a Design City on October 31, 2019 on the occasion of World Cities’ Day.


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