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GABALA International Exhibition of ART has just opened

The 4th Gabala International Exhibition of Art opened with a solemn ceremony on December 19. Organized by the Azerbaijani Culture Foundation and Azerbaijan-Korea Cultural Association SEBA, the event took place in the country’s picturesque city of Gabala. The ceremony was attended by Emergency Situation Minister Kamaladdin Heydarov, rector of Baku State University Abel Maharramov, MP Fattah Heydarov and many art figures. World-renown actor and singer Steven Seagal also visited the exhibition.

The exhibition entitled “Sports, beauty and life,” dedicated to the 1st European Games features 137 works of 112 artists from 19 countries including Azerbaijan, Germany, Belarus, Czech Republic, Estonia, Georgia, Korea, Kazakhstan, Latvia, Mexico, Montenegro, Uzbekistan, Pakistan, Russia, Slovakia, Turkey, Ukraine and Greece. Baku hosted the inaugural European Games, the significant event, which brought together more than 6,000 athletes from 50 countries, who competed in 20 sports this June.

SEBA’s Chairman Ruhangiz Heydarova said the annual event has a big role in the country’s cultural life and this exhibition is a continuation of projects, within the promotion of the national culture. Touching upon SEBA’s acitivity over the last 10 years, Heydarova noted that compared to the previous exhibition, this one has brought together more artists and countries.

“This event also creates conditions for strengthening of friendly and cultural relations between Azerbaijan and different countries,” she said.

Youth and Sports Minister Azad Rahimov, famous Azerbaijani artist Tahir Salahov, Korean Ambassador to Azerbaijan Kim Chang-gyu, and Deputy Minister of Culture and Tourism Nazim Samadov also addressed the event, saying that the international exhibition is an integral part of intercultural dialogue.

The speakers noted that the current exhibition, which presents a variety of art works will forever be remembered, and voiced hope that the wonderful and picturesque nature of Gabala will be a source of inspiration for artists.

The exhibition will last till January 7, 2016.

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