By Laman Ismayilova
The Sofia Opera and Ballet Theater has successfully staged
Fikrat Amirov's 'One Thousand and One Nights' ballet.
The ballet was presented to the audience on the occasion of the
Independence Day of Azerbaijan and the 30th anniversary of the
establishment of diplomatic ties between Azerbaijan and Bulgaria,
Azernews reports, citing the International Turkic Culture and
Azerbaijani and Bulgarian Foreign Ministers Jeyhun Bayramov and
Teodora Genchovska respectively, the president of the International
Turkic Culture and Heritage Foundation, Gunay Afandiyeva, Bulgarian
officials, representatives of the diplomatic corps in Bulgaria, and
numerous spectators attended the event organized with support of
the Azerbaijan Embassy in Bulgaria and the International Turkic
Culture and Heritage Foundation.
Speaking at the event, Minister Jeyhun Bayramov noted that the
first democratic republic in the Muslim East was the Azerbaijan
Democratic Republic, proclaimed in 1918 and that in 1991 the
country restored its independence and underwent great development
over three decades.
He emphasized that Azerbaijan has always been committed to the
traditions of multiculturalism, and the ballet performed today is
an example of multiculturalism as a joint project of Azerbaijani
and Bulgarian artists.
Bulgarian Minister Teodora Genchovska congratulated Azerbaijan
on the occasion of Independence Day and the 30th anniversary of the
establishment of diplomatic ties. He stressed that the organization
of the gala ballet also contributes to the development of cultural
The president of the International Turkic Culture and Heritage
Foundation, Gunay Afandiyeva, said that Fikrat Amirov, whose 100th
anniversary is widely celebrated this year, is a genius composer
not only of Azerbaijan but of the entire Turkic world. She stressed
the importance of the ballet in terms of promoting Turkic
The ballet 'One Thousand and One Nights' was performed under the
baton of the principal conductor of the Azerbaijan State Academic
Opera and Ballet Theater, Ayyub Guliyev.
The ballet performance caused great interest and enthusiastic
reception, attracting a full house.
Known in English as the 'Arabian Nights', the work is about
Scheherazade, a Sassanid Queen, who tells a series of stories to
her husband, King Shahryar in order to delay her execution.
The ballet was first staged at the Azerbaijan State Academic
Opera and Ballet Theater in 1979. In 1980, the ballet was awarded
the USSR State Prize.
The ballet's new version was premiered as part of the 5th
Mariinsky International Far East Festival in 2020.
More than 300 costumes with hand embroidery were made for the
ballet show directed by Honored Art Worker of Russia Eldar
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