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Art & Culture

From mugham, the musical art form of the Caucasus, to street art, art and culture are what define the human spirit. Explore more with us.

  • A bald man playing the saxophone
    Rain Sultanov on Baku's 17th International Jazz Festival
    The city on the Caspian Sea has been a centre of jazz culture ever since the first oil boom...
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    The Story Of The Salaam Cinema, Baku
    Just a kilometre from the Baku City Circuit, where Max Verstappen won a crucial victory in his F1 2022...
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  • An art gallery with pink and yellow walls and a piece saying 'Nepal Power'
    Savvy Contemporary: Garden of Ten Seasons
    Baku reports on Garden of Ten Seasons Exhibition at Savvy Contemporary in Berlin At the 59th edition of the Venice...
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  • A building in Venice with an Azerbaijani sign on it
    Venice Biennale 2022: Azerbaijan Pavilion, Born To Love
    This year we sent Brandon Coburn to Venice to report back on Azerbaijan's Pavilion at the Venice Biennale. Curated...
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    Leyla Efendiyeva on International Jazz Day
    Baku’s jazz musicians are famed for their continuous experimentation with classical jazz and traditional ethnic music. Their audiences are...
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  • The town of Baku
    Six top things to do in Baku
    As spring comes to Azerbaijan, the concierge at the Four Seasons Baku, one of the city's foremost luxury hotels,...
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    Simon de Pury presents the iconic photographs of Anton Corbijn
    Auctioneer and art dealer to the stars created the celebrated Fly to Baku travelling exhibition ten years ago. Now...
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  • Safura in a black dress
    Singer Safura on her return to music
    After an eight-year hiatus, Azerbaijani popstar Safura is back on the music scene with her new album, Möcüzə (‘Miracle’). The...
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    Street Art Meets Fine Art At The Heydar Aliyev Centre
    Wide-eyed and curious: Brazilian street artist Nina Pandolfo’s ethereal women have been brought to life in the Gratitude exhibition...
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  • Orange and black carpet that runs on the floor to look like paint
    Faig Ahmed: a contemporary artist's take on classical carpets
    In 1949, archeologists in the Altai mountains discovered the oldest ever pile carpet. At 2,500 years old, the so-called...
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  • a fashion store
    Why Baku has a thriving concept store scene
    Sabina Kristensen is one of the pioneers of creative retail in Baku. The Baku-born fashion entrepreneur was art director...
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  • A camel in front of a sculpture and pyramids in a desert
    Egypt's Greatest Ever Art Show
    The 4,500 year old pyramids have never seen anything like it. Celebrated artists including street art cult figure, JR,...
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    Inside the Baku Street Photo Festival
    Fakhriyya Mammadova is the creative force behind the Baku Street Photo Festival. The artist and curator is helping young...
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    Conservation in the Caspian
    How one organisation is transforming the Caspian Sea coastline into a haven for biodiversity. Leyla Aliyeva set up IDEA in...
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