International Mugham Center of Azerbaijan

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International Mugham Center of Azerbaijan
General information
TypePerformance venue, studio, museum
Architectural styleModern architecture
LocationBaku, Azerbaijan
Completed29 December 2008
OwnerAzerbaijani Government
Technical details
Floor count3
Floor area7,500 square meters

The International Mugham Center of Azerbaijan is a center of Azerbaijani arts and music aiming to promote, preserve and popularize the specific genre of Azerbaijani music, mugham. It is located in Baku Boulevard, in downtown Baku.

Overview of the center[edit]

The Mugham Center was built on initiative of the First Lady of Azerbaijan, Mehriban Aliyeva. Mugham is a genre included in the representative list of the UNESCO Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity.[1][2] The official opening of the International Mugham Center took place on December 27, 2008.[3] [5] UNESCO’s ninth Director-General Koichiro Matsuura also participated in that opening ceremony.[4]

Architectural description[edit]

The construction of the building started in April, 2005. The center covers 7,500 square meters and has 3 stories.[5] The funding was provided by the Heydar Aliyev Foundation.[6] The design of the building was based on the elements and shapes of the tar, an Azeri musical instrument used in performing mugham. Furthermore, the center was commenced on the base of the architecture works of the Vahid Tansu, Xauddin Yayk and Etirne Ahmed. The concert hall fits 350 people. The center also has a club, 80-seat restaurant called "Ud", study halls and record studios. Modern heating and ventilation systems were also provided in the center.[7] The building was constructed with equipments from Italy, Austria, France and Turkey.[8] More than 2000 glasses with various sizes were used for the construction of the building.

Official naming of the center[edit]

The Cabinet of Ministers of Azerbaijan adopted Decree No. 103 relating to the certain Issues of the Mugham Center on the 2nd of the July, 2009. On the base of the decree, the center was transferred to the Ministry of Culture and Tourism and changed the name from "Mugham Center" into the "International Mugham Center".[9][10]

Target of the center[edit]

The center hosts mugham festivals, concerts, and recitals of various singers and performers. Young performers get aware of the art of mugham which has a special role in the Azerbaijani music culture.[11] The center hosts famous masters, mugham evenings, international conferences as well as festivals.[12]

Ongoing projects[edit]

  • Children's festival of mugham
  • International jazz festival
  • The annual project "Evenings of mugham"
  • International festival "Mugam World"
  • A venture project with the National Library named after M.Akhundzade aimed at the development of youth, entitled "Treasury of Secrets"
  • The project, synthesizing mugham with music of different peoples, "Evenings of ashig music"

Attendants of the projects[edit]

Several musicians participate from the countries such as: Spain, Netherlands, Belgium, Slovenia, USA, Germany, France, Great Britain, Tajikistan, Iran, Uzbekistan, Turkey, China, India, Tunisia, Jordan, Russia in the "Mugham World" festival which held annually in an international scale.[13][14] However, in the Children’s Mugam Festival come attendants from ten different countries. There are also representatives from the United Arab Emirates, Kazakhstan, Uzbekistan, Egypt and Iran. At the International Jazz festival that held in 2017, there were participants from Belgium, France, Turkey and the host country Azerbaijan. That festival took place by the support of Belgium, France, Turkey ‘s embassies in Azerbaijan.



  1. ^ "Azerbaijan's First Lady and UNESCO Director - General Visit "International Mugam Center"". Mugham Radio. Baku. 30 July 2010. Archived from the original on February 16, 2010. Retrieved 3 August 2010.
  2. ^ "Mugham Centre opened in Azerbaijan". News.Az. Baku. 23 October 2009. Archived from the original on 28 October 2009. Retrieved 3 August 2010.
  3. ^ Rahilqizi, Afet (23 October 2009). "Beynəlxalq Muğam Mərkəzinə direktor təyin edildi". ANS. Baku. Retrieved 3 August 2010.
  4. ^ FS. "AZERBAIJAN AND UNESCO". Retrieved 2018-03-05.
  5. ^ "Azerbaijan's first lady, UNESCO director-general visit International Mugham Center in Baku". Today. Baku. 30 July 2010. Retrieved 3 August 2010.
  6. ^ Agayeva, S. (11 November 2009). "Mugham, a national heritage of Azerbaijan, is a pearl of the world music art: Mehriban Aliyeva". Trend News Agency. Baku. Retrieved 3 August 2010.
  7. ^ "International Mugham Centre". Retrieved 2018-03-05.
  8. ^ "International Mugham Center".
  9. ^ "Действующий в Азербайджане Центр Мугама получил статус международного". Day.Az (in Russian). 2009-07-06. Retrieved 2018-03-05.
  10. ^ Kabineti, Azərbaycan Respublikası Nazirlər. "Azərbaycan Respublikası Nazirlər Kabineti". Retrieved 2018-03-05.
  11. ^ "International Mugham Center".
  12. ^ "International Mugham Center".
  13. ^ "Baku opens third Int'l Mugham Festival "World of Mugham"". 2013-03-11. Retrieved 2018-03-05.
  14. ^ "Грандиозное завершение Международного фестиваля "Мир мугама" в Баку (ФОТО)". Trend.Az (in Russian). 2015-03-19. Retrieved 2018-03-05.

External links[edit]

  • About the Center: website of Azerbaijan Ministry of Culture and Tourism, accessed 25.10.2014

Coordinates: 40°21′39″N 49°50′06″E / 40.36083°N 49.83500°E / 40.36083; 49.83500