Programme

Pre-ICM:

Pre-ICM programme will be held on 23th of March in our magnificent city of Azerbaijan – Baku. During the Pre-ICM programme, you will have a chance to visit historical places, which are significant for not only Azerbaijan but also the world: the Baku Ateshgah and Yanardagh. Later, the amazing hours will be followed by traditional Azerbaijani night in which you will taste national food and drinks accompanied with live music.

The Baku Ateshgah - often called the "Fire Temple of Baku" is a castle-like religious temple in Surakhani town, a suburb in Baku, Azerbaijan. Based on Persian and Indian inscriptions, the temple was used as a Hindu, Sikh, and Zoroastrian place of worship. The pentagonal complex, which has a courtyard surrounded by cells for monks and a tetra pillar-altar in the middle, was built during the 17th and 18th centuries. It was abandoned in the late 19th century, probably due to the dwindling of the Indian population in the area. The natural eternal flame went out in 1969, after nearly a century of exploitation of petroleum and gas in the area, but is now lit by gas piped from the nearby city.

The Baku Ateshgah was a pilgrimage and philosophical center of Zoroastrians from Northwestern Indian Subcontinent, who were involved in trade with the Caspian area via the famous "Grand Trunk Road". The temple ceased to be a place of worship after 1883 with the installation of petroleum plants at Surakhani. The complex was turned into a museum in 1975. The annual number of visitors to the museum is 15,000.

The Temple of Fire "Ateshgah" was nominated for List of World Heritage Sites, UNESCO in 1998. On December 19, 2007, it was declared a state historical-architectural reserve by decree of the President of Azerbaijan.

Yanardagh (Azerbaijani: Yanar Dağ, meaning "burning mountain") - is a natural gas fire which blazes continuously on a hillside on the Absheron Peninsula on the Caspian Sea. Flames jet into the air 3 meters (9.8 ft.) from a thin, porous sandstone layer.

Unlike mud volcanoes, the Yanardagh’s flame burns fairly steadily, as it involves a steady seep of gas from the subsurface. It is claimed that the Yanardagh flame was only noted when accidentally lit by a shepherd in the 1950s. There is no seepage of mud or liquid, which distinguishes it from the nearby mud volcanoes of Lokbatan or Gobustan.

The cost of the programme is 40 euros. It includes an exhibition and small concert in International Mugham Center of Azerbaijan and programme prepared for the evening – traditional Azerbaijani night.

Sightseeing:

Sightseeing programme of ICM Baku will take place on 28 th of March. During the programme, participants will have a trip to one of the most exotic building of the world, Heydar Aliyev Center. Trip to the magnificent building will be followed with a pleasant walk in Highland Park, where you will have Baku “in your hands”. It sounds good, right? Well, it is not all that we have prepared for you. One of the reasons why Baku is famous is… Caspian Sea! After the walk in Highland Park, we are going to have a boat trip on Caspian Sea.

Heydar Aliyev Center - is a 57,500 m2 (619,000 sq. ft.) building complex in Baku, Azerbaijan designed by Iraqi-British architect Zaha Hadid and noted for its distinctive architecture and flowed, curved style that eschews sharp angles. The center is named after Heydar Aliyev, the first secretary of Soviet Azerbaijan from 1969 to 1982, and the president of the Azerbaijan Republic from October 1993 to October 2003.

The Heydar Aliyev Center represents a fluid form, which emerges by the folding of the landscape's natural topography and by the wrapping of individual functions of the Center. All functions of the Center, together with entrances, are represented by folds in a single continuous surface. This fluid form gives an opportunity to connect the various cultural spaces whilst at the same time, providing each element of the Center with its own identity and privacy. As it folds inside, the skin erodes away to become an element of the interior landscape of the Center. Heydar Aliyev Center had an official soft-opening ceremony on 10 th of May 2012 held by current president of Azerbaijan, Ilham Aliyev.

The building was nominated for awards in 2013 at both the World Architecture Festival and the biennial Inside Festival. In 2014, the Center won the Design Museum's Design of the Year Award 2014 despite concerns about the site's human rights record. This makes Zaha Hadid the first woman to win the top prize in that competition.

Gala Ball:

After adventurous day, there was no better option than a chill Gala Night with a glass of wine, fruit, fine weather and a little music. Our Gala Ball will be held on 28th of March at starlit spring night. Our guests will get a ball out of Gala Ball accompanied by live music, dances and performances. The element of Gala Ball will be red and it can be anything that suits you. You can find information about the fee through the link.

Agenda:

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