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As our city and its culture continue to grow and evolve, we strive to define what makes Calgary special, and how we improve the quality of life for our rapidly growing and diverse population. We value diversity and believe that the expression of individuality through the arts, culture and recreation are vital to a vibrant lifestyle. We want to increase your participation in the many artistic and cultural events held in our city. Festivals and Events enhance the quality of life in Calgary and are an essential element in creating complete communities.

We recognize that these events are important to you and visitors to our city. They help develop Calgary into an active, creative, and viable city. Great city, great art is the approach we take to the Public Art Program. Guided by the Public Art Master Plan , our investment in public art is intended to transform the way you see, think and experience our city.

You can also learn more about public art in Calgary through our virtual Public Art map. Find a program and learn more. We offer a variety of opportunities for local, national and international artists, from emerging to established professionals, as well as numerous ways to stay informed and in touch. Learn more. The most part of ethnic associations is created on the basis of religious belonging.

The Azerbaijani people consist of the Azerbaijanis constituting the main part of the public of the country, and 30 nations and ethnic groups, which compactly live in various regions of the country. All these people, regardless of their number, language and religion, are equal citizens of Azerbaijan. After Azerbaijan gained its state independence, unlike many countries of the region, the culture of the ethnic minorities and ethnic groups living here is protected and develops as a component of culture of the country.

For Azerbaijan, as the most developed country of the region, it should be regarded as the fact deserving approval.

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After collapse of the Soviet Union, ethnic minorities in Azerbaijan started to create their own cultural centers to preserve their historical and cultural customs and traditions. As a result, today tens of national cultural centers function in Azerbaijan. The UNESCO member states, joining the Declaration of this organization, have undertaken liabilities on recognition of the values connected with cultural diversity, their protection and active promotion at the local, national and international levels. The unity of diversity does not mean elimination of ethnic, national or religious differences at all.

They use their languages, carefully preserve objects of the material-spiritual values, and create ethnic-cultural associations, societies.

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The government of Azerbaijan has repeatedly provided financial aid to the structures of ethnic minorities. Besides, they do not pay for rent of the occupied buildings and premises. The state in various forms renders protection to them. At the state level, meetings are held with the national and cultural societies.

During such meetings, specific problems connected with ethnic minorities are quickly solved. Besides, regularly are held scientific and practical conferences.

For example, restored were the churches in the village of Kish in Shaki region and in the settlement of Nij in Gabala region, the Christian church in the territory of Gakh region, the mosque of the 19 th century in the village of Arkivan in Masalli region. For realization of this idea, it was drafted appropriate project, which was approved by the Council of Europe. At present, an important work is carried out in connection with the cultural centers and associations representing ethnic minorities. It was strengthened material and technical resources of two theaters financed from the government budget - the Lezgin Drama Theater in the Gusar region and the State Puppet Theater in Gakh region.

In December , on the decree of President Ilham Aliyev the Theater received the status of a state theater. The Azerbaijani state, as far as possible, provides to these structures financial assistance from the state budget and the reserve fund of the President of Azerbaijan Republic, promotes strengthening of mutual understanding, tolerance and respect among all peoples, irrespective of their national origin, culture, language and religion.

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The state acts appropriately to promote folklore and culture of the small peoples to improve repertoire of the amateur art collectives on the national basis. The majority of such national collectives are renowned not only in our republic, but also in many foreign countries. Many representatives of cultural centers of the small peoples make tours not only to the neighboring regions, but also to the foreign countries.

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The attention to art collectives of ethnic minorities and care of them is in the focus of the Ministry of Culture and Tourism of the Azerbaijan Republic. Many collectives are equipped with the clothes, musical instruments and technical means provided by the Ministry. Representatives of the Russian people brought worthy contribution to the development of economy, statehood, science, culture and education in Azerbaijan.

The policy of all-round development of the Russian language in our republic pursued from the 70s last century yields its fruit. Since at the secondary schools of Azerbaijan, the Russian language was taught from the first classes. Today, at schools of the republic the classes are carried out in the Russian language, and in 20 of 21 higher educational institutions - in the Azerbaijani and Russian languages. Such attention to the Russian language in Azerbaijan allows maintaining close contact with the peoples living in the territory of the former USSR.

The political leadership of Azerbaijan carries out important work on development of all nations and peoples living in our country. In the period of leadership of the country by the national leader Heydar Aliyev, it was rendered special attention to the culture of ethnic minorities.

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Now, the President of Azerbaijan Ilham Aliyev successfully continues these activities. Support and preserving the cultural diversity have found its reflection in a state policy of Azerbaijan. On this occasion, about participants of art collectives of the small peoples from various regions of the republic — from Lankaran, Astara, Masalli, Balaken, Zaqatala, Gakh, Shaki, Guba, Gusar, Saatli, Ismailli and Shabran are invited to Baku. The Public Television, in detail covering this festival, shows to the whole world the rich palette of Azerbaijan.

The movies and programs covering traditions and customs, kitchen, folklore of the small peoples are translated into English and presented to the European audience. These measures once again demonstrate that the Azerbaijani state, supporting cultural development of the small peoples, gives additional incentive to this process. It should be noted that at the first stages of implementation of the cultural projects connected with the small people, the professional level of on-stage performance groups in places was insufficiently high.

However, thanks to the attention paid to them and care, as a result of the practical work carried out with them, there were already created professional ensembles. These collectives have reached such high level that today we can send them to various international events held in many countries of the world that also gives additional incentive to cultural development of ethnic minorities.